Forking Good Food: New York Restaurant Guide

New York is the ultimate melting pot for all types of food. It’s  hard to keep up with all the trending restaurants or think of new dinner places, but fear no more! Being the tea drinking research goblin that I am, I will be updating this list as I discover new places to try.


As my list keeps growing (and I keep eating) I have decided to create a separate New York Restaurant guide (to view my guide to New York please click here). The following list of restaurants are  places I have either tried and tested, places that have been highly recommended to me, or are new trending places that have recently been featured  on social media such as FB, Instagram or Time Out New York.

I have either provided a restaurant review below or for some restaurants I have provided a link (just click on the actual restaurant name) to my corresponding restaurant review blog (meaning it was so good I had to write a separate review). Keep an eye out for updates to this blog as new places will be added periodically.

Using my key below, it’s time to explore my ultimate forking amazing restaurant guide to New York. Let’s get EATING!!

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Eat Till Your Heart’s Content 

Brunching is a fun thing to do in New York. Finding a place with a good breakfast/lunch (including unlimited alcohol!) is essential. So while you are in New York, brunch Like You Give A Damn and give the below list a try!

Jack’s Wife Freda
  • Cafeteria (v) 
  • Cookshop (v)
  • Freemans
  • Two Hands Bar & Restaurant
  • Little Frankies
  • Butcher’s Daughter
  • Raclette
  • Cuba – booze brunch
  • Petite Abeille
  • Jack’s Wife Freda  (v)
  • Sarabeth’s(v)
  • Clinton Street Baking Company
  • Distilled
  • Tipsy Parson
  • High Street on Hudson
  • The Coffee Project
  • Buttermilk Channel
  • Aurora – Italian Breakfast and Brunch
  • Maya – Mexican booze Brunch. Food wasn’t great for vegetarians but the unlimited alcohol made it all ok.
  • Tea & Sympathy (v)–  I was looking for a good British cafe/restaurant that would remind me of home. Tea and Sympathy is a tiny vintage looking cafe and full of English quirks. China cups and saucers, fancy teapots and loud English accents from the waitresses- made me feel right at home. My husband and I ordered scones (they were cold) but still delicious, beans on toast and vegetable quiche. The quiche was over cooked and salty but again still tasty. Service wasn’t that great and the owners were pretty loud engrossed in their on conversations. Would I go back?  Yes… as I still want to try the full English breakfast (only available on the weekends). They also own a fish and chip shop and a store that sells all things British.
  • Pondicheri (v)  Trending new Indian Breakfast and Brunch
  • Birdsall House (Peekskill, NY). This is a cute little place in Peekskill. We sat outside in the courtyard and enjoyed lovely fall sunshine for brunch. Our menu included one mimosa, fruit and yogurt and then a main of eggs Benedict on wilted spinach and English biscuit- covered in their own made hollandaise sauce. Was yummy and very filling. Only didn’t get 4 stars as service was extremely slow and a bunch of bumbles bees would not leave our table!

Serving Full English Breakfast:

  • The Shakespeare @ The William
  • The Dead Rabbit
  • The Atlantic ChipShop
  • Balthazar
  • The Breslin Bar & Dining Room
  • Tea & Sympathy

Food on the GO

Quick and easy good food for when you don’t have much time on your hands.

  • Slice of New York Pizza – any pizza stand!
  • Dunkin Donuts (v) egg & cheese muffin / donuts/coffee
  • Taco Bell (v) – take away Mexican food
  • Chipotle (v) – take away Mexican food
  • Melt Shop (v) – Grilled cheese and milkshakes
  • Pret – regular soups, sandwiches and salads
  • Halal Guys (v) – famous chicken and rice spot they have falafel for vegetarians as well)
  • Kati Roll (v) ♥♥-  Indian masala wraps. My husband and I regularly enjoy eating Kati Roll and there is one close to 5th Avenue. My personal favourite is the Unda Aloo Roll (egg and potato) and the Paneer Roll (Indian cheese roll). These are delicious and contain your chosen ingredient with Indian chutney and salad in a chapatti all rolled up. My husband loves the Chicken Tikka Roll. Plus they serve Indian masala tea- what a treat. Anyone looking for a quick Indian bite after a long day shopping should visit Kati Roll.

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    Kati Rolls

$$ Lunch/Dinner Spots 

Great dinner and lunch spots that hopefully wont break the bank.

