The International Foodie’s Mini-Guide To New York City

When it comes to eating food from all over the world, nowhere can beat New York City. You will find food from every corner of the globe here, allowing you to satisfy your tastebuds, whatever you are craving for. However, the choice can sometimes be overwhelming, so here’s a guide to some of the best places to eat depending on the type of cuisine you are seeking:

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Italian restaurants abound in New York, and choosing one above all the others is almost an impossible task. However, one that stands out is Dominick’s, which is located at 2335 Arthur Avenue. This classic Italian restaurant has been open for over 50 years, and you will find an authentic Italian experience when you visit. The dishes are cooked to perfection and the portions are huge, so make sure you go on an empty stomach!


Chinese restaurants are found all over the world, and New York certainly has its fair share. Standard Chinese food can be found anywhere, but one of the best is Shun Lee West located at 43 West 65th Street. This upscale restaurant opened back in 1981 and has been popular ever since. The interior is opulent, and you can try a range of great looking and great tasting signature dishes including Beijing duck.

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El Boqueron at 3101 34th Avenue provides a classic dining experience. The staff are incredibly welcoming, and they will serve you up a huge range of tapas from the excellent traditional menu. You’ll find an extensive range of hot and cold tapas to choose from, so take your pick and try out as much as you can.

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You cannot go to New York without visiting a steakhouse. You will soon find that these are not in short supply, but you will want to ensure you choose the best. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is a great option. It opened in 2004 and since then it has been serving up a good selection of thick and juicy steaks to its satisfied customers. Choose from rib eye, sirloin and many more options, and don’t worry about it being slightly pricey as it is well worth it. You’ll find it at 409 Greenwich Street.

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Neta opened as recently as 2012 in Greenwich Village at 61 West 8th Street, and it provides an interesting twist on the traditional sushi menu. If you love sushi but want to try something a little bit different, this is the place to go.

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Tamarind at 99 Hudson Street is one of the best Indian restaurants in New York. Tuck into a tender lamb chop or a classic chicken tikka masala in a welcoming setting, and watch the tandoori chefs at work through the window into the kitchen.

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Tulcingo Del Valle Restaurant & Deli is the place to go for a good selection of food from the south of Mexico. The guacamole is excellent here and there are a range of different versions to try out. The surroundings are simple, but the food is fantastic, making it great option for a relaxed evening out.

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Dim Sum

East Harbor Seafood Palace is always busy, which is a good enough reason to visit. And you won’t regret it because here you will find some of the best dim sum in town. It has been open since 2008, and since then has grown in popularity so you could find that you have to wait hours to get a table. It’s worth the wait, and you will be able to enjoy the finest dumplings and noodle wraps in the city. Find it at 714 65th Street in Brooklyn.

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Another New York staple, you will find bagels all over the city. One to try if you get the time is Barney Greengrass, which opened way back in 1908. You’ll find a wide variety of fillings on offer, and the portions of cream cheese will not leave anyone disappointed. Find it at 541 Amsterdam Avenue.

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Eat Your Fill in NYC

As you can see, the selection on offer in New York is perfect if you want to try out a range of different types of cuisine during your time here. Eating out is one of the best activities you can do in NYC, so don’t miss out. The above is just a very small selection of what you will find on offer throughout the city, so have a look around when you arrive and see what else you can find.

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