In this New York City food guide you’ll find 10 must-eat restaurants in NYC that I can almost guarantee will satisfy your taste buds.

One of the greatest things about New York City is the diversity of the people; And there’s no better way to experience New York City’s melting pot than by digging into its food.

If you love to eat, this guide on some of the best restaurants in NYC is for you.

Note: New York City is a gigantic city with thousands and thousands of restaurants. So this list of top 10 restaurants in NYC is by all means not complete, but it’s a selection of the best restaurants I personally tried during my recent trip. If you have other favorite restaurants in New York City (not mentioned in this guide), I’d love for your to share it in the comments below.

Katz's Delicatessen
The legendary pastrami at Katz’s Delicatessen

1. Katz’s Delicatessen

Easily one of the most famous New York City restaurants, Katz’s Delicatessen is an institution that has been serving classic sandwiches since 1888.

Although they have a variety of foods on their menu, the single reason you should eat at Katz’s Deli is for their pastrami. The pastrami is sensational, fall apart tender, with a perfect ratio of fat to meat, and a crust of black pepper and secret spices. It’s everything you could want in pastrami.

When you enter Katz’s Delicatessen you’ll be handed a little yellow ticket (make sure you hold onto this and don’t lose it or they will charge you, seriously). Take the little yellow ticket and go to the bar-style counter and hand it to a cutter. The cutter will take your order, and fix your sandwiches. Oftentimes your cutter will give you a sample of the pastrami as he’s making your sandwich. It’s expected that you give your cutter a tip.

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Reuben with pastrami

Then you take your sandwich, sit down at an empty table, and sink your teeth into a ridiculously thick meat sandwich, and enjoy every single bite of it!

When I ate at Katz’s Delicatessen, my wife and I ordered the reuben with pastrami, and a half corned beef, with a side of coleslaw and a plate of pickles. The corned beef was alright, nothing special for me, but the reuben pastrami was insane. Also, I didn’t care for the coleslaw as it was quite sweet, but the kosher pickles were excellent.

Expert eater tip: If you go for lunch, Katz’s Deli is known for being crazy busy. So if you’re up for it when you’re in New York City, go for breakfast, after they open at 8 am. My wife and I were there just after 8 am, and we nearly had the entire restaurant to ourselves (plus we had the rest of the day to burn off all that pastrami).

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Withstanding the test of time – Katz’s Delicatessen

Address: 205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, USA
Open hours: 8 am – 10:45 pm on Monday – Wednesday, 8 am – 2:45 am on Thursday, 8 am – all night on Friday, open all day on Saturday, 8 am – 10:45 pm on Sunday.
Prices: Katz’s Deli is very expensive, there’s just no other way to put it – $20 for a sandwich!!? But I guess you pay food and legend. My total bill came to $48.56.
How to get there: The restaurant is located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. I took the subway to 2nd Ave station, and it’s just a five minute walk down Houston St. to Katz’s Deli.

Spicy Village Restaurant
Spicy Big Tray Chicken at Spicy Village

2. Spicy Village

“[The chicken] is marinated in Budweiser, salt, pepper and MSG.”

As I was rummaging my chopsticks through the beauty that is the “Spciy Big Tray Chicken” at Spicy Village restaurant, I caught a glimpse of an article written by the New York Times posted on the wall, written all about Spicy Village and especially focused on the dish I was about to devour.

Spicy Village is a tiny restaurant located in Chinatown in Manhattan that specializes in home-cooked style dishes from the central Henan province of China, plus some extra dishes that have roots in Xinjiang – the Spicy Big Tray Chicken being one of them.

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It’s an incredible combination of flavors!

If you’re a spicy food fanatic, and love cumin, food can hardly get any better than the Spicy Big Tray Chicken.

Again, the chicken is deep fried in a unique concoction (that includes beer), then braised in a spicy chili, cumin, and Sichuan pepper soup. I ordered it with hand-pulled noodles, which went with the dish perfectly, but rice would have been equally as good.

I included Spicy Village on my list of best restaurants in NYC because the powerful flavors and the friendliness of this little restaurant are standout.

Big thanks to Monty in NYC who recommended Spicy Village, saying it was a restaurant I’d be sure to love.

Spicy Village
Spicy Village, small restaurant with big flavors

Address: 68 Forsyth St #B, New York, NY 10002, USA
Open hours: 10 am – 11 pm on Monday – Saturday (closed on Sunday)
Prices: The Spicy Big Tray Chicken which was serve two costs in the $14 range.
How to get there: Spicy Village is located on the edge of Chinatown, a few minutes walk from Grand St. subway station.

Di Fara Pizza
Restaurants in NYC – Di Fara Pizza

3. Di Fara Pizza

When you think about food in New York City, pizza is probably one of the first foods you think of; Not eating pizza in NYC would be the same as getting into a car and not going anywhere – you simply do not do that.

