Best Restaurants

2022 Best Restaurants in NYC

We’ve put together the best food spots in New York City, New York. You can see our methodology here.

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1. Katz’s Delicatessen

Katz’s DelicatessenTry the: Pastrami Sandwich

Also honored in: 2021 Best Restaurants in NYC

“Each week thousands of visitors from around the world flock to Katz’s to dine in this legendary deli, and to feast on the most delectable sandwiches, platters and meats. But it’s really New Yorkers have made Katz’s Delicatessen what it is, making Katz’s an inherent part of the city’s culture and history. They enthusiastically spread the word, brought their friends in, wrote books, shot films, and kept coming back for a pastrami on rye.

Building a reputation on longevity alone is nothin’ to brag about, which is why we’ve built ours on quality. Now that’s somethin’ special. We only select the best cuts of beef for our corned beef, pastrami, brisket, and other fine foods. Our corned beef and pastrami is cured using a slower method, which best flavors the meat, without injecting chemicals, water, or other additives to speed the process.”

2. Ippudo NY

Ippudo NY

Try the: Pork Buns

“IPPUDO started in 1985 with a seating of only ten in the city of Fukuoka. Instantly, it revolutionized the ramen world with its fashionable décor, hospitable service, and delicious bowls of ramen. It appealed to the young and old alike and kick-started a ramen craze that lasted over two decades. Today it has established itself as the market leader in Japan, with more than 70 outlets under the brand. In a fiercely competitive environment where more than 3,500 ramen restaurants come and go each year, IPPUDO has remained at the cutting edge of innovation and quality.”

3. The Halal Guys

The Halal Guys

Try the: Chicken Over Rice

“The Halal Guys are bringing American Halal Food to the masses. Featuring a flavor profile that can’t be replicated in any other cuisine format, flawlessly cooked, premium quality Halal meats that are seasoned to perfection and a melting pot of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors that are sure to delight like our world famous White Sauce. Come see why “We Are Different”.”

4. Levain Bakery

Levain Bakery

Try the: Chocolate Chip Walnut

Also honored in: 2021 Best Restaurants in NYC

“Nestled in New York City’s Upper West Side, Levain is a cozy neighborhood bakery where locals are greeted by name. From an inventive array of rustic breads to the world-famous six-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie, everything is baked on-site, fresh every day from the finest natural ingredients.”

5. Peter Luger

Peter Luger

Try the: Creamed Spinach

“When “Carl Luger’s Café, Billiards and Bowling Alley” was opened in 1887, the restaurant quickly became a neighborhood favorite in predominantly German Williamsburg. Peter Luger owned the establishment, while his nephew, Carl, manned the kitchen.

Luger’s was not the only thing doing in the small Brooklyn neighborhood. With the opening of the Williamsburg Bridge in December of 1903, Manhattan became far more accessible and a new crowd of businessmen crossed the East River. It was not until 1920 that Sol Forman, a seventeen year old who had dropped out of high school to work full-time lighting street lamps, established Forman Family with his siblings just across the street from Carl Luger’s.”

6. Burger & Lobster – Flatiron NYC

Burger & Lobster - Flatiron NYC

Try the: Original Lobster Roll

“The focus at Burger & Lobster is to perfect the craft of two main ingredients (Burger & Lobster) and to make everyone feel welcome. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

In 2011 the story began with 4 school friends in Moscow drinking wine on a roof-top. They came up with the idea to set up a restaurant where the focus was perfecting the craft of just one or two main ingredients. In a small Irish pub in Mayfair the first Burger & Lobster was born.”

7. Clinton Street Baking Company

Clinton Street Baking Company

Try the: Eggs Benedict

Also honored in: 2021 Best Restaurants in NYC

“We are world famous for our breakfast and brunch dishes, including pancakes, eggs benedict, brioche french toast, buttermilk fried chicken & waffles, and house made burgers and fries. Save room for our hand-crafted Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory milkshakes, spiked or virgin. All muffins, pies, cakes and most of our bread is baked in small batches on premises. Brunch cocktails and draft beer are very popular. We serve brunch house classics for #breakfastfordinner.”

8. Bibble & Sip

Bibble & Sip

Try the: Matcha Cream Puff

Also honored in: 2021 Best Restaurants in NYC

“House made baked pastries and desserts. From buttery croissants to matcha filled cream puffs. Come in and try some of our treats and sip on some coffee or matcha.”

9. Junior’s Restaurant

Junior’s Restaurant

Try the: Reuben

Also honored in: 2021 Best Restaurants in NYC

“Junior’s is a restaurant chain with the original location at 386 Flatbush Avenue Extension at the corner of DeKalb Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn, New York City. Other locations include Times Square area and the lobby of the Fox Tower in the Foxwoods Resort in Ledyard, Connecticut. The restaurant was founded by Harry Rosen in 1950,[1] although his family had run a diner in that location, albeit not under the Junior’s name, since 1929. The place is known for iconic New York-style cheesecake. According to the restaurant, it was named Junior’s after Rosen’s two sons, Walter and Marvin.”

10. Dominique Ansel Bakery

Dominique Ansel Bakery

Try the: Cronuts

Also honored in: 2021 Best Restaurants in NYC

“Chef Dominique Ansel opened his celebrated Soho flagship, Dominique Ansel Bakery, in November 2011. Previously, Chef Dominique rose to fame as the Executive Pastry Chef of Daniel Boulud’s restaurant Daniel for six years. Serving both sweet and savory items, with pastries reigning supreme, the Bakery is home to many of Chef Dominique’s signature creations – from his famed Cronut® pastry, which first debuted in May 2013 and was named one of TIME magazine’s “25 Best Inventions” that same year, to the DKA (Dominique’s Kouign Amann), Cookie Shot, Frozen S’mores, made-to-order madeleines, and much more!”