Manhattan residents tend to stay away from known tourist traps. Not only are they busy, but the food isn’t usually all that great either. Some destinations break the mold, though, and so we’ve compiled a list of tourist trap restaurants that are popular with everyone and serve great food to boot. Here are the best restaurants the city has to offer!
- Katz’s Delicatessen is known for its pastrami, and for good reason. If you live nearby, chances are you’ve come to expect a lot of hustle and bustle during the day. But come closing time, you know to sneak in as the crowds die.
- If you’re looking for some exquisite baked goods, head on over to Veniero’s Pastry. If you can get past the travelers, you’ll find tasty gelato, tiramisu, and sfogliatelle. Once again, your best bet is closing time.
- Everyone loves a French-style restaurant, and you’ll find the best at Balthazar. If you want to order food without waiting in line, ask for a seat at the bar. You’re less likely to get stuck behind noisy outsiders.
- Eataly is exactly what it sounds like: a place for traditional Italian fare. It’s not far from One World Trade Center, which is part of the reason it’s so popular with tourists. If you’re looking to Italian bread, cheese, pizza, or pasta, then Eataly is the place for you.
- Everyone loves a good cronut–except the suckers who have never tried one. It’s a specialized combination of donut and croissant, which is what all the tourists order. Those who have the advantage of living in the area can keep coming back to try the other items on the menu. They’re all amazing.
- Gray’s Papaya is popular with everyone. The Recession Special provides two delicious dogs and a refreshing beverage (flavored soda, anyone?). If you’re young and local, then you’ve probably ventured to Gray’s Papaya after a drink or four.
- If you’re in the neighborhood, then check out Nathan’s Famous for some exceptionally tasty hot dogs. It’s an experience you need to have.
- If you’re a carnivore, then you can’t miss the Peter Luger Steak House. You’ll find everything from the traditional fare such as a mouth-watering burger, to more elaborate offerings like slabs of bacon you won’t find offered the same way anywhere else.
- The Levain Bakery offers a simple selection of world-class cookies. They’re expensive, but the chewy gooey taste is well worth the extra cash.