You must eat! Take a lunch break from your tourist activities and grab a bite at one of these happening spots.

Best Lunch Spots in New York

In your jampacked NYC itinerary, it’s hard to schedule in all of your meals, especially with so much to choose from! But trust us, between the amount of walking you’ll be doing in this city from the moment you land off your flights to New York to the insurmountable foodie spots you just won’t want to pass up, trust us — you’ll definitely build up an appetite. To help you narrow down your options and get the best bite out of the Big Apple, check out our list of the top lunch spots in NYC.


Sylvia’s brought Southern soul food to NYC more than half a century ago, and the neighborhood has become tourist-friendly without losing its edge. Enjoy your chicken and waffles, then meander through the neighborhood to walk off the comfort food.

Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop

What’s a visit to NYC without a classic, mouthwatering pastrami sandwich? Hop off your flights to New York and jump right into Eisenberg’s for a top-notch sandwich experience. Located right by the lovely Madison Square Park, this old-school deli, carrying Jewish classics like tuna melts, BLTs, and other all-American eats, is the perfect opportunity for you to grab a quick (and delicious) bite if you’re on the go, or take a leisurely people-watching break.

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Big portions and small prices, that’s what you’ll find at this Thai food hot spot located in the Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn. Not only is it a local favorite, but it’s an affordable, authentic and most importantly… undeniably delicious. If you’re headed here be sure to bring your appetite because these portion sized are no joke!

Gotham West Market

Can’t decide on what to eat? Check out one of NYC’s famed food halls! Located in a quieter area (so you can beat those loud, tourist-filled crowds) on 11th Avenue in the 40s, Gotham West Market is a foodie haven for any hungry traveler. Here, you can find anything from tapas to ramen to some good ol’ NYC pizza, so we wish you the best of luck deciding what to nosh on!

The Paris Cafe

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One of the last true tastes of the old Historic South Street Seaport neighborhood, the Paris Cafe is known as the oldest bar in New York. Pass up their tries at modern fare and rest easy knowing that your greasy lunch with a cold brew will be just as good as it’s always been.



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