NYC’s 10 Best Budget Zagat Restaurants

NYC's 10 Best Budget Zagat RestaurantsNYC’s 10 Best Budget Zagat Restaurants is a list you must keep handy for great dinners at budget prices. The number one rated restaurant on New York City’s Zagat list scored a 29 out of 30 for quality and costs $162.00 for 1 person for dinner. And good luck trying to get a reservation for 2 at 8pm this Saturday night.

I needed a professional to do this research so I asked our accountant here at WalkingToursManhattan.com to crunch the numbers on the top 100 Zagat restaurants in New York City, and find us the best bang for our buck. It’s a good thing we sought out a professional to dive into the numbers, because he came up Aces.

He came up with 10 of the best restaurants on Zagat’s top 100 list with an average dinner cost for 1 person of only $29.80, and in accountants terminology he stated; “individual dinner prices may vary according to how many appetizers you consume.”

Below are winners of NYC’s 10 Best Budget Zagat Restaurants, average cost is for 1 dinner with 1 drink and tip;

Pearl Oyster Bar, food score 27, average cost $53.
Well known for it’s raw bar and lobster roll.
18 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village

Taverna Kyclades, food score 26, average cost $38.
Freshest fish and popular Greek dishes.
33-07 Ditmas Blvd, Astoria Queens
228 1st Avenue, East Village

Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, food score 26, average cost $26.
Wood-fired BBQ served cafeteria style at communal tables.
103 2nd Avenue, East Village

Caracas Arepa, food score 26, average cost 21.
Taste of Venezuela with corn flour tortilla.
93 East 7th Street, East Village

Totto Ramen, food score 25, average cost $21.
Authentic Japanese noodle shop.
366 West 52nd Street, Hell’s Kitchen

Taim, food score 25, average cost $15.
Israeli vegetarian falafel and salads.
222 Waverly Place, Greenwich Village
45 Spring Street, Nolita

Buttermilk Channel, food score 25, average cost $47.
Popular for it’s fried chicken and waffles brunch.
524 Court Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Katz’s Delicatessen, food score 25, average cost $26.
Excellent hand-carved pastrami and corned beef sandwiches.
205 East Houston Street, Lower East Side

Ippudo, food score 25, average cost $32.
Most popular dish is Hakata tonkotsu pork soup.
65 4th Avenue, East Village

Lombardi’s Pizzeria, 24, average cost $25.
America’s oldest pizzeria with coal-fired brick oven.
32 Spring Street, Nolita

New York City food tours are a perfect way to walk around great neighborhoods like the Brooklyn Bridge, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown and eat in iconic New York shops and restaurants. All tours include a full meal and visit famous historic points of interest.

Written up in the New York Times, CBS New York, and Time Out New York.
Receives 5 stars from Trip Advisor. Member New York City Tourist Board.

Article written by Bruce Scher, owner of Walking Tours Manhattan, native New Yorker, and licensed tour guide, in business since 2007.

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Student Group Tours New York

Student Group Tours New YorkTeachers and administrators are getting more creative when it comes to educational field trips to NY. Broadway shows and museums have fallen into the category of; been there, done that.

Student group tours New York are a great way to see the big city in a easy and fun way. It’s very hard for a teacher to get 2 students to agree on something, so where does a group of 25 students go that most or all of them find interesting?

Two popular student destinations have been Harlem and Ground Zero, both offering the culture and the history of New York. But many students have already visited Harlem or Ground Zero with their parents or friends.

Bruce Scher, President of Walking Tours Manhattan, has led many middle school, high school and college student tours and believes walking and eating are two things students enjoy doing. “I’ve found offering students variety helps to reduce the level of boredom and keep the students looking forward to the next attraction on the tour.

“Our most popular student tour is the SoHo/Little Italy/Chinatown Food Tour. Students enjoy walking through 3 distinctive neighborhoods, and stopping at 4 different places to eat, and seeing several local landmarks. They learn the culture and history of each neighborhood, eat in iconic shops and restaurants, and walk a little over a mile to keep things moving.”

