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Eating in New York: 21 Extraordinary Tips for Restaurants, Breakfast & Street Food Markets

21 delicious and exciting tips for New York City

Foodies of this world, gather yourselves, welcome to the center of all culinary desires: Welcome to New York. Welcome to our New York Food Guide. All of our restaurant recommendations & tips for New York, tested and nibbled by yourself.

New York is one for many people Place of longing. In addition to the classic sights like the Empire State Building, 9/11 Memorial and the Brooklyn Bridge, there is a lot to see in New York.

Food is an important part of a perfect NYC trip. Many food trends are born here that are conquering the whole world from New York. Regardless of whether Cronut, Rainbow bagel, Food truck or Crack pie. The imagination knows no limits.

And who thinks the US is made up of Burger and Frieze, I have to teach him better. In New York in particular, something new appears on a menu every day. New Yorkers celebrate and celebrate their cuisine diversity. Discover the Big Apple with me in a culinary way and let yourself be carried away to the best food spots in town.

Here come the best restaurants from Manhattan to Brooklyn!

TRIGGER WARNING: Reading this article may lead to an acute feeling of hunger, imitating it is at your own risk. Potentially 3-6 kg weight gain can be expected here. Good hunger.

1. Eat-a-bagel

A good day starts with an exceptionally good breakfast. Bagels are a must for us on a trip to New York. Therefore, the first point of contact is always Eat-a-bagel.

The often long line in front of the door suggests that there are delicious bagels here. It's not classically cozy inside, but the taste of the bagels is unbeatable.

The bagels will be Freshly prepared on site. Bagels have been baked here according to an original Jewish recipe for over 40 years. Many locals pack a bagel to take away. We also. However, the hunger was so great that it did not survive either and was eaten immediately.

At the 15. January is by the way International Bagel Day. If you are in New York at this time, you always have a good chance at the big bagel shops Bagel for free (free). Or you get a special that is not available otherwise.

  • Address: 831 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022, United States
  • Opening times: Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday to Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Prices: From to, is the motto here. A plain bagel starts at $ 1.45, depending on how you want the bagel to be topped, the price increases. The Ess-a-BLTA (bacon, tomato, lettuce, avocado with sauce) costs z. B. $ 8.15. The bagels aren't a bargain, but they're so filling that it's definitely worth it. And of course the taste is great.
  • Website: ess-a-bagel.com

2. Rainbow bagel

Instagram made me do it. The rainbow bagel is "Instragramable" The finest food. If you are preparing for a New York trip on Instagram, the rainbow bagels will jump at you from all sides. Who can blame them, they also look way too crazy not to photograph them.

You can now get the colorful parts in many stores, but they originated in an inconspicuous shop in Brooklyn. in the "The Bagel Store" Colorful dough rings dreams come true.

Regardless of whether Galaxy, Captain America, Unicorn or Groove neon bagel You can't eat bagels crazier than this. Who now thinks these things taste sweet to run away, no, not in the least. Despite the bright colors, the bagels taste quite normal. Depending on the filling, the bagel becomes a sweet or savory sin.

We tested the bagels with peanut butter and confetti cream. Phew a little sugar shock. But also sooo funny. Fortunately, the bagels are cut in two, making them perfect for dividing.

The Original Bagel Store is currently closed. Check the website regularly to stay up to date on when it will reopen. For all those who can't wait Liberty bagels in Midtown z. B. You can now also get Rainbow Bagels.

  • Address: 69 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, United States
  • Opening times: currently closed. Follow the Instagram channel or sign up for email updates on the website.
  • Prices: Expect around $ 4-8 per bagel. Fair price for these crazy pieces.
  • Website: https://www.thebagelstoreonline.com/

3. Dough donuts

Opinions are divided on this subject. Where can you find the best donuts in New York? Sticky, sweet calorie bombs that send us to the seventh candy heaven. We really hope we have found the best.

In Brooklyn you will find Dough donuts. Later branches in Manhattan were added, this great donut store has set up shop. Donuts have been hand-made here for 10 years and not only make New York police officers happy. Dunkin Donuts and Kreams Donuts can wrap up with this New York original. The owner Fany Gerson brings Latin American pep into the donut business.

