Where to find reviews of NYC restaurants:

  • Menupages: www.menupages.com - The prices are usually outdated, but the user reviews are very helpful.
  • Citysearch: www.newyork.citysearch.com - Reviews sometimes lean toward the negative and complaints.
  • Yelp: www.yelp.com - Very amusing to read.
  • Zagat's: www.zagats.com - The "little red bible" provides "condensed", but "spot on" summaries of restaurants "all over the world".
  • RestaurantPics: www.restaurantpics.com - This visual guide tells you what cannot be told.

New York's Best Bets:

  • Lonesome Dove Western Bistro: 29 West 21st Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues). Chef Tim Love brings his Cowboy Cuisine full of Texan flavors to New York City's Flatiron District. Open 4 p.m. daily (closed on Sunday) this Western hotspot is a perfect place for dinner.
  • Nobu: This Tribeca sushi hotspot offers up some of the best sushi in NY. Celebrity sightings are a norm at this hotspot and its sister restaurants Nobu 57 and Nobu Next Door. Reservations are a must. If you can't snag a reservation head to Nobu Next Door that has a zero reservation policy.
  • BG: The BG Restaurant on the 7th Floor of Bergdorf Goodman offers a lovely Afternoon Tea, Dinner and Bar Menus with cocktails, assorted teas, appetizers, and entrees. A perfect destination during a shopping trip! 754 Fifth Avenue (at 58th).
  • Pera Mediterranean Brasserie:  New to Midtown, this Turkish-Eastern Mediterranean hotspot is a NY delight. Hand-marbled meats, comunal tables, extensive Turkish wine lists...this place offers a unique take on century-old dining traditions. Its proximity to Grand Central Station (less than one block away) makes it an easy trip for any traveler.
  • Gabriels:11 W 60th St - terrific Northern Italian mainstay on the upper west side. Always a good menu and consistently strong service - often gets crowded during the pre-theatre hours.
  • Nam: serves delicious Vietnamese food in a sleek, dimly-lit Tribeca location. Saigon Grill, on the Upper West Side, serves family-style Vietnamese food in large portions.
  • Raoul’s:serves delicious steak au poivre in a romantic setting.
  • Tomoe Sushi has fresh sushi at moderate prices and a surprising assortment of cooked appetizers. It’s worth the long wait, which can stretch down and around the block.
  • The city’s ubiquitous hot dog carts are a NY institution. You can get hot dogs with ketchup, mustard, relish, and sauerkraut.
  • Menchanko Tei:is a great place to get japanese ramen as well as menchanko tei.  Also good for small japanese snacks to go with your beer or sake.

 

Supermarkets/Grocery Stores

 

  • Amy’s Bread, ( website) multiple locations, including Chelsea Market, – foodies will salivate at the selection of fresh, high-quality breads and other baked goods available at any of these stores
  • Balducci’s , ( website) -- famous gourmet food emporium with a special Italian twist
  • Chelsea Market , ( website) 75 9th Avenue, – this renovated Nabisco factory is home to numerous gourmet shops and has become a treasure trove for food aficionados
  • Citarella, ( website) two locations, – upscale food emporiums that retain a neighborhood feel
  • City Bakery , ( website) 3 West 18th Street, – Chelsea bakery famous for its decadent hot chocolate and delicious pastries
  • Dean & DeLuca, ( website) multiple locations - the original SoHo store (560 Broadway) – the food in this world-famous gourmet store is so beautiful that it could be in a museum
  • Dylan’s Candy Bar , ( website) 1011 Third Avenue, – for children and adults who are children at heart, this incredible store close is chock full of sweets and will make all your candy fantasies come true! (But Economy Candy on the Lower East Side is much cheaper and more fun. Floor to ceiling candy, dried fruits and chocolate-covered delicacies. A local, family-owned legend, that is not owned by Ralph Lauren's daughter! )
  • Eli’s Vinegar Factory , ( website) 431 East 91st Street, – the Zabar family’s upper east side emporium
  • Sherry-Lehmann Wine and Spirits , 679 Madison Avenue – New York’s best-known wine shop stocks a wide variety of upscale libations
  • Trader Joe’s & Trader Joe’s Wine Store , 142 East 14th Street (Union Square) - The first (of hopefully several) Manhattan location for Trader Joe’s. Grocery open 9am-10pm daily. Wine store open same except Sunday (12pm-9pm).
  • Union Square Greenmarket, ( website) 17th Street at Broadway, – the most prominent of New York’s outdoor farmers’ markets where both average consumers and tops New York chefs shop for produce
  • New Yorkers fell in love with the Whole Foods supermarket in Columbus Circle and many more are slated to open. This supermarket features wide aisles and a wide assortment of brands.
  • Zabar’s , 2245 Broadway ( website) – Upper West Side gourmet food emporium that has an international following; if you can tear yourself away from the massive selection of cheeses, be sure to check out the mezzanine for discounted housewares

 

Bakeries

 

  • Beard Papa (by Astor Place and on the UWS) is a Japanese cream puff bakery that has a fanatic following.  
  • Ceci Cela -- This Nolita French bakery has great croissants.
  • Balthazar Bakery , ( website) 80 Spring Street – mouth-watering French pastries and breads are available for takeout at this tiny annex to the perpetually trendy Balthazar bistro
  • Jacques Torres has a chocolate factory in Soho where you can sip delicious hot chocolate and watch candy being made. 
  • Magnolia Bakery , 401 Bleecker Street – the originator of the city’s cupcake craze, this unassuming West Village corner bakery is fanatically popular with locals and visitors alike.
  • Once Upon a Tart is a fun Soho bakery with exquisite pastries.
  • Payard , ( website) 1032 Lexington Avenue – exquisite French pastries and other baked goods can be taken out or enjoyed inside this beautiful shop; its full-service restaurant serves afternoon tea.
  • Silver Moon Bakery (website), 2740 Broadway at 105th street -- UWS bakery with great macaroons and tarts.  Their fig&pepper and cheese breads are delicious as well.