  • Dos Comino’s (v)– Decent Mexican food and yummy jugs of margs!
  • Olive Garden (v) Times Square
  • The Boathouse is a restaurant right on the lake in Central Park.
  • Shake Shack – good burger joint located in several locations including Grand Central
  • Momofuku Noodle Bar
  • Vezzo Thin Crust Pizza
  • Oregano Italian, Pizza, Bar
  • The Paris Cafe – Irish, Gastro pub – oldest pub in Manhattan (1873)
  • Blockheads (v)  – fun Mexican joint with good music and cheap margaritas
  • Room Service (v) : I was pleasantly surprised. Food was very tasty and I thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Chic and cool décor. Got packed very quickly. Food also came very quickly. Service wasn’t the best, as I felt they were hurrying us up a lot and not paying much attention. I will still return to have great food! If you are in the area and fancy some good Thai food – go try!
  • Ovest Pizzotec (v): We stumbled upon here after leaving Gallow Green (below). This place had a rustic feel and cute ambiance. It’s a nice little date place. We ordered the eggplant, zucchini, mozzarella and tomato pizza. And a delicious refreshing salad! I will definitely be returning to try some more rustic pizzas!
  • Le Pain Quotidien (v) ♥♥ One of my favourite lunch time spots. Cute rustic feel, airy and good food. It’s a healthy place with small tables and one big communal table. My absolutely favourite lunch time eats is the avocado on toast. Tasty with a zest of lemon washed down with some hot green tea. It’s really good for a light and refreshing lunch. Thumbs up from me!
  • Bar Taco ♥ (Port Chester, NY) What an amazing little find this is. Perfect for a summers evening, party gatherings and romantic fun date nights! This is a cool place with music good food and good vibes. Great for a little Friday or Saturday night out. I didn’t try any tacos this time as we went for drinks and ice cream! I will definitely be returning to try tacos!! We ordered the vanilla and mint chocolate chip ice cream cones! – amazing!! Thumbs up from me!! o
  • QI (v): A beautiful chic place, white walls, Bhudda statues, chandeliers and dim lighting. We enjoyed our food – was tasty and we had a great variety of corn cakes, tofu sesame bites, spring rolls and green beans. Mains included pad Thai and veggie rice. We also ordered a little bottle of saki to keep the night going. Definitely a cool chic place for dinner.
  • Kiki’s –  b/t Orchard St & Pike St. This is a Greek restaurant and a hidden gem. Delicious food and drinks. They don’t take reservations, so be prepared to wait.
  • Paulie Gee’s (v) – Italian – a non traditional pizza place. Perfect for sharing a pie!
  • Cuba – live Cuban music with a complimentary cigar on your way out
  • Cacio e pepe – great Italian place
  • Burger Joint @ Le Parker Meridian – BEST burger in new York – hidden behind a curtain in a corner of the lobby is this secret snack bar: burger, fries and milkshakes
  • Rosemary’s (v) ♥ – Beautiful light airy and chic Italian place
  • Little Beet Table(v) – This was a cute place with fresh healthy plates of food. Everything tasted really good. Was pretty busy for a Tuesday night.
  • Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer– burgers and huge funky colorful milkshakes!
  • The Smith (v) ♥ Great place for lunches and dinners. Loud and airy. Serve nice cocktails and good quality food. Portions are big! I ordered fries (so delicious) and avocado on toast all washed down with a beautiful and delicate cocktail.
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The Smith

$$$ Lunch/Dinner Spots 

Splash out and have  a delicious dinner and a few to many cocktails.

  • Buddakan (v) 9th Ave at W 16th  – Asian fusion. Food here is surprisingly good given it’s a very big, very trendy place. Really good for a fun night out, very glam. Bar at the front for cocktails while you wait for your table.
  • Stanton Social – Small Plates/Tapas – Lounge
  • Beauty & Essex – American – Small Plates/Tapas
  • Toa- expensive  but really nice Asian fusion dinner
  • Babuji (v) ♥♥  ♣– really good authentic Indian food served in steel plates
  • Nix (v) ♥♥  – Full Vegetarian/ Vegan restaurant -amazing food with cool concepts
  • Grand Central Oyster bar, stunning station worth having a drink to enjoy the ceiling
  • The Standard Grill is at the bottom of the Standard hotel, right below the Highline in Chelsea.
  • Catch in Meatpacking is really good
  • The Odeon – Tribeca – French/Italian cool diner style place
  • The Heath/Gallow Green ♥♥ This is an old 1950’s type Jazz restaurant with a live jazz band. A very cool place to eat dinner and jazz away. Visit Gallow Green for a drink before you eat. You can order from a small menu at Gallow Green too (mostly pizzas)
  • Marta ♥ (v)- pretty restaurant and nice Italian food
  • Indian Accent (v) – Good Indian food
  • Spice Market -SE Asian street food served in an exotic setting. Has a bar as well.
  • Robert – at Columbus Circle has gorgeous views Central Park (request a window seat). Food was not amazing food but decent enough and worth going for the views.  Right beside the Time Warner Center which has a few good stores.
  • Hakkasan(v) ♥♥♥– One of my all time favourite restaurants. Great dim sum and cocktails
  • Paowalla (v) ♣  New trending Indian restaurant
  •  ilili (v) Good Mediterranean and Lebanese food
  • Zuma (v) – Japanese Sushi Bar
  • ABC CocinaLatin American/Small Plates
  • Royal Munkey (v) – Indian Cocktail Bar
  • Upland – American


Sweet Treats 

Everyone loves a little bit of sweetness in their lives. Go on, eat a calorie or two!



