New York is synonymous with food. Almost on every street you’ll find something, from a fresh salad bar, to New York Style pizza, to hot dogs galore.
If you’re single in New York, trying out new restaurants with your date will be a great adventure, from taste testing different types of food to experiencing unique people and atmospheres.
Here are some of the top rated New York restaurants via Yelp.com (in the moderate price range) that will leave your date begging for more!
95 1st Avenue
With everything from whisky cake, to fettuccini with clams, to squid salad, if you like seafood, you’ll love this place. The restaurant is small in size, but with over 1,000 Yelp reviews and a 4.5 rating, you can’t lose. They don’t take reservations, so typically there is a long wait. But that can also be an opportunity to chat with your date and other restaurant goers.
2. Luke’s Lobster
93 E. 7th Street
1 W. 59th Street (The Plaza)
26 S William Street
If you want something simple order the clam chowder, or if you want to try it all then get a sampler plate, which gives you 1/2 lobster roll, 1/2 crab roll, and 1/2 shrimp roll and 2 crab claws. Now that’s a taste of New England for you and your date! It’s a small place, but you could easily pick up and then head over to a park and have a seafood picnic. To check out specifics for each location, check out the website.
3. Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place
225 Liberty Street, 2nd Level
This is a food court, but with such high Yelp ratings, it’s worth it to check it out. Just make sure to avoid rush times like lunch during the work week. This could be a fun way to try lots of different food with your date at once! You’ll find everything from sushi to barbecue to Cambodian.
22 W 8th Street
Wining and dining is literal here, with a selection of wines and favorite foods: Raviole du Royans, which is miniature cheese ravioli imported from the South of France gratinéed with chanterelles and truffle oil; a plate of French cheeses and homemade jams and chocolate tart. It sounds as fancy as it tastes and is sure to impress your date. You can even make reservations online.
5. The Dead Rabbit
30 Water Street
If you’re in New York, you’ve gotta have food the old New York way—Irish style. The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog has a tap room in the main level, with craft beer and other drinks, as well as food. If you’re feeling adventurous, head upstairs to the Parlor for more food, and for the experience. Try a Scotch Egg or several of the lamb dishes, but be sure to share the bourbon pecan bread pudding with your date.
6. Benson’s NYC
181 Essex Street
Opened in April 2015, this restaurant already has rave reviews sure to impress your date. Lots of awesome burgers and flatbread pizzas, along with the craft beer, would make this a fun and casual experience.
7. The Greek
458 Greenwich Street
The one has Greek food perhaps like you’ve never had it before. Lots of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Many traditional Greek sides, entrees, salads and appetizers. Who wouldn’t want to try the brizola (ouzo bbq skirt steak with celery root mashed potato, pomegranate roasted onions)?
8. Burger and Lobster
39 W 19th Street
No menu here? Why not! It just means that the wait staff really knows what the are doing. This international restaurant’s only U.S. location uses only corn-fed steak from Nebraska and its lobster is fresh from Nova Scotia, Canada.
9. Joe’s Shanghai
9 Pell Street
24 W. 56th Street
Soup dumplings, braised duck, and spicy Szechuan style sliced beef are just a few of the popular dishes at this amazing restaurant. They also have restaurants in Japan and Flushing, New York. Joe’s has been recognized by the New York Times Restaurant Guide, Gourmet Magazine, Travel and Leisure, New York Magazine and Zagat Survey.
10. Fresh Salt
146 Beekman Street
This bar and café stays true to its local past, right down to the name—which came from the faded advertisement on the front of the 1885 smoke house it resides in (Fresh, Salt, and Smoked Fish). They have a selection of soups and sandwiches, as well as the Three Cheese Pita Melt and the Quiche of the Day.