A traveler’s dining guide to New York City restaurants

posted on June 18, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Chelsea Market, Photo by Jennifer Zyman

Any food lover planning a trip to New York City faces the same dilemma: How do you cram in as much amazing food as possible in just a few days? On any given day in New York there’s likely to be a slew of hot pop-ups, hard-to-get-items with crazy long lines (like chef David Chang’s recent shrimp stack burger at Shake Shack), and newly opened eateries dripping with hype. It’s enough to make your head spin and your stomach growl.

Should you shoot for the new, trendy restaurants in town or hit up the old-school classics? Should you stay in your “neighborhood,” or trek to the outer boroughs? There is no clear-cut answer. I’ve found even the most meticulously planned New York eating itineraries are hard-wired to go astray.

After my annual spring visit, I suggest making reservations at dinnertime (hard-to-get reservations can even be purchased last-minute) and choosing one location for lunch per day. Since it’s New York, and many establishments have multiple locations, you may later find you are close to a place a little further down on your wish list that may not have made the initial cut. For me, Yelp’s “nearby” feature was invaluable for this purpose. For instance, when I went to have lunch at Parm, I discovered Black Seed Bagel was a only short walk away.

No matter how you slice it, deciding where to eat in New York can be a daunting task. Great food is everywhere. I say charge up your MetroCard and just go with it. Click this link to see where I went.

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