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Hungry in New York? Here's Where to Eat [Top 34]

 Welcome to New York City... Well not really but here goes. 

Hope you packed your appetite.
We're not claiming these are the definitive "best," "most essential," or "most authentic" restaurants in all of NYC or any of that jazz. We are just saying that if it were us in town for a few days, these are the places we'd make a beeline for to eat, drink and generally be delighted.

Top Restaurants List after the Jump...

Have a delicious stay.

1. Terroir | Tribeca 
Address: 24 Harrison St.
Phone: 212.625.9463 
Categories: Downtown, Bar, Eat at the bar 
Solo Dining: Yes
Tip: Three words: Riesling on tap. It may be touted as a wine bar, but the food is killer. Chicken liver and lardo bruschette are life-changers.

2. Caracas Arepa Bar 
Address: 93 1/2 East 7th St. 
Phone: 718.218.6050 or 212.529.2314 
Categories: Downtown 
Tip: For a taste of Venezuela, chomp into one of these stuffed corn-flour arepas. Feeling indecisive? Try the 
La Popular sampler of three different, traditional varieties.

3. Otto Enoteca Pizzeria 
Address: 1 Fifth Ave. 
Phone: 212.995.9559 
Categories: Downtown, Celebrity chef, Eat at the bar 
Solo Dining: Yes
Tip: Order some antipasti at Mario Batali's casual pizzeria while you wait on his thin-crusted creations. Runny yolk fans opt for the Pane Frattau a pie with a sunnyside-up egg in the center. The house-made olive oil gelato is the ultimate sweet-savory ending.

4. Gramercy Tavern 
Address: 42 East 20th St. 
Phone: 212.477.0777 
Categories: Gramercy/Flatiron, Date night 
Solo Dining: Yes
Tip: It's one of the New York's most beloved restaurants and for good reason with its luxurious yet homey atmosphere. Everything's seasonal and you really can't go wrong.

5. Sakagura 
Address: 211 East 43rd St.
Phone: 212.953.7253 
Categories: Midtown, Hidden gem, Eat at the bar 
Solo Dining: Yes
Tip: A taste of Tokyo is hidden in the basement of a Midtown East office building  your friends will be impressed you found this place. Go for lunch and sake  their platters are a multi-course steal at $20.

6. Pearl Oyster Bar 
Address: 18 Cornelia Street 
Phone: 212.691.8211 
Categories: Downtown, No reservations 
Solo Dining: Yes
Tip: Come for the lobster roll, stay for the blueberry pie. Impatient diners take note: they do not accept reservations.

7. Spotted Pig 
Address: 314 West 11th Street 
Phone: 212.620.0393 
Categories: Downtown, Celeb spotting, Late night 
Tip: The gastropub to end all gastropubs. Devils on Horseback, chicken liver and a burger with Roquefort are a few of its hearty offerings. A 2-hour wait is normal during peak time as is celeb-spotting in the witching hours.

8. Momofuku Ssam Bar 
Address: 207 2nd Avenue 
Phone: 212.254.3500 
Categories: Downtown, Celebrity chef 
Tip: Order the pork buns and stop by Milk Bar next door for a compost cookie, crack pie or one of the ever changing, always inventive soft-serve ice creams.

9. Porchetta 
Address: 110 East 7th Street 
Phone: 212.777.2151 
Categories: Downtown, Casual 
Solo Dining: Yes
Tip: Pork lovers: eat Porchetta's porchetta. That is all.

10. Marea 
Address: 240 Central Park South 
Phone: 212.582.5100 
Categories: Midtown, Date night, Eat at the bar 
Solo Dining: Yes
Tip: It was just named Best New Restaurant at the James Beard Awards so reservations may be tight. But, it's worth the fuss to order fusilli with red wine braised octopus and bone marrow and eat at the bar.

11. Taim
Address: 222 Waverly Place 
Phone: 212.691.1287 
Categories: Downtown, Casual 
Solo Dining: Yes
Tip: Skip the ubiquitous street cart falafel and head to the West Village. Choose between red, green or harissa falafel flavors.

12. The Little Owl
Address: 90 Bedford Street 
Phone: 212.741.4695 
Categories: Downtown, Date night 
Tip: This darling neighborhood restaurant is perfect for date night. Signature meatball sliders are a must, while a pork chop with butter beans and dandelion is close to porcine perfection. If soft shell crab is available, dive in for a suprisingly light taste of summer.

13. Katz's Delicatessen
Address: 205 E. Houston Street 
Phone: 212.254.2246 
Categories: Downtown, Old New York, Casual 
Solo Dining: Yes
Tip: It's the quintessential New York deli as seen in When Harry Mat Sally. Order the classics: corned beef, pastrami or tongue with a Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray chaser.

14. Grand Central Oyster Bar 
Address: 89 E. 42nd St. (in Grand Central Station) 
Phone: 212.490.6650 
Categories: Midtown, Old New York 
Solo Dining: Yes
Tip: This is old school New York. Nab a table in the cavernous, subterranean dining room or saloon or a seat at the curving lunch counter or raw bar and slurp down fresh oysters or a classic pan roast.

15. Blue Hill
Address: 75 Washington Place 
Phone: 212.539.1776 
Categories: Downtown, Date night 
Tip: Dine like the First Couple at this lauded, lovely farm-to-table restaurant helmed by James Beard Award winning chef Dan Barber.

16. Torrisi Italian Specialities 
Address: 250 Mulberry St. 
Phone: 212.965.0955 
Categories: Downtown, Casual 
Solo Dining: Yes
Tip: Italian-American classics to take-out or eat-in by two accomplished, contemporary chefs. Word has quickly spread about this 18 seat restaurant's chicken parm hero and turkey sandwich.