The varieties hibiscus, tropical fruits, dulce de leche or chocolate chipotle are only available here. Now all you have to do is make up your mind. Of course we also have the classics Glazed and Cinnabon tested. A real poem. By the way, the donuts are a lot bigger compared to the German versions. One is enough to fill you up.

  • Address: 14 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011, United States
  • Opening times: Monday to Wednesday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday to Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Prices: Approx. $ 3 per donut. Top price-performance ratio.
  • Website: https://www.doughdoughnuts.com/

4. Katz’s delicacies

Lower East Side, Manhattan

Katz’s Delicatessen is one of the most famous restaurants in New York. Classic sandwiches have been served here since 1888. Katz even made it to the big screen in the classic "When Harry met Sally". But actually you only come here for one reason: That Pastrami sandwich! We recommend the pickled cucumber as a side dish. Delicious!

This sandwich is sensationally good. Finest pastrami with a crust of black pepper and a secret mix of spices.

Get ready to stand in a long line. When you enter Katz's Delicatessen, you will be given a yellow ticket. Give this ticket to one of the employees behind the counter. He takes your order and prepares your sandwiches. Sometimes you get a small piece of pastrami to try while your sandwich is being prepared. By the way, the cook expects a small tip, as is customary in the USA.

If there is space, you can sit down at a table and enjoy your sandwich.

Our tip: You don't even have to try to get a seat for lunch. Katz’s Deli is really bursting at the seams. The lines in front of the store are long. Goes by at an atypical time. For example for breakfast or in the early afternoon.

  • Address: Lower East Side Manhattan: 205 E Houston Street, New York
  • Opening times: Monday to Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:45 p.m., Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 a.m., Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Saturdays: open 24 hours. Sunday from 12:00 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.
  • Prices: Katz's Deli is very expensive. A sandwich costs $ 20. You pay not only for the sensational taste but also for the history of the store.
  • Website: https://katzsdelicatessen.com/

5. Chelsea Market

Ohhh one of my all time favorite places in New York. The Chelsea Market is located in the former Meatpacking District. Meat used to be traded there. Rather rough figures shaped the streetscape. Today you can find hip boutiques, small cafés, the famous Highline and also the Chelsea Market.

The old building has a tasty past. Cookies used to be made here and the famous oreo cookie was invented in this building. To this day, food has a high priority in Chelsea Market. Since it opened in 1997, countless shops and restaurants have moved into the old biscuit factory. But also small boutiques, a market for art and design and other shops with beautiful things.

Here you can stroll wonderfully even on rainy days and drift through the shops. We have been to Chelsea Market several times and each time we discover something new that we didn't notice the last time. Our personal favorites at Chelsea Market are:

“Lobster Place” for oysters and lobster, “Spices & Tease” for spices from all over the world. The “Posman Books” and “Anthropologie” bookstores for interiors and beautiful clothes.

  • Address: 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011, United States
  • Opening times: Monday to Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Prices: Depending on what you are after, the prices are correspondingly high. You can get a good oyster for $ 5 each. A coffee for $ 4. Snacking on more little things is easy on the travel budget.
  • Website: https://www.chelseamarket.com/

6. Meatball Shop

A classic from Italy that immigrants brought to their new home in New York City are meatballs. The Polpetta, meatballs in German, are not only popular with Italians.

In the three Meatball Shops, the old Polpetta recipes have been completely shifted and reinterpreted. The meatball bowls are in the center of the menu. These are classic, but also made from chicken, salmon, vegetarian or vegan. To do this, you choose a sauce and a base. The base can consist of pasta or vegetables or legumes.

For purists, the balls are also simply available pure with sauce. Less is sometimes more. Every day there is a ball de jour, one ball of the day. Be sure to ask the waiter for his recommendation. During our visit we tried different bowls but also the classic meatball sub, a sandwich with meatballs. We had a wonderful afternoon here and the displeasure because we couldn't get a place at Russ & Daughters was gone in an instant.

  • Address: e.g. 84 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002, United States
  • Opening times: Monday to Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Prices: A normal bowl costs $ 15, a sandwich also costs $ 16. You should calculate around $ 20 per person including drink.
  • Website: https://www.themeatballshop.com/

7. Shake Shack

Forget the American West Coast in-n-out burger chain. When it comes to discussions about the best burger chain in the US, New York's Shake Shack is clearly ahead.

