New York Restaurant Guide

New York is the ultimate melting pot for all types of food. It’s hard to keep up with all the trending restaurants or think of new dinner places, but fear no more! Being the tea drinking research goblin that I am, I will be updating this list as I discover new places to try.


The following list of restaurants are places I have either eaten at, places that have been highly recommended to me, or are new trending restaurants that have I recently seen  featured on social media. Please be sure to check dietary requirements at each place before visiting!

Now let’s get eating!!

(vSuitable for Vegetarians/Vegan



  • Cafeteria(v)
  • Cookshop (v)
  • Freemans
  • Two Hands Bar & Restaurant
  • Little Frankies
  • Bubby’s (v)
  • Butcher’s Daughter
  • Raclette
  • Cuba
  • Jack‘s Wife Freda (v)
  • Sarabeth’s(v)
  • Clinton Street Baking Company
  • Distilled
  • Tipsy Parson
  • High Street on Hudson
  • The Coffee Project
  • Buttermilk Channel
  • Maya – Mexican boozy Brunch.
  • Tea & Sympathy (v)
  • Pondicheri (v) Indian Breakfast and Brunch
  • Le Pain Quotidien (v)
  • Hottle Chantelle (v)
Jack’s wife Freda


  • Slice of New York Pizza (v) – any pizza stand!
  • Dunkin Donuts (v) egg & cheese muffin / donuts/coffee
  • Taco Bell (v)  take away Mexican food
  • Chipotle (v) – take away Mexican food
  • Melt Shop (v) – Grilled cheese and milkshakes
  • Pret – regular soups, sandwiches and salads
  • Halal Guys (v) famous chicken and rice spot (they have falafel for vegetarians)
  • Kati Roll (v)Indian masala wraps.


  • Dos Comino’s (v)– Decent Mexican food and yummy jugs of margs!
  • Olive Garden (v) Times Square
  • The Boathouse – a restaurant right on the lake in Central Park.
  • Shake Shack – good burger joint located in several locations including Grand Central
  • Momofuku Noodle Bar
  • Vezzo Thin Crust Pizza
  • Blockheads (v) – fun Mexican joint with good music and cheap margaritas
  • Room Service (v)
  • Ovest Pizzotec (v)
  • QI (v)
  • Cuba – live Cuban music with a complimentary cigar on your way out
  • Cacio e pepe – great Italian place
  • Burger Joint @ Le Parker Meridian
  • Le Pain Quotidien (v)
  • Rosemary’s (v) Beautiful light airy and chic Italian place
  • The Smith (v) 
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The Smith


  • Buddakan (v) Asian fusion.
  • Stanton Social – Small Plates/Tapas – Lounge
  • Beauty & Essex – American – Small Plates/Tapas
  • Toa (v) Asian fusion dinner
  • Babuji (v) really good authentic Indian food served in steel plates
  • Nix (v) Full Vegetarian/ Vegan restaurant
  • Grand Central Oyster bar, stunning station worth having a drink to enjoy the ceiling
  • The Standard Grill is at the bottom of the Standard hotel, right below the Highline in Chelsea.
  • Catch in Meatpacking is really good
  • The Odeon – Tribeca – French/Italian cool diner style place
  • The Heath/Gallow Green This is an old 1950’s type Jazz restaurant with a live jazz band.
  • Marta (v)- pretty restaurant and nice Italian food
  • Indian Accent (v) – Good Indian food
  • Robert – at Columbus Circle has gorgeous views Central Park
  • Hakkasan(v)– One of my all time favourite restaurants. Great dim sum and cocktails
  • Paowalla (v) Indian restaurant
  •  ilili (v) Good Mediterranean and Lebanese food
  • Zuma (v) – Japanese Sushi Bar
  • ABC Cocina – Latin American/Small Plates
  • ABCV(v) Full Vegetarian – American
  • Upland (v) – American
  • Uncle Boons– Thai
  • Baar Baar – Funky Indian
  • Rahi – (v) Indian
  • Lavo – (v) Italian
  • Empellon (v) Mexican (really great hashbrown tacos)
  • Bea –  (v) cute cocktail and food place – American





  • Big Gay Ice-cream Shop 
  • Dominique Ansel Bakery (try a cronut -croissant and doughnut in one)
  • Magnolia bakery -(best cupcakes in NY)
  • Gossip Coffee (donuts in your milkshake)
  • Chickalicious
  • Serendipity  (famous frozen hot chocolate)
  • The Crooked Tree – crepes
  • Levain Bakery (amazing cookies)
  • Dough -(doughnut bakery)
  • 10Below Ice Cream
  • Junior’s Restaurant (famous original plain New York Cheesecake)
  • Sugar Factory – huge Birthday Desserts


Gallow Green
  • Campbell Apartment located in Grand Central
  • Employees Only is a cool speakeasy type bar.
  • Little Branch, West Village – Entrance is just an unmarked door on the corner of Hudson & Leroy.
  • PDT, East village – The entrance is inside Crif Dogs, through the phone booth on the left.
  • Top Of the Standard bar, Standard Hotel
  • The Flatiron Room, W. 26th between Broadway and Madison – lovely bar with live music (jazz) until 11pm. Seating only so best to make a reservation
  • Toshi’s Living Room there is always a live band playing jazz or top 40 hits. Good spot for food, drinks and live music.
  • Kimberly Hotel – Roof top bar –midtown
  • Gallow Green Garden Roof top – gorgeous roof top and cool place for a sunset drink
  • 230 Fifth massive rooftop bar—Tourist spot. You can stare at the Empire State, MetLife and Chrysler Buildings,. 230 Fifth Ave between 26th and 27th St
  • Dear Irving cool little speakeasy with delicious cocktails
  • Hudson Hotel beautiful hanging lights and pricey drinks
  • The Frying Pan – drinks on boat – good spot for a summers day
  • Library Bar – at NoMad Hotel
  • Press Lounge – rooftop bar at the Ink48 hotel
  • Gansevoort rooftop – upscale bar with amazing views of the city
  • Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar -good views with Popsicle drinks.
  • PS450 – Lounge – Cocktail Bar
  • St Barts at Church Near Grand Central
  • The National
  • The Horny Ram
  • Skybar 
  • Ophelia 
  • Mr Purple – nice views of the city
  • Le Bain nice views of the city
  • Hudson Bar
  • Spyglass – nice view of Empire St building
Dear Irving

DeepsMak Blogging with a Cuppa


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Hi there, my name is Deepa Makwana and if you hadn’t guessed already, I LOVE all things food, travel and lifestyle. Since moving from London to New York, I have been wanting to write about my recipes and travel however I was a little afraid to share! But as my mother always says ‘if you don’t try, you will never know’. So I have finally decided to create my own little outlet on anything and everything involving things like where to eat, travels, home recipes, my fav home products or even the best shows I am watching! If I can help in any way – I have achieved my goal! Come on in and have a peak! DeepsMak x

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