New York City Food Map: Exploring the Diverse Culinary Journey of NYC

Nova·Nov 20, 2023·11 min read


As an international metropolis, New York City brings together cuisines and food cultures from around the world, earning its reputation as the world's capital of food. Immigrants from all over operate restaurants here that represent the flavors of their homelands, forming New York's diverse and rich food map. In Manhattan, you can enjoy exquisite French cuisine in upscale restaurants on Fifth Avenue; in East Village, Vietnamese street food full of exotic charm; in Koreatown, authentic Korean BBQ. From high-end restaurants to street stalls, from classic cuisines to innovative dishes, New York offers endless choices for foodies - from the fancy to the unfussy.

I've compiled a food map of my favorite restaurants that I've tried in New York City with friends, which are introduced below. Let me take you to explore this foodie paradise.

New York City Food Map

Click here to view the full map and restaurant locations/reviews. Follow this guide to start exploring!

You can also make your own food map using exping.

Highlights from the Map

Ruby's Cafe

Address: 442 Third Ave, New York, NY 10016, United States

If you can only choose one brunch spot in New York! Go eat! The menu is basically free of thunder!

Gallaghers Steakhouse

Address: 228 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019, United States

Founded in 1927 as a speakeasy, this steakhouse later became a place dedicated to devouring steaks. The meat is delicious, all grilled with walnut wood for a distinctive aroma!

Una Pizza Napoletana

Address: United StatesNew YorkManhattanOrchard St175

Not many options on the menu, and the margherita is one of their signature pizzas. They're only open three days a week (Thurs-Sat) and close after selling 120 doughs.

The Dutch

Address: 131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012, United States

Located in SOHO, suitable for a meal and chat. The atmosphere is quite relaxed.

Cuisines by Borough

New York City has five boroughs, each with distinct food scenes.

Manhattan excels in high-end restaurants and global cuisines - Chinatown and Little Italy have authentic Southeast Asian and Italian food.

Brooklyn is strong in immigrant flavors, with Middle Eastern and Latin American snacks.

Queens gathers authentic mom-and-pop restaurants from all over, great for Asian food.

The Bronx features many Latin restaurants, especially Dominican and Mexican.

Staten Island has upscale seafood restaurants and cozy family-style Italian spots.

Notable Events and Festivals

New York has abundant food events year-round.

The International Restaurant Week in March offers special dining deals.

June hosts the NYC Food Festival, with food trucks galore.

October is NYC Restaurant Month with the city's top dining experiences.

Tips and Recommendations

I welcome you to explore this food map, and create your own food maps with exping-places marker to document your urban discoveries.

Public transit is highly recommended for getting around easily to all the speciality food districts.


If you are a visitor planning a trip to New York, I hope this map can help guide your restaurant choices during your stay. For those living in New York who also enjoy exploring food, feel free to download exping app, search for "NYC's Food Map" and leave comments under the map. We'll invite you to collaborate on improving this living food map of New York City together.

Cover Photo by Florian Wehde on Unsplash