We usually prefer fresh and handmade burgers to fast food chains. But at Shake Shack we can't resist. The furnishing of the burger shops alone stands out from the normal fast food chains. You could almost describe the interior in a hipster fashion.

There are over 30 branches in New York. The next Shake Shack is sure to be near you. The menu includes burgers, hot dogs and fries as a side dish. What makes Shake Shack different from other fast food places? There is also wine and delicious beer on the menu for example.

The first burger joint was in Madison Square Park. You can find more locations all over New York and Brooklyn. Who wants to avoid the long lines should z. B. rather go to the branch in Brooklyn on the Brooklyn Bridge or on the Upper East Side.

  • Address: z. B. 1 Old Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States
  • Opening times: daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Price: Double Shack Burger $ 8.09 plus $ 2.99 for fries.
  • View locations on Google Maps (there are a lot of branches in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens)
  • Shake Shack website

8. Pizza at Grimaldis

Big is better. This is especially true of this pizzeria. Not far from the Brooklyn Bridge there are several restaurants that advertise the best pizza in Brooklyn. If you have the choice, you are spoiled for choice. But pizza is as much a part of New York as currywurst is part of Berlin. So we tried pizza, this time at the Grimaldis in Brooklyn.

In the charcoal oven, wafer-thin traditional pizzas are baked at over 1,200 degrees. The dough recipe, which is over 100 years old, is the flagship of the pizzeria below the Brooklyn Bridge. Pizza fans have been happy here since 1990.

On our first evening in New York we stopped here spontaneously without a reservation and were lucky to get a table. The great thing is that you can share very well here. The three of us always shared a large pizza and had it covered according to our personal wishes. And big here really means big. Typically America. Our pizza was served on huge aluminum plates. And we all got full. Pizza New York style, very authentic and inexpensive.

  • Address: 1 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States
  • Opening times: Sunday to Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday until midnight.
  • Price: Small pizza (6 pieces for 1-2 people) base with fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce and basil $ 17. Additional toppings $ 2-4. Large pizza base (8 pieces for 3-4 people $ 19. Please note that only cash payments are possible here.
  • Website: https://www.grimaldispizzeria.com/

9. Smorgasburg Food Market

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Unfortunately, we have not yet captured a good tip. But the Smorgasburg Market in Brooklyn has been on my personal to-do list for New York for years.

Actually, Smorgasburg is not a market, but rather a food fair. You can try out all kinds of culinary experiences at over 100 stands. No matter if typically Italian, Japanese noodles or American style. Foodie dreams come true here. Incidentally, the “Smorga” is the largest weekly open-air food market in America.

Summer Smorgasburg takes place outdoors in Williamsburg and Prospect Park. In winter, a kind of winter market opens in Williamsburg. Smorgasburg attracts over 30,000 people every week. So here it is going quickly. Still an absolute highlight that you should definitely visit. Don't eat anything before you go here, you're guaranteed to want to try more than you can actually eat.

  • Address: 90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, United States
  • Opening times: Saturday and / or Sunday. Be sure to check out the website to see how the current opening times are at the respective location.
  • Price: From to, depending on the stand. There is something for every budget. Be sure to take cash with you, not every stand has a card payment device.
  • Website: https://www.smorgasburg.com/

10. Union Square Greenmarket

Several times a week, part of Union Square is transformed into an open air market. Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., producers from the region offer their products for sale.

It is particularly positive that everything is organic here. Some stands even work with solar panels to supply their stands with electricity. Up to 140 stands offer fruit, vegetables, finished products, baked goods, flowers and other foods.

If you don't necessarily go to the market on a Saturday, Union Square will get really crowded. Otherwise, grab a coffee to go, stroll across the square, ideally enjoy a few rays of sunshine and enjoy the flair of New York. See and be seen included.

