The best restaurants in New York

New York is a smorgasbord of lip-smackingly good eateries, from the trendy and exotic to the quirky and classic. One minute you could be tucking into boiled chicken feet and spicy pho at a downtown dim sum depot; the next, a sizzling cut in a show-stopping New York steakhouse. 

Read on for some tasty suggestions from our New York expert. And for more inspiration, see our guides to the city’s best hotels, nightlife, bars, shopping, attractions and free things to do, plus how to spend a weekend in New York. 



Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles

A staple on curved Doyers Street for decades, this diminutive spot’s name says it all. Yes, there are hand-pulled noodles galore. And yes, they are tasty. Plant yourself in the ramshackle interior–tables scattered about without much care for order–choose one of the two-dozen noodle-based soups on offer, and then wait for your bowl of goodness to arrive. 

Prices: £
Nearest metro: Grand St
Reservations: Walk-ins only

Lower East Side

Katz Delicatessen

In the early 1900s, the Lower East Side was home to a thriving eastern European Jewish community, and dozens of kosher delis. Today only a few remain, and Katz (opened in 1888) is the best. You may recognise it from the ‘I’ll have what she’s having scene’ in When Harry Met Sally. The ordering process is a bit different: after you’ve been handed a ticket, place your order at the counter, indulge in superlative deli fare, and pay at the end with your ticket. Just don’t lose that slip of paper or you’ll pay a princely sum for the error.