Restaurants for Local Culture in Midtown, New York City, New York State 

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  • 1

    Carnegie Deli

    31 reviews

    The original Carnegie Deli is on 7th Avenue at 55th Street in the heart of midtown, close to Carnegie Hall, Broadway theaters & hotels. Best known for gigantic overstuffed sandwiches & cheesecake, the atmosphere is typical old time NYC deli...a little rough, usually busy & loud. Breakfast, lunch & dinner are available at this NYC institution, popular with tourists & ...

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  • 2

    Halal Guys -- 53rd and 6th

    Delicious street meat! I had lamb and chicken over rice - prefer the lamb and would probably get only that next time. The line grows quickly, so be prepared to wait!!!

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    Le Bernardin

    12 reviews

    Coat check at the door. Friendly, smiling servers. Purse bed at your seatside for the ladies. Congratulations Le Bernardin, you've earned the #1 spot on the Zagat list, and rightfully so. The space is nicely spaced, we had a ton of room between tables. It makes you forget you are in NYC. The experience from beginning to end was WOW. ...

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  • 4

    Magnolia Bakery

    23 reviews

    Best banana pudding I've eaten. Love their cupcakes too

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  • 5

    Totto Ramen

    10 reviews

    Definitely a hole in the wall, a VERY SMALL HOLE in the wall. The restaurant doesn't have many seats, and there's usually a wait. But it's worth it! I got the Spicy Ramen and pork buns, and it was to die for! The broth was well made with flavorful seasonings and spices. The hardness of the ramen was on point! ...

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  • 6

    The Modern

    5 reviews

    Fantastic! I helped arrange a press event here and everything was top notch. The decor, modern, of course, mostly white with clean lines. The food exquisite! The staff was so helpful. The event went off without a hitch! Pricey but delicious. Great for a special night out!

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    Aquavit Bistro

    5 reviews

    Exceptional Michellin-starred Nordic restaurant with top-notch food, service, and decor. Aquavit charms from the moment you enter with a friendly welcome and gorgeous minamalist Scandinavian design. A tranquil refuge from the chaos of Midtown. Highly recommended. Don't be put off by the Nordic menu, Aquavit is more than pickled / salted seafood. My shrimp skagen and Swedish bouillabaisse were delicious ...

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    Junior's Restaurant (Grand Central)

    2 reviews

    This is the other place that you can't get on a train without stopping at. The food is great and they give you so much of it that you won't get hungry even if you're on the last stop like me.

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  • 9

    Famous Original Ray's Pizza - Broadway

    2 reviews

    Of all the to-go pizza slices during my month of backpacking down the East Coast, Famous Original Ray's Pizza was the best. Big, fast, garlic-y and perfectly cooked so it's not too hot for immediate consumption, the slices here really hit the spot. I specify "to-go" in the beginning of this review because, traveling solo and on a limited I-just-quit-my-job ...

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  • 10

    Ruby Tuesday

    Ruby Tuesday is located at Times Square. They serve really good food and delicious desserts.

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  • 11

    Brasserie Ruhlmann

    2 reviews

    The outdoor terrace at Brasserie Ruhlmann is a great escape from the chaos of Rockefeller center and mid-town Manhattan. This is the perfect spot for dinner before / after a show at Radio City music hall. I never eat in this area because I think most of the restaurants are over touristed and the quality is quite poor. Ruhlmann really ...

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  • 12

    Serafina Broadway

    2 reviews

    Solid place for reasonably priced and decent Italian food in Times Square. Marghetrita pizzas are tasty and $15

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  • 13


    3 reviews

    My favorite 9th avenue brunch spot. Lines can get long after noon on a weekend but you'll find Eatery to be stroller free with good food, strong drinks, and energetic / fun wait staff. The menu is pretty eclectic -- a mix of American, Mexican and Asian-fusion dishes. Everything is solid. I go here more for the vibe than the ...

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  • 14

    Burrito Box

    2 reviews

    Food is slightly on the pricey side, but tasty and good quality. Very little room to sit inside, so your best bet is to take food to go. You can help yourself to chips and salsa while you wait.

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    Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien Hotel

    23 reviews

    Hidden gem in midtown. Hit this spot after your visit to MOMA.

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  • 16

    Macchiato Espresso Bar

    2 reviews

    So glad I found this place. I'm a coffee snob, and the cappuccino here was fantastic. Had an almond croissant that was also really tasty. Interior is bright and modem with plenty of seating.

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  • 17

    Bouchon Bakery

    25 reviews

    I believe this is one of the best french macarons I had outside of Paris. Can't beat Laduree or Fauchon but Bounchon macarons are a class of its own. It is big but the thickness to size ratio is perfect. The shell is crispy and chewy. I think I ran out of words to describe how good they were. Tried ...

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  • 18


    10 reviews

    Easily, one of the best meals of my life. Everyone was so kind, and the food was OUT of this world.

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  • 19

    Per Se

    17 reviews

    An amazing restaurant for very special occasions, Per Se is everything it is cracked-up to be. Go hungry and enjoy every bite.

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  • 20

    Bocca Di Bacco

    4 reviews

    Ambiance is nice and the wait staff are both friendly and professional. That alone might be enough to like this place but the food is fantastic, beautiful and delicious! Arugula salads, homemade gnocchi and cannelloni and the warm chocolate cake with ice cream afterwards made for a fun, romantic dinner. Highly recommend, especially if you like wine with dinner. Only ...

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