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Looking for the most Instagrammable restaurants in NYC?
Then you’re in the right place!
Foodies have always been a dominant force on Instagram. Scroll through your feed and you’ll find at least a few photos of mouth-watering meals from friends, family members, and influencers alike.
Today, with businesses making their spaces as photo-friendly as possible, you’ll also see selfies taken at trendy NYC restaurants, bars, and cafes. And whether you’re a local like me or a travel junkie, you’ll find that some of the most Instagrammable restaurants around are in New York City.
Looking to share some photos that will make all your followers ravenously hungry? Or searching for the perfect backdrop to show off your hottest look? Whatever your ‘gram goal is, this post can help.
From chic rooftop bars in Manhattan to German beer halls in Staten Island, I’ve put together a list of some of the most Instagrammable restaurants in NYC to cover all your digital photography needs.
As a local New York influencer and photographer myself, these eateries are the ones I’ve found to be the most visually stunning. Read on to learn more about some of my favorite spots!
💡 Quick tip: One of the best ways to taste — and photograph — a bunch of great local NYC food spots is to book a tour. A few top-rated food tours include:
🍡 Greenwich Village Walking and Food Tasting Tour
🧁 Hell’s Kitchen Food Tour
🥟 The Original Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest (established 2009!)
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But first, before we dive into the list of aesthetic places in NYC to eat, I invite you to grab a copy of my NYC Top Picks From A Local Guide.
The printable PDF guide takes you beyond the popular attractions to discover a more local and lesser-known side of New York City.
Just a few highlights from the guide include:
- Where to get creative java drinks — in beautiful Instagrammable cafes in NYC, too
- How to discover unique opportunities for exploring nature in New York City
- Ways to get off-the-beaten-track to explore a side of the city many tourists miss
Note: If you’re thinking “I just want a local to plan my trip to New York” I also offer custom travel planning services. Keep in mind, I’m a New Yorker as well as a licensed sightseeing guide, so I can speak to both tourist attractions and lesser-known experiences.
On that note, keep reading to dive into ideas for planning an amazing meal at some of the cutest restaurants in NYC!
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Most Instagrammable Restaurants In NYC: Manhattan
1. Cantina Rooftop
Whether you’re visiting New York City or are a local looking for picturesque restaurants in NYC, Cantina Rooftop has a lot to offer, from the colorful decor to the delicious Mexican cuisine to the incredible views of the NYC skyline.
Located in Hell’s Kitchen just steps away from the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, this rooftop eatery and lounge is perfect for a celebration or even a fresh take on post-work drinks.
Cantina Rooftop also features a retractable glass roof so you can enjoy their spectacular vistas all year round. It’s also a great spot to take in some of the best views in NYC at night!
2. Pietro Nolita
This might be the most well-known of all the Insta-worthy restaurants in NYC. You’ve definitely seen this pink paradise on your Instagram feed at some point in the last few years.
Social media darling Pietro Nolita offers a menu of healthy Italian favorites and delicious cocktails in a setting that can only be described as “Pink AF”.
From the iconic street art-inspired entrance to the plush pink booths, the many photo-ready spots packed into this bite-sized restaurant will be sure to get your Instagram post shared like crazy!
And while Pietro Nolita may seem like one of the more girly restaurants in NYC, founder Pietro Quaglia believes that pink is for everyone — after all, the restaurant’s aesthetic was inspired by the pastel colors of the Italian Riviera.
3. Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer
Why is New York so popular? One reason is the unique restaurants!
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer probably wins the award for the most Instagrammable dessert in NYC.
The SoHo eatery’s CrazyShakes, piled high with everything from ice cream to whole donuts to pretzels, have dominated Instagram feeds over the last few years
You won’t be able to resist sharing these (literally) over-the-top concoctions. I mean, how often do you find a milkshake topped with an entire slice of chocolate cake?
If you’re not a dessert person, no worries, as you can opt for one of Black Tap’s equally delectable and photogenic burgers. The photos alone will leave your mouth watering.
Eating here is definitely one of the best things to do in SoHo!
4. Black Seed Bagels
You can’t travel to NYC without indulging in some bagels, and Black Seed Bagels offers a fresh take on the classic breakfast staple.
With several locations across the five boroughs, you’ll find an extensive menu of fresh bagels and unique sandwich options for any time of day here.
