A Guide to the Best Restaurants in New York City

Aleta Fimbres 19/09/2013

The USA is renowned for its great food and huge portions, but in New York you’ll never be far away from a delicious meal from any corner of the globe. Dine like royalty and check out our guide to some of the best restaurants The Big Apple has to offer.

Aroma Kitchen and Wine Bar

Regional Italian dishes are on the menu at this East Village Italian restaurant and you can enjoy favourites such as risotto del giorno in a cool and relaxed atmosphere. Chef Vito is renowned for highly valuing his customers and has even been known to personally deliver some of his signature dishes to your table.

Anella

It might be a little out of the way, but travelling away from Manhattan and into Brooklyn will instantly seem worth it when you see Anella’s mouth-watering menu. The relaxed vibe and simple décor are perfectly complemented by dishes such as steamed mussels, ricotta  gnocchi and pan-seared pork chops, all cooked to perfection.

Veselka

One of the city’s most popular restaurants, Veselka dishes out a variety of traditional Ukrainian specialities such as borscht and stuffed cabbage alongside all your favourite greasy comforts. This great food is available all night long, and it’s a popular venue at any time of the day.

Amali

Located on the Upper East Side, Amali is a Mediterranean restaurant serving up honest cooking made from the very best produce. Greek specialities such as lamb porterhouse and Kataifi cannoli come particularly recommended, but each mouth-watering meal is made from only local dairy, grains, meat and vegetables.

Masak

Asian food is popular in New York, but for sophisticated Singapore cuisine there’s only one place you need to know about. From fried rice cracker cups filled with seasonal flavours to the restaurant’s signature Quih Pie Tee, Masak is a sweet and spicy treat for the taste buds.

Café de la Esquina

There’s no better place to indulge in a spot of Mexican cuisine than Café de la Esquina and the restaurant even takes dish recommendations from the locals. Spice up your meal time with a selection of retro dishes including the hamburguesa – a burger topped with spicy jalapeños, cool avocado and fiery chipotle.

Nathan’s Famous

In 1867, the hot dog was invented on Coney Island, so it seems only appropriate to try one while you’re in the area. Nathan’s Famous has been serving them up since 1916 and the restaurant even offers an unmissable clam bar in the summer. And if you think you’ve got what it takes to take on the annual 4th July hot dog eating contest, head over the cheapflights.co.uk and book your great value flight to New York.

Blue Smoke

It wouldn’t be a trip to the US without sampling some of the country’s famous BBQ dishes, and you’ll find Southern delights from St Louis, Texas, Kansas and Memphis on the menu. Pulled pork, smoked chicken, hush puppies and shrimp are the big favourites, and you can even enjoy the best of blues, rock, jazz and folk at the downstairs Jazz standard after your meal. I always visit Blue Smoke when I am in town, ever since our first taste of the real in think in one of the campgrounds in Fredericksburg.

Macelleria

You won’t find much better outside of Italy, and this Italian steakhouse offers a great selection of meats including Tuscan sausage, dry-aged porterhouse and chicken alla diavola. There are also plenty of vegetarian pasta dishes to tempt non-carnivores and you shouldn’t leave without tucking in to classic dessert, tiramisu. 

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