The Empire State Building, Macy’s, Madison Square Garden, and many more of NYC’s top sites can be found near Herald Square.
If you’re looking for somewhere to settle down for a drink or meal after you’ve seen these iconic places, NYTG Restaurant Guide: Herald Square has you covered. See our top picks here:
NYTG Restaurant Guide: Herald Square
This New American restaurant makes a trip to Penn Station bearable. Friedman’s is heralded as one of the best brunch spots in the city, mainly for their Fried Chicken and Cheddar Waffles. Skip the signature dish and try Pancakes with Caramelized Strawberries and Rhubarb, or Wild Mushroom Toast. Friedman’s kills it with the lunch and dinner crowd too – favorites include the Lamb Burger (with caramelized onions, feta, sundried tomato & garlic aioli), B.L.A.T. (bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato), and Veggie Bowl (brown rice or quinoa with eggplant, bok choy, carrots, sprouts, edamame, scallions, and sesame lime dressing). Most of their recipes are prepared gluten-free on request. If you opt for an earlier meal, pair it with a Blood Orange Bellini and Sake Bloody Mary.
Friedman’s is located at 132 W 31st St, New York, NY 10001
BCD Tofu House
For an authentic NYC Korean restaurant, BCD Tofu is the place to go. While you can get traditional Korean meals like Bibimbap, Bulogi, Chicken Teriyaki, Neng Myun and Gejang, this area-favorite specializes in their Soon Tofu dishes. It’s served in savory broth in multiple styles – get it vegetarian with kimchi, dumplings, and soybean paste, or have it alongside beef, seafood, pork and chicken. Their lunch and dinner specials make it easy to combine different entrees, so you don’t need to limit yourself to only one of this K-town restaurant’s delicious dishes.
BCD Tofu House is located at 5 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001
Best Bagel & Coffee
Come to this hole-in-the-wall for a classic Bacon Egg and Cheese on a hand-rolled bagel that’s still warm from the oven. Their house-made cream cheese has a variety of flavors, including Scallion, Blueberry, and Jalapeño. Each sandwich is enormous– the New Yorker-approved bagel and lox may cost $12 but you’ll easily get two full meals out of it. Best Bagel & Coffee serves deli sandwiches and wraps as well, so you can add meat, cheese, and toppings like avocado to whatever you choose to eat. The line here may seem unending, but stick it out. The staff is efficient and they’ll have you enjoying their warm and crusty creations in minutes.
Best Bagel & Coffee is located at 225 W 35th St, New York, NY 10018
Ayza Wine and Chocolate Bar
Go to Ayza for dinner, but stay for dessert. This wine bar near Herald Square serves up appetizers like Roasted Eggplant, White Truffle Pizza, and Baby Shrimp Dumplings that go great with a glass of red or white. If you’re in for a full meal, Sea Bass, Filet Mignon, Roast Chicken, and Ravioli are on the menu. Save room for chocolate selections from Jaques Torres, Cioccolada, and Tumbador, or house treats like Belgian Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Dark Chocolate Fondue (served with fruit and cake), and Hazelnut Truffle Affogato. You could also get a liquid dessert – try one of Ayza’s seven chocolate martinis to satisfy both your spirit and your sugar craving.
Ayza is located at 11 W 31st St, New York, NY 10001
Stella 34 Trattoria
No NYC restaurant guide is complete without a pizza place (even if it’s in a Macy’s). This restaurant near Herald Square NYC has staples like the Margherita pie, but try an out-of-the-box recipe like Frutta di Stagion (pear, gorgonzola, parmigiano-reggiano, arugula, and vincotto), Diavola (tomato, salami piccante, mozzarella, and pecorino-romano), or Cavoletti di Bruxells (brussel sprouts, scamorza affumicato, golden raisins, speck, and corbezzolo honey). Stella 34 Trattoria offers plenty of classic Italian food, too. Share Arancini (rice balls), Polpettine (meatballs), and Calamari (fried squid), or get a bowl of traditional Tomato or Roast Chicken soup with a Caesar, Napoli, or Verdure salad, served as sides or entrees.
Stella 34 Trattoria is located at 151 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001
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