In any New York City travel or food guide, you’ll find dozens of legendary pizza restaurants like Lombardi’s, which is one of the first pizzerias in America, and Grimaldi’s which is known for their coal brick oven pizza.

But when I asked where to go for the best pizza in New York City, I got an overwhelming answer to try Di Fara Pizza in Brooklyn.

Long known, especially among the food obsessed of New York, Di Fara Pizza is a small family run restaurant owned by pizza making legend, Domenico DeMarco (and now his family as he’s getting quite elderly). In this article on Business Insider, DeMarco explains that one of the reasons why their pizza is so good is because their ingredients, including the tomatoes and cheese, all come directly from Italy.

One day on my food trip to New York City my wife and I decided to take a food mission to Brooklyn, stopping first at Di Fara Pizza. We arrived about 20 minutes before they opened at noon, and I was lucky to be first in line for the day. After much contemplation, and reading this post from Serious Eats, I finally decided to order the classic thin crust round pie, with half only cheese and half with pepperoni.

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Yes, you do want to look at your pizza up this close.

I put in my order, and after about 15 minutes my pizza came out of the oven, the cheese sizzling and nearly sliding around on top of the pie. What I loved most is that they scissor cut on some fresh basil right on the top of the sizzling cheese before serving it.

Words are hard to describe how good and how simple tasting the pizza at Di Fara Pizza was.

The crust was thin and crisp on the bottom, gooey on the inside, with a slight sweet and slightly tart tomato sauce, a perfect layer of cheese, and that fresh basil to give it the extra touch.

Di Fara Pizza
Di Fara Pizza in Brooklyn

Address: 1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230, USA
Open hours: 12 pm – 8 pm on Tuesday – Sunday (closed on Mondays)
Prices: Prices at Di Fara Pizza are known to be kind of ridiculously expensive. I paid $31 for my full pizza, or if you’ll pay $5 per slice.
How to get there: Di Fara is located in Brooklyn. I took the subway from Manhattan all the way to Avenue J station, which took about 45 minutes, and the restaurant is literally across the street from the exit of the subway station.

The Halal Guys
Chicken over rice at The Halal Guys



4. The Halal Guys

What could be so good about chicken over rice?

That’s what I thought to myself before ever eating at The Halal Guys, one of the original New York City street food carts. Their food is Middle Eastern inspired and they serve Halal food as their name pretty clearly suggests.

“Make sure you get a lot of sauce, both the white sauce and the red chili sauce,” are what many people told me about eating at The Halal Guys.

One night in New York City, my wife and I walked through Times Square and we were thinking of places to eat when I remembered the original The Halal Guys was not too far of a walk away. We went to the location, right across the street from the Hilton Midtown hotel.

I ordered the chicken over rice, which came in a foil container with a base of orange colored rice, topped with a layer of semi-shredded chicken on top, some iceberg lettuce, and a few pieces of bread on the side. Since I ordered for takeaway, I got the white and red sauce in little packets on the side.

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Don’t skimp on the sauce!

First, I decided to try the chicken and rice on its own. It was pretty plain.

Then I squeezed on the white and red sauce.

Let me tell you, when it comes to The Halal Guys, it’s ALL about the white and red sauce. That’s where secret of flavor lies and the explosion of taste is. The swirl of creamy white sauce, and the spicy chili filled red sauce, drenched over the chicken rice is the only way to eat The Halal Guys.

Expert eating tip: Whatever you do, don’t under-do the sauce. Seriously, The Halal Guys is all about the sauce.

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The Halal Guys street food cart on 53rd Street

Address: W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, USA
Open hours: 10 am – 4 am daily, one of the late night restaurants in NYC when you need a huge meal at 3 am!
Prices: For New York City, The Halal Guys is one of the best places to eat in NYC on a budget, and for the how full you’ll get to the price ratio, it’s a good deal. The chicken over rice cost me $7.
How to get there: Probably the closest subway station is 7th Ave, but you can also walk from Central Park or anywhere in Midtown.

Russ & Daughters
The Classic at Russ & Daughters

5. Russ & Daughters

Another New York City heritage staple is Russ & Daughters, a deli with beginnings as a street food pushcart and has been “Appetizing since 1914.”

Russ & Daughters is one of the most famous New York City restaurants for serving all types of salmon, both smoked and salt cured, with bagels and cream cheese. They also have a pretty extensive selection of other delicious foods like herring, salads, and dried fruits and nuts.

When I arrived to Russ & Daughters on a morning at about 10 am, the line was out the door. But it didn’t take more than five minutes for me to get inside and take a ticket. It was standing room only, but after about 15 minutes my number was called (which happened to be just the right amount of time for me to decide what I wanted to order).

