Where to Eat in Manhattan: Morning, Noon & Night
On every city block in Manhattan, you will find a variety of cafes, bodegas, and restaurants. Sometimes, the closest restaurant wins your business simply because it is convenient. But is that how it should be? We think not.
With so many fantastic dining opportunities in NYC, it can be difficult to find the right restaurant in the right neighborhood at the right time. These suggestions can help you find conveniently located, moderately priced, and absolutely delicious restaurants in Manhattan for any time of day.
There is truly nothing like a great New York bagel to start off a day of exploration in NYC. Murray’s makes some of the best, and they are made fresh in-house every day. Grab a seat or take it to go for a quick, easy, “bucket list” experience.
Location: In Greenwich Village at 500 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011
Hours: Mon – Fri: 6 am to 9 pm; Sat & Sun: 6 am to 8 pm
What to Know: Don’t ask for a toasted bagel. They won’t do it, and they don’t need to. Their fresh bagels stay warm all day.
Where to Go After: The 9/11 Memorial Museum. It’s approximately 2 miles south, but also a “can’t miss” place to visit. Hop in a cab or take the 1, 2, 3 subway line to Park Place.
Contrary to its name, Cafeteria provides anything but a standard dining experience. The restaurant is an unrivaled lunch spot that falls somewhere between classic New York and fashionable. It’s self-described as “American comfort food with a contemporary twist,” and the open, sunny dining room has a quintessential “Sex and the City” vibe.
Location: In Chelsea at 119 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10010
What to Know: The Cafeteria Macaroni and Cheese appetizer is a must. Try the tasting plate of all three flavor variations for a serious “Mac Attack.”
Where to Go After: Stroll down the High Line, a 1.5-mile park that was built on an old raised section of the disused New York Central Railroad. From Cafeteria, walk west down 16th Street until you reach 10th Ave.; from there, look for stairs up to the High Line entrance. It’s free!
Noodle Bar has Pan-Asian fare to suit every palate- from simple Pad Thai to a more exquisitely flavored noodle dish. Each plate is Wok-fired with fresh ingredients, and the service is unbelievably fast. If you sit at the bar, you can watch the kitchen prepare your dish right in front of you.
Location: In SoHo at 26 Carmine St. #2, New York, NY 10014
Hours: Mon – Sat: 11:30 am to 11 pm; Sun: 11:30 am to 10 pm
What to Know: The dining room is a bit small, so choose your dining partner(s) wisely. Also: try the Crab Rangoon appetizer, it’s unforgettable.
Where to Go After: The Comedy Cellar, which has a rotating nightly calendar of talented acts such as Dave Attell & Judah Friedlander, is right around the corner at 117 MacDougal St. There are also several music venues to check out in the area, such as Le Poisson Rouge.
Where I’d stay: The Conrad New York as a luxury option close to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, recommend after visiting Murray’s, or for travelers who want a great deal and vibrant neighborhood, the Hampton Inn in Soho.