After three months of living in New York, I have finally created a list of everywhere I either want to eat or already have, and loved. I’ve broken it down into different areas of the city to make it easy follow, so next time I am struggling to decide where to eat I can check my list to see if anything anywhere interesting is close by.

In addition to this post I have also used the Google map list feature to create my very own map of the city showing me where everything is. The beauty of creating my own map list is that I can easily add to it and I can quickly view the map on my phone. So far, all the restaurants I want to visit are mapped as blue, and cafes and smaller snack stops are marked as yellow.

Everything is listed below with the link to each website so you can see all the menus. So next time you are struggling to decide where to eat you can scroll down on this post to the area you are in and see my suggestions and the menus, or use my map! 

The best restaurants & cafes in NYC

View the map HERE


Upper West Side

Tavern On the Green

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cafe Tallulah

Drinks & Tapas

The Empire Rooftop & Lounge

Drinks & Bar Food

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill

Seafood, Grilled Meats and Cocktails

Upper East Side

The Penrose

Food, Cocktails, Happy hour

Cafe Americano

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails, Coffee

Bluestone Lane

Coffee & Lunch


Dinner & Cocktails

Lady M Cake Boutique

Coffee, Deserts, Crepes

Hells Kitchen


Food & Drinks

Blue Dog Kitchen Bar

Coffee & Quick Bites


Tir Na Nog

Irish Food & Drinks

The Little Beet

Health food restaurant

Stella 34 Trattoria

Italian & Pizzas- sixth floor of Macy’s

A Little Taste Cafe

Coffee & Pastries

MidTown East




American Bistro

Macaron Cafe

Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee, Pastries

Bluestone Lane

Coffee & Cafe Eats


Chelsea Market

Food Market


Gansevoort Market

Food Market

The Standard

Dinner & Drinks

Fig & Olive

Lunch & Dinner


Famous Italian & pizza


Union Square & Flatiron District


Italian food market

EatalyLa Pecora Bianca

Casual Italian restaurant & popular brunch spot

Dear Irving

Fancy Drinks & Bites

The Pavilion

Open-air restaurant in Union Square Park

The Coffee Shop

Brazilian-American diner with sidewalk seats

Greenwich Village


Vegan food, juices & baked goods AND cocktails

by Chloe

The Spotted Pig

Popular Gastropub known for its celebrity sightings

DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections

A cute cafe dedicated to cookie dough, and ice cream

Jack’s Wife Freda

Popular American eatery and cocktails


East Village

Please Don’t Tell

Speak Easy- enter through a phone booth in Crif Dogs hot dog shop


Fun BYOB Indian, known for it’s festive decorations



Lively bar with food


Dominique Ansel Bakery

Famous pastries and baked goods


Upscale bakery with macaroons


Italian food & craft cocktails

Little Italy

The Butchers Daughter

Vegetarian food & juices

Cha Cha Matcha

Green tea drinks & baked goods

Two Hands Cafe

Try the Avocado Toast & Acai Bowl

Two Hands Cafe

Financial District

Joe & The Juice

Juices & Lunch


Restaurant at the top of the One World Trade CenterThe Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog

The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog

Voted the best bar in the world!



One Girl Cookies

whoopie pies, cupcakes and sandwich cookies

One Girl Cookie

Dumbo Kitchen

Meats and cheeses, plus rotisserie chicken, wood-fired pizzas, and sandwiches


Mexican food & tequila cocktails



Known for its Italian delights including pasta & gelato

St. Anselm

A favourite for meat lovers


Southern Style breakfast & lunches


Hip cafe & bar with outdoor space

East Williamsburg

Champs Diner

Vegan comfort foods


Lunch, Dinner & Brunch



View the map HERE

This list of restaurants and cafes is never ending. I’ll continue to add to it over time and I will also add my favorite brunch spots, bars, coffee and other places of interest. In the meantime I’d love to hear what your favourite places in New York are so I can add them to my list!

Sophie x

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