A Chef’s Guide to Drinking & Dining in NYC

Chefs Guide

From time to time, CulturalXplorer.com, a site passionate about sharing food finds, likes to feature various foods and restaurants from around the world.

In this article, different restaurants will be featured from my hometown of New York City by my friend and professional chef Shaquay Peacock. Shaquay really knows her stuff when it comes to food, so I thought, who better to ask about things to eat and drink and New York City than a personal chef?

Check out her personal recommendations, and if you have recommendations of places that you feel should be added to this list, share them in the comment section below!

Which restaurants or pizzerias make the best pizza in New York City?

You can find good pizza all over New York City, but you can find great pizza at Gaby’s in Hollis, Company Restaurant in Chelsea, and Tre Otto on the Upper East Side.

Where can you find these restaurants?

Kao Soy at Ngam – Source

What are the best Asian restaurants in New York City?

For Japanese, try Totto Ramen in the Hells Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan and for Thai,  try Ngam Restaurant in the East Village.

Where can you find these restaurants?

Where can you find the best steak in New York City?

I believe that the best steaks in New York City can be found at Ricardo’s Steakhouse in East Harlem and the Peter Luger Steak House in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Where can you find these restaurants?

What is your favorite rooftop bar in New York City?

My absolute favorite rooftop bar in all of New York City is 230 Fifth in the Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan.

Where can you find this bar?

What are some of your favorite brunch spots in New York City?

New York City has a lot of great brunch spots. My favorite at the moment are MangoSeed in Brooklyn, Stanton Social in Manhattan, Sweet Chick in Brooklyn, and SoCo in Brooklyn.

Where can you find these restaurants?

  • MangoSeed (mangoseedrestaurant.com) – 757 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
  • Stanton Social (stantonsocial.com) – 99 Stanton Street, Manhattan
  • Sweet Chick (sweetchicknyc.com) – 164 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
  • SoCo (socobk.com) – 509 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

The Halibut at ABC Kitchen – Source

What are your 3 favorite restaurants in NYC?

Similar to the brunch spots, New York City also has a lot of great restaurants. My three favorite are all in Manhattan and they are: Barbounia in the Flatiron neighborhood, Totto Ramen in Hells Kitchen , and ABC Kitchen in Gramercy.

Where can you find these restaurants?

  • Barbounia (barbounia.com) – 250 Park Ave South, Manhattan
  • Totto Ramen (tottoramen.com) – 464 W. 51st Street, Manhattan
  • ABC Kitchen (abchome.com) – 35 E. 18th Street, Manhattan

Best restaurant in uptown Manhattan?

There are a lot of great restaurants in uptown Manhattan, but my favorite is The Cecil in Harlem.

Where can you find these restaurants?

  • The Cecil – 210 W. 118 Street, Manhattan

Best restaurant in downtown Manhattan?

 Best restaurants in Brooklyn?

Brooklyn Crab – Source

My favorite restaurants in Brooklyn are Verde on Smith in Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook.

Where can you find these restaurants?

  • Verde on Smith (verdeonsmith.com) – 216 Smith Street, Brooklyn
  • Brooklyn Crab (brooklyncrab.com) – 24 Reed Street, Brooklyn

Best restaurant in Queens?

Best places to get cheap quick eats in NYC?

  • Gueros (Crown Heights, Brooklyn)
  • Tacqueria (Lower East Side, Manhattan)

 Best fine dining in NYC?

Best places for the solo diner?

  • Totto Ramen (Hells Kitchen, Manhattan)
  • Anywhere that has bar seating

Best place to dine with a group?


Did any of these places in NYC make your ‘best of’ list? Can you recommend some of your favorites?

For more of Shaquay’s foodie tips, check out her website ChefShaquay.com.

She is also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

By | 2017-07-30T01:10:09+00:00 July 14th, 2014|Culinary Tourism, New York City|9 Comments


  1. Rachel@safari254 Jul 15, 2014 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    This post has me drooling, I have to say New York has to be the best for the variety of restaurants on offer.

    • Chanel Jul 16, 2014 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      Agreed! New York has so much amazing food that I could never tire of it! 😀

  2. Laura Jul 16, 2014 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Looks amazing! I loved New York and the food I had there, will definitely be back and we definitely use this post when I get there!

    • Chanel Jul 16, 2014 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      That’s wonderful Laura! 🙂

  3. Baskets Life Travel Jul 20, 2014 at 3:49 am - Reply

    What a super post! We have been to NYC many times but it’s almost impossible to narrow down great places to eat ~ the number of restaurants is overwhelming! Thank you so much for sharing I have friends who just landed in NYC I am forwarding your blog to the now!

    • Chanel Jul 21, 2014 at 4:53 am - Reply

      Thank you Stacey! I hope you are able to visit some of the places on this list!

  4. Adrienne @ AdrienneAway Jul 22, 2014 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Love so many of these places! Stanton Social does have the best brunch! 🙂

    • Chanel Jul 22, 2014 at 5:47 pm - Reply

      There are still a lot I personally have to try from Shaquay’s list 🙂 I haven’t done Stanton for brunch yet, but I hear great things!

  5. Rajesh Jul 22, 2014 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Great food.

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