Dining out in New York City can certainly be considered a hobby. There are so many incredible restaurants, how do you choose where to eat in NYC? West 57th Street by Hilton Club is in the center of some of the best gastronomic experiences in the city. So on your next trip to Midtown Manhattan, here is a list of our top restaurant picks (categorized by price) within two blocks (or so) from your NYC home away from home.
Where to Eat in NYC
Located inside The Plaza Hotel Food Hall, Luke’s Lobster is the perfect stop to grab a picnic lunch to take to Central Park. What is a Luke’s Lobster Roll? ¼ lb chilled, wild caught lobster served in a fresh bun, topped with melted butter, mayo, and a secret seasoning. A perfect lunch! To Eat: Yes, the Lobster Roll, of course! But you can also get the Luke Trio – ½ Lobster Roll, ½ Crab Roll, and ½ Shrimp Roll.
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Winner of Cupcake Wars on Food Network in 2013, Huascar & Company Bakeshop works tirelessly to bring you small batches of delicious cupcakes, brownies, cookies, cheesecakes, flans, macaroons, Brazilian truffles, and custom cakes that are all focused on the flavor! Need an afternoon pick-me up while exploring the city? This is the spot! Plus, they’re an Elevated Rewards Partner so be sure to mention you’re part of the family when you pop in.
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To Eat: Ummm, one of everything, obviously! Order a dozen mini cupcakes and enjoy them on a picnic blanket in Central Park. Or indulge in a Mason Jar Cheesecake before a Broadway show!
“Our crust has to be blackened and crisp! Only fresh tomatoes and mozzarella,” legendary pizza chef Angelo would say four generations ago. This dedication to great New York-style pizza continues with his grandchildren at Angelo’s Coal Oven Pizzeria.
To Eat: Order an Old Fashioned Square Pie or an Old School Round Pie. If you aren’t in the mood for pizza, stop in for a lunch special of a pasta + salad or a panini + salad. Fantastic deal in the city!
You might never see a milkshake as colorful and fun as the creative shakes at Black Tap. New York native and Michelin Star awarded chef, Joe Isidori, brings you Black Tap, an experience beyond just the best burger and shake you’ve ever had. From the decor to musical playlists to friendly staff to the incredible people you’ll find yourself sitting next to, Black Tap creates something more than just shareables, it’s the must-stop for every food tourist and burger-obsessed New York local.
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To Eat: Try the Bison Craft Burger with a side of onion rings. Wash it down with a famous shake!
“It’s not cutesy. It’s not trendy.” The Brooklyn Diner is the perfect place for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – it’s the comfort food you really want to eat. There might be nothing better after a cross-country flight to New York, then a bowl of their famous chicken soup to settle traveler’s stomach.
To Eat: The Chinese Chicken Salad and the Cheeseburger Deluxe were both voted the BEST OF NEW YORK by New York Magazine. Can we go on? The Pastrami is hand-carved to order, and the Chicken Pot Pie is so good, it runs out every day!
For an instant escape from Midtown Manhattan to chic Old Havana, Guantanamera is a friendly, fun, and vibrant Cuban restaurant featuring traditional Cuban fare. The restaurant decor captures the essence of Old Havana with its exposed brick, candle-lit tables, rattan-covered ceiling fans, and hand-painted folkloric murals. In addition to the unique dining experience, Guantanamera offers an exquisite bar and lounge area with a distinctive assortment of fine wines, rums, liquors, specialty cocktails, and exceptional appetizers. For those who enjoy dining to the beat of salsa, rumba, and cha-cha, live music and dancing happens every Tuesday to Sunday from 9pm to 1am.
To Eat: Empanadas! You could easily dine on one of every delicious appetizer on the menu. But leave room for the Paella Marinera for a taste of the ocean!
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The social buzz and Instagram hit, Tanner Smith’s, is a truly unique experience in a warm, welcoming setting. The main bar area is designed after a 1920’s New York drinking house. Artfully-created cocktails along with a rotating craft beer selection and wine list are accompanied by thoughtful food selections to share.
To Eat: Share plates! Try the Thai Deviled Eggs, a Meat & Charcuterie Board, and Grilled Meatball Lollipops!
You won’t have to travel far to enjoy this New York Brasserie. Located inside the West 57th property, and right across the street from Carnegie Hall, Redeye Grill celebrates artists with its timeless atmosphere and mouthwatering menu. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, Redeye serves dishes from sushi to locally sourced fish, steaks, produce, and a raw bar. Patrons can also enjoy live music seven nights a week in Red’s Lounge. This is a perfect place to go for a nightcap after a show at Carnegie Hall.
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To Eat: Try the Ahi Tuna Poke’ with macadamia nuts or the Scallops with heirloom cauliflower.
The magic and authenticity of Mediterranean cuisine, concentrating on only fresh and simple ingredients, will feed both the mind and the body. Two sprawling floors welcome guests to this popular Provence-inspired restaurant. Downstairs, the scene-stealing, long white marble bar invites you inside where guests can relax with a signature cocktail, such as the Cucumber Cosmo. Upstairs, two spacious dining rooms can each host events from 40-80 people, or combine them together!
To Eat (and drink!): Enjoy speciality cocktails like the Soulflower (gin, rosemary honey, lemon, lavender bitters with Aquafaba foam & garnished with bitter design and lavender sprig) or enjoy a Champs de Fraises (sparkling wine with strawberry confiture, St. Germain, citrus bitters, and Earl Grey Tea).
With a daily changing fish market, you know you are only eating what’s fresh. With your waiter as your guide, you are taken on an adventure of the freshest and most diverse selection caught by Milos fisherman on the shores of the Mediterranean sea. Whether your preference is grilled, fried, sashimi, or tartare, or if you would like to try a more traditional preparation such as kakavia, or achnisto, there is the perfect catch waiting for you.
To Eat: The ala carte menu is meant to be shared. Or, try the Pre-Fixe Theater menu or the Late-Night Pre-Fixe with the grilled octopus.
Dine at the Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa’s Japanese restaurant, known for fusion cuisine, blending traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients. The menu is like a playground for the tastebuds. Select from the menu, or risk the surprise with the ‘Omakase Chef Choice’ to experience the essence of Chef Matsuhisa’s cuisine. Dine for lunch or dinner, or come on Sundays for a lunch pre-fixe (or the Nobu Classics, hot or cold).
To Eat: Of course try the signature dish of black cod in miso. Or dine hibachi style for Wagyu beef, mixed seafood, or Shabu-Shabu.
History. Elegance. Culture. Fine cuisine. The decor, details around every corner, and beauty of this special dining experience will stay with you forever. The modern Continental cuisine at The Russian Tea Room is infused with Russian flair, complementing the radiant decor. Classic dishes include Traditional Red Borscht and Famous Tea Room Blintzes. Wines are handpicked by a veteran sommelier, and they have more than 40 varieties of Vodka.
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To Eat: Yes, you can go for traditional tea, but you can also dine for brunch, lunch, and dinner. There is an extensive caviar menu as well as a Pre/Post Theater menu, and a Children’s Tea (with a variety of decaf teas, and hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows!).
We hope your next trip to New York City is filled with culinary delights around every corner. Don’t forget to use your HGV perks with Elevated Rewards!