Searching for the Big Apple’s best places to eat and Instagram? As I learned from my recent NYC experience, you’ll need a big appetite and your best walking shoes. The city has no shortage of brightly-lit, succulent-filled, marble-adorned eateries. So fasten your belt buckles, here’s my list of New York City’s most Insta-worthy restaurants.
1. Sabbia, Flatiron District
Head to Eataly’s Sabbia and sip rosè surrounded by stunning rooftop views of Fifth Avenue. The restaurant features colorful seaside inspired decor, an oyster bar and picture-worthy charcuterie boards. And since Eataly is just a few floors below, you might as well head down for some snaps of their housemade gelato or seasonal desserts.
Sabbia (inside Eataly)
200 Fifth Ave.
New York, New York 10010
2. Union Fare, Union Square
Union Fare’s selection of pastries and coffee are the perfect Insta-pairing – but the Birthday Cake Croissant should definitely make it to your social feed (and your face). Pastry Chef Thiago Silva puts sprinkles into the pastry dough then adds a real cake batter filling to the middle. One bite and you’ll feel #blessed.
Beyond its baked goods, Union Fare offers a full restaurant, cafe and wine bar. Scope out the reclaimed wood decor, hanging lights and white subway tiles for more Insta-opportunities.
Union Fare – bakery, cafe and wine bar
5 E. 17th St.
New York, New York
3. Pizza Beach, Lower East Side
It’s always summer at New York City’s Pizza Beach, and that means plenty of fruity drink + palm tree pics. Food enthusiasts and the Instagram-obssesed alike flock here for Neapolitan-style pizzas, sangria pitchers and the unique beachside vibe.
Saddle up to the brightly-colored bar for a Margherita Pizza ($14) and The Spiciest Margarita ($12) made with jalapeño-infused tequila and fresh ginger. I foresee pizza and palm tree emojis in your future.
Pizza Beach – Lower East Side
167 Orchard St.
New York, NY
4. Dudleys, Lower East Side
An all-day breakfast, gorgeous salads and some seriously delicious fries are on the menu at Dudleys. Get an ariel Instagram of your spread against the marble tabletops, or capture their adorable outdoor patio, complete with a walk up ordering window.
I suggest one of the salads, or the Smashed Avocado Toast ($8) topped with cherry tomatoes and salsa verde.
35 Orchard St.
New York, NY
5. Tacombi Café El Presidente, Flatiron District
Where are all my taco lovers at? Go straight to Tacombi Café El Presidente for authentic street tacos and made-to-order Mexican jugos (fresh juice). The restaurant’s white subway tiled walls, pineapple-lined windows and vibrant-colored juice stand make for plenty of Insta-worthy pics.
You can’t beat Tacombi’s selection of tacos, made with fresh corn tortillas from the restaurant’s very own tortilleria. My favorites include the spicy shrimp ($5.49), carnitas ($3.95) and carne asada ($4.49), washed down with housemade hibiscus water.
Tacombi Café El Presidente
30 W. 24th St.
New York, NY
6. Big Gay Ice Cream, East & West Village
No New York trip would be complete without some sprinkle-covered soft serve from Big Gay Ice Cream. The ice cream shop keeps it pretty simple – vanilla, chocolate or twist – with a variety of dips and toppings including crushed vanilla wafers, wasabi pea dust and key lime curd.
Stop in for a treat and be sure to snap a pic with one of their iconic cones.
Big Gay Ice Cream Shop – East Village
125 E. 7th St.
New York, NY
7. Hail Mary, Brooklyn
Get your camera ready for what’s in store at Hail Mary. The kitschy-chic eatery serves up some serious Insta-opportunities with its bright yellow barstools, floral wallpaper and white plush booths. Plus, the diner-style menu offers some delicious dining options – from fountain drinks and shakes to burgers and fried chicken.
Hail Mary’s dessert menu is impressive so save room. I admired one table’s homemade pop tarts and another’s banana split, but opted for the Mile High Funfetti Cake made with homemade rose sprinkles ($11).
68 Greenpoint Ave.
8. Loosie Rouge, Brooklyn
Don’t let its low key exterior fool you – Loosie Rouge is a hidden Instagram gem in Brooklyn’s South Williamsburg neighborhood. Walk past the bar then up a small flight of stairs and the restaurant opens up to a magnificent outdoor rooftop garden. Guests can swing from hammock-style seats, eat at turquoise tables or listen to piano karaoke.
After taking some interior snaps, I suggest perusing the Louisiana-inspired brunch menu. The Chicken & Waffles (pictured above) and Johnny Cakes with lemon curd and fresh berries were standouts during my meal.
91 S. 6th St.
This list only covers a tiny portion of New York City’s Instagrammable eats, but my awesome Out to Eat readers gave some other NYC recommendations that I couldn’t help but share.
Here’s what some Out to Eat readers on Instagram suggest for NYC dining:
“The French Toast Bagel with Birthday Cake Cream Cheese from Tompkin’s Square Bagels is yummy!” – @velvetcrate
“You have to go to dumbo and eat pizza at Grimaldi’s (order takeout, it’s faster) and eat as many bagels as you can!!! Nothing like NYC food. Oh and how about the roasted street nuts?”
“You have to try Empellon for me! And Salvation Burger!! The only two reasons I want to visit NYC!” – @austin_cyr
“You must try Los Tacos 1 – they won’t disappoint! Also try pizza in Brooklyn at Juliana’s, Jacks Wife Freda in the West Village, or a yummy latte at Ralph’s Coffee on 5th ave above the Ralph Lauren flagship store…all fun little stops! “ – @holly_johansen
“Don’t forget momofukus milk bar and the Antique Garage in Soho…so good!!!” – @stepsofstyle
If you have other spots to add to the list, leave them in the comments section below – or reach out on Instagram! I’d love to hear your suggestions.