When you’re rushing from one location to the other in busy New York, you might feel like grabbing a quick bite from some of the best restaurants in New York. Food trucks and fine dining are two options too but if you’re just looking for good restaurants in New York to satisfy your hunger and budget, you’ve come to the right place. You could be looking to grab a nice juicy burger or even a seafood platter. These top five best restaurants in New York will offer you just that. Nothing too fancy but not hotdogs either. These delicious to-go meals will give a new meaning to the idea of a quick bite in the Big Apple. So without further ado, I present you my list of best restaurants in New York for a quick bite.
Best Restaurants In New York
Tehuitzingo Mexican Deli
Mexican food in New York gets a bad rap and for the most part, we’d say deservedly so. However, if you’re looking for one of the best restaurants in New York that serves authentic Mexican food, you just found it. This deli has aisles to the back of the store so no doubt you won’t be disappointed. At first glance, Tehuitzingo Mexican Deli looks nothing more than a Mexican grocery store. But soon enough you will discover things you find in your grandmothers kitchen. So don’t expect fine dining but delicious food, which is why it made it to my best restaurants in New York list.
Pork lovers should try the rich Carnitas Tacos for $2.50 each. Beef lovers will find the Al Pastor is an excellent choice. It can be stuffed into a tortilla or a taco or served on top of a traditional “sope.” Try crusty rolls sandwiching avocado, tomato, mayonnaise, and your choice of meat.
Set up at 695 10th Avenue, between 47th and 48th Streets, it makes for a convenient, casual bite before a Broadway show or a stroll down the park.
Caracas Arepas Bar
Not ready to take a trip to Venezuela yet but looking for best restaurants in New York to grab a Reina Pepiada? Stop by this New York restaurant called Caracas Arepas Bar. This is one of the best restaurants in New York for a quick bite where they serve piping hot ‘Arepas’ – Venezuelan corn cake sandwiches stuffed with delicious bits. For those of you who are looking for the full experience, don’t worry because Caracas Arepas Bar is so popular, and being one of the best restaurants in New York, you can dine there as well. I should however mention that there is usually a shorter waits at the take-out extension.
The chicken with avocado salad Reina Pepiada ($7), shredded beef, sweet plantains, and salty cheese De Pabellon ($7.50) are excellent choices.
There are branches in the East Village, Williamburg and Brooklyn. You can also find outposts at the Rockway Beach.
Vegetarians, if you’re in the search for best restaurants in New York for a quick bite, Taim is for you. An Israel cuisine that is cozily packed any given day with delights to come back for more. For true Israel drinks, you can try the exotic smoothies such as date-lime-banana and the refreshing mint lemonade at this top New York restaurant. They accept cash only.
Falafel is the house signature. Also give the Sabich Sandwich ($7.25) a try with fried eggplant, Israeli salad and sliced boiled egg.
Set on the West Village. There is a second location in the NoLIta (North of Little Italy) from May 01, 2012. If that was not enough, you can catch their Taim Mobile roaming around. Updates on its locations can be found on their website and via Twitter.
Take a walk to East Village foodie haven and find one of the best restaurants in New York – Porchetta. Take note and go as early in the day as possible because it gets packed soon. Porchetta is know for best pork in town, which is why they made it to the best restaurants in New York list. Porchetta was started by Sara Jenkins and Matt Lindemulder in 2008 so this is a fresh place. The smell of juicy roasted pork sandwiches and platters are just mouth watering. For those who are health conscious, the pork used is antibiotic and hormone-free from the Niman Ranch.
The House Porchetta Sandwich ($10) is sinfully tender. The pork is slow-roasted and given a good dousing of spices such as garlic, sage, fennel pollen and rosemary. Also for a lighter diet, try the Chicory Salad with garlic dressing ($6).
Take your sandwich to-go from the East Village shop and walk to the nearby Tompkins Square Park to enjoy.
Luke’s Lobster Roll
If you’re looking for some of the best restaurants in New York for a quick bite of lobster, best place to go is Luke’s Lobster Roll. Though there are plenty of restaurants in New York for Lobster Rolls, Luke’s tops them all. They use the freshest lobster meat around to make the perfect Lobster Roll.
Try the classic Lobster Roll ($17) that has generous chunks of meat with a dash of Mayo and Lemon Butter, served on an airy bun.
Luke’s has rapidly expanded from one humble shop in the East Village. There is also a location just a couple blocks away from the American Museum of Natural History.
There you go, the best restaurants in New York for a quick bite while you’re on the move. Of course these are my favorite places for a quick bite. Let me know if you have tried these places or if you have your own list of best restaurants in New York.