  • Address: E 17th St &, Union Square W, New York, NY 10003, United States
  • Opening times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Price: It is certainly not cheap here. But here you only get small appetizers, which also saves the travel budget.
  • Website: https://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket/manhattan-union-square-m

11. The Dutch

In Greenwich Village

Should it be a little nicer? Then we recommend The Dutch in Greenwich Village. Who now thinks it will be Dutch, we have to disappoint. The Dutch simply has good American cuisine. High quality, regional and seasonal.

The menu includes various types of grilled meat, good fish and oysters and a selection of side dishes and starters such as B. Steak tartare, tuna poke, soups or sticky pork ribs.

We tried our way across the menu and tried different dishes. We were completely satisfied and for me it was even my second visit to The Dutch. We don't want to create false expectations, The Dutch is a good choice. But it is definitely not an exceptional cuisine with a high Instagram potential. But if you like to do without it and prefer to enjoy good quality in a pleasant atmosphere, this is the right place for you.

Insider tip: The Corkage Fee principle is offered at The Dutch. That means you can bring up to two bottles of your own wine with your meal. Only costs a flat rate of "only" $ 35.

  • Address: 131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012, United States
  • Opening times: Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m.
  • Price: Main course $ 25-50. The most expensive dish on the menu is the dry-aged rib eye steak for two for $ 135.
  • Website: https://www.thedutchnyc.com/

12. Nathan’s Famous

Coney Island and Brighton Beach

About an hour outside of New York, at the southernmost tip of Brooklyn, is Coney Island. A huge entertainment district arises here every summer. Especially on the Broadwalk, the famous Ferris wheel and the amusement park Luna Park, people cavort away from the center of New York.

Right near the Broadwalk, in 1916 the Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker founded what is now the most famous hot dog chain in the world. The hot dog restaurant became famous for its simple Frankfurter sausages. This was later followed by the annual hot dog eating contest that made Nathan’s famous across the country.

Today you can try Nathan's sausages either in the original restaurant or at the stand on Broadwalk. There are also fries with or without cheese, corn dogs or onion rings. You are definitely eating a piece of New York history here.

  • Address: 1205 Riegelmann Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY 11224, United States
  • Opening times: daily 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Price: $ 5 hot dog and $ 5 fries. Not cheap for fast food, but you also pay for the story and location.
  • Website: https://nathansfamous.com/

13. Milk bar

Who saw "The Chefs Table" starring Christina Tosi on Netflix? With an incredible amount of dedication and love, Christina describes what motivated her to open a bakery. And what storms of enthusiasm her milk, which tastes like cornflakes, triggered in head chef David Chang.

Of course that had to be tested by us as well. The Milk Bar has existed in New York since 2008. From here in the East Village it started its triumphal march and now has branches in LA, Boston, Washington, Las Vegas and Toronto. The Naked Birthday Cake and Crack Pie takes its fans everywhere into a real sugar shock heaven.

We tried the ice cream with Dulce de Leiche, the birthday cake truffles and of course a piece of the crack pie. Sorry, Netflix made us do it.

  • Address: e.g. 251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003, United States
  • Opening times: Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., until Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
  • Prices: A dozen cake truffles cost $ 24, but can of course also be ordered individually
  • Website: https://milkbarstore.com/

14. Sylvia’s

This is my insider tip for everyone who wants to experience the real Harlem. This is exactly how I imagined the real soul food restaurants in the USA. After doing a walking tour of Harlem, I asked our guide for an authentic and delicious restaurant. I was looking for a recommendation where there is typical American soul food. Exactly what used to be on every card in Harlem before gentrification struck.

Joclyn then led us to Sylvias. This is where the African American community goes to eat. A place reserved for family celebrations. A retsurant where exactly what the 80-year-old Joclyn knows from her childhood comes to the table.

Chicken and Waffles, Fried Chicken or Grilled U.S. Prime steak. Everything that heartily nourishes the soul comes here on the menu, just typical soul food. Admittedly, vegetarians have a rather manageable selection here. Vegan dishes didn't even exist back then. Just ask the friendly staff.

What makes Sylvias so unique? It's just like something out of a movie. Loud, warm, children are running around everywhere and back then the chairs still had funny plastic covers. So by no means fancy and fancy, but incredibly real and delicious. My little insider tip in Harlem.

