A guide to the best places to eat in Manhattan, New York City
Having just got back from a whirlwind trip to New York, I feel ten pounds heavier and rather smug about it, as the food was sen-bloody-sational. Manhattan island has real 1920's character to it that makes you feel as though you're in a movie set - each restaurant has it's own quirky vibe that makes you fall in the love with the place.
Finding the best places to eat in NYC can be a bit of landmine, the buildings and streets are colossal, and there is certainly no shortage of restaurants, cafes and diners. For that reason, I've included a few of my favourite eateries for you to try.
Jack's wife Freda
A little off the beaten track, Jack's wife Freda lies in Soho, down-town Manhattan. The menu includes homemade mint lemonade, green shakshuka (my personal fav), rosewater waffles (also great) and poached eggs with Lebanese bread. Delish!
Rock Center Cafe
At the bottom of the Rockefeller lies the Rock Center Cafe, a huge open plan restaurant that is perfect for a indulgent food or a boozy brunch. The menu is plush with french toast, bloody Mary's and Mimosas! Afterwards, you can finish off with an amazing view from the Top of The Rock!
Based in Greenwich Village, Monument Lane offers an artisan cuisine that is like nothing else I've tasted. The restaurant has a cosy, almost English pub, feel to it - yet you look outside at the buildings and yellow cabs and you can tell you're in the heart of New York. We tried the spinach and feta dip with homemade crackers for a starter, then we had the cauliflower and acorn squash risotto, with a spinach and walnut pesto. It was amazing!
Grand Central Station
Not the first place I thought of, but in the heart of Grand Central Station there is a huge food court, which offers fresh pastries, avocado on toast and endless sweet treats. The food court even has its own quirky bar, which offers a selection of lovely cocktails and a great view of the station. The architecture was incredible, huge chandeliers hang from the ceiling and create a yellow ambient throughout the station. Even if you're not eating, I recommend visiting here purely to view the building.
JAM's Restaurant NYC (Hotel 1)
If you're looking for a quick bite, JAMs is the perfect spot for sophisticated snacks and bar food. The restaurant sits only a block away from Central Park, making it a great spot if you're in the center of the city. The interior design has a kind of rock-star feel to it with it's pink leather couches and fur throws. We opted for the mezze platter, with olives and cured meats - it was divine.
STK (Midtown NYC)
For a more luxurious meal out, book a table at midtown hot spot, STK. The interior design is breathtaking, with towering flowers and funky circle tables - it's the perfect spot for a special occasion or intimate meal. Specialists in steak, STK did not disappoint - we matched our steak with Parmesan truffle fries and garlic broccolini. Despite the small portions, the food was so rich we found we couldn't eat it all - every mouthful was amazing. This was my favourite meal of the trip and that's saying a lot.
Hope you enjoyed reading!
Leave a comment and let me know your favourite spots! Thanks, Meg x