(Closed) NYC restaurant recommendations?

posted 9 years ago in New York City
Post # 17
3216 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

If you have time for something fun, go to Ninja. 

It’s an underground asian restaurant– a little pricey but they have prix-fixed menus and you eat in little huts.  Find a video online and check it out– I’ve been to NYC tons of times and it is one of the coolest places I’ve been to, hands down. 

Post # 18
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Alta is a yummy tapas place in the west village that I love! Barbounia is a great brunch place with unlimited mimosas on the weekends during brunch.

Post # 19
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Like the other posters said, NY has such amazing, amazing food (definitely one of the reasons I love it here!). Artichoke’s (there are 3 locations) and Lil Frankie’s in the East Village are great for pizza. Westville in West Village has a ridiculous vegetarian burger (and I like my meat). And I have to plug Brooklyn–if you’re willing to come, Convivium Osteria in Park Slope for a nice dinner is AMAZING. Seriously!

Also, if you REALLY want an authentic Chinese food experience, skip Manhattan’s Chinatown, and make the trip out to Flushing in Queens–it’s worth it.

Post # 20
1047 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

You have some excellent recommendations already, but I’m going to add one more:

Apiary in the East Village. Delicious food, beautiful execution and presentation. Plus, if you go on a Monday, you can bring your own bottle of wine with no corkage fee. I really like the space because it looks borderline fancy, but it isn’t at all pretentious.

We went last night for dinner for NYC Restaurant Week and it was amazing.

Post # 21
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@DocT:OMG Dim sum in Flushing is amazing!!

Post # 22
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Okay, my father is in the wine business and works in LI and NYC so we have been to many places, not to mention my mother has exquisite taste and we have followed in her footsteps 😉 hehe. Are you adventurous eaters? My parents LOVE The River Cafe – but it is in Brooklyn. My parents will only travel for food… and they said it is phenomenal. They said they spent $300 for two people. Here is the website so you can peruse. 


My personal recommendation is Casa Mono… Yummm!!! It is a tapas place, but it is super tiny with only about 12 tables and they do not take reservations, so if you are going for a few days I would recommend going early. It is so good, you really will not regret it. Here is the website:



I really hope you decide to go to one of these places!!!! 🙂

Post # 23
563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Fiance and I just went to Ninja NYC. It was awesome! The food rocked, the ambiance was awesome and we were there for 3 HOURS and didn’t even realize it. We like Salute but the food portions were small. The Brick House was great indian food but we felt rushed. If you go to Chinatown I loveee doo-whop. Ive never ate anywhere bad in little italy. Our usual lunch spot is the Hardrock as I love their lettuce wraps. Nobu is nice but I would write home about it. Planet Hollywood is nice but the food is average. We had some kick ass food at Virgils, its a BBQ place but we waited for about an hour and the seating was right on top of each other. Most places in Time Square/Broadway (from 36-50th and 6-8th) are going to have a wait if you dont make a reservation.

Post # 24
2151 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

SO and I just went into the city for Christmas festivities…Check out St. Andrews scottish restaurant! I was apprehensive when I heard scottish, since I didn’t know what kind of food it entails. I was SO pleasantly surprised! They have a pri fixe special for $32.00 that includes a salad or soup, entree, and dessert. Also, it’s abundantly clear that EVERYTHING is home made…from the bread they pass out to the sorbet. Delish! Have a great time!

Post # 25
609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Park Avenue is one of my favorite restaurants. When you are there it will be Park Avenue Spring. They change the decor and menu every season. Definitely in your price range and so so good.



Post # 26
671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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@JenniferMm:  I second Park Avenue!

Another to add: In Vino in the East Village is unbelievable. Small, cozy, romantic, modern Italian food/wine bar, and would absolutely fall in your budget. 

I have to say, NYC is expensive in a lot of areas, but food doesn’t have to be. There are unbelievable restaurants with entrees around $12-20. Also, Mercadito in the East Village for mexican. 

Post # 27
2467 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Here are some of my favorites that are a bit on the fancy side:

-vaI (or vai sputino– owned by same guy, food is similar)

-collichio and sons (or craftbar– both are Tom collichio and awesome)



-cafe frida





Post # 28
2081 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1993

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@Fallicious1012:  The RC is my wedding venue! The food is amazing 🙂

Post # 29
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Is cafe des artistes still open? I went once years ago and still think about it.

Post # 30
802 posts
Busy bee

ohhhhh yummmm NYC has so many options to explore. I’m constantly exploring with fiance which is why we’re having such a hard time losing weight. on the one hand it’s good we’re not getting married for 3 years. on the other hand, my mother is pressuring us to take wedding photos this summer in taiwan.

I second Artichoke Pizza! Alta is great, and yes, definitely go to Flushing for Chinese food, but Chinatown for dim sum (there’s more places in Chinatown for dim sum). 

Part of the experience in NYC though is all the great non-expensive options! 

Yuca Bar, East Village on Tuesdays for happy hour. They’ve got half off tapas, and the plantanos rellenos is really good! I don’t eat pork, but I happily steal the roasted plaintain from under fiance’s nose ^^ And the drinks are really good! The mojito comes with a slice of sugar cane and plenty of fresh mint, and the passionfruit margarita tastes like real passionfruit juice!

Otafuku (shhh I’m giving this secret away! my bff will be so mad I posted this on the web) It’s a really great small Japanese stand in St. Marks (where you’ll find lots of Japanese food).

Pomme Frite – the Belgian fry stand

Caracas Arepa Bar – delicious arepas made by venezuelan sisters

The Smith

Ayza (wine and chocolate bar), reserve a table for Sunday night -couples night, use their code to get free chocolate!

Cafe Tasia – Thai food

If you are a meat lover:

Minetta Tavern, Delmonico’s

French cuisine: Jojo (or anything by Jean Georges), La Bonne Soupe (a family friend of mine works there, and I’m not biased …. but I love this place. It’s not a fancy restaurant, but the food is so good!)

Most of all DO NOT FORGET TO CHECK INTO YELP! You can get 15% off your bill ^ ^

Post # 31
1595 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

  • Artichoke Pizza (you MUST try the white cheese artichoke pizza)

  • Pomme Frite (AMAzING French Fry Place with a gazillion different dips)

  • Mamouns (they take people here on NYC food tours- SO GOOD)

  • The Meatball Shop (meatballs are SO friggen good)

  • Katz’s Deli (famous and featured on diners, drive, in’s show)

  • SMAC (Mac & Cheese)

  • Halal- the FAMOUS 53rd and 6th street halal truck (the one that comes at night, the one during the day pretends to be the famous one) here is a link to their site:
  • Shake Shack


the above places are all friggen amazing! people wait in line for a lot of these places and their “Famous” delicacies!

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