It’s the simplest and most difficult question to answer: “Which restaurant should I check out in NYC?” The type of cuisine, price point, outdoor dining options, the neighborhood, and occasion are just few factors to consider. Luckily, there are countless options in the five boroughs — and Eater New York’s map of 38 stellar restaurants to dine at now, which we update quarterly. This curated list of venues now includes street carts, food trucks, and one heralded pizzeria in New Jersey. We’ve also added newly eligible restaurants (Eater 38 venues have to be open for six months, or thereabouts, before they merit inclusion) that aim to capture the diversity of NYC’s offerings.
We also recognize this list is subjective and NYC’s dining scene is constantly changing. If you have a favorite, let us know. For the newest places that food obsessives are checking out, see the heatmaps for Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Removal from the Eater 38 does not mean a restaurant isn’t still awesome and won’t return in the future.
Added in July 2021: Banh Vietnamese, Blue Willow, Cervo’s, Chez Ma Tante, Chuan Tian Xia, Coszcal De Allende, Dhamaka, Ernesto’s, Falansai, Hudson Smokehouse, Ras Plant Based, Ruta Oaxaca, and Tong are joining the list. To make room, Adda, Bo Ky, Court Street Grocers, Crop Circle, Fiaschetteria Pistoia, Hot Happy Hunan, Jeju Noodle Bar, La Morada, Qanoon, Scarr’s, Tony and Tiny’s Pizzeria, Xi’an Famous Foods, and Yi Ji Shi Mo are leaving the list for now — we’ve taken off some favorites to make room for other stellar restaurants.
The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.Read More