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Eating My Way Through New York

Are you in New York City and looking for a good place to eat? The city that never sleeps also never stops offering excellent dining options. It can be challenging to decide where to go, let alone find the best New York food spots.

Luckily, during my recent trip, I made a note of all the great places where I dined in NYC and I’m eager to share them with you.

Here are some lesser-known, fantastic places I discovered:

Jacx & Co

A cute, convenient New York food court (located in Long Island) with a variety of different cuisines. You can order individually at the table. This is ideal if you are in a group as you can all try different things. I had one of the chicken shawarma bowls from Taim, with a choice of lots of different fillings, such as feta and olives. All washed down with a milkshake from Paper Plate. There is also a stylish bar if you fancy an alcoholic drink.

Black Press Coffee

So NYC, it hurts. Grab yourself a flat white and watch the world go by.


This is a fabulous Mediterranean restaurant on the Upper East Side. The food was really good and the restaurant had a classy but laid back atmosphere. We visited this restaurant to meet up with family who were New Yorkers. They recommended it, which was a good sign.

I had the kofta, which was probably one of the best things I ate in New York. The cocktails were inventive and enjoyable- try the Lavender Hand Soap. And dessert was a baklava, which was a winner with me. As restaurants go, it is a bit on the pricier side, but it is worth it.

I would definitely go back next time I visit New York.

Court Square Diner

We visited this place because it was up the road from our hotel, but it was worth making the trip from anywhere in NYC. I felt like I was stepping back in time here. Very Americana with excellent value- chicken and ribs with a salad, roll and drink came to $20. The portions are huge as well.

A great choice if you are craving good New York food, good ambiance and a classic diner feel.

Etc Eatery

Just across the road from the Empire State Building, with loads of choice. This offers a great selection of different foods. You can pack your own box with whatever you fancy or select a pre packed box. This was a much cheaper alternative place for lunch than the other places around. It felt strange to go somewhere so central which wasn’t full of crowds.

I had the tacos, which were perfect for lunch. You can also grab a coffee for a much cheaper price than elsewhere. Good for travellers on a budget.

Ritz’s Diner

Such a nostalgic vibe with neon lights outside. I felt like I had stepped back in time. There was plenty of classic diner choices with attentive staff. Quite difficult to get a table so be prepared for this- felt like lots of locals pop in for a coffee and a chat.

The pancakes are meant to be excellent, so I would try them if I visited again. My omelette wrap really hit the spot however.

Great location if you heading to the Roosevelt Island tram.

Time Out Brooklyn

Located in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn, this place was recommended and felt very trendy. There are loads of food places to choose from. Great pasta from Felice and plenty of seating in the eating area. The atmosphere was fantastic.

If you can get up to the rooftop bar, it has excellent views of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Overall, for the convenience and variety of options available this food hall is a great choice for those seeking out good New York food spots. Recommended.

Sweetleaf Coffee

A small space decorated in a boho style. Felt like a really alternative place to grab breakfast in Long Island City. The coffee was pretty good. We had a cooked breakfast, which was very filling. Coffee was about the same price as Starbucks, Breakfast was $10. A good place to start your day.

Want to hear about more good New York City food spots? Check out my previous blog post, written a few years back:

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