Indulge in a classic NYC breakfast option like the pastrami, egg, and cheese — or try Black Seed’s creative take on a PB&J.
Bonus: This is a great eatery if you’re looking for places to go by yourself in NYC!
5. NoMo Kitchen
Featuring a gorgeous greenhouse setting, intricate chandeliers, and colorful street art, NoMo Kitchen brings the outdoors inside to create one of the most beautiful restaurants in NYC.
Once you pass through the entrance of vines and fairy lights, you’ll feel as if you’ve left the city behind and entered somewhere truly magnificent.
Even the food and drinks at NoMo are photo-ready and taste just as delicious as they look.
Whether you’re staying at the adjacent NoMo Hotel or just passing through SoHo, you’ll definitely want to check out this stylish spot — especially if you’re looking for romantic things to do in NYC!
6. Grand Salon at Baccarat Hotel
If you’re looking to try one of the hottest restaurants in NYC, head to the Grand Salon at the Baccarat Hotel.
Decked out with silk-covered walls, chandeliers, and plush seats, you’ll feel like a member of the city’s elite as you enjoy afternoon tea or sip a signature Champagne cocktail in this lavish setting.
The menu items may be on the pricier side but it’s definitely worth saving up for this one-of-a-kind New York experience.
7. 1803 NYC
Craving some Cajun flavor in the heart of Tribeca? Look no further than 1803 NYC, a vibrant eatery that pays homage to the culture and flavors of New Orleans.
Taking its name from the year of the Louisiana Purchase, 1803 NYC offers an extensive menu of New Orleans-inspired dishes and cocktails as well as live music and events.
You won’t want to leave without snapping a pic with 1803’s signature garden-inspired walls, which help to make this one of the best ambiance restaurants in NYC!
8. POST NYC
POST’s clean white interiors set the stage for the real star of the show — the food!
You’ll absolutely want to get a few shots of their humongous biscuit sandwiches and mouth-watering egg dishes that will make you the envy of all your IG followers.
As of this writing, POST is currently closed for renovations. Keep an eye on their website and social media pages for more information about re-opening!
9. Spyglass Rooftop Bar at the Archer
Searching for a stylish cocktail bar with a menu of delicious eats and impeccable views of the Empire State Building? Look no further than Spyglass Rooftop Bar, one of the most Instagrammable places in New York.
Located atop the Archer Hotel in Midtown, Spyglass Rooftop Bar gives you the opportunity to dine and drink in the shadow of the city’s most iconic skyscraper — making this one of the best restaurants in NYC with a view.
And with an extensive menu of colorful craft cocktails, you’ll definitely want to get a few snaps of your drinks at Spyglass as well.
Eating here is a must whether you’re enjoying a 4 day New York York itinerary or something shorter or longer.
10. La Pizza & La Pasta A Colori
What happens when two of New York’s hottest attractions join forces? They build a colorful, delicious, and truly Instagrammable eatery, of course!
La Pizza & La Pasta A Colori is one of the most unique restaurants in NYC. This shouldn’t be a surprise, as it was born from a collaboration between the immersive geniuses behind Color Factory and Eataly, the iconic Italian market that has taken NYC by storm.
At this restaurant in Eataly’s Downtown outpost, you’ll dine under an immersive art installation showcasing spaghetti in every color of the rainbow!
The restaurant also features several other fun spots for photos as well as a delicious and colorful menu of Italian favorites and craft cocktails.
After dinner, browse the rest of the market for authentic Italian ingredients and fresh produce that will leave your Instagram followers dreaming about a trip to the Mediterranean!
11. While We Were Young
Looking for cute restaurants in NYC? Look no further than While We Were Young, a stylish new American restaurant in the West Village.
Once you enter While We Were Young’s dining room, you’ll immediately want to pull out your phone and capture the plush pink seats, gorgeous marble bar, and beautiful flower arrangements throughout the restaurant.
While We Were Young also features some of the most photo-ready cocktails in the city, served in glasses crafted to resemble birds, the globe, and even honeycombs!
Make sure to add this to your list of things to do in the West Village when visiting NYC!
12. Panna II Garden
Though it may not look like much from the street, Panna II Garden is considered an absolute icon in the East Village for its colorful ambiance and delicious Indian eats.
If you follow anyone in New York City, you’ve probably seen photos of Panna II’s ceiling covered in layers of colorful fairy lights that give off a celebratory vibe regardless of the time of year.
