New York City on a Plate: A Guide to Iconic Restaurants and Places To Eat

Start your culinary tour of New York with a visit to Delmonico’s. This iconic spot is the oldest operating restaurant in the city, and has been serving patrons since 1837. Its kitchen is where some of America’s most famous dishes were invented, including the likes of the Baked Alaska, Eggs Benedict and Lobster Newburg.

If you love steak then New York City is perfect for you, and there are few restaurants that can match Keen’s Steakhouse. Established in 1885, this fine dining establishment is famous for its mutton chops and steaks. While you eat, gaze up at over 90,000 tobacco pipes that are suspended above the dining room. Long ago, these were rented out to regulars who loved to take a few puffs as they ate their dinner.

New York is also well known for its delis, with Katz’s Delicatessen being one of the most popular. Found on the Lower East Side, you’ll be surrounded by locals as you pick out your favourite from the countless pastrami, corned beef and salami sandwiches. It also stays open late on weekend nights, so it’s great if you’re looking for some food after a few drinks.

If you’re at Grand Central Station, head to the lower levels to have a quick bite at the Grand Central Oyster Bar. Buried beneath the transit hub since 1913, you can have the oysters cooked or raw.

Opened in 1905, Lombardi’s Coal Oven Pizza was one of the first pizzerias opened on American soil, making it a must-visit on your trip to NYC. Keeping their food simple and fresh has been the key to this restaurant’s success. If you want to avoid the crowds then arrive early or late for lunch.