People love going to New York City, and New York City, with an estimated 22,000 restaurants, is eager to feed them.
That's a lot of places to refuel before a gallery opening, between meetings or after a credit-damaging stroll through Barney's. How to choose? We asked Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema for 10 sure bets on where to chow down in Manhattan, in multiple categories and price ranges. Whether you're looking for the best place to tackle a lobster roll (Pearl Oyster Bar in the West Village), nibble Parisian pastries (Payard Patisserie on the Upper East Side) or knock back the cocktail of the moment (the Lower East Side's Milk & Honey), Tom will steer you in the right direction.
Scones at Sarabeth's on the upper West Side.
(Helayne Seidman - For The Washington Post)
To supplement his recommendations, we've compiled our own lists of favorite eateries for visitors on a mission, be it a pre-theater dinner or post-museum pick-me-up. If you're seeking a great place to have brunch, we've got five winners, from the Upper West Side stalwart Barney Greengrass to the jazzy-yet-casual Blue Water Grill in Union Square. Got kids in tow? Check out our family-friendly picks, including one place that serves six different kinds of peanut butter. We also investigate the new crop of restaurants in the neighborhood surrounding ground zero.
The smorgasbord begins below.
New York 2005
10 Appetizing Reasons to Visit Manhattan
Meals With a Side of Legend
Dining Near Ground Zero
Getting to NYC