"The City of Immigrants" is highlighted in the wide array of food found in the city. Like so many other things, New York is a leader in fine cuisine to old-fashioned diner food. New York Magazine Restaurants can help sort the best of both worlds in their weekly editions.
One of New York's most notable specialties is its pizza. Everyone has a favorite, but here are some recommendations:
Lombardi's Pizza was established in 1905 and claims to be America's first full-fledged pizzeria. Checked tablecloths and black and white pictures hanging on painted brick walls offer a great backdrop for enjoying top notch coal oven pizzas.
Grimaldi's features an outstanding coal oven pizza. The constant line outside moves quickly as hot slices fly out of the oven.
Whether you like thin sliced, traditional pizza or thick crust Sicilian style, people come from all over the city to Mama Leone's in Manhattan.
Chinatown comes complete with some of the best Chinese food outside of China. Citysearch Chinese can help select some favorites:
Nice Green Bo (66 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013-4940; (212) 625-2359 ) is praised by critics and packed crowds agree, this is one of the area's most exquisite finds.
88 Palace has a dim sum brunch, delicious food, and very modest prices. Located on 88 East Broadway 2nd fl, nr. Forsythe.
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory offers free samples of its tropical longyan, mango, red bean and lychee flavors, in both ice creams and sorbets.
Grand Central Station is home to five fine restaurants and twenty casual restaurants to suit any diners needs.
A wacky New York find is the Dessert Truck which is literally a truck in the East Village that offers delights like goat-cheese cheesecake and chocolate bread pudding.
New York dining is not complete without a visit to a Deli. Here are some listings from 10 Best New York Deli:
The Carnegie Deli has legendary sandwiches that are so big it is almost impossible to eat a whole one in one sitting. This is a true New York deli experience.
Stage Deli is famous for employing wait staff trying to break into the theater so a sandwich is sometimes delivered with a song. Packed with tourists and locals alike, classics like corned beef and pastrami are served.
If drinking has equal pull with eating, The Spotted Pig serves pints and some of the best burgers in town.
For the posh New York dining experience, here are some examples:
Payard Patisserie & Bistro offers a classy high tea, as well as lunch, tasting menus and dinner.
Fishtail is a pricey UES seafood restaurant with a focus on sustainable food. The first floor features a raw bar and modern glass chandeliers.
The Strip House offers steak prepared by Chef John Schenk with signature side dishes like truffle creamed spinach.
Sasubune (401 E. 73rd St., New York, NY 10021; 212-249-8583) is a serious sushi bar and restaurant on the Upper East Side for sushi aficionados.
Bouley is a new French style restaurant that is high priced and celebrity stomping ground.
Momofuku-Ko means "lucky peach" and is an excellent place to have some upscale noodles-and-dumpling.