The menu is kid approved comfort foods. Two of the most popular items from the tour are pizza from Lombardi’s, the oldest pizzeria in America, and green tea ice cream from the family owned Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. The menu also includes Italian cold cuts and cheese, a cannoli, and Chinese dumplings.

Student group tours New York are fun and educational learning about the different neighborhoods, tasting new foods, plus walking and socializing with their classmates. The tour takes only two hours, and can be customized to begin at 11, 12 or 1 o’clock. The menu can also be modified for vegans.

New York City food tours are a perfect way to walk around great neighborhoods like the Brooklyn Bridge, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown and eat in iconic New York shops and restaurants. All tours include a full meal and visit famous historic points of interest.

Written up in the New York Times, CBS New York, and Time Out New York.
Receives 5 stars from Trip Advisor. Member New York City Tourist Board.

Article written by Bruce Scher, owner of Walking Tours Manhattan, native New Yorker, and licensed tour guide, in business since 2007.

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SoHo/Little Italy/Chinatown NYC Walking Dinner Tour

Little Italy Waling TourThe SoHo/Little Italy/Chinatown NYC Walking Dinner Tour has just been introduced by Walking Tours Manhattan. This dinner tour starts at 5pm allowing you to enjoy the city’s nightlife.

Walking Tours Manhattan announces new dinner walking tour in SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. This is the second walking food tour the tour company now offers on weekends in NYC. It introduced the Brooklyn Bridge Sunset Food Tour last year, on Sunday evenings at 5pm.

“Fall is a wonderful time of the year to visit NYC, and do something new like taking a dinner food tour,” says Bruce Scher, Founder of Walking Tours Manhattan.
Offering a dinner walking tour gives prospective new customers the option of enjoying the cooler Fall weather, making it a great time to break out those walking shoes.

The SoHo/Little Italy/Chinatown Dinner tour starts at 5pm and lasts for 2 hours. And stops at 4 of the best iconic New York shops and restaurants for a full dinner. The menu includes, thin-crust pizza, Italian cold cuts and cheese, a cannoli, and pork dumplings in Chinatown. There is a vegetarian option.

The SoHo/Little Italy/Chinatown NYC Walking Dinner Tour also includes sight-seeing several landmark buildings and learn a bit more about the culture and history of these changing neighborhoods. The tours are $62.00 per person and includes food and sightseeing, beverages are additional.

New York City food tours are a perfect way to walk around great neighborhoods like the Brooklyn Bridge, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown and eat in iconic New York shops and restaurants. All tours include a full meal and visit famous historic points of interest.

Written up in the New York Times, CBS New York, and Time Out New York.
Receives 5 stars from Trip Advisor. Member New York City Tourist Board.

Article written by Bruce Scher, owner of Walking Tours Manhattan, native New Yorker, and licensed tour guide, in business since 2007.

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10 Most Wanted NYC Foods

NYC Bagel10 Most Wanted NYC Foods must be tried before you leave the city. As a native New Yorker and founder of Walking Tours Manhattan, I have always been in search of New York’s most iconic foods. This gastronomic endeavor has brought me to all neighborhoods in this great city, and here are my favorite foods in Manhattan. The order is random but all are #1 specific winners in each category.

Murry’s Bagels
Crunchy top with soft chewy center, and a lovely brown color.
500 6th Ave, and 242 8th Ave.

Joe’s Pizza
If the long lines didn’t impress you, then the thin-crust with fresh home-made tomato sauce and mozzarella will.
7 Carmine St

Magnolia Bakery
OK so there’re famous from Sex and the City, and responsible for long lines, but you won’t find a fresher or tastier cupcake.
401 Bleecker St

Yohah Schimmel’s Knish
This 100-year old institution is the last knish baker standing on the Lower East Side, have the potato, its soft in the center with a light pastry shell baked to perfection.
137 East Houston St.

Jacques Torres Chocolates
Parisian born chocolate master known for his tasty chocolates and beautiful design.
His chocolate cookie is a must taste, plus you’ll love his bonbons.
350 Hudson Street.