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Cured and smoked salmon selection

What is Gravlax?

Many of the terms are various ways of preserving salmon with Scandinavian origins. Gravlax is the term used for cured salmon, usually in salt and sugar.

Another common salmon at Russ & Daughters is belly lox, with is salted cured salmon belly, known for being fatty and very salty. Lucky Peach published this great guide about the different types of salmon you’ll find at Russ & Daughters.

Despite wanting to order a selection of different salmons, my budget wouldn’t allow. So I chose an everything bagel with Scottish smoked salmon, caviar cream cheese, with tomatoes and onions.

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Everything bagel, Scottish smoked salmon, and caviar cream cheese

The smoked salmon bagel was much smaller than I had anticipated. However, the taste quality was superb. The salmon literally melted in my mouth and was nearly the same texture as the thick layer of caviar cream cheese which was spread on both sides of the bagel.

Similar to Katz’s Delicatessen, although the food is of excellent quality and bound to satisfy, it’s by all means not one of the budget restaurants in NYC; You pay extra for the legendary status of the restaurant.

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Russ & Daughters since 1914

Address: 179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, USA
Open hours: 8 am – 8 pm on Monday – Friday, 8 am – 7 pm on Saturday, and 8 am – 5:30 pm on Sunday.
Prices: I had a classic sandwich for $13.88. Believe me I had to take that one sandwich and run, for fear that if I hung around longer, I would rack up a $100 bill.
How to get there: You can get to Russ & Daughters from a number of subway stations depending on where you are in New York City, but I took the subway to 2nd Avenue station and it’s about a 3 minute walk from there.

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Ethiopian food at Meske in NYC

6. Meske Ethiopian Restaurant

Along with more famous New York City restaurants that have become institutions in the city, NYC also provides you with the opportunity to sample cuisines from around the world.

Ethiopian food happens to be a personal favorite of mine, and when I was in NYC, I met up with my good fried Sarah from OHK World, and she took me to one of her favorite Ethiopian restaurants in the city: Meske Ethiopian Restaurant.

Not only is Ethiopian food delicious, but the family style of eating together, is what truly makes it a great experience. On the menu you’ll find both a meat or a vegetarian combination platter which includes a variety of special dishes, which all come on top a tray of injera (which is a pancake like sour bread made from teff flour).

I’d recommend ordering a mixed combination of your choice, plus a few extra dishes like special tibs and/or doro wot (an Ethiopian stew of chicken, egg, and lots of berbere).

Meske serves excellent Ethiopian food and is one of the restaurants in NYC in this guide that also has many vegetarian options.

Meske Ethiopian Restaurant
Meske Ethiopian Restaurant

Address: 468 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036, USA
Open hours: 12 noon – 10:30 pm daily
Prices: There were three of us, and we had a pretty significant meal plus drinks and our bill came to about $90. You’re looking to spend about $30 per person.
How to get there: Meske is located in Hell’s Kitchen a couple blocks from 50th Street station.

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New York City’s Shake Shack

7. Shake Shack

From In-N-Out to Five Guys, the United States is hardly immune from burger wars.

When it comes to the best burger chain in the United States, New York’s Shake Shack has been leading a burger revolution and wowing burger fanatics recently. Here’s a pretty complete burger chain taste test comparison on Serious Eats.

I honestly normally prefer fresh hand-made burgers over fast food burgers, but when passing though Madison Square Park (the original location of Shake Shack) I couldn’t resist trying one of the most famous burger chain restaurants in NYC to see what it was all about.

The menu includes burgers, hot dogs, and shakes, and I decided to go straight for the Double Shack Burger with a side order of fries.

Shake Shack burgers
The Double Shack Burger

A couple of quick things to tell you about the Shake Shack burger:

I won’t deny, I enjoyed every bite of my Double Shake Shack burger down to the last drip of beef grease.

Shake Shack in NYC
The original Shake Shack at Madison Square Park

Address: Madison Ave & E.23rd St, New York, NY 10010, USA
Open hours: 11 am – 11 pm daily
Prices: My Double Shack Burger cost $8.09 plus $2.99 for regular fries. I think they are pretty average prices for NYC fast food restaurants.
How to get there: You can get to Madison Square Park the quickest from 23rd Street subway station.

Gloria’s Caribbean Cuisine
Large curry chicken plate at Gloria’s Caribbean Cuisine

8. Gloria’s Caribbean Cuisine

Gloria’s Caribbean Cuisine, located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, serves a mix of Caribbean food, most of which is Trinidadian.

For incredibly delicious curries and friendly service, Gloria’s Caribbean Cuisine is one of the restaurants in NYC you don’t want to miss.

