Finding decent food in New York is not a challenge. It’s one of the most diverse and renowned cities when it comes to American as well as international cuisine. New York holds a little bit of everything, but if you want the most amazing food experience to be had in the city, then follow my personally selected guide of the 10 best and mostly hidden food places around the 5 city boroughs!

1. Antonio’s Trattoria

Hands down, this is a must visit for anybody who loves Italian food! It’s the most authentic place I have been to, besides Italy itself! And Antonio’s Trattoria has been around for a long time. The Fettuccine Carbonara, as well as the fried calamari, are simply divine! It’s in walking distance to the Bronx Botanical Gardens, which are worth a visit anytime.

2370 Belmont Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

2. Criff Dogs

Heaven for not just fast food lovers! The menu has a variety of unique hot dogs with different toppings and ingredients. Go for the Spicy Redneck, a delicious version wrapped around with bacon and topped with creamy coleslaw. Don’t worry you can option to get it not spicy, ask to take out the jalapenos, especially if you are sensitive to spicy food like me.

3. Tao Lounge Downtown

This place will make you feel transported to a different culture and even century! Upon entering you’ll be delighted to walk through a beautifully arranged dungeon-like hallway before getting to the incredible dining room, with an amazing Buddha statue in the center of it all. The drinks are superb and so is the food, of course!

4. Cousin John’s

This place makes any subway trip to Brooklyn worth its while! It’s incredibly cheap, especially for Park Slope standards, which is the neighborhood you’ll find it in, and you surely won’t be disappointed. Their French toast is a piece of heaven! And, since it’s also a bakery, why not get dessert to go?

70 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

5. Luke’s Lobster

Even a real Mainer will find their lobster rolls more than satisfying! It has several locations throughout the city, and even if you don’t go for their lobster roll (which you should!), they also offer crab and shrimp rolls.

6. Corner Bistro

Best burger in the city! (And that means a lot since almost every sit-down place in New York has burgers on their menu). It’s fresh, juicy and cooked to perfection!

7. King of Falafel and Shawarma

If you like Middle Eastern food, look no further! All you need to do is take a trip to the trendy neighborhood of Astoria, Queens! The owner started out as a “food trucker”, but now has his restaurant at the exact spot where he got his start. It has never tasted better!

3015 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106

8. Pie’ n’ Thighs

A typical brunch item you’ll find all around the city are biscuits and gravy and if you want to have the best of it, come here and let your senses be taken away! And while at it, explore Williamsburg!

166 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

9. Stanton Social

The Stanton Social is a fantastic place to take a date- it has a very sensual vibe to it and the best part: The plates are all for sharing, which makes it just the more intimate and extraordinary. Their Beef Wellington is a complete hit!

99 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002

10. The Meatball Shop

To finish off my list of favorites, I HAVE to mention The Meatball Shop.
It’s a wonderfully creative and cute place where you create your own meatball dish (they also has a vegetarian option).