Katz’s Deli
Hot dogs from a grey water food vendor, fuhgetabouit! This is the real deal, all beef, secret spices, juicy, with that unforgettably snap. Don’t forget to buy a pastrami sandwich before you leave.
205 East Houston St.

Prosperity Dumplings
This restaurant is the size of an elevator, but the pork dumplings are huge. A delicious bargain at 5 for 1 dollar.
46 Eldridge St.

Junior’s Cheesecake
They’ve been baking this winner for over 60 years, and have it down pat. Best to let it sit 1 hour before eating.
1515 Broadway

Rocco’s Cannoli
Have the mini, a little taste of heaven in your mouth, piped fresh when you order.
243 Bleecker St.

L’Arte del Gelato
Made in small batches, incredibly fresh with an excellent assortment of flavors, including sorbets.
75 9th Ave. (Chelsea Market)

10 Most Wanted NYC Foods allows you to travel to different neighborhoods in the city. You’ll visit the Lower East Side, Greenwich Village, SoHo, and Chelsea, great residential areas to see where real New Yorkers live and see the uniqueness in each place.

New York City food tours are a perfect way to walk around great neighborhoods like the Brooklyn Bridge, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown and eat in iconic New York shops and restaurants. All tours include a full meal and visit famous historic points of interest.

Written up in the New York Times, CBS New York, and Time Out New York.
Receives 5 stars from Trip Advisor. Member New York City Tourist Board.

Article written by Bruce Scher, owner of Walking Tours Manhattan, native New Yorker, and licensed tour guide, in business since 2007.

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Best Burgers NYC

Best Burger NYCBest Burgers NYC is a very competitive arena, pitting some old-school burger flippers versus the new-schoolers. I believe Shake Shake started the trend to quality burgers and many, many new restaurants keep opening and continue to expand this iconic meal. I have not placed them in any special order, so a visit to all 7 places is needed, for you to declare the winner in this burger throwdown.

Minetta Tavern
Must try the most expensive burger in NYC, the Black Label sells for $26. Insiders say in addition to the quality dry aged rib steak blend from Pat LaFrieda, it’s the clarified button dripped over the top that makes it taste so great. Very famous writers bar, with original outside look from the 1950’s, with new updated interior, kitchen and staff. 113 Macdougal Street, bet. West 3rd Street and Bleecker St. Greenwich Village

Shake Shack
Started in 2004 by veteran restaurateur Danny Meyers who owns the very upscale restaurant Union Square Cafe. This was one of the first burgers that was fresh, with high-quality ingredients, at a reasonable price. Go to their first location in Madison Square Park, at 23rd Street and Madison Avenue, check out other locations around the city. Flatiron District

PJ Clarke
the real deal in the world of quality burgers. Opened in 1868 this restaurant is one of the oldest in New York City, and an iconic institution with a genuine New York presence. Nat King Cole called their bacon cheeseburger, the Cadillac of burgers in 1950. Serves an excellent Bloody Mary. 915 3rd Avenue, bet. East 55th & 56th Sts. Midtown East

The Little Owl
Joey Campanaro’s signature dish is the delicious gravy meatball slider, but if you prefer a traditional hamburger, you will love every bite. A tiny gem of a place located on a quiet tree lined street. Make sure you check out the Friends apartment house opening shot from the television show. 90 Bedford St. at Grove Street. Greenwich Village.

Burger Joint
Have been coming to this delicious burger dive for years, the original location is in the upscale Parker Meridien Hotel. It’s tricky to find this speakeasy type restaurant, which adds to the fun, it’s hidden behind a curtain, just ask, mostly everyone knows the secret location! No alcohol sold in the hotel location. Parker Meridien Hotel, 119 West 56, bet. 6th & 7th Aves. Midtown West. And 33 West 8th Street, bet. 6th Avenue & Macdougal St. Greenwich Village

The Spotted Pig
Owned by celebrity chef April Bloomfield, the cheeseburger is the signature dish for the restaurants Michelin star. 314 West 11th Street, bet. Hudson & Greenwich Street. Greenwich Village.

