NYC draws visitors in crowds for its extraordinary museums, elegant monuments, extensive theater, and fantastic shopping. But it’s a city where eating is usually not something you do between activities; but, it is the activity. New York has one of the finest and most competitive restaurant scenes anywhere across the globe. From the beginning of the decade, one research observed that 80 percent of New York restaurants close in the initial five years (though that also indicates new and exciting eateries are constantly opening). Either you want some big plates of comfort food, a 3 Michelin star tasting menu, or just the most excellent pizza you have ever tasted, you can discover it in New York City. During this pandemic of Covid-19, dining in the city is either at a much-reduced capacity inside or outdoors, but all these places are still welcoming diners in one or both ways. 


The Adda’s kitchen stays right to its origins without giving gimmicky smart touches on Indian recipes. Whether you want to go with a kale pakora or butter chicken, there are no limits on the flavors. This restaurant gives you a very pleasant dining adventure where the menu is as impressive as the vibe. The menu feels interesting each time you visit, with a nice balance between creativity and tradition. The restaurant is barely the size of a shoebox-sized New York apartment, so plan accordingly.


This unique restaurant from the East Village favorite team is just as attractive (save room for a Pop Rock dessert) as its initial outpost. Here, tapas are directed by chef Kyungmin Kay Hyun’s travels to Spain, South America, and Korean heritage. There’s a twist on every dish that holds us on our toes. The pieces are also excellent for sharing, and the prices allow you to order (and share) the entire menu, as they are not very high.

Via Carota

This comfortable Italian restaurant is run by Jody Williams and Rits Sodi, a chef couple. Via Carota is a pleasant, sophisticated, and heart-swelling gem.  


Everyone enjoys a good taco; however, your New York Mexican cuisine knowledge is significantly increased at Claro. The aguachile is not just a precisely your run-of-the-meal ceviche: scallops (or seafood highlighted the day of) marinate in a bath of fresh citrus and also have a great hit of heat. The tortillas are house-made and make a classic vehicle for the complex moles that are traditional yet modern. Oaxacan cuisine gives a New York feeling in a sprawling backyard.

Ugly Baby

Tucked away on a peaceful stretch of Smith Street in Carroll Gardens is a Thai restaurant that keeps you returning for more self-inflicted pain. Either you are buying the khao soi or the delicious stay-away tasty Udon Thani’s duck salad, the spice gonna kill you! In the end, you will be begging servers for more and more of the cooling cucumbers to fight the heat. However, you will love to come back to this restaurant after the tears and sweat, because of the extraordinary food.


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