  • Address: 328 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10027, United States
  • Opening times: Wednesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10.30 p.m., Sunday to Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 10.30 p.m.
  • Prices: Main courses cost between $ 10-30, a lemonade pitcher is $ 9.50.
  • Website: http://sylviasrestaurant.com/

15. Tinas Place

We opened this breakfast bar in the middle of Bushwick. It should be cheap, typically American breakfast. With pancakes, free refill of coffee and stained newspapers on the counter.

We found exactly that with Tina. Between the last night owls, construction workers and many locals, we squeezed into a much too small shop. But that has to be the case and somehow belongs to it.

Don't expect fancy hipster bowls or caramel-flavored latte macchiatos here. Everything is more basic here. Scrambled eggs with sausages, pancakes with maple syrup and sausages with fried eggs. There was also black coffee, there wasn't even any plant-based milk. If that still doesn't scare off, Tina has a solid foundation for z. B. a walking street art tour of Bushwick.

  • Address: 1002 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206, United States
  • Opening times: Monday to Friday from 5:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday to Sunday from 3:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Prices: Per person and breakfast, calculate at $ 10-20 depending on what you choose. E.g. French toast $ 4, spinach omelette $ 6.00 or pancakes $ 4.00.

16. Hometown BBQ

In Red Hook, Brooklyn

As is well known, self-praise stinks, but I am always highly praised for my restaurant selection. However, I surpassed myself for my Hometown BBQ.

At the end of Brooklyn, in the Red Hook waterfront, you'll find the Hometown BBQ. Unfortunately, it has not been an insider tip since it appeared on national TV, but this barbecue paradise has not yet appeared in most travel guides.

Here you get the best spare ribs we have ever eaten. We took over something and shared a whole rack for two. A halfrack would have done it by a long way. There was also mac cheese, Hometown Slaw, beans and potato salad. Everything is of excellent quality and tastes unique.

Unfortunately, you cannot make reservations at the Hometown BBQ. Here you have to stand in line, order, get a number and pick up food at the bar. Especially on weekends when the Hometown BBQ is playing live music, it gets incredibly crowded. Coming early is worth it, plan enough waiting time.

A little hint: to the Hometown BBQ it's best to take an Uber or the bus. Unfortunately there is no subway here. The advantage of the location is that very few tourists get lost here.

  • Address: 454 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, United States- Hours of Operation: 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM, daily.
  • Prices: half a pound of spare ribs $ 14, side dishes in small $ 6 in large $ 10.
  • Website: https://hometownbbq.com/

17. Le Pain Quotidien

America is the paradise of the sumptuous breakfast plates. Everything is a bit bigger, that's fun for a while, but at some point you long for the old-fashioned. This is what happened to us in New York. The day came when we just wanted a yogurt with fruit, normal bread and a really good coffee.

Since the hipster breakfast spots started popping up, you have a lot more choice and you get a breakfast based on the European model. A few years ago the only place where this was possible was Le Pain Quotidien.

What began in Belgium found its way to New York in 1997. To this day, you can still eat sourdough bread, delicious croissants, hearty breakfast variations and sweet cakes at Le Pain Quotidien. There are now numerous branches in New York and therefore one near you. Not a must-do, but certainly a good starting point for the day.

  • Address: e.g. 1271 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020, United States
  • Opening times: Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m.
  • Prices: Croissant $ 3.99, Avocado Toast $ 11.99, Granola Parfait $ 9.79. Lunch dishes $ 10-20.
  • Website: https://www.lepainquotidien.com/

18. Juniors cheesecake

In Midtown, Manhattan

Oh yeah, I like it to be authentic. I prefer to dive between the locals and watch the goings-on. Juniors was a recommendation when looking for an original New York cheesecake.

The bakery has three branches in New York. But I would recommend everyone to visit the original in Brooklyn. Dessert dreams have come true here since 1929. According to an old family recipe, "The World's Most Fabulous Cheesecake" is baked here. In the self-test we were literally struck by it. It's definitely not a small piece of cake in the afternoon, more like a whole meal.

Inside the restaurant everything is typically American style. The interior is red and white and everything was getting on a bit when we visited. But that doesn't detract from the whole thing and just makes the experience even more authentic. Between families celebrating family celebrations, we sat on funny chairs and spooned huge Sundae cups and admired countless pieces of cake on tablets.