Best Burgers NYC is a foodie town and when you want the classic burger you have to bring your best burger to the table. If you’ve found a great burger, let me know.

New York City food tours are a perfect way to walk around great neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, SoHo, or Little Italy and eat in iconic New York shops and restaurants. All tours include a full meal and visit famous historic points of interest.

Written up in the New York Times, CBS New York, and Time Out New York.
Receives 5 stars from Trip Advisor. Member New York City Tourist Board.

Article written by Bruce Scher, owner of Walking Tours Manhattan, native New Yorker, and licensed tour guide, in business since 2007.

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Win a Private Food Tour of New York City

New York City cheesecakeWould you like to win a private food tour of New York City? Do you know a lot about New York City, are you a trivia fan? If you answered yes to both questions, then you should enter this contest to win a private walking food tour in New York City. Win the prize and take 3 of your friends, family or co-workers with you.

The questions are about New York City in the areas of food, restaurants, history, culture and shopping. And did we mention the questions are multiple choose. There are no restrictions on who may enter; you can be a city worker, reporter, or ex-Jeopardy contestant.

First Place Winner: Private Walking Food Tour for 4 persons
Send answers to sales@walkingtoursmanhattan.com with subject line; Tour Contest
Submit your entry by December 31, 2014
Winner’s name will be published on website www.walkingtoursmanhattan.com
and notified by email.

Winners will have the choice of one of the following tours;

Greenwich Village Food Tour (Lunch)
SoHo/Little Italy/Chinatown Food Tour (Lunch or Dinner)
Brooklyn Bridge Sunset Dinner Tour

1) The Beatles played this venue on their first tour in America?
a) Ed Sullivan Theater
b) Madison Square Garden
c) Ziegfeld Theater
d) Yankee Stadium

2) Central Park is the biggest park in Manhattan, how many miles north to south is it?
a) 1 mile
b) 2 1/2 miles
c) 5 1/2 miles
d) 8 miles

3) The cronut the hybrid pastry of a croissant and donut is made in which Manhattan neighborhood?
a) Greenwich Village
b) Harlem
c) SoHo
d) Murray Hill

4) Which New York City bakery became well-known after appearing on a TV show?
a) Voodoo Bakery
b) Moishe’s Bake Shop
c) Junior’s Bakery
d) Magnolia Bakery

5) Who was the last Mayor of NYC to live in Gracie Mansion?
a) Mayor Bloomberg
b) Mayor Guliani
c) Mayor Koch
d) Mayor Beame

6) Who makes the best pastrami sandwich?
a) Shake Shack
b) Tavern on the Green
c) Katz’s
d) Ikea

7) If you were to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge without stopping, how long would it take?
a) 30 minutes
b) 1 hour
c) 1 hour 30 minutes
d) 2 hours

8) What is the name of the oldest pizzeria in the United States?
a) Joe’s Pizza
b) Lombardi’s
c) Grimaldi’s
d) John’s on Bleecker Street

9) In the Godfather movie, Carlo and Connie’s baby was baptized at which church?
a) Old St. Patrick’s
b) Trinity
c) St. Paul’s
d) Vatican

10) What is the name of downtown’s discount department store?
a) Century 21
b) Macy’s
c) Bloomingdale’s
d) South Street Seaport

New York City food tours are a perfect way to walk around great neighborhoods like the Brooklyn Bridge, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown and eat in iconic New York shops and restaurants. All tours include a full meal and visit famous historic points of interest.

Written up in the New York Times, CBS New York, and Time Out New York.
Receives 5 stars from Trip Advisor. Member New York City Tourist Board.

Article written by Bruce Scher, owner of Walking Tours Manhattan, native New Yorker, and licensed tour guide, in business since 2007.

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Please visit our website: http://walkingtoursmanhattan.com

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Best Coffee in Manhattan

best tasting coffee in ManhattanBest Coffee in Manhattan I was careful with the headline because this article is solely about the best tasting cups of coffee in the city. Beware of coffee bars that have beautiful art on the walls, free wifi, clean bathrooms, places to sit, but disappoint with average coffee.