As you dine “under the stars” you can feast on delicious — and moderately priced — Indian favorites like chicken tikka masala, saag paneer, and samosas.
The restaurant is also BYOB, making it perfect for birthdays and celebrations of all kinds and a budget-friendly NYC option.
13. The Ready at Moxy East Village
One of the East Village’s newest residents is quickly becoming one of the most Instagram-worthy outdoor restaurants in NYC.
Located atop the Moxy East Village Hotel, The Ready is an all-season rooftop bar with great views, gorgeous decor, and plenty of spots to grab the perfect feed-worthy shot.
With a “collegial yet refined” feel (according to the restaurant’s website), you’ll feel like you’re lounging in the backyard of your most stylish friend as you sip delicious cocktails and chow down on tacos at this rooftop spot.
The bar also features a retractable glass roof, ensuring that they’re “ready” to keep the party going all year long. The Ready truly is one of the most Instagrammable bars in NYC!
Located inside the Museum of Art and Design, Robert blends exciting modern design, impeccable city views, and a menu of fresh flavors to bring you a unique dining experience.
Grab a table by the floor-to-ceiling windows to take in sprawling views of Central Park any time of year as you enjoy elegant dishes like Chilean Sea Bass and Spaguettini Squash plated in a picture-perfect manner.
Robert also offers a regular schedule of live music and events, proving that this restaurant has a little something for everyone.
15. Bar SixtyFive at the Rainbow Room
Can’t cop an invite to one of those swanky events at the legendary Rainbow Room? Make a reservation at its sister restaurant, Bar SixtyFive, for the same incredible views in a relaxed but stylish environment.
With both indoor and outdoor dining spaces atop Rockefeller Center, Bar SixtyFive offers some of the best views of Midtown and the Manhattan skyline as well as a mouth-watering menu of craft cocktails and light bites.
If you’re looking to capture the perfect shot of the Empire State Building, this is definitely the place to go!
16. Tavern on the Green
Looking for a beautiful restaurant that also offers one of the most uniquely New York experiences out there?
Few restaurants are quite as synonymous with New York City as Tavern on the Green, the iconic Central Park restaurant that has been entertaining New Yorkers and tourists alike since the 1880s.
Following a redesign in 2014, Tavern on the Green offers indoor and outdoor dining experiences that blend classic New York style with modern design to create a warm and inviting environment.
Tavern also hosts live shows on their terrace from some of New York’s hottest theatre and cabaret stars, making it the perfect dinner spot for Broadway fans.
As you look out onto the adjacent Sheep Meadow with a craft cocktail in your hand, you’ll feel like you’re a world away from Manhattan.
17. La Mercerie Cafe at Roman and Williams Guild
Looking for a taste of Paris in the heart of SoHo? Head to La Mercerie Cafe at Roman and Williams Guild.
Featuring a full menu of French cuisine, this gorgeous cafe blends rustic style with the chic designs of Roman and Williams Guild, the upscale home decor showroom in which the restaurant is located.
You’ll definitely pick up some design inspiration for your own home while dining at this truly gorgeous restaurant.
A colorful and delicious addition to the SoHo restaurant scene, Shuka offers delicious Mediterranean eats that will make you want to break out your phone and snap a few photos.
From shakshuka to fried halloumi to full feasts of mezze and more, every dish at Shuka is just as photogenic as it is delicious.
Take a group photo in the garden-inspired dining room as you and your friends make your way through the menu of small plates and unique cocktails.
19. Le Coucou
Considered one of NYC’s top restaurants, SoHo’s Le Coucou brings a sense of style to everything they do, from elegant French dishes to a dining room that is the picture of modern elegance.
Gorgeous chandeliers, exposed brick, and vintage candles transport you away from the hustle of Downtown Manhattan into a truly unique dining experience.
The piece de resistance here is the antique bar at the front of the restaurant, where some of the city’s best mixologists whip up craft cocktails — like the “437 Royal Street” made with bourbon, banane du brésil, bianco vermouth, and Peychaud’s bitters.
If you’re looking to dine in style there are few better options than Le Coucou!
20. PHD Terrace at Dream Hotel
Located at the Dream Hotel’s Midtown outpost, PHD Terrace offers tons of great opportunities to snap the perfect grid-worthy photos while enjoying a delicious menu of unique food and drink.
