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NYC Restaurants: 8 Top Restaurant Picks

This NYC Visitors Blog article, ‘NYC Restaurants: 8 Top Restaurant Picks’ introduces you to a variety of some of the best NYC Restaurants you should consider visiting during your visit to New York.

June 17, 2019

New York is the recognized restaurant capitol of the world with an estimated 24,000 restaurants in NYC.  In this NYC Visitor Blog Article, we are not picking the 6 best restaurants in NYC, but rather we are presenting 6 restaurants that represent a variety of cuisines, price points and locations around the city.

Part of the fun of visiting New York is exploring the many different types of restaurants around Manhattan.  Within a few blocks of our Times Square Hotel, you can enjoy a variety of dining experiences, Sushi, Pizza, Italian, American and many more options.  

This article, ‘NYC Restaurants: 8 Top Restaurant Picks’ – gives you a variety of options for you to choose from; Breakfast, Steakhouse, Italian and more!

Enjoy the list, NYC Restaurants: 8 Top Restaurant Picks:

1. Hunt & Fish Club
Cuisine: Steak & Seafood
Location: 125 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036 
Telephone: 212-575-4949
Distance from our Times Square Hotel: Across the street!

This famous NYC Restaurant is a fixture among steak and seafood lovers from around the world.  Almost as famous as the great food in this Times Square restaurant are the guests who frequent Hunt & Fish Club including, Celebrities, Sports Figures, Actors and Politicians alike.  

This contemporary New York Steakhouse offers premium cuts of beef and select seafood and classic sides.  Guest favorites include fresh Oysters, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktails, Classic Cobb Salads, Clam Linguini, Seared Scallops and of course, all their Steaks are top picks.

The Hunt & Fish Club spans 2 floors and 180 seats with a glass encased infinity Wine Cellar and a Blue Room that features ‘Roman inspired reliefs circling the mirrored ceiling. The Green Room at Hunt & Fish Club shows a living green wall and an arched skylight.

2. Carmine’s
Cuisine: Italian
Location: 200 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036  
Telephone: 212-221-3800
Distance from our Times Square Hotel: 1 Block

Carmine’s can be summed up in 3 words.  Big. Tasty. Italian. Carmine’s serves up delicious Italian dishes that follow the rule, great food is good, and a lot of it is better.  This family style Italian restaurant is a favorite among the theater crowd, locals and visitors alike.

Guest favorites include, Stuffed Mushrooms, Chicken Parmigiana, Porterhouse Pizzaiola, Shrimp Scampi and Shrimp Marinara.  If you have room for dessert you must try the Italian Cheesecake, Bread Pudding and amazing Tiramisu – yum!

After a most certain satisfying meal, guests can step out the door to enjoy a Broadway show, or other NYC Attractions including Times Square, Madame Tussauds, great bars and lounges or shopping at the many shops located close to Carmine’s.

3. Saju Bistro
Cuisine: French Bistro
Location: 120 W 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
Telephone: 212-997-7258  
Distance from our Times Square Hotel: Located in the Hotel Lobby!

This great French Bistro is in the heart of Midtown Manhattan and next to Times Square.  Saju Bistro offers a great menu of starters, salads, pasta and seafood, and an extensive Wine list.

Guest favorites include; the Bistro Burger, Roquefort Burger, Rigatoni a La Saucisse De Campagne, Ravioli Au Chevre Doux, Bouillabaisse Marseillaise and Filet Mignon Au Poivre.

Do you love Breakfast? Put Saju Bistro on your list of ‘must try’ restaurants.  Their selection of Eggs Benedict, French Toast and Omelettes are among the best in the city.

Burgers with Cheese
Great Burgers, Shakes & Fires. That’s it.  That’s all you need to know about this local favorite eatery whose popularity has grown to include locations across the country. Photo credit: Shake Shack

4. Shake Shack
Cuisine: Burgers & Fries
Location: 691 8th Ave., New York, NY 10036
Telephone: 646-435-0135  
Distance from our Times Square Hotel: 2 Blocks

Great Burgers, Shakes & Fires. That’s it.  That’s all you need to know about this local favorite eatery whose popularity has grown to include locations across the country.