And lastly I’m not including any places that are well-know for selling good muffins, scones or pastries but pair with mediocre, over-priced coffee.

The shops listed below provide a selection of quality beans, each variety custom roasted, freshly ground and expertly brewed. Since all the shops are excellent, I have decided to list them geographically from downtown going north.

Oren’s
Excellent coffee shop in business since 1986.
Financial District, 135 William St, at Fulton St.
Other Location: Upper East Side, 985 Lexington Ave., at 71st St.
Pastry Upper East Side I love Lady M Creations, 41 E 78th St, near Madison Avenue.

La Colombe
You won’t find T-shirts, CDs, or coffee mugs, so they can concentrate on coffee.
Tribeca, 319 Church St, at Lispenard St.
Other locations: SoHo, and NoHo.
Pastry SoHo I go to Balthazar Bakery, on Spring Street near Crosby.

Roasting Plant
Beans stored in clear pneumatic tubes are swooshed to grinder for the freshest
cup of coffee. Seats 4 people.
Lower East Side, 81 Orchard St, bet. Broome & Grand Street.
Best cupcakes nearby at Sugar Sweet Sunshine, 126 Rivington St
Other Location: 75 Greenwich Ave, corner of 7th Ave.

Stumptown
Brings West Coast flavor from Portland to the Big Apple.
Greenwich Village, 30 West 8th St, MacDougal Street.
Great cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery, West 10th Street & Bleecker.
Other Location: Ace Hotel, 18 West 29 St.

9th Street Espresso
Specializes in hand-crafted espresso, and sells brewed coffee.
Chelsea, Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue, at 15th St.
Other Locations: Lombardy Hotel, 109 East 56th St.

Irving Farm
Local roaster from Hudson Valley, New York.
Midtown East, Grand Central Terminal, 42nd Street & Vanderbilt, Lower Level
Other Locations: 71 Irving Place, bet. East 18-19 St., and 88 Orchard St, at Broome.

Best Coffee in Manhattan gives you the best tasting coffee places when you need that caffeine kick and flavor all in the same cup. I will update this posting when I discover new openings.

Written by Bruce Scher, owner of Walking Tours Manhattan, native New Yorker,
and licensed tour guide, in business since 2007.

Food tours are a perfect way to walk around great neighborhoods like Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown, Greenwich Village, SoHo or Little Italy, and eat in iconic New York shops and restaurants. All tours visit famous landmarks and historic points of interest.

Written up by the New York Times, CBS New York, and Time Out New York.
Receives 5 stars from Trip Advisor. Member New York City Tourist Board.

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Walking Tours NYC

walking tours nycWalking Tours NYC is a great way to see and taste the Big Apple. A walking tour to Greenwich Village for example, allows you to experience the neighborhood differently, than just coming down for dinner and then taking a taxi to your next location.

You’ll see attractions and iconic landmarks close-up and because you’re walking you’ll take in the locations in a slower different light. And to further enhance a walking tour, I would recommend a food walking tour, to add the sense of taste, of new and the best foods available only in New York City.

When you visit Joe’s Pizza for one of the best thin-sliced pizzas in New York, you’ll know it immediately a few steps from the entrance from its heavenly fragrance. The delicious smell of pizza dough cooking plus the aroma of tomatoes mingled with mozzarella cheese, awaiting that first tempting bite.

Joe’s has been satisfying customers seeking fresh delicious pizza since the 1970’s. It’s so popular that lines come out the door at lunch time, and late at night just as the bars are closing. And make sure you have gelato at Grom on the corner before you leave the area.

Or perhaps you’ll want to visit Little Italy, a neighborhood well-known for so many Italian immigrants who came to America seeking a new home in the early 1900’s.
Then the neighborhood stretched for 16 blocks, today many Italians have moved to the suburbs and the neighborhood is now only 3 blocks long on Mulberry Street.
But luckily the best place for a cannoli hasn’t closed or moved away. It’s Ferrara, on Grand Street, where thousands are sold everyday, keeping the bakers busy supplying fresh cannolis to the presentation cases.

