New York City is known for its bustling food scene, offering a wide variety of cuisines and dining experiences. You’ve got 24 hours and an appetite for almost everything. Where do you start? With so many options, depending on the occasion, time of year, and even mood, it can be difficult to decide where to go. Luckily, we put together the perfect one-day eat’s itinerary for your next NYC trip.
⟟ Chelsea • $$$$
Located in the heart of Chelsea, you’re going to want to start your day at Chama Mama. The sweetest place that offers a taste of Georgia, the country, not the state. This cozy restaurant features a warm and welcoming atmosphere with an open kitchen and traditional Georgian decor. The menu is full of unique and flavorful dishes like khachapuri, a traditional Georgian cheese-filled bread, and khinkali, a steamed dumpling filled with beef and herbs.
One of the standout dishes at Chama Mama is the adjaruli khachapuri, a boat-shaped bread filled with melted cheese and a soft egg in the center. To eat it, simply mix the egg into the cheese and scoop it up with the bread. It's a delicious and interactive experience that's perfect for sharing.
Another must-try dish is the Georgian style pancakes (Machkati) with berries, a delicious stuffed pancake with pastry cream, served with fresh berries. It's an amazing choice to satisfy your sweet tooth, in the most unique way.
⟟ Bryant Park • $$$$
For a taste of Cuba and the Caribbean, head to Calle Dao in Bryant Park for lunch or dinner. This restaurant offers a modern take on classic Cuban and Caribbean dishes, with a focus on fresh ingredients and bold flavors.
One of the standout dishes is the ropa vieja, a traditional Cuban dish made with shredded beef, peppers, onions, and tomatoes. It's slow-cooked for hours and served with rice and beans.
Another must-try dish is the churrasco, a grilled skirt steak served with chimichurri sauce and yuca fries. The steak is cooked to perfection and the chimichurri sauce adds a nice tangy flavor. Not to mention, the Avocado toast was definitely a favorite.
But it's not just about the food at Calle Dao—the restaurant also offers a great selection of cocktails and mocktails. Our favorites were Calle Dao Mojito, Maxver, and Dao Spritz.
⟟ Herald Square • $$$$
If you're looking for a fun and Instagram-worthy dessert experience to end the night, Black Tap is the place to go. With several locations around the city, including a flagship location in SoHo, Black Tap is famous for its over-the-top milkshakes. Not to mention they have a delicious dairy free (vegan) milkshake you have to try.
These shakes come in a variety of flavors and are topped with everything from cotton candy to donuts to whole slices of cake. But it's not just about the presentation—the shakes themselves are delicious and definitely worth a try.