If, like me, you prefer other types of cake than the New York Cheesecake, you will still find it here. The menu also includes red velvet cake, carrot cake, various hot dishes and huge sandwiches. Breakfast is also served all day. So perfect for late risers.

  • Address: 386 Flatbush Ave Ext, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States
  • Hours of Operation: Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to midnight.
  • Prices: A piece of cheesecake $ 7.95, sandwiches $ 10-20, a cup of coffee $ 4.
  • Website: https://www.juniorscheesecake.com/

19. Whole Foods

Anyone who follows us diligently in the social networks knows that certain traditions have now become established. In new places we always visit a local supermarket. Yes, exactly a normal supermarket, where the normal residents of a town go shopping. No kiosk or take-away shop, but the local supermarket.

Why? Because you get to know real life here. What do you buy B. the New Yorkers for their refrigerator at home. What products are there that we don't know yet. The crazier the place, the more exciting it gets. The planned 10 minutes can quickly turn into an hour of discovery tour. We almost always find things where we ask ourselves: why doesn't this exist in Germany? Or we come to our tasting limits and sometimes reach for products that we can hardly get down. But that's the fun and we can only recommend everyone to do it right away.

Whole Foods is a supermarket chain from the USA that is particularly known for its lavish healthy range. When we visited her for the first time, the fruit and vegetable department alone literally killed us. It went on in exactly the same way in all other departments. Big is better is probably the motto here.

The take away counters in Whole Foods are particularly great for tourists. There are hot and cold dishes to take away. Pack up a delicious selection and take your loot with you to the park. Picnic in the sun is great. And it'll save you a few dollars too. Anyone who has stayed in an Air BnB can also have groceries delivered from Whole Foods. There are special deals for Prime members to save.

  • Address: z. B. 10 Columbus Circle Ste Sc101, New York, NY 10019, United States
  • Opening times: daily from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Prices: The prices at Whole Foods are tough. Expect 30-50% more than for a purchase in Germany.
  • Website: https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/

20. Momofuku Noodle Bar

Anyone who loves looking for food programs on Netflix as much as I do, knows Momofuku. David Chang is the owner of Momofuku and also host of Netflix series Ugly Delicious. David is an incredibly personable cook with a lot of humor and a certain down-to-earth attitude that you don't expect. After all, his restaurants in the USA are known far beyond the country's borders.

At Momofuku everything is about noodles. After his time in Japan, David Chang was inspired by the Japanese ramen bars and opened one in New York without further ado. The ramen menu is supplemented by small snacks and based on the classic ramen recipes. But with an American twist. So there is, for example, too Ramen With Beef Brisket or Scallops.

Despite the fame of the restaurants, the prices are humane. Here you can get a serving of pasta plus a drink for under $ 30. It is of course much more difficult to get a table. The Momofoku is traditionally a walk-in restaurant. You can also reserve tables for up to 5 people via the website. Reservations are always open 30 days in advance, so be quick. All Japan fans will be happy here.

  • Address: z. B. 10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019, United States
  • Opening times: daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Prices: $ 10-30 per regular pasta dish
  • Website: https://momofukunoodlebar.com/

21. Dylan's Candy Bar

By chance we ended up here on our first New York trip. The daughter of designer Ralph Lauren, Dylan Lauren, has built a true candy paradise here. Here you will find M & M’s in all colors, rubber animals and sour foods as well as sweetened everything your sweet tooth desires.

In the meantime, Dylan's Candy Bar has blossomed into a small sweet empire. With several branches in New York, but also Miami, Los Angeles, Hawaii and the Bahamas, Dylan has created small candy temples.

The shop became known through Gossip Girl. In one scene, Vanessa and Dan buy an anniversary present for Nate. The fans among you certainly know what is meant. For everyone else: it's sweet, colorful and tasty. Sometimes it has to be enough.

  • Address: z. B. 1011 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10065, United States
  • Opening times: daily from 10:00 a.m. Open Monday to Thursday until 9 p.m., Friday to Saturday until 11 p.m.
  • Prices: The more you buy, the more expensive. A Dylan's Candy Bar Mega Candy Necklace costs z. B. $ 6.50. Quite steep for a string of sugar pearls.
  • Website: https://www.dylanscandybar.com/

Tip in New York

Eating and drinking well in the USA is always more expensive than in Germany. We have already got used to this on our numerous trips abroad. In New York, many service employees only get a relatively low hourly wage and live from tips.

