EE zagat books 1024x683 - Zagat Presents: Top 5 Food Restaurants

If you visit New York for the first time, it is good to do previous research about the restaurants you are going to visit. The bigger the city, the bigger the chance to choose an overpriced place with bad food. So here are the top 5 food restaurants in New York according to Zagat’s Guide:

Blue Hill

Blue Hill is a restaurant in West Village, right next to Washington Square Park. It offers a varied menu for both carnivores and vegetarians. They always use fresh meat and seasonal ingredients, and that is why the food is so delicious. The atmosphere is suitable for special occasions but keep in mind that the place is always full.

Blue Hill is a fine dining restaurant, which means small portions and high prices. You will undoubtedly enjoy well-prepared food, but if you are on a budget, this is not your place. The restaurant also requires a reservation at least a month before, but there is always a chance to find a seat on the bar and eat there. 

La Vara

La Vara is a Spanish restaurant in Brooklyn. It is a small but elegant place where you can enjoy a tasty dish at a fair price. Due to the small seating space, you should make a previous reservation. The staff is very polite and can always recommend a wine because the selection is rich, so it is a tough choice. If you visit it for the first time, try the Huevos Rotos with chips and spicy chorizo – it is very flavorful and tasty.


Danji is a small Korean restaurant in Manhattan, close to Times Square. It is a charming creative place where you can enjoy a meal prepared with organic ingredients. There is a vegetarian and vegan menu, so everyone is welcomed to try spicy Korean cuisine. They also serve cocktails and ice cream with unusual flavors. The garlic honey wings with sesame seeds and the spicy whelk salad with buckwheat noodles are their specialties.


Marea is a fine-dining Italian restaurant that you can only find in the south corner of Central Park. The menu mostly offers house-made pasta and different kinds of seafood. Marea’s biggest advantage is the polite staff. They are always ready to recommend a dish or to give you detailed information about the ingredients or the preparation. The Fusilli with Octopus and the Tagliatelle with Crab are their best pasta suggestions.

Ample Hills Creamery

Ample Hills Creamery serves the best desserts in Brooklyn. The prices are high, but the taste is amazing. The Creamery offers more than twenty interesting ice cream flavors, so it may take a while to choose what to try. Besides, the venue has a rooftop section where you can sit at night and observe the lights of Gowanus while having the best ice cream in your life.

Up for a good bite before your Broadway show? Visit these food restaurants from the Zagat Guide. They provide excellent meals that will make you lick the dishes!

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