Recently, we polled our Facebook Fans regarding their favorite NYC Restaurant and got a ton of amazing responses:
Surprisingly, the majority of recommendations were for popular barbeque restaurants in Times Square!
Mmmm… well I must say, I definitely think the fans got it right. Along with our New York-style pizza, bagels and cheesecake, New Yorkers also hold a special (secret) place in their heart for finger lickin’ good barbeque.
With that, let’s dive into our fan’s top NYC restaurant choices and even a few of our own!
Our Facebook Fan’s Favorite NYC Restaurants:
Times Square – Stops #1-5
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. – If you’ve ever seen the movie “Forrest Gump,” you’ve probably heard of this extremely fun and family-friendly Seafood Restaurant. If you’re a Tom Hanks fan, make sure to bring your camera along and take pictures of the quirky movie props scattered throughout the restaurant.
Cafe Metro – Craving a healthy and simple lunch? Cafe Metro has everything from hearty soups, fresh salads and flavorful sandwiches. There are multiple locations throughout the city, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled!
Dallas BBQ – Pop in Dallas BBQ and try a Texas Size Frozen Drink for just $7.99. You can even ask the bartender to mix and match drink flavors including: Margarita, Strawberry Daiquiri and Pina Colada.
Famous Dave’s BBQ – Restaurants in Times Square can definitely fall on the pricier side, but after careful investigation, we discovered that Famous Dave’s BBQ has one of the cheapest Happy Hours around! Weekdays from 3:00pm -7:00pm, stop by for Happy Hour which includes: $3 Large Margaritas, $3 Draft Beers, $4 House Wines and $5 Martinis.
Maxi’s BBQ – Facebook fan Catriona recommended Maxi’s BBQ Restaurant in Times Square, but sadly, we couldn’t locate their website. Maybe it’s a top secret location? Hmmm we will have to investigate a bit more. We’re intrigued!
Planet Hollywood – Located in the heart of Times Square, Planet Hollywood is an extremely fun dining experience for the entire family. Order an appetizer of their World Famous Chicken Crunch– it will seriously change your life.
Red Lobster – Confession: We are slightly addicted to the Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits. Yum.
Ruby Tuesday – While the menu of this Times Square location doesn’t have the majority of items you’re used to, the prices are basically the same. Headed for the salad bar? Make sure to request a table upstairs on the second level.
Virgil’s Real BBQ – Craving BBQ? Visit Virgil’s and check out their amazing menu of Memphis pork spare ribs, Texas sliced beef brisket, whole barbecued chickens, Carolina pulled pork shoulder and more.
Coney Island – Stop #17 and then hop-on board the MTA’s F Train to Coney Island.
Nathan’s Famous – Established in 1916, Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island is best known for their world famous beef hotdogs and the Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest every 4th of July. Not sure what to order? We recommend their classic Hot Dog with chili, red onions and sauerkraut. The bun can get a little crumbly, so make sure to grab quite a few napkins.
Greenwich Village – Stop #11
John’s Pizza – If you’re a fan of brick oven pizza, you’ll fall instantly in love with this Greenwich Village local hot spot. Make sure to arrive early in the day because the line of hungry customers can get quite long around dinner time. Established in 1929, the folks at John’s Pizza know how to make a mean pizza pie.
Chipotle – You can spot this Mexican Grill at multiple locations throughout the city. Try the Burrito Bowl for a healthy, satisfying lunch.
Upper East Side – Stop #39
Serendipity 3 – In the mood for a whimsical dining experience? This quaint and cozy restaurant is best known for its appearance in the movie “Serendipity” and their extremely tasty Frrrozen Hot Chocolates. The reservation line can get quite long, so make sure to put your name in early and grab a seat on the bench outside. Local tip: Try the Peanut Butter Frrrozen Hot Chocolate for a delicious twist on their classic treat!
East Harlem – Stop #34
Milk Burger – If you’re looking for a great burger, Milk Burger in East Harlem is seriously worth the trip. Order the Milk Burger with a side of Sweet Potato Fries glazed with Truffle Oil. Love at first bite.
Barclay Bar & Grill – Staying in the InterContinental New York Barclay? Make sure to pop in the hotel lobby and grab a drink at the Bar & Grill. Facebook Fan Lynda recommends sipping on Bailey’s before heading out for a night on the town!
Brooklyn – Stop #17 and then take the MTA’s B Train to DeKalb Avenue.
Junior’s Cheesecake – While visiting New York City, you absolutely must try these four things: New York style pizza, a bagel, Black and White Cookie and of course, cheesecake. Founded in 1950, Junior’s is often called New York City’s best cheesecake. Did you know their original Brooklyn location grew so popular, the restaurant opened two additional Manhattan shops? Feel free to visit these additional locations in Grand Central Station and Times Station.
Peter Luger Steakhouse – Serving steaks since 1877, Peter Luger Steakhouse is the place to go for a hearty meal in New York City. While you’re at it, try an appetizer of their famous Sizzling Bacon.
Stella Di Sicilia Bakery – Although a Cuban Sandwich may not top your NYC Foodie List, this Brooklyn Bakery knows how to bake their bread just right. Local Tip: Order a bag of pastries to-go and nibble on them throughout your travels.
Our Favorite NYC Restaurants:
Bagel Express – Looking for the perfect bagel? Hop-off at Stop #35 on the Uptown Tour and wander over to this cozy Upper East Side breakfast spot known for their freshly baked hearty bagels. Local tip: Order the $5.95 Omelette Platter that includes hash browns, your favorite bagel with cream cheese and a cup of coffee.
Big Gay Ice Cream – Seriously. The. Best. Ice. Cream. Ever. Follow Big Gay Ice Cream on Twitter to hunt down their food truck or pop in their new East Village location for the most creative ice cream of your life. Shannon, our Community Manager, recommends the Salty Pimp ice cream cone made with Vanilla Ice Cream, Dulce de Leche, Sea Salt and Chocolate Dip.
Halal Guys – You haven’t lived until you’ve tried Chicken Over Rice from the Halal Guys on 53rd Street and 6th Avenue. Order the Chicken Platter with extra white sauce and a dash of hot sauce. You’re welcome.
Shake Shack – If we could only direct you to one location, it’d probably be Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. Located at Stop #7 on the Downtown Tour, Shake Shack is best known for their high quality ingredients and 100% All Natural Angus Beef burgers. Local Tip: Wander here around 10pm on a chilly winter night — the line won’t be as long. Order a ShackBurger and a side of Crinkle Fries to make your taste buds happy little campers.
The Meatball Shop – An entire restaurant based on meatballs? Oh yes. What we love about this local foodie hot spot is their white erase menu that allows guests to completely customize their order! If it’s their special for the day, make sure to order the Buffalo Chicken Balls with Blue Cheese over Freshly-Milled Polenta.
Union Square Green Market – Stroll through this lively market and sample fresh local foods from farms in the surrounding New York City area. Local Tip: Try the various types of apple slices, fresh berry jams and freshly baked Beer Bread. Yup, you read that correctly.
Our NYC Restaurant To-Do List
With new restaurants popping up throughout the city each week, here are a few we’ve always been meaning to try:
Your turn! What are you favorite NYC Restaurants?