  • Big Gay Ice-cream Shop 
  • Dominique Ansel Bakery (try a cronut -croissant and doughnut in one)
  • Magnolia bakery -(best cupcakes in NY)
  • Gossip Coffee (donuts in your milkshake)
  • Chickalicious
  • Serendipity  (famous frozen hot chocolate) 
  • The Crooked Tree – crepes
  • Levain Bakery (amazing cookies)
  • Dough -(doughnut bakery)
  • Sugar Factory
  • 10Below Ice Cream
  • Iceandvice
  • Junior’s Restaurant (famous original plain New York Cheesecake)
  • Sugar Factory – huge Birthday Desserts

Afternoon Tea

Of course I am British and I need my tea. Even though afternoon tea is still a growing thing to do in New York, there is something magical about eating a little precisely cut sandwich and drinking a cup of quality tea.

Drink Your Worries Away

After all of that eating, it’s time to have a drink. Enjoy!

Dear Irving
  • Campbell Apartment ♥♥♥– This has become my favourite after work drink spot. My favourite cocktail is the Berry Royale (berries and champagne – how can you go wrong). I love the décor, service and ambience of the place. It is a classy place for dates and friends. Ordered the cheese board and vegetarian pizza. This place also has an outside seating area at the front. Located in Grand Central terminal- couldn’t be more convenient. No bookings under 8 people. This is my hot spot of the year so far.
  • Employees Only is a cool speakeasy type bar. Small, nice atmosphere and great cocktails. Good for a pre-dinner drink as it gets really packed later in the evening. Look for the neon ‘psychic’ sign in the window. On Hudson St between West 10th St and Christopher St.
  • Little Branch, West Village – Entrance is just an unmarked door on the corner of Hudson & Leroy. Will probably be a queue outside though. Drinks are cash only. This is a great speakeasy type basement bar. Dimly lit, with a small bar area and loads of booths. Live jazz after 10pm . Put your name down for a booth when you arrive, they usually don’t take long to come up.
  • PDT, East village – The entrance is inside Crif Dogs, through the phone booth on the left. Need to call to make a reservation the same day at 3pm. Worth going just for the novel entrance but also does good cocktails (and beer etc.) and you can also order hotdogs etc. to have with your drinks (the hotdogs are yummy!). Can also just drop by and give them your name and number and they will call you when a table/space at the bar comes up.
  • Top Of the Standard bar, Standard Hotel – This is good for a drink in the early evening after wandering round the Meatpacking district or The Highline. Quite a ‘bling’ place and can get packed with pretentious people at night but really good in late afternoon to see sunset and great views.
  • The Flatiron Room, W. 26th between Broadway and Madison – lovely bar with live music (jazz) until 11pm. Seating only so best to make a reservation.
  • Toshi’s Living Room – there is always a live band playing jazz or top 40 hits. Good spot for food, drinks and live music.
  • Kimberly Hotel – Roof top bar –midtown
  • Gallow Green – Garden Roof top bar- gorgeous roof top and cool place for a sunset drink
  • 230 Fifth massive rooftop bar—Tourist spot. You can stare at the Empire State, MetLife and Chrysler Buildings,. 230 Fifth Ave between 26th and 27th St
  • Dear Irving –  cool little speakeasy with delicious cocktails – to get your waitress you need to press a bell right near your seat. Located right opposite Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon
  • Hudson Hotel ♥-beautiful hanging lights and pricey drinks
  • The Frying Pan – drinks on boat – good spot for a summers day
  • Library Bar – at NoMad Hotel
  • Press Lounge – which is the rooftop bar at the Ink48 hotel has a large outside space and great views over the Hudson and back to Midtown. Slightly out of the way over on 11th avenue but definitely worth it for the views. Lovely for a pre-dinner drink.
  • Gansevoort rooftop – expensive place with amazing views of the city
  • Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar -good views with Popsicle drinks.
  • PS450 – Lounge – Cocktail Bar
  • St Barts at Church  – this is my local go to place after work (Park Ave). Near Grand Central. Friendly and reasonably priced drinks. The most

Looking for fun things to do in New York, visit my New York New York Guide here! Or are you a foodie like me? If you have any recommendations please feel free to get in touch!

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British Girl Blogging with a Cuppa



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