On the menu you can order a good variety of different curries paired with side dishes, and they also have rotis and doubles (a Trinidad and Tobago fried flatbread sandwich).

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Large curry fish plate

When my wife and I ate at Gloria’s Caribbean Cuisine we ordered two plates, one with curry chicken and the other curry fish, which both came with a number of vegetable sides and rice.

From the moment I lifted the lid on my to-go foil container, and that cloud of steam filled with the aroma of spices hit my nose, I could hardly contain my excitement.

The taste of the curries are just as good as they smell.

The only thing I regret is only ordering a curry plate without trying the doubles. So next time I eat at Gloria’s Caribbean Cuisine I’ll be ordering a couple doubles straight away.

Gloria’s Caribbean Cuisine
Gloria’s Caribbean Cuisine

Address: 764 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216, USA
Open hours: 11 am – 9 pm on Tuesday – Thursday, 11 am – 9:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 11 am – 8:30 pm on Sunday and Monday
Prices: The large sized plates cost $11 – $14, but the portion sizes are huge and well worth it.
How to get there: To get to Gloria’s Caribbean Cuisine in Brooklyn you can take the subway to Nostrand Ave station and it’s about a 10 minute walk from there.

Xi'an Famous Foods
The ridiculously good spicy cumin lamb noodles at Xi’an Famous Foods

9. Xi’an Famous Foods

With multiple locations around New York City, Xi’an Famous Foods specializes in serving flavors from Xi’an, a city located in the northwestern part of China.

Unlike Chinese Cantonese food, Chinese food from Xi’an is more heavy on spices, namely cumin, chilies (and plenty of chili oil), and Sichuan pepper.

When it comes to restaurants in NYC, Xi’an Famous Foods is one of my personal favorites. I could probably eat something off their menu everyday and be very happy.

Xi'an Famous Foods
Wonderfully refreshing spicy Asian cucumbers

Like I already mentioned above, you’ll find convenient locations of Xi’an Famous Foods around NYC, but I decided to make the trip from Manhattan to Flushing to visit the original location, tucked away down in the bottom basement of the Golden Shopping Mall.

The food center in the bottom of the mall is beautiful, it literally feels like you’ve traveled out of New York and straight to China.

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You’ll never want this plate of noodles to end…

Despite wanting to order the entire menu, since there were a few more restaurants I wanted to eat at in Flushing, I decided to keep it simple and order a plate of spicy cumin lamb hand-ripped noodles and a side of spicy Asian cucumber salad (see the full menu here).

The noodles were everything I had hoped for, gooey and thick, and soaked in their exquisite secret chili oil and Sichuan pepper blend. The lamb just made things even better, but I would have been seriously happy just with the noodles and chili oil!

Golden Shopping Center
Xi’an Famous Foods original branch at Golden Shopping Center

Address: Golden Shopping Mall, 41-28 Main St Basement, Suite 36, Flushing, NY 11355
Open hours: 10:30 am 9:15 on Sunday to Thursday and 10:30 am – 9:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday
Prices: Hand pulled plates of exquisite noodles cost in the $7 – $9 per plate range.
How to get there: Take the NYC subway to Flushing Main Street station and it’s about a 5 minute walk over to the Golden Shopping mall. Head directly downstairs and start eating.

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Adobada taco at Los Tacos No.1

10. Los Tacos No.1

After graduating from University in the United States, in 2009 I decided to travel to Southeast Asia, and I never moved back.

And as much as I love Thai food, one of the only main cuisines I really miss living in Bangkok is Mexican food. It’s not the Tex-Mex type of food that I miss, but it’s the real proper tacos where you can taste the meat, the smokiness, and the fiery dry chilies in the salsa.

After doing some extensive research on restaurants in NYC that serve Mexican food, especially Mexican style street food, I came across Los Tacos No.1 located at Chelsea Market, and immediately knew it was a restaurant I needed to try.

If you’re looking for some of the best tacos New York City has to offer, and possibly equally as good as tacos elsewhere in the United States, Los Tacos No.1 will satisfy your every need.

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This is exactly what I want to see part way through a taco.

I ordered one of each of their tacos: adobada, carne asada, pollo asado, and nopal.

You can then choose to have your tacos with corn or flour tortillas, and I ordered two of each. The tacos are decorated with cilantro, onions, and guacamole, and you can add your own salsa, extra dried chilies, and lime wedges to squeeze on top.

For taco lovers Los Tacos No.1 is one of must eat places in NYC. All the tacos were good, but the best was the adobada, cooked on a doner that reminded me of Istanbul, on a corn tortilla with all toppings and extra salsa.

