From a historic Jewish deli, to a pizza place that will make you reevaluate the sad, round fakers in your freezer, NYC has a lot to offer by way of mind-blowing eats. If this is your first visit to the city, we beg you to make time for one of these classic restaurants–revered by locals and tourists alike. Go ahead, ‘gram your food when you get there. There’s no shame in letting your friends know you have excellent taste.
Located on one of the busiest corners of the West Village, Boucherie is a massive, two-story French phenomenon. Get some Pommes Frites, the Moules Normandes, and a glass of Pinot Gris, and you’re in for a relaxing Saturday afternoon on the restaurant’s sun-soaked patio. Boucherie: 99 7th Ave; 212-837-1616
Ask any New Yorker, and they’ll tell you Katz’s Delicatessen is legendary. Iconic. Mouth watering. Opened in 1888, Katz’s is known for being a purveyor of the ultimate pastrami sandwich—smoked to juicy perfection, hand carved, warm and unpretentious. Try a side of matzo ball soup to get the full (in more ways than one!) experience. Katz’s Delicatessen: 205 E Houston St; 212-254-2246
Lombardi’s bills itself as America’s First Pizzeria—a bold but believable assertion. When you taste your first slice, you’ll wonder if the pies you’ve been eating could ever even be considered pizza at all. A smoky coal crust, thick and bold tomato sauce, and perfectly proportioned toppings make this pie a New York icon. Lombardi’s: 32 Spring Street; 212-941-7994
Nestled near the intersection of Central Park West at West 66th Street, Tavern on the Green is a perfect pit stop on your afternoon walk. This famous bistro, recently renovated, is helmed by Chef Bill Peet, who takes inspiration from the tavern’s historic past, pairing classic French techniques with seasonal ingredients.Tavern on the Green: Central Park, W 67th St; 212-877-8684
Rao’s is such a New York classic that Town and Country Magazine wrote an article about how to snag a reservation, while Vanity Fair dubbed it, “New York’s most exclusive restaurant.” Assuming you’re able to book a table, try staples like the seafood salad, lemon chicken, and super-size meatballs. Rao’s: 455 E 114th St; 212-722-6709