Top 10 Secret Restaurants In New York City, USA

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The city of New York is an international hotspot offering scenic beauty, marvelous architecture, and an excellent work of art and culture. This city is a hub for travelers from all around the globe. Be it for a business purpose or on vacation, the traveler never runs out of food options in the city. No matter how far you are from home, the food served in this city will always make you feel at home. And if you are a foodie, then New York City is definitely an ideal place for you to give your taste buds a chance to relish and cherish some exotic dishes created by chefs from all around the globe. Please read further to find the list of top 10 secret restaurants in New York City, USA.

1. Bohemian

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Posted by Stephen Globus on Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Bohemian is a secret historical building which was once a home of Andy Warhol, and later it became a house cum studio of an infamous graffiti artist of the 80s, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Located in the Noho region of Manhattan, Bohemian is a Japanese restaurant and bar. The restaurant tops on the list of secret restaurants in NYC.


Address: 57 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

Website: Bohemian

Opening Hours: 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Average price for two people: 31-60 USD

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2. Ukrainian East Village

Ukrainian East Village serves Home Style Eastern European Cuisine, a nice quiet place making its way to the list of secret restaurants in NYC. The restaurant has a long menu of amazing Ukrainian dishes to satisfy all your craving for tasty Ukrainian food. You can find two different types of Ukrainian bottled beer.

Ukrainian East Village

Address: 140 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003, b/t St Marks Pl & 9th St East Village

Website: Ukrainian East Village

Opening Hours: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

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3. The Dining Room

Posted by The Dining Room on Thursday, 15 June 2017

The Dining Room is an excellent and quiet restaurant serving hot and delicious food. The restaurant is lesser known as it is situated inside the museum on the fourth floor overlooking a fantastic view. The location of this restaurant makes it worth a visit and gives it a special place on the list of secret restaurants in NYC.

The Dining Room

Address: 1000 Fifth Ave, Fl 4, New York, NY 10028 Central Park

Website: The Dining Room

Opening Hours: 11:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Average price for two people: 31-60 USD

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4. Freemans

Located in the heart of Freeman Alley, Freemans is a secret restaurant in NYC due to its location and old world traditional decor and cuisines. The restaurant has an old rustic decor giving it an early American look making it a perfectly calm and cozy place to spend time with friends and partners.


Address: Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002, Lower East Side s Website: Freemans

Opening Hours: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

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New York City Tour Guide

Hiram Jacobs

Hiram Jacobs

I am a licensed New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Tour Guide and a native New Yorker. Over the years, I acquired considerable experience organizing solo tours of the major European and East European capitals of the world, Canada's largest cities and Australia's most popular cities, Washington, DC, Atlanta, New Orleans, and San Francisco. During my international travels, I participated in tours organized by private tour companies to China, Russia, South America, India, the Canadian Rockies, Israel, Japan's major cities; USA: Alaska, Arizona and Utah's scenic national National Parks . I received my Master of Arts in Political Science (Urban Administration) from the State University of New York, College at Brockport, Brockport, New York in 1978. Since my recent retirement from the MTA, New York City Transit Authority, after 39 years of service as an Associate Transit Management Analyst, I hope to share with my fellow Travelers my observations, insights and personal experiences relating to Manhattan’s iconic neighborhoods, landmarks and popular attractions that make New York City such a vibrant and dynamic city to visit. I will strive to make your New York City Experience memorable. Tour Cancellations - Please provide at least 24 hours notice prior to the tour date in order to cancel your booking and to receive a full refund.

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New York City Tour Guide

Stephanie Eley

Stephanie Eley

I'm a graduate of ITMI, International Tour Management Institute and 17 years as a licensed Tour Director and Program Director. My expertise began in NYC and Washington, DC where I'm a licensed guide and has expanded to Europe, South America, Cuba and the Western / Southwestern National Parks of the US. I'd love to introduce you for a day or a week to Denver, Colorado and the 4 corners region of the US: Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona! Let's GO!!