As soon as you get the bill, don't be alarmed. Often the net prices are on the menu and the tax is also listed on the invoice. Then there is the tip. This should amount to an average of 15-20% of the invoice amount. Sometimes this is included in the total bill. You can recognize this by the word "Service Charge". Some restaurants also give tips and charge you a percentage of 10, 15 or 20%. Otherwise, do a rough rollover in the head and round up. You can then enter the tip in a specially provided field.

Useful information about eating out

Here I have summarized some general information for you. Reserve from tip to table.

When do you eat in New York

The meal times in the restaurants are similar to ours. Breakfast on the weekend from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. or longer, transitioning to brunch. Lunch between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. and in the evening between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. in a restaurant. Often right after work on weekdays and later on weekends. However, there are numerous restaurants that reserve breakfast all day or offer warm food late at night.

I like to check the opening times on Yelp or Google before visiting.

Reserve a table

You can often make a reservation for the restaurant you want on the website. Sometimes you can still register at the entrance. Then online reservation is often included OpenTable or Yelp possible.

For some restaurants, the earlier the better. The best restaurants are often booked out for months.

In the restaurant upon arrival

If you arrive at the restaurant (also applies to cafés or bars) you wait at the entrance according to the "wait to be seated" principle. Wait at the entrance until an employee leads you to a free table. If you haven't made a reservation, expect longer waiting times.

Pay in the restaurant

In the US, everyone pays by credit card. The waiter comes with a box or case that contains the bill. Check the bill and put the credit card (or cash) in the case. The waiter takes this and brings two receipts. You can then indicate the tip on one for the restaurant. Usually around twice the tax (around 17%).

Tips on tips

As a general rule, waiters live on tips, not salaries. So it's a must. By the way, Germans are stingy when it comes to tips. I attribute it to ignorance.

With us, 10-15 percent is the rule (most give less). In the US it's 15-20 percent. Employees are dependent on tips, because the basic salary is often less than 5 euros per hour.

A friend gave us the rule of thumb “double tax” as a guideline. Double the sales tax and give this as a tip.

If you have a drink in a bar, expect to tip about 1-2 dollars per drink.

Incidentally, it is not welcome to leave the tip on the table when paying in cash. If so, then in bills, please.

Sometimes the tip is already included in the bill

The new trend, which we have seen more and more frequently for a few years, is that the restaurant already includes tips in the price. This is then also noted on the invoice. Make sure you don't have to tip any more.

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These are just 21 of the best New York City restaurants we ate at on our multiple visits to NYC.

The variety of good food in New York is incredible. You could spend the whole day going from food spot to food spot. On foot, of course, somehow these calories have to be worked off again.

Don't necessarily limit yourself to our tips, because New York offers a lot more delicious food. Nevertheless, we created a Google Maps map in which we entered our favorite restaurants and cafés. If you get hungry you just have to open the map and see if you are near one of the locations.

Have fun and enjoy your meal in New York! This article was more fun than ever and in the meantime one or the other little thing had to be cleaned up, we got so hungry.

Do you have any more delicious tips for eating out in New York? Write us your recommendations in the comments. The next trip to NYC is definitely coming up soon.

FAQ: Frequently asked questions about eating out in New York

What do you have to eat in New York?

For us, the following specialties are on the menu in New York:
1. Pizza (Due to the Italian immigrants you can find really good pizzas in New York. You can find tips in the article above)
2. bagels: What would a New York trip be without having been to Ess-A-Bagel?
3. Burger (Shake Shack)
4. New York Cheesecake. Just so delicious and wonderfully unhealthy.
5. Donuts / cronuts (the mix of bagel and donut)
6. hot dog at Nathan's or at one of the hot dog stands
7. Cupcakes
8. Typical American breakfast (Tips can be found in the article)
9. Pastrami sandwich. Okay, that only applies to meat eaters.
10, Food halls explore. For example Chelsea Market and feed through.

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