Ask the Editors: Where Should I Eat in New York City?


Q. Besides the listings on your website and in the Collection, which restaurants and bars do you suggest for first-time visitors to New York City? We're staying just south of Central Park?

The liveliness of the New York restaurant scene always astonishes — and frustrates — me. So many places of note open, that it is impossible to keep track of them all. But trying to do so is a pleasure. I loved getting this query. Thinking about my reply, I considered where first-time visitors might be going: museums; parks; the theater; historic sights. I hope that these additional suggestions, combined with those restaurants I already recommend on the Harper website, will lead you to some memorable dining experiences in New York.


  • Chevalier in the Baccarat Hotel (20 West 53rd Street; Tel. (212) 790-8800) would be ideal for a big, romantic night. It was just in the Hideaway Report alongside Theater District recommendations.

  • On 55th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues, Circo (Tel. (212) 265-3636) is an offshoot of Le Cirque, with great Tuscan food.

  • If you’re interested in seeing the High Line, The Red Cat (227 10th Avenue; Tel. (212) 242-1122) is lively — though sometimes loud — with excellent American-inspired cuisine.

  • In Chinatown, I’d recommend Nom Wah Tea Parlor (13 Doyers Street; Tel. (212) 962-6047), the oldest dim sum place in town, which has been gently updated.

  • If you plan to go to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, North End Grill (104 North End Avenue; Tel. (646) 747-1600) is a nearby Danny Meyer restaurant that serves top-class seafood and French-influenced fare. It's also good for an Ellis Island or Statue of Liberty trip.

  • In Brooklyn, there’s The River Café (1 Water Street; Tel. (718) 522-5200), which made one of our Restaurants of the Year.

  • If you go up to The Metropolitan Museum, you might want to try The Simone (151 East 82nd Street; Tel. (212) 772-8861).

  • If you're on the West Side for the Museum of Natural History or the New-York Historical Society Museum, Dovetail (103 West 77th Street; Tel. (212) 362-3800) has a Michelin star. There’s also Café Luxembourg (200 West 70th Street; Tel. (212) 873-7411), which is cozy.

  • In SoHo, there is Balthazar (80 Spring Street; Tel. (212) 965-1785), which is New York’s version of Paris.


  • Though you should go to the bar of recommended “21” (21 West 52nd Street; Tel. (212) 582-7200), I would also suggest you have a drink at the Oak Bar in The Plaza (Fifth Avenue at Central Park South; Tel. (212) 549-0550).

  • For terrific views of Central Park, the bar at the Mandarin Oriental (80 Columbus Circle; Tel. (212) 805-8800) is unbeatable.

  • Another classic bar near where you're staying is the King Cole Bar & Salon at The St. Regis (2 East 55th Street; Tel. (212) 339-6857).

  • Of course, there’s the Café Carlyle (35 East 76th Street; Tel. (212) 744-1600) for live music in the evening.

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