10 of the best restaurants near New Yorks main attractions

10 of the best restaurants near New Yorks main attractions

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10 of the best restaurants near New Yorks main attractions

Its easy to grab a burger in Times Square but much more rewarding to walk a block or two and eat well with the locals. We pick great places to eat near the citys major sights

Central Park

Amy Ruths
The south end of Central Park is all tired-looking horses pulling carriages and people riding overpriced rented bicycles. But stroll to Harlem, at the northern tip of the park and theres a wealth of good food. Amy Ruths is six blocks north of the top end of Central Park and offers real southern cuisine. The Rev Al Sharpton, named after the New York civil rights activist, is a $15.50 chicken and waffle feast. For sides, there are collard greens, candied yams and mac and cheese. Open until 5am on Friday and Saturday.
113 West 116th Street, amyruths.com

The High Line



This mile-and-a-half-long park on an elevated, disused railway line is fun and free but can be packed with tourists. Duck off it at Chelsea Market for posh bakeries, cafes, chocolates and the like. The market is also home to Friedmans restaurant, which offers American fare and is relatively cheap for the area. The food is nothing fancy burgers and sandwiches at lunch but its in a good setting and the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich ($17), which comes with kale slaw and habanero-infused honey, is particularly good. Friedmans also prides itself on its gluten-free dishes.
75 9th Avenue, friedmansrestaurant.com

Empire State Building

Empire State building. Photograph: Alamy

Mandoo Bar

There are a lot of Irish sports bars near this landmark. But its also close to Koreatown, with all the magic that has to offer. Mandoo is a narrow little restaurant with wooden booths. The service is swift and the food is great. Mandoo means dumpling, and this is what it specialises in: they are handmade on site. The mool mandoo $9.24 for 10 are filled with pork and vegetables and perfect for a quick post-big building meal.
2 West 32nd Street,


La Superior


This Brooklyn neighbourhood may not be as cool as it once was but it has good views of the city. Head away from main drag Bedford Avenue for the best eateries either east for Mexican-French fare (it works) at Santos Anne (366 Union Avenue) or south, for tacos and quesadillas at La Superior. This is a tiny, hip spot with burly wooden benches and rough-and-ready service. The taco de lengua, with beef tongue, costs $3.50 and is delicious. The margaritas are $7 and boozy.
295 Berry Street, lasuperiornyc.com

Brooklyn Bridge



The waterfront south of Brooklyn Bridge on the Brooklyn side was once home to warehouses and cargo docks and lots of ships. But when trade routes changed in the 20th century, most of the piers became dormant eyesores. Until the late 2000s, that is, when the area was redeveloped into a park. Today those piers are home to football pitches and basketball courts, and a bike path weaves along the river. Forninos, a rooftop pizza restaurant next to Pier 6, looks across the East river towards lower Manhattan. The Lombardi pizza has mozzarella, wild rocket, prosciutto and shaved parmesan and costs $16.
Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park,


Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Photograph: Alamy

Nom Wah is the oldest restaurant in Chinatown, and offers some of the best dim sum around. The pork buns are splendid, as are the eggy phoenix buns for dessert. Nom Wah is also said by many to have some of the best chicken feet in the city. It can get busy at peak dim sum hours (until 2pm) but the food comes out fast and theres plenty of it. Mr Fongs, where young(ish) things drink strong cocktails and listen to trendy DJs, is a couple of blocks east under Manhattan Bridge.
1315 Doyers Street, nomwah.com

World Trade Center

Oculus with Freedom Tower, also known as One World Trade Center. Photograph: Alamy

Laughing Man
There isnt a wealth of options in the financial district around One World Trade Center, but after taking the elevator to the observatory, on the 102nd floor, and pausing by the twin reflecting pools that form part of the 9/11 memorial, you can at least get a good coffee. Laughing Man, in the Mercantile Building, is owned by Hugh Jackman and donates all its profits to charity. Its also right on the Hudson and does a great flat white. Take your cup outside and gaze across the water towards New Jersey. It was on this stretch of river that pilot Chesley Sully Sullenberger famously landed his plane in 2009 after it struck a flock of geese.
1 North End Avenue,

Staten Island



The Staten Island ferry is famously free and famously goes right past the Statue of Liberty. Most people get to Staten Island then turn around and head back to Manhattan which is a shame because Beso, a relaxed Spanish restaurant with a rustic interior is only a five-minute walk from the terminal. For the best value come during happy hour Monday to Friday, 3pm until 6pm. Select tapas cost between $2 and $5, and there are drinks specials for $3. Try the lamb chop and the hierbas de vieiras scallops wrapped in honey bacon.
11 Schuyler Street,

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/oct/02/top-10-restaurants-near-new-york-city-attractions