Los Tacos No.1
Los Tacos No.1 at Chelsea Market, NYC

Address: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
Open hours: 11 am – 9 pm from Monday – Saturday, 11 am – 8 pm on Sunday
Prices: I ordered four tacos and my bill came to $14 which isn’t by any means budget or cheap, but it’s pretty typical prices for restaurants in New York City.
How to get there: Los Tacos No.1 is located at Chelsea Market, which is a five to ten minute walk from 14th Street subway station.

Map of NYC restaurants

On the map there are a few extra restaurants as well, but the restaurants listed in this guide are 1 – 10 on this map.

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Hot dogs are good, but there’s so much more to eat in NYC!

Conclusion

There you have it, 10 of the top restaurants in NYC that I ate at during my visit to New York City.

And finally again, I just can’t stop thinking about the diversity of New York City, the people that call it home, and the melting pot of delicious food available.

By all means don’t limit yourself to only the 10 restaurants included in this New York City food guide, but I hope it gives you some ideas of must-eat restaurants in NYC that you don’t want to miss!

90 comments. I'd love to hear from you!

  • Dave T

    5 years ago

    Yes – as soon as I touch down in NYC I drop my bags and head to the X’ian Chinatown location for the lamb dumpling in that fantastic chili broth – not so hot/spicy, but so intense spicy.

  • Yan White

    5 years ago

    Hey Mark, I’m right now in New York City, will definitely try on your recommendation!! Thank you for sharing!

    • Joel Bruner

      5 years ago

      Good luck Yan, that city is amazing. Have a nice trip, and all the best for 2019.

  • Michael Guerrero

    6 years ago

    Hey Mark, I’m going to New York from May 24-29! I will try Xian Famous Food!

  • Thomas Macfarlane

    7 years ago

    Hey Mark, my girlfriend and I both really love your reviews and restaurant choices. She is French and I’m an American transplanted to Paris and I’ve been here eight years. l think you should do a video on some of the great food in Paris — not the MIchelin-starred places, which are of course great, but all the much admired and beloved places that the locals go to, much like your selection of places in NYC (where I went to school and where we’re going in October). What do you think? We’d be glad to make some suggestions. By the way your suggestions for Lisboa were GREAT and we had a great time there two months ago. Thanks so much!

  • Terry

    7 years ago

    As a lifelong NYer, you did my city proud by not only hitting the namesake touristy places, but also the hole in the wall joints like Gloria’s and the Ethiopian spot. Come back soon.

  • Jerry Hassan

    7 years ago

    Hi guys, great videos. Next time you go to NYC. I recommend to visit Koreatown and check out Miss Korea. A great Korean BBQ restaurant, order an assortment. Also visit the Ansel Kitchen for the most awesome fluffy cheesecake made from Creme Fraische, rather than tradition cream cheese.

  • bangkokbanjo

    7 years ago

    Kat’s famous is now closed. Long an historic deli, the place closed down at the end of 2016

    • Joe

      7 years ago

      Katz didnt close, Carnegie Deli did.

  • batanu

    7 years ago

    great job Mark,thank you for all what u do for us,with you i discover many new thinks,thank you

  • SERENA ZOU

    7 years ago

    Mark, remember to try the spicy noodles from “Lao Ma Ma La Tang 老妈麻辣烫” should you ever encounter it somewhere. It is probably the best I have eaten in my more than eight years of residence in Flushing.

  • Lina Mohd Sah

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark! Congratulations once again for your newly born baby boy. Thank you so much for sharing the details of every eating places you visited which certainly will help us in our foods hunting mission whenever we’re in the city.
    Hope you’re always doing great and never stop sharing your vlogs. Have a great day ahead!

  • L Vernon

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark….Katz’s named first! Very nice. No Ray’sPizza .. Or Spumoni Gardens or Nathan’s…but loved article. Very best. Len

  • fahry

    7 years ago

    WOW. Thanks Mark for sharing. Everytime I watch your video, I can’t stop eating as well in front of my laptop 😀 Soo, I will visit NYC in 2019 insha Allah!

    • Andrew

      7 years ago

      2019 is so far away

  • bob mimis

    7 years ago

    Good afternoon Mark, as usual a top notch presentation again ,the SHAKE SHACK sure looks appetizing my mouth is watering every time i see a new picture look forward to your next city

  • Kyle

    7 years ago

    If you love Mexican Cuisine, definitely give Cosme a try next time. Its in the Flatiron District. They have amazing food and cocktails, it will not disappoint!

  • Rufus

    7 years ago

    Mark, can you suggest some hotels that i can stay in a budget . May i ask which hotel you stayed in. Thanks.

  • G

    7 years ago

    I feel like if you ever get a chance to come back to NYC, you should spend a little more time on Brooklyn. Surprised L&B was not featured. Along with L&B, Rollin Roaster, and Leonis Delhi would have also been good features. Hope you had a good time, and hope you come back soon!

