Best NYC Restaurants For First Time Visitors!

With NYC Restaurant Week happening through August 19th, it only seemed fitting to make a list of the best restaurants to dine at for first time visitors! New York City has such a variety of cuisine to satisfy all tastes from Italian to American. Check out our top picks!

Planet Hollywood

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Love the movies? Then you can’t go wrong with Planet Hollywood! This restaurant is great for families and located right in Times Square! It offers a variety of food for all tastes and keeps your children entertained with all of the movie memorabilia! Why not eat here for lunch or dinner as part of our FreeStyle Pass!

Ellen’s Stardust Diner

Get dinner and a show at Ellen’s Stardust Diner! Enjoy Broadway quality performances while dining on American cuisine from amazing burgers to their famous egg cream! Stardust Alumni who made it on Broadway include Zak Resnick (Mamma Mia) and Alysha Umphress (On The Town). Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect!

Tip: Make sure to get there early for lunch or dinner! The line can get pretty long!

Broadway Joe Steakhouse

Broadway Joe Steakhouse is a classic to go to while in NYC. Enjoy a great steak with friends and family! Coincidentally, “Broadway Joe” is also the nickname of the NFL Hall of Famer and former New York Jets player Joe Namath! He frequently eats at this restaurant, so keep a lookout for him when you eat there! This and many other restaurants are included in our Eat and Play Card!


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For your first visit to NYC, you must try the BEST New York Cheesecake at Junior’s! They offer many flavors of cheesecake from Original to Red Velvet! There are multiple Junior’s locations including in Times Square and at Brooklyn Tour Stop #9 which is their original location!


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You have to try Carmine’s Family Style Italian Restaurant before you leave NYC! The service here is spectacular with wait staffs who really want to make your experience one of a kind! Everything on the menu tastes amazing from the traditional spaghetti and meatballs to the chicken parmigiana. We highly recommend getting the Ragu!

Tip: Depending on your party size, only order 1-2 dishes since they are portioned family style!

These are just some of the amazing restaurants you can dine at in NYC! While visiting, why not take in the amazing sights with a tour!


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