What sets this place apart from other Midtown rooftop bars is that PHD Terrace celebrates each season with a new immersive experience, transforming the space and menu to reflect the colors, style, and flavors of the moment.
This summer, you can walk through a tunnel of sunflowers, sip cocktails at a flower-lined bar, and bask in the sun on PHD Terrace’s outdoor seating area.
You’ll have so much fun that you’ll want to come back next season to see what the bar has in store. It’s truly one of the most cool trendy restaurants in NYC!
21. Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Looking for an aesthetic brunch in NYC? This one is for you!
Dim sum, the Cantonese brunch tradition of sharing small plates of dishes like dumplings and buns, is an NYC favorite and the art is truly perfected at Nom Wah Tea Parlor.
Located on Chinatown’s photogenic Doyers Street, Nom Wah was NYC’s first dim sum restaurant and has been a local favorite since 1920.
Both the interiors and exteriors of the restaurant harken back to Chinatown’s beginnings and are worth more than a few snaps.
You’ll also want to share some of the many dishes you and your friends order — from pan-fried pork dumplings to scallion pancakes to salt and pepper shrimp — with your followers.
Rolf’s features one of the coolest restaurant interiors in NYC thanks to its elaborate holiday decor.
While this German eatery is especially popular around the holidays, its colorful Christmas decorations remain up year-round.
Glittering ornaments and twinkling lights cover every inch of the ceiling and walls inside Rolf’s, making this an Instagrammer’s paradise.
While the food is on the pricier side for what it is, you can expect hearty, traditional German fare that’s perfect for a cold winter’s day.
Also perfect for winter in NYC? Their extensive drink menu, including spiced mulled wine and chocolate martinis.
23. SERRA by Birreria
If you’re looking for trendy restaurants in New York City, look no further than SERRA by Birreria.
Located on the rooftop of Eataly in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, one reason this spot is popular is its Instagram-worthy rotating seasonal decor.
As the months change, the restaurant transforms from a floral paradise in the spring to a snowy wonderland during the winter months.
The menu of the restaurant changes seasonally, too. No matter when you visit, you can expect to find delicious, inventive Italian food that is seasonally inspired and freshly made.
24. Citizens of Chelsea
One of the best trendy restaurants in NYC is Citizens of Chelsea.
Located just one avenue away from the elevated High Line park in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, this hip cafe serves Australian-inspired breakfast and brunch — like smashed avocado toast and BBQ brekkie bowls — all day long. The food is delicious, too, made with fresh, local ingredients and beautifully presented.
They also have a great coffee menu if you need a caffeine fix, latte art included.
An airy, light-filled interior complete with hanging plants makes Citizens of Chelsea one of the most Instagrammable restaurants in New York.
Note that Citizens also has locations in Gramercy and SoHo. And if you’re looking for non-touristy things to do in NYC, they regularly host events like local art installations, movie nights, and comedy shows.
25. Electric Lemon
If you’re looking for chic restaurants in NYC, you can’t go wrong with Electric Lemon.
This sleek American restaurant is located on the rooftop of the luxury Equinox Hotel in Hudson Yards and serves brunch, lunch, and dinner.
The outdoor part of this restaurant is stunning, with a larger-than-life wire sculpture and reflecting pools that shimmer at sunset as you take in views of the Manhattan skyline.
Inside, you can enjoy your meal in a spacious, airy interior with modern luxe touches all around.
26. Soho Diner
As far as fun trendy restaurants in NYC go, you can find plenty in the chic SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan.
Soho Diner is a fun eatery with a retro feel to it. Located in the luxury boutique Soho Grand Hotel, this Instagram-worthy restaurant serves classic diner fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The vintage-style interior retains a chic flair with bubble lighting and wood accents.
Additionally, this is a great place to grab a late-night (or early morning) bite to eat, staying open until 3am most nights and opening at 7am — so if you’re looking for things to do after midnight in NYC, add this diner to your list!
Verōnika is one of those nice restaurants in NYC that is perfect for when you want to splurge on a fancy dinner.
This is an incredibly elegant restaurant tucked away on the second floor of the Fotografiska Museum in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan.
The swanky interior is exactly what you would expect for an upscale restaurant inside an artsy Swedish photography museum, with striking decor and lighting that creates an elegant ambiance and makes you feel like you’ve stepped back into Gilded Age New York.
Verōnika’s menu offers continental European classics with an inventive twist.