  • Malichat Ua-anant

    7 years ago

    Gosh! I’m hungry. Ethiopian dish remind me of some E-sarn dish in Thailand. The same arrangement. 10 Great choices. Thanks again and again.

  • Susan de Guzman

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark , I just love your site. Your Thailand food reviews are fantastic . Nice to see you’re getting International now.
    More power to you and the success of your site.You have such a nice lovable personality. How about a TV show?

  • Christopher Smith

    7 years ago

    Awesome list! Very inclusive of every neighbourhood and palette. I would respectfully give Ipudo Ramen an honourable mention here too!

  • Edna Nieves Tongco

    7 years ago

    All were mouth watery foods…it seems delicious and very tasty.

  • Jojo George

    7 years ago

    Many thanks for sharing, Mark. New York is in my list for the year 2017, God Willing!

  • erlina abaring

    7 years ago

    I was living in New York for 15+ years, been going back every now and then to visit friends and family. Been to some places that you’ve visited. Glad you and Ying had a great time. Truly New York is a city u can’t forget. Hope you will visit Chicago too.

  • Fortuna

    7 years ago

    I will save this email until I can go to New York, a few from that list sound so interesting and the food looks good …

  • Joey

    7 years ago

    How much do you recommend to tip the cutter at Katz?

  • Matthew

    7 years ago

    Hey Mark, I’m a huge fan that looks forward to your awesome videos twice a week and I’m also from Trinidad. I’m glad to finally see you taste some Trinidad food. Hope you get your hands on those doubles soon! P.S. as you love spicy food ask for medium to heavy on the pepper sauce 😉

  • Rick

    7 years ago

    As a native NYer – I am very impressed with this list.
    Spot on. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of great restaurants in NYC

  • P. S. Seshadri

    7 years ago

    Plan to be in NYC in 2017. Will keep your recommendations in mind while I shop for food.
    Is it OK to eat many of the food you describe with my hand?
    Your passion for food is amazing!!!! Merry Christmas.

    • Andrew

      7 years ago

      Not the Chinese noodle soup though

  • Heidi

    7 years ago

    Woah – I’m just about to go to NYC for 3 weeks, so your post couldn’t have come at a better time! Thanks so much for compiling this list, I’m going to try and make my way through all 10 🙂

    • Heidi

      7 years ago

      Thank you very much, I’ll report back on the food 😉

  • Sean Wilkie

    7 years ago

    Fantastic as always Mark, if only NYC wasn’t a transatlantic flight away. Thank you so much! P. S. Congratulations on becoming a father!

  • VT Collaco.

    7 years ago

    Those were good food. Very good choices. Thanks, next year trip there.
    Do you have any choices for Seattle for 2017 in July!

  • Kim & G

    7 years ago

    Thank you , Mark. Next time when we go to New York again, We will try those food.All look very delicious…

  • Eduard

    7 years ago

    Everything looks so delicious!

  • Pamela

    7 years ago

    Mark, a wonderful mix of all kinds of food. You really know how to pick them! Now, I have to go to New York!! I love the variety that you chose to introduce. Just like the city! It really is a melting pot isn’t it. What is a double at Gloria’s?? The Ethiopian platter looks just amazing. What are the names of those dishes? Is that how a plater is there??

    • Cliff

      7 years ago

      As expected from Mark, awesome selection of foods
      and very detail. I appreciate you include the price , location and especially
      how to get there. We have shake shack here in dubai. Can’t wait to try all the
      Foods when I travel someday in New york city. Thanks for another amazing food blog.

  • Harry

    7 years ago

    Of the different dishes, I like the Spicy chicken with noodles at Spicy village, the lamb noodles at Xian and of course the deli at Katz. I can see these dishes are unique on their own, not often made with hand made noodle (lots of work if done right), and of course the smoke meat at Katz is finger licking good. Thanks for another great blog.

  • Maylee

    7 years ago

    Oh my goodness…I’m writing down the addresses and making a list! Those tacos!!! Mmmm! So jealous Mark…New York has been on my bucket list for a long long time! Thanks for this!

  • silvato

    7 years ago

    I’ve read the full blog and thanks for the precise details and colorful photos. About cakes and cocktails any news in NYC? Anyhow thanks for this review. Best.

  • Susan Yeoh

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark, my mouth is watering!!!! Your wonderful presentation makes the the food comes alive and it makes me want to go to NYC!

  • Wiwik irawati

    7 years ago

    Omg that’s all look so yummies ???????????????? specially the spicy one coz i love spicy

  • Ali

    7 years ago

    Hey Mark, Great show and wonderful selections. I have been living in NYC for past 17 years and think this place is a great food heaven! Being Originally from Iran, wondering if you ever going to travel to Iran and try some nice Persian Cousin?
    Thank you again,
    Ali

    • Ali

      7 years ago

      Unfortunately I don’t go there that often and last time was 8 years ago, however I still have many good friends and family whom I can introduce you if you ever plan to visit. I do really hope you guys make it there! Cheers again for amazing blog.

