10 Great Restaurants Near Major NYC Attractions

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Walk the Highline before or after a meal at Barchetta.

Walkable and Delicious

These ten restaurants are an easy jaunt from the most popular NYC attractions.

The White Label Burger at Ai Fiori.
Head to Pier A Harbor House for fresh oysters, craft beers, and more.

Famous museums, parks, and theaters are often surrounded by less-than-inspiring dining options. But if you seek out these restaurants, which are just a short stroll away from some of the city’s most iconic locations, your meals will be just as dazzling as the sights.
1) db Bistro Moderne
The Scene: Daniel Boulud’s contemporary version of a French bistro.
Nearby Attractions: Broadway’s top musicals, including The Book of Mormon and Once.
Must-Try Dish: The decadent sirloin burger, stuffed with foie gras and black truffles.
2) Artisanal
Delicious Detail:
This bistro and wine bar features a “cheese cave” — a temperature- and humidity-controlled room where gourmet cheeses are aged to the perfect ripeness and flavor.
Nearby Attraction: Arresting views of Manhattan, as seen from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building.
Serving Up: Top-notch cheese and wine flights, and more.
3) The River Café
Known For: Its idyllic flower-filled patio.
Nearby Attraction: A table at this spot delivers unparalleled views of the nearby Brooklyn Bridge.
Serving Up: Modern cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
4) The Carlyle Restaurant
The Scene: English manor–style decorations include plush chintz-covered banquettes, Aubusson rugs, and mirrored alcoves.
Nearby Attractions: Before you make your way to dinner, stroll through Central Park, taking a break at Bethesda Fountain (the beautiful neoclassical fountain featured in countless movies).
Must-Try Dishes: Global delicacies like beef Wellington and lobster thermidor.
5) Ai Fiori
Run By: American chef Michael White.
Nearby Attractions: Walk to the majestic New York Public Library and its lovely back garden, Bryant Park.
Serving Up: Refined dishes inspired by the French and Italian coasts.
6) Barchetta
At the Helm: This Italian trattoria is the latest venture from seafood expert Dave Pasternack.
Nearby Attraction: The High Line, an elevated railroad track turned hip urban promenade, borders the legion of eateries in the Meatpacking District, but for a truly lofty meal, head north on this verdant path to reach Barchetta on 23rd Street.
Must-Try Dishes: Now open for brunch, you’ll have your choice of crudo, paninis, or more traditional dishes like French toast made with a baguette and pumpkin custard.
7) M. Wells Dinette
The Scene: A low-key but ever delightful lunchroom.
Nearby Attraction: This spot is actually located in Queens inside MoMA PS1, sister contemporary-art institution to the Museum of Modern Art.
Serving Up: Rustic French cuisine, and more.
8) Telepan
What to Expect: Fresh, local ingredients featured in well-orchestrated dishes helped this spot earn its first Michelin star this year.
Nearby Attraction: Near Lincoln Center, make an evening of it with anything from an opera to a dance performance after dinner.
Must-Try Dish: Smoked trout with potato blini and sweet onion sour cream.
9) Cafe Sabarsky
The Scene: An intimate space with period touches including banquette seating upholstered with a 1912 Otto Wagner fabric.
Nearby Attraction: Located at the Neue Galerie, one of the nine world-class museums on upper Fifth Avenue.
Serving Up: Memorable Viennese specialties like apple strudel and eiskaffee, a chilled coffee with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and cocoa powder.
10) Pier A Harbor House
The Scene: A historic pier turned food emporium.
Nearby Attraction: Grab a bite here after you get a close-up look at the Statue of Liberty from one of the passenger boats circulating along the Hudson River.
Serving Up: Fresh oysters, craft beers, and much more.

The bar at db Bistro Moderne.