New York attracts more tourists than anywhere else in the world. You’d be forgiven for thinking the food has a lot to do with this. It’s well known for its countless eateries — new places pop up in New York all the time. But there are times when you can’t beat tradition, and there’s nothing more fun than a retro restaurant. Here are five of the best to seek out on your travels.
New York pizza is famed around the world, so why not head to the city’s first pizza joint? Lombardi’s also happens to be the first ever pizza joint in the US and it’s true what they say — sometimes original is best.
Their pizzas are topped with San Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil, then baked in a coal oven for a smoky flavor. Get carried away and choose some extra toppings, or keep it simple with a flavorsome Margherita.
Best for: Satisfying your pizza cravings
Once boasting a clientele including Ernest Hemingway, E.E.Cummings and Dylan Thomas, Minetta Tavern has since reinvented itself and was once described as a cross between a Parisian steakhouse and a traditional New York tavern. It serves simple-but-delicious dishes like roast chicken and steak frites and has been awarded one Michelin star.
Best for: A special occasion
Originally opening in 1884, P.J. Clarke’s is a one-stop shop for dinner and drinks, with friendly staff welcoming everyone who comes through the doors. Take your pick from the impressive drinks menu and enjoy a bite to eat — why not sample some fresh seafood from the raw bar?
Best for: Fresh food and a well-mixed cocktail
Tick Tock Diner
The largest diner in New York, Tick Tock Diner is beloved by locals and tourists alike for its all-day breakfasts, waffles, and classic American comfort food, such as burgers and sandwiches. The portions are big, so make sure you save some room for your meal (and maybe share with your dining companions if you all want to try lots of things).
Best for: Casual dining at reasonable prices
Have you ever wanted to enjoy a slice of New York cheesecake in the city itself? Head to Tom’s Restaurant, where the deserts are the stuff of legend. You could also order a stack of pancakes (go for traditional American toppings like bacon and maple syrup), and don’t forget a milkshake to go with it. Well worth the sugar hit.
Best for: Delicious desserts
Where would you go out to eat in New York? Let me know in the comments!