  • Rhonda

    7 years ago

    Hey Mark, thanks for your wonderful info. I will try it one day ..

  • Johngold

    7 years ago

    Hey mark,
    This is absolutely fantastic. Keep up the good work. And continue it.
    Thank you.

  • arthur molenaar

    7 years ago

    You forgot Papaya King.

  • Jaiho

    7 years ago

    One third of Americans are obese. I’d hope that you would be more interested in sharing with us healthy food alternatives that you can find in NYC. Processed cheese, food that contain exuberant amount of calories, food from a food truck which you don’t know where the servers wash their hands, are just not a good way to showcase NYC.
    How about Ippudo, Sri Praprai, Totto Ramen, Hide Chan Ramen, Lenwich, and Roti to name a few.

  • Jenny Nangoy

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark
    I have written an email and sent it directly to you , but again I just want to give my comment
    THANKS so much for the NYC Food Guide …. Think you and your wife must really have a Fun and Enjoyable time there !
    As New York Is the biggest city in the world, there are so many many amazingly Many restaurants …that they say if you eat in restaurants each and everyday in different restaurants ( NEVER twice in the same restaurant ) in consecutive order ,….it will take you years and years or tens of years and you would not even finished all of them yet ! Amazing this adage / phrase is so good, if you could find the truth it would really be such a GOOD advertisement for New York City and all the restaurants there , right ?
    REGARDS from Jenny Nangoy

  • wolf

    7 years ago

    Hello Mark,
    Just again YOU did it…really a good job, thank YOU for all your efforts to put this list together for ALL your readers…!
    Kind regards
    Wolf

  • Minda M. Rosero

    7 years ago

    I used to go to a restaurant in Queens where I used to order pastrami on rye. I love pastrami. That’s my favorite.

  • LadyPseudo

    7 years ago

    I’d love to try Halal Guys, I’m told their food really is great! All the food on this blog looks amazing.

  • Kimberley Yearwood

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark! I will be in New York in the later half of the year extending well into the new year and I must say…perfect timing! hehe! I’m looking forward to trying a couple restaurants on your list. I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂 Keep up the good work! Best Regards

  • Hiroko

    7 years ago

    Wow! It looks incredible! As always, perfect post Mark! Clear and easy to get! Can’t wait to get back to New York one day!

  • Karla Parker Choat

    7 years ago

    Mark! We are making an unexpected trip to NYC after being away for more than eight years. I love following your posts all over the world and we have planed to follow your footsteps in Bangkok August 2017. I couldn’t believe the irony when I got your post today about NYC. My highlight in NYC is going to be ETHIOPIAN FOOD and not just any Ethiopian food, my all time favorite is Meske!!! You have it on your top TEN! I laughed out loud when I saw it on your list. I have had Ethiopian cuisine all over the US. Every time we are in a cosmopolitan area I seek out Ethiopian food. And hands down Meske is the best! (Lalibela runs second place in Dallas, TX). Meske’s injera is spongy, soft, warm, and most of all tangy. My tastebuds are tingling at the thought. December 17th can’t come soon enough. Thanks for your post wishing you and your family many more happy culinary adventures!

  • nui acain

    7 years ago

    Thank you Mark, those are my kind of foods. You got the good taste. Definitely love it. Have a fantastic time always.

  • Jeremy Cooke

    7 years ago

    Several of these restaurants made me drool a little. Makes me want to impose upon some friends who live in the greater New York area. Ha! My girlfriend and I joke about how if teaching in Thailand doesn’t work out, we would get a food cart/moped and sling Mexican food. Was gonna call it Farang Food. Sell fresh made tacitos and horchata as the ingredients are available year-round.

  • SP

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    Solid list! Highly recommend the square slice at Di Fara next time you’re around. The pepperoni square is the best slice of pizza I’ve ever had.

    Thanks for all the guides and content – super helpful!

  • Olivia

    7 years ago

    Thank you so much for taking all of us on this culinary adventure around the world! Big fan of your channel! As a New Yorker, you managed to eat at a bunch of legendary places, that even I haven’t been to. If you ever go back to NYC, and you’re hungry for an excellent and authentic pizza, check out Motorino. Safe travels, and happy eating!

  • Sharon

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark, thks so much for the listing of places to eat. I will definitely followup on the others.