Most Instagrammable Restaurants In NYC: Brooklyn
28. Fandi Mata
Fandi Mata, a vast Mediterranean eatery in Williamsburg, is all about bringing people together over a delicious meal and offers plenty of beautiful space to do exactly that.
Set in a large, open space featuring “Brooklyn industrial meets Mediterranean” decor, Fandi Mata is the perfect place for a gathering or dinner party among friends. And it’s one of the most beautiful restaurants in New York.
From the colorful tiles and lush plants that cover the space to the delicious menu of shareable plates, you’ll feel like you’ve just stepped off a boat in the Greek Islands instead of the L Train in the middle of winter.
Featuring airy, minimalist decor and a menu of farm-fresh local ingredients, Sisters is the epitome of Brooklyn Cool.
Stop by this Black-owned Clinton Hill eatery for brunch in their light-filled dining room and admire their signature rustic bar as you chow down on huevos rancheros and a michelada.
Sisters also hosts tons of fun events throughout the year, including their annual Prince Brunch every June, so check out their calendar to see what’s on before you visit!
By the way, if you’re interested in supporting Black-owned eateries in NYC, check out this list.
30. Rule of Thirds
Located in Greenpoint, Rule of Thirds serves up delicious Japanese comfort food in a chic, minimalist setting that makes it one of the most Instagram-worthy restaurants in Brooklyn.
The restaurant’s stylishly designed cocktails and dishes, like drinks served in grapefruits and souffle pancakes, are just as gorgeous as they are tasty.
Dining with a small party? You can book one of Rule of Thirds’ Summer Pavilions for a unique private dining experience.
Enjoy a Buddhist duck feast for up to 10 people in small outdoor bungalows inspired by classic Japanese design.
31. Le Crocodile
Another Williamsburg favorite, Le Crocodile serves up delicious French fare in a chic NYC setting.
Located in the Wythe Hotel, Le Crocodile’s stylish, industrial-inspired dining room is almost as gorgeous as its menu of mouth-watering dishes like roast chicken with herbs jus and frites and the sticky banana date pudding.
The restaurant also has tons of gorgeous outdoor dining space perfect for summer brunches and early evening drinks.
Gertie is one of those rare restaurants in NYC where you can stop in any time of day and find something truly delicious.
From Jewish deli favorites like bagels, bialys, and babka to a bar menu featuring natural wines, Gertie has something for everyone all day long.
The cafe’s kitchy theme extends to its decor, where you’ll find colorful murals and nostalgic coffee mugs that will definitely put smiles on your Insta followers’ faces.
33. Sunday in Brooklyn
Don’t let the name fool you — Sunday in Brooklyn is way more than weekend meals of eggs benedict and mimosas.
While brunch is a big part of Sunday in Brooklyn’s appeal, the eatery also features an extensive menu of dinner options, cocktails, wine, spirits, and more.
And of course, every dish is served in a feed-worthy style that will get your mouth watering before you even take a bite, making it one of the most Instagram-worthy restaurants in Brooklyn!
Looking for Instagram restaurants in NYC with an airy vibe?
Plant-lovers everywhere should check out Juliette, a Williamsburg eatery that will inspire you to up your gardening game.
With lush, green plants hanging from the ceiling of the dining room and a rooftop terrace to give you a taste of the outdoors, Juliette is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.
And with an extensive menu of French eats, you’ll leave this spot feeling very satisfied.
35. Di An Di
Located in Greenpoint, Di An Di serves up delicious Vietnamese cuisine in a unique and stylish setting perfect for feed-worthy photos.
From big bowls of pho to a Vietnamese-Cajun crawfish bowl, you’ll absolutely want to share your meal — at least visually — with your followers.
If you can’t travel to Vietnam right now, this effortlessly cool eatery is the next best thing to booking a plane ticket!
36. Paulie Gee’s
There’s no shortage of pizzerias in NYC, but if you can only visit one, make it Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint.
The wood-fired pies available at this Italian eatery will surely earn a spot on your grid since they’re just as aesthetically pleasing as they are tasty.
There’s a reason Paulie Gee’s is regularly voted one of the top pizza spots in the city. You just have to try it to see why!
Cecconi’s is one of the most beautiful restaurants in NYC with a view.
This upscale Italian restaurant located in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn has outdoor seating where you can relax under black-and-white striped awnings and enjoy views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, and the Lower Manhattan skyline.