If you cross Canal Street leaving Little Italy you’ll enter Chinatown. A busy and bustling neighborhood filled with thousands of shoppers and interesting shops.
If you’re an ice-cream lover I would recommend the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory on Bayard Street, a family owned business for since the 1970’s. Their Asian inspired flavors like leeche, green tea, and red bean are flavors you won’t anywhere else.

Walking tours NYC gives you the best of both worlds. You’ll get to see famous New York attractions, plus taste local foods only available in New York City, a true food lovers paradise.

Walking food tours are a perfect way to see great neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, SoHo, or Little Italy and eat in iconic New York shops and restaurants. All tours include a full meal and visit famous historic points of interest.

Written up in the New York Times, CBS New York, and Time Out New York.
Receives 5 stars from Trip Advisor. Member New York City Tourist Board.

Article written by Bruce Scher, owner of Walking Tours Manhattan, native New Yorker, and licensed tour guide, in business since 2007.

If you’re interested in walking food tours;
Please visit our website: http://walkingtoursmanhattan.com

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New York Walking Tours

New York Walking Tours
New York Walking Tours combines 3 of my favorite hobbies are walking, eating and people watching. First I pick a location, let’s say Chelsea and then I pick 2 places to eat in the neighborhood, with a third stop at a public park for a leisurely rest or sometimes a heavenly sweet from a local bakery. The venues below are in different neighborhoods, you’ll get extra points if you can hit all the places in 1 day, multiple food stops the very best in New York Walking Tours.

Today we go in search of the best gourmet markets. The 5 choices are all in different neighborhoods, extra points if you hit 2 neighborhoods in 1 walking tour. Heads up, they’re all great people watching venues. Bon appetit!

Chelsea Market
Chelsea Neighborhood

This is a must see, it’s a gourmet food court, with some of the city’s best shops. Ronnybrook Farm is a real working farm in upstate New York, their retail store has farm-fresh ice cream. Amy’s Bread, you’ve got to taste it to believe it. Lobster Place is the place for fresh New England lobster. 9th Avenue & West 15th Street.

2nd Location: It’s time for a sinful sweet, check out the éclair at La Bergamote, a French bakery at 177 9th Ave, corner of West 20th St.

Eataly
Flatiron District

The newest player on the gourmet foods scene, Eataly is a concept led by chefs Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich and Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti. it is over 50,000 square feet of fresh produce, cheeses, meat, fish, multiple restaurants and thousands of imported products. 200 5th Avenue, corner of 23rd St.

2nd Location: I don’t know about you, but when I’m in the mood for hand-made chocolates, I head to LA Burdick, 5 East 20th St.

Murry’s Cheese
Greenwich Village

If you fancy yourself a foodie or simply a cheese-lover, you must visit Murray’s, New York City’s oldest (and best) cheese shop. Go simply to browse and indulge in samples of cheese from around the world. 254 Bleecker Street, West of 6th Avenue.

2nd Location: You won’t have far to walk, for the best cannoli in the city, across the street at Rocco’s, 243 Bleecker.

Russ and Daughters
Lower East Side

Since 1914, Russ & Daughters has been supplying New Yorkers with their breakfast and brunch favorites specifically incredible bagels, smoked fish, caviar and now a wide selection of specialty foods. 179 East Houston Street near 1st Avenue.

2nd Location: This one is a tie, 2 places you must visit. Katz’s Deli, for a pastrami or corned beef sandwich, 205 East Houston, corner of Ludlow St, and get an ice cream or gelato across the street at Il Labortorio del Gelato, 188 Ludlow, corner of East Houston.

Dean and Deluca
SoHo

Dean and Deluca has expanded from its Soho flagship to an internationally recognized gourmet food purveyor. The store is worth a visit, donuts from the Doughnut Plant, and great prepared foods to go. 560 Broadway corner of Prince St.