  • Patricia Highton

    7 years ago

    Good Sunday morning Mark, Ying and Micah. I was pleasantly surprised when I clicked on your Sunday email and saw you were recently in NYC. Sorry I missed You! Being from NJ the first 33 years of my life and now spent the past 27 years in the food wasteland of Charlotte NC, I am quite familiar with the wonderment and see if the diverse foods in the City. I actually was head short order cook for Katz NY in Charlotte (NOT related to the NY deli) and supposedly made the best Reuben in Charlotte. I would suggest on your bagel next time to add some smoked whitefish salad. Tomato belly lox and red onion yummy! I don’t eat that type of food anymore, so what really piqued my interest was your Chinese (still searching for authentic sichuan) and middle Eastern. Ny is probably the closest I’ll ever to authentic ethnic food. I’ve heard that NJ has outstanding Portugese food tho I never ate it. Lastly, thank you for the suggestion on Ethiopian food. That is one cuisine I have not tried. There’s a restaurant here in Charlotte called “Red Sea” I will have to try, but my obsession remains with thai, Vietnamese, Korean and middle Eastern. Thank you for the joy you bring to your vlogs that shines through and your love and respect for others.

  • Sree

    7 years ago

    I have tried the chicken over rice at halal guys. Will try other dishes as i travel NY next time.

  • saroj dhami

    7 years ago

    Really food is everything in our life and u do a good job

  • Gary Carbonara

    7 years ago

    Hey Mark,
    More delicious face, please!
    Cheers,
    Gary

  • Abel Campos

    7 years ago

    Thank you, I always look forward to your next video. Please be careful on your tour . Once again great video.

  • Petee

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark. Love your videos and your passion for food and travelling. Hope the family especially the little guy is doing as well..
    Having lived in NYC for 3 years those are definitely my top picks as well. Your content is great as always..Wish you all well and keep rocking :).

  • JB

    7 years ago

    You did NY right. I think nyc prices are reasonable compared to other places. You’re just used to ridiculously cheap food where people live in poverty.

  • Monty

    7 years ago

    Hi Mark thanks for visiting Spicy Vilage. I haven’t have the time to go back to Chinatown and it is a long wait getting a table in this small joint. I am glad u enjoyed it. Take care and God bless your stomach to eat more . That is a great list I don’t think I can stomach that much food anymore .

  • foodworld

    7 years ago

    So nice mark i really impressed york work. But i do not like spicy foods to much.

  • Gary Stamey

    7 years ago

    Wow Mark/Ying, that pastrami geez, I miss decent deli food, ain’t one decent deli in all of Tucson, fortunately, there are many decent to good, even a few great Mexican food offering in the Old Pueblo[Tucson], Cafe PocaCosa:http://cafepocacosatucson.com/menu/ or El Canelo:http://www.elguerocanelo.com/
    We haven’t been to the local Wat for their monthy Thai buffet in about 6 months, it’s way across town, always on the 2nd saturday night of the month, we might go again..there’s not much “real” Thai food in Tucson, a few places, Karunas is the best: https://www.yelp.com/biz/karunas-thai-plate-tucson

    btw, Ying/Mark, congratulations, WOW, y’all be mommy/daddy now..a BIG step in y’alls life and we know your offspring will be a culinary genius, like Mom and Dad are!

    Your videos and y’all being So nice to everyone you meet is so refreshing and along with the food vlogs, keeps us hooked!

  • Fred J

    7 years ago

    The Halal Guys serving is ‘Awesomely Epic’. Did you finished them? Street food is always good…????????. Love all the reviews.

  • Steven

    7 years ago

    Good grief, how does anyone survive in New York City with those prices?!

  • Anita Westerveld

    7 years ago

    Hello Mark and Jing, I can’t tell you how much I enjoy your videos. I get to see the world through your eyes and it’s amazing. We will most surely travel to either Japan or South Korea in the near future since our daughter is planning on teaching there. I’m binge watching your videos to see what’s ahead. Thank you so much for all your work and your enthusiasm, I always need a snack while watching!! All the best for you and Micah, your beautiful baby boy, hugs from the Netherlands.

  • Mary Leo

    7 years ago

    This is so eclectic, looks so delicious, I especially like the Russ & Daughter salmon on bagel Gravlax. It leaves me breathless to know how many places in the world you’ve been this year. So wonderful!

  • Marco

    7 years ago

    Mark, it was so exciting to see come to New York.. I live in Boston and am always looking for Thai restaurants nearby.. I do love New York and can’t wait to check out some of these places you’ve been too. Do you think you’ll ever come to the Boston area sometime?

  • Tom Gentry

    7 years ago

    Thank you for the best videos on YouTube I enjoy everyone of them. You allow us to travel the world with you and we enjoy the food through your description of the food. Your the best Mark and thanks to your wife for the excellent camera shots.

  • Kahlil Gibran

    7 years ago

    im still amaze with your food fotography skill..love this food list btw..keep it up mark!