The interior of the restaurant is just as chic, with brick walls, arched windows, and plush gem-toned seating beneath elegant chadeliers.
It’s the perfect place to grab a drink at the bar or enjoy some of Cecconi’s delicious handmade pasta.
Most Instagrammable Restaurants In NYC: Queens
Feeling down and need a little comfort food? Head to Comfortland, one of the most cute restaurants in Queens that is bound to lift your spirits.
A spinoff of borough favorite Queens Comfort, Comfortland offers donuts, sandwiches, cakes, and more piled high with your favorite flavors.
Comfortland’s menu features everything from homemade Choco Tacos to donut fried chicken sandwiches to Nashville hot chicken ramen, perfect for anyone who appreciates a little creativity in their culinary adventures.
While the food is the real star of the show here, don’t forget to check out the candy-colored mural and designs inside the shop for an extra boost of serotonin.
You’ll find plenty of Italian restaurants in Queens, but few are as gorgeous as Maiella.
Located right by the water in Long Island City, Maiella really brings the outdoors in with gorgeous floral-inspired interiors. It also offers some of the best views of the Manhattan skyline from Queens.
Additionally, the menu items are a feast for the eyes, like homemade pasta, delicious seafood options, and delectable desserts.
40. Adda Indian Canteen
Small but mighty, Adda Indian Canteen has quickly become one of the top spots for Indian cuisine in all of New York City.
This Long Island City restaurant serves up highly Instagrammable dishes that blend authentic Indian flavors with modern culinary creativity.
You’ll want to check out the restaurant’s interiors as well, featuring a wall covered in newspaper headlines and advertisements from India.
41. Eddie’s Sweet Shop
If you’ve got a sweet tooth and a taste for nostalgia, make a trip out to Forest Hills to check out Eddie’s Sweet Shop, an ice cream parlor straight out of old New York.
From piled-high sundaes served in classic silver dishes to colorful homemade sodas, there’s plenty for all your senses to enjoy at this 100-year-old dessert paradise.
The shop windows, soda fountain, and marquee will also make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time and definitely make Eddie’s one of the most Instagrammable restaurants in Queens.
42. Tacoway Beach
If you went to the Rockaways and didn’t stop at Tacoway Beach, did you really go?
This shoreside taco shop is the perfect addition to any NYC beach day, featuring delicious eats, creative cocktails, and a colorful outdoor space to gather with friends.
Just steps from the water, Tacoway Beach brings a bit of California surf culture to Queens. Who needs to fly across the country when Tacoway Beach is just off the A train?
43. The Bonnie
If you’re looking for cool restaurants in NYC, Queens may not be the first place you think to look, but this borough has lots of underrated eateries.
The Bonnie is an Instagrammable eatery in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens that serves upscale bar food in a cozy setting.
The brick walls, tile floors, and warm lighting create an inviting ambiance, while the menu boasts unexpected gems like a vegan “pastrami” Reuben sandwich as well as ricotta and butternut squash gnocchi.
In addition to food, The Bonnie also has an extensive cocktail menu with classic and rotating seasonal options.
One recommendation: the “Bonnie Punch” featuring Ten to One Rum, Breckenridge Spiced Rum, Velvet Falernum, brandy, apricot, lime, lemon, and chai. Yum!
Most Instagrammable Restaurants In NYC: Staten Island
44. Violette’s Cellar
One of the top restaurants on Staten Island is Violette’s Cellar.
This American restaurant is fun and Instagram-worthy, with purple-hued accents everywhere — from the banquettes to the candles on the tables.
As the name implies, this trendy spot is located in a cellar and boasts an extensive wine menu.
With its chic ambiance, this is the perfect spot for a dinner with friends or a date night.
Additionally, Violette’s Cellar is known for its seven-day-a-week brunch, which has the option of bottomless cocktails.
Featuring a cute outdoor dining area, delicious cocktails, and creative dishes, Maizal has quickly become a top spot for fans of Mexican cuisine on Staten Island.
Book a table in Maizal’s backyard space to enjoy the colorful murals and greenery that line the restaurant’s walls.
Split some guacamole and enjoy margaritas as you take in one of the best dining experiences in the borough.
46. Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn
Looking for a dining experience that’s a little off the beaten path? Head to the historic Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn.
