If you are planning a visit to New York City, don’t miss out on these culturally delicious New York restaurants frequented by locals.
5 Delicious New York Restaurants Locals Love:
Previously known as Saigon Grill, this Vietnamese restaurant is a local favorite. The building is incredibly spacious, especially for New York standards, with a large full bar, booths, and round tables perfect for sharing. The price points are reasonable, especially for the location and the amount of food.
If you like sake or Japanese beers, this is a great place to get them. They pair deliciously with the food and are relatively inexpensive. The restaurant also has a full bar and a selection of crafted cocktails, as well as traditional cocktails.
Saigon Market is conveniently located between Union Square and Washington Square Park, walking distance from Parson’s New School, Strand bookstore, and the Regal Union Square movie theater. It is nearby three subways for easy access from anywhere in the city.
When you visit Saigon Market, be sure to try the #78 Bun Xao. It is absolutely delicious!
Galli is a small but delicious Italian restaurant located just one block off the main shopping strip in SoHo. The food is traditional Italian comfort food with house-made sauces and expertly cooked main courses. The restaurant itself is surprisingly large, with a beautiful and surprisingly large skylight in the main dining room.
If you are a cocktail aficionado, the menu boasts a selection of unique crafted cocktails and a full bar of liqueurs and spirits. The servers and bartenders are well-versed in their selection of wines, which you can buy both by the glass and by the bottle. They also have a weekday happy hour which includes a selection of appetizers and wines.
The SoHo area may be a large tourist hot spot, but with Galli located a block from the main strip you won’t run into throngs of hungry tourists. It is frequented by locals and professionals who work in the area, giving the restaurant and calm and inviting atmosphere.
When you stop by Galli, make sure you try the Mad Calamari and the Rigatoni Gamberi.
As its name suggests, Curry in a Hurry is a great place to get inexpensive and delicious Indian food surprisingly quickly! The food is authentic, and the restaurant is located on a strip in the Murray Hill neighborhood that has been lovingly nicknamed Curry Hill due to the proliferation of lovely ethnic shops, grocery stores, and restaurants.
The downstairs portion is where you can choose your food and order, but you take everything upstairs to eat. The upstairs portion is spacious with several tables that look out the windows. It is a unique environment, and you can watch shoppers walk by along Lexington. Waiters walk around to refill your water while Indian music videos play on a small TV.
If you haven’t tried Indian food before, don’t be intimidated! Curry in a Hurry is set up in a cafeteria style, so you can look at the food choices before selecting. Chicken Tikka Masala and Saag Paneer with a few pieces of delicious Naan bread will never lead you wrong!
Patsy’s is an institution in the El Barrio area of New York City. It was opened in 1933 as one of the first pizzerias in the city, and they still use the original coal oven to make their pizzas. It is a landmark but also an absolutely delicious slice.
If you sit down inside the restaurant, there are more options aside from just pizza, including pasta, paninis, and salads. If you have a large group be sure to call ahead and remember the restaurant is 100% cash only- no credit cards accepted!
The takeout side of the restaurant is the more frequented space, and is where you can see the original coal oven. You can by pizza by the pie or by the slice, and unlike many other New York pizzerias everything is cooked fresh. Pizza slices aren’t sitting in a glass case all day waiting to be chosen!
When you stop by Patsy’s, try their plain cheese pizza. You won’t be disappointed.
Located in the West Village, A Salt and Battery is hands-down the best place in the city to get authentic British fish and chips. The menu is small, but each dish is battered and fried to perfection. They may place ketchup on the tables, but don’t use it- try the malt vinegar and a smattering of salt instead.
You may think that fish and chips is “just fish and chips,” but you will change your mind when you taste the absolutely amazing fish and chips at A Salt and Battery. Each filet of fish is flaky and delicious, with the perfect beer battered flavor. The fries (chips) are thick cut and expertly cooked.
The restaurant itself is not large, with two counter- style tables at the wall and window and two small round tables in the center. The space is designed more for takeout, but if you can find a seat, enjoy the British environment, decorations, and music inside the space.
If you visit A Salt and Battery, make sure you go for the Haddock!