17. Degustation
Address: 239 East 5th Street 
Phone: 212.979.1012 
Website: No website 
Categories: Downtown, Adventurous 
Tip: Skip a la carte and go for the tasting menu: a New York bargain at 5-courses for $55. The tiny restaurant seats diners at a counter around an open kitchen dinner and a show.

18. Shake Shack
Address: 366 Columbus Ave.
Phone: 212.889.6600 
Categories: Gramercy/Flatiron, Casual, Outdoors 
Solo Dining: Yes
Tip: Shack burgers, Chicago-style dogs and shakes are the draw at Danny Meyer's ode to summertime eats. Park yourself in the inevitable line locations in Madison Square Park, the Upper West Side and Citi Field triple your chances to satisfy crinkle-fry cravings.

19. Death & Co.
Address: 433 E. 6th St. 
Phone: 212-388-0882 
Categories: Downtown, Bar 
Tip: Cocktails are to die for at this East Village bar. Drinks like the Joy Division and the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test sparkle amid the Gothic loveliness of this cocktail manor.

20. Lombardi's
Address: 32 Spring St 
Phone: 212-941-7994 
Categories: Downtown, Casual 
Tip: The nation's first pizzeria doesn't accept reservations, but their wood-oven pies are worth the wait.

21. Hill Country
Address: 30 West 26th Street 
Phone: 212.255.4544 
Categories: Gramercy/Flatiron, Casual, Good for groups, Live music
Tip: Boot scoot on over to Hill Country for some low and slow-smoked brisket, ribs and all the southern fixings. Save room for a PB & J cupcake. Everything's bigger in Texas so bring your appetite.

22. Beacon
Address: 25 W. 56th St. 
Phone: 212-332-0500 
Categories: Midtown, Eat at the bar 
Solo Dining: Yes
Tip: This undersung Midtown gem boasts some of the city's greatest bar treats woodfired pizza and serious cocktails. Lunch prix fixe is a steal.

23. Sripraphai
Address: 6413 39th Avenue Woodside, Queens 
Phone: (718) 899-9599 
Categories: Queens, Adventurous 
Tip: Sure, it's a shlep from Manhattan (hop the 7-train to Woodside Ave.), but the papaya and catfish salad and fish maw soup are worth the journey for serious Thai devotees.

24. Sushi Yasuda
Address: 204 East 43rd Street 
Phone: (212) 972-1001 
Categories: Midtown, Date night 
Solo Dining: Yes
Tip: Oh, oh, the otoro! Opt for bar seating to watch the master prepare sumptuous fatty tuna, Arctic char and shockingly fresh urchin up close.

25. Flatiron Lounge
Address: 37 West 19th St. 
Phone: (212) 727-7741 
Categories: Gramercy/Flatiron, Date night, Bar 
Tip: Artful mixologists led by the fabulous Julie Reiner craft bygone cocktails and daily drink flights by hand in this lovely, Art Deco-influenced bar. Get there early.

26. Han Bat
Address: 53 West 35th Street 
Phone: (212) 629-5588 
Website: No website 
Categories: Midtown, Late night 
Tip: Skip the late night slice and opt for bi bim bop and ox knee broth served 24/7 in the heart of NYC's 

27.  Koreatown.
Keens Steakhouse
Address: 72 West 36th St. 
Phone: (212) 947-3636 
Categories: Midtown, Old New York 
Solo Dining: Yes
Tip: In 1905, Lillie Langtry sued to be allowed access to the gents-only premises. Upon winning, she swept in and ordered the mutton chop. Follow her lead. Don't miss prime-rib hash and 200+ single malts.

28. Hearth
Address: 403 East 12th St. 
Phone: (646) 602-1300 
Categories: Downtown, Date night 
Tip: Chef Marco Canora's Italian-influenced American fare is inventive, hospitable and homey complemented by one of the most creative wine lists in town.

29. WD~50
Address: 50 Clinton St. 
Phone: 212.477.2900 
Categories: Downtown, Adventurous 
Tip: Chef Wylie Dufresne deconstructs classic like eggs Benedict to re-imagine using high-tech "molecular gastronomy" techniques. Like Mama never made.

30. Pegu Club
Address: 77 W. Houston St., 2nd Floor 
Phone: (212) 473-7348 
Categories: Downtown, Bar 
Tip: Named for the Pegu Club cocktail, this romantic upstairs bar boasts classics and original inventions by mixologist Audrey Saunders.

31. Nice Green Bo
Address: 66 Bayard St. 
Phone: (212) 625-2359 
Website: No website 
Categories: Downtown, Adventurous 
Solo Dining: Yes 
Tip: The bare-bones atmosphere and terse service aren't the draw; the turnip and ham pastries and sumptuous stewed pork balls surely are.

32. Prune
Address: 54 East 1st St. 
Phone: (212) 677-6221 
Categories: Downtown, Killer brunch 
Tip: A wild Sunday brunch Bloody Mary menu and an omelet with a marrow bone side sates adventurous eaters. Spaghetti carbonara breakfast soothes damage from late night revels.

33. Jimmy's Corner
Address: 140 W. 44th St 
Phone: 212-221-9510 
Website: No website 
Categories: Midtown, Dive bar 
Tip: a.k.a. The Boxing Bar. Jimmy Glenn's low-key joint is a longtime haven for thirsty locals in need of respite from Times Square tourists.

34. Kabab Café 
Address: 25-12 Steinway St. Astoria Queens N/R to Astoria/Ditmars Blvd. 
Phone: 718-728-9858 
Website: No website 
Categories: Queens, Adventurous 
Tip: This eclectically decorated cash-only café is home to Egyptian fare so soulful and sumptuous, it's not unusual to see patrons tearing up. Get the meze platter and let Chef Ali El Sayed select the rest of your meal for you.

Source Info: CNN Living