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5. Decoy

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Posted by Melisa Bedoya on Friday, 6 July 2018

Located in the Hudson street, Decoy is a Peking duck restaurant serving various types of fusion dishes. The restaurant also has a fantastic bar open till 1 AM. Please note that the restaurant serves whole ducks to maintain the taste, look, and quality of the dish. If you wish to eat duck, you have to make a reservation in advance. The duck served here is one of the best recipes of this secret restaurant due to its perfect crisp and tender meat.


Address: 529 ½ Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014, 212-691-9700

Website: Decoy

Opening Hours: 5:00 pm - 1:00 am

Average price for two people: 31-60 USD

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6. Beauty & Essex

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Posted by Beauty & Essex on Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Located right in front of a pawn store, Beauty & Essex is one of the best secret restaurants in New York City, offering a share plate dining trend. If you ever wish to enjoy some finger-licking delicious food at an extraordinary and secluded dining environment, then Beauty & Essex is the perfect place for you.

Beauty & Essex

Address: 146 Essex St New York, NY 10002, b/t Stanton St & Rivington St Lower East Side

Website: Beauty & Essex

Opening Hours: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 1:00 am

Average price for two people: 31-60 USD

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7. Cafe Select

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Posted by Cafe Select on Saturday, 30 June 2018

Cafe Select is a nice cozy restaurant in New York City, with beautiful stary light decor. The restaurant serves authentic Swiz and French dishes giving you a quick taste of Europe. Some of the specialties of Cafe Select restaurant are Bratwurst, Schnitzel, Hangar Steak with Roesti and Spaetzli.

Cafe Select

Address: 212 Lafayette St New York, NY 10012, b/t Kenmare St & Cleveland Pl, SoHo

Website: Cafe Select

Opening Hours: 8:00 am - 12:00 am

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

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8. Gaia Italian Cafè

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Posted by Gaia Italian Cafe on Saturday, 8 September 2018

Gaia Italian Cafè is one of the best secret restaurants in NYC serving super delicious Italian food with great love and care. The restaurant is located down a rabbit hole on the E. Houston entrance making it a well-kept secret. All you need is to make a prior reservation via a website to enjoy and cherish freshly cooked home-style food. Do not forget to drink IILY Special Italian Coffee.

Gaia Italian Cafè

Address: 251 E Houston St New York, NY 10002, b/t Avenue A & Norfolk St Lower East Side

Website: Gaia Italian Cafè

Opening Hours: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm, Closed on Sunday and Monday

Average price for two people: Under 10 USD

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9. Kuma Inn

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Posted by Kuma Inn on Thursday, 22 November 2018

Kuma Inn is an excellent and cozy restaurant in a comfortable atmosphere serving various types of seafood and meat dishes. Owned and operated by Chef King Phojanakong, the restaurant serves Filipino, Thai, and Southeast Asian dishes. Located on the second floor, Kuma Inn is a secret restaurant in New York City.

Kuma Inn

Address: 113 Ludlow St New York, NY 10002, b/t Rivington St & Delancey St Lower East Side

Website: Kuma Inn

Opening Hours: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

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10. Burger Joint

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Posted by The burger joint at the Parker New York on Friday, 13 July 2018

Located secretly in the Le Parker Meridien hotel lobby, Burger Joint is one of the best secret restaurants in New York City serving the best burgers in New York City. There are gluten-free options also available. The restaurant has a relaxed and hi-class ambiance giving you nice positive vibes. The restaurant has a self-service facility and nice comfy seating area.

Burger Joint

Address: 119 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019

Website: Burger Joint

Opening Hours: 11:00 AM to 11:30 PM

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

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The above list of top 10 secret restaurants in New York City must have made you excited not just to grab a quick bite but to explore what is cooked in these hidden kitchens of these restaurants.

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