Entertaining Staten Islanders since the 1800s, Killmeyer’s serves up authentic German dinners in a classic beer hall setting complete with beer steins, wooden statues, and all the trappings of a Bavarian pub.
Enjoy a brew and a pretzel in the outdoor biergarten to get your Oktoberfest on — no lederhosen required!
Most Instagrammable Restaurants In NYC: The Bronx
47. Mottley Kitchen
Located in the South Bronx, Mottley Kitchen has quickly become one of the borough’s trendiest and most Instagrammable cafes.
Serving up a menu of delicious pastries, all-day breakfast, and healthy vegetarian options, Mottley Kitchen is the perfect spot to grab a coffee and catch up with an old friend.
You can even enjoy the cafe’s delicious eats on their rooftop terrace, which regularly hosts events like movie nights, group yoga sessions, and live music.
Music-lovers should check out Beatstro, a Mott Haven restaurant and bar serving up soul food and tunes seven nights a week.
Dubbed “The Hip Hop Restaurant,” Beatstro’s decor features local street art, gold records, and a big wall of speakers for the DJ sets and live shows that take place almost every night.
And with hip hop legends like Doug E. Fresh and D-Nice making appearances at Beatstro, you never know who you’ll run into!
49. Zona de Cuba
Located in the Grand Concourse neighborhood of The Bronx, Zona de Cuba is the borough’s first rooftop restaurant, offering great views looking towards Manhattan.
The rooftop, decorated with palm trees and chandeliers, is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat while sipping something fruity.
Visiting during the colder months? No worries, as they’ve got igloos to keep you warm while you take in the vista.
Zona de Cuba has a menu featuring classic Cuban fare and other Latin-inspired flavors. Start with the homemade empanadas before moving on to the “La Vaca de Zona,” sauteed palomilla steak topped with garlic, peppers, and onions over a lime mojo and served with rice and beans.
In addition to the rooftop, the restaurant has a stylish interior and a bar.
Food Tours In New York City
If you’re looking to immerse yourself further into NYC’s culinary culture, consider booking one of the following local food tours:
- Brooklyn Pizza Walk
- New York City Pierogi Walk
- New York Secret Food Tour Of Greenwich Village (With Private Option)
- Williamsburg Brooklyn Food Tasting & Walking Tour
- Chelsea Market & High Line Food Tour
- Chinatown & Little Italy Food Fest
- NYC Lower East Side Walking & Food Tour
Frequently Asked Questions About NYC’s Instagrammable Restaurants
Still have questions about where to find pretty restaurants in NYC? Here are some answers!
Q: Which bright pink Italian eatery in NYC is an ideal hotspot for Instagrammers?
That would be Pietro Nolita in SoHo, one of the most trendy places to eat in NYC. Definitely bring your camera, as almost every inch of this eatery is pink, which makes for some eye-catching IG photos.
Q: What is the most beautiful restaurant in NYC?
While it’s hard to pick just one, a few of the most beautiful NYC restaurants include the Grand Salon at Baccarat Hotel, 1803 NYC, and Le Coucou.
Q: What are the trendiest restaurants in NYC?
When it comes to trendy cool restaurants in NYC, a few eateries not to miss include While We Were Young Kitchen & Cocktails, RH Rooftop Restaurant, and Kimika.
Q: Who serves the most Instagrammable food in NYC?
When it comes to Instagrammable food in NYC, a few places that serve dishes that are sure to stand out in your IG feed include Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, Avocaderia, and Taiyaki NYC.
Q: What are some Instagram-worthy bars in NYC?
If you’re looking for Instagrammable bars in NYC, don’t miss The Up & Up, the Library of Distilled Spirits, and Beauty & Essex.
Best Hotels In NYC
Looking to stay overnight in NYC?
Prefer self-contained stays?
You can also use this map to search for local stays. It is set to SoHo, but you can easily change it to your specific NYC neighborhood.
Like the idea of hotel living? There are also numerous properties that allow you to live in a hotel full time in NYC with extended stay offerings.
New York City Travel Insurance
When visiting New York City — or anywhere else in the world — it’s wise to get travel insurance.
One of the best travel medical insurance for travelers is SafetyWing as they’ve got a large network and offer both short-term and long-term coverage — including coverage if you’re traveling for months as well as limited coverage in your home country.
Additionally, SafetyWing is budget-friendly and offers $250,000 worth of coverage with just one low overall deductible of $250.
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