The Shake Shack famously began as a single pop-up kiosk in Madison Square Park. Due to an incredibly loyal following and shear demand, the ‘shack’ moved new, larger location and rest is Burger history.  Shake Shack specializes in serving the freshest, highest quality Burgers, homemade Shacks, Hot Dogs, Fries and other selections.  

We would recommend that you get there early to avoid the long lines, but there are lines then too…and for good reason.

5. The Long Room
Cuisine: Irish Pub
Location: 120 W 44th St., New York, NY 10036
Telephone: 212-997-3933
Distance from our Times Square Hotel: Next to Hotel Mela!

This Irish gastropub offers up an extensive Beer menu with craft Beer and domestic & international brews as well. The Long Room also has a great selection of Whiskeys to choose from.  

The bar is a relaxed option to the crowded and ultra-busy Times Square bars located just a block or two away. Guests can enjoy an ice-cold brew, whiskey or Wine and light Bar bites while sitting at the long narrow bar or relax in the comfortable leather couches in the back.

Stop by on Saturday night to enjoy live music.

Ribs and Fries
When you think of New York you don’t immediately think of ‘great BBQ’ – but give the Ribs at Virgil’s BBQ a try and you will from then on. 

6. Virgil's BBQ
Cuisine: BBQ
Location: 152 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
Telephone: 212-921-9494
Distance from our Times Square Hotel: ½ Block

When you think of New York you don’t immediately think of ‘great BBQ’ – but give the Ribs at Virgil’s BBQ a try and you will from then on.  Virgil’s BBQ is considered one of the ‘Top 10 BBQ Restaurants in the U.S.’ 

Guest favorites include, Virgil’s BBQ Burger, Homemade Onion Rings, Fried Sweet Pickles, Memphis style Pork Spare Rib, Catfish Filet, Georgia Chicken fried Steak, to name a few. 

7. Ellen's Stardust Diner
Cuisine: Irish Pub
Location: 1650 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
Telephone: 212-956-5151
Distance from our Times Square Hotel: 6 Blocks

If you love great diner-style food, with a 50’s theme with servers who are ‘Broadway-ready’ singers as much as they are entertaining waitstaff, you will love Ellen’s Stardust Diner.  Located just one block from the heartbeat of NYC – Times Square, Ellen’s is always packed for a reason, great food and even better entertainment from the servers. 

Guest favorites at Ellen’s include, the singing staff of course, followed by, Diner style classics, Breakfast, Chili, Stacked Cold Cut Sandwich, Cheeseburger, Rachel’s Mac & Cheese to name a few. 

Steak and a Lobster Tail
Keen’s is a classic New York Chophouse, serving the best Dry-Aged Steaks and Chops in the city.

8. Keen's Steakhouse
Cuisine:
Steakhouse
Location: 72 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018
Telephone: 212-947-3636
Distance from our Times Square Hotel: 7 Blocks

Keen’s Steakhouse is a New York favorite.  If you are looking for great tasting Dry-Aged Steaks, Seafood in a historical, Midtown Manhattan setting, Keen’s is the place.  Keen’s is a classic New York Chophouse, serving the best Dry-Aged Steaks and Chops in the city.  

Choices from Keen’s Raw Bar include fresh Oysters, Lincoln’s Oysters and Chilled Seafood Tray.  The selections from Keen’s Steaks and Meat options include their legendary Mutton Chops and on-premises Dry-Aged Steaks, Prime T-Bone, Prime Filet Mignon, Prime Rib and New York Sirloin and great options to choose from.

New York is an amazing city of choices of things to do, see, experience and of course…things to eat!  Choosing a place to eat in NYC can be a bit overwhelming considering all the choices.  We created this list of restaurants to give you a variety of dining of options; Steak, Seafood, BBQ, Italian and more.

Look for future articles in our NYC Visitor Blog that highlight other prime restaurants in New York for you to enjoy.

Visit our NYC Visitors Blog for other informative articles to make the most of your next visit to New York.

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