2nd Location: Balthazar Restaurant is great and beautiful, be sure to pop in for a look, and just to right of the entrance is the bakery, where copious amounts of butter and chocolate create Le Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Written by Bruce Scher, owner and licensed Tour Guide of WalkingToursManhattan.com Combine your sightseeing experience with a walking food tour. Visit major landmarks and taste delicious, foods in the city’s best local shops and Zagat-rated restaurants.
5 star rating on Trip Advisor.

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Best Burgers NYC

best burgers nycBest Burgers NYC is a very competitive arena, pitting some old-school burger flippers versus the new-schoolers. I believe Shake Shake started the trend to quality burgers and many, many new restaurants keep opening and continue to expand this iconic meal. I have not placed them in any special order, so a visit to all 7 places is needed, for you to declare the winner in this burger throwdown.

B & B Wine Bar
Great burger tied for the People’s Choice award at the New York City Wine and Food Festival’s Blue Moon Burger Bash. Upscale pub/restaurant atmosphere with very good beers and wines. 25 West Houston Street, west of Broadway, Greenwich Village

Minetta Tavern
Must try the most expensive burger in NYC, the Black Label sells for $26. Insiders say in addition to the quality dry aged rib steak blend from Pat LaFrieda, it’s the clarified button dripped over the top that makes it taste so great. Very famous writers bar, with original outside look from the 1950’s, with new updated interior, kitchen and staff. 113 Macdougal Street, bet. West 3rd Street and Bleecker St.Greenwich Village

Shake Shack
Started in 2004 by veteran restaurateur Danny Meyers who owns the very upscale restaurant Union Square Cafe. This was one of the first burgers that was fresh, with high-quality ingredients, at a reasonable price. Go to their first location in MadisonSquarePark, at 23rd Street and Madison Avenue, check out other locations around the city. Flatiron District

PJ Clarke
The real deal in the world of quality burgers. Opened in 1868 this restaurant is one of the oldest in New York City, and an iconic institution with a genuine New York presence. Nat King Cole called their bacon cheeseburger, the Cadillac of burgers in 1950. Serves an excellent Bloody Mary. 915 3rd Avenue, bet. East 55th & 56th Sts. Midtown East

The Little Owl
Joey Campanaro’s signature dish is the delicious gravy meatball slider, but if you prefer a traditional hamburger, you will love every bite. A tiny gem of a place located on a quiet tree lined street. Make sure you check out the Friends apartment house opening shot from the television show. 90 Bedford St. at Grove Street. Greenwich Village.

Burger Joint
Have been coming to this delicious burger dive for years, the original location is in the upscale Parker Meridien Hotel. It’s tricky to find this speakeasy type restaurant, which adds to the fun, it’s hidden behind a curtain, just ask, mostly everyone knows the secret location! No alcohol sold in the hotel location. Parker Meridien Hotel, 119 West 56, bet. 6th & 7th Aves. Midtown West. And 33 West 8th Street, bet. 6th Avenue & Macdougal St.Greenwich Village

Corner Bistro
A food critic for the lofty New York Times put this establishment on the burger map in 1977. A decent burger served on a paper plate, in this old-fashioned dive bar. 331 West 4th Street, East of 8th Avenue. Greenwich Village

The Spotted Pig
Owned by celebrity chef April Bloomfield, the cheeseburger is the signature dish for the restaurants Michelin star. 314 West 11th Street, bet. Hudson & Greenwich Street. Greenwich Village.

New York City food tours are a perfect way to walk around great neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, SoHo, or Little Italy and eat in iconic New York shops and restaurants. All tours include a full meal and visit famous historic points of interest.

Written up in the New York Times, CBS New York, and Time Out New York.

Receives 5 stars from Trip Advisor. Member New York City Tourist Board.

Article written by Bruce Scher, owner of Walking Tours Manhattan, native New Yorker, and licensed tour guide, in business since 2007.

If you’re interested in walking food tours;

Please visit our website: http://walkingtoursmanhattan.com

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