8 Secret Restaurants in NYC You Never Knew Existed
A delicious burger awaits you behind the curtain
Eating at the trendiest, most popular restaurant in the city is a must (oh hey, Mission Chinese). But every once in a while, you’ve gotta go under the radar and have incredible sushi and sake in the basement of an unmarked office building. Trust us. Here are eight super-secret restaurants in NYC you never knew existed.
Duck into a nondescript office building in Midtown, go up to the second floor and you’ll be whisked into a sushi wonderland with an incredible (but pricey) omakase menu. Oh, and don’t forget to try the king crab.
7 E. 47th St. (at Fifth Ave.); 212-317-2802 or kurumazushi.com
Burger Joint (at Le Parker Meridien Hotel)
Peek behind the curtain in the atrium lobby of Le Parker Meridien…and an awesome rock-and-roll burger spot is waiting for you. Because the best place to eat a greasy double cheeseburger is in a four-star hotel.
119 W. 56th St. (at Sixth Ave.); 212-708-7414 or parkermeridien.com/eat/burger-joint
Ever heard of a “reverse speakeasy”? This intimate, homey restaurant is hidden inside the East Village bar the Garret East. The potato-and-pecorino dumplings are what dreams are made of.
206 Ave. A (at 13th St.); dinnertable.nyc
Walk down a hidden flight of stairs in Chinatown and you’ll wind up in Pulqueria, a Spanish joint with some damn tasty tacos. We’ll take ours with a side of cactus salsa, please.
11 Doyers St. (at Pell St.); 212-227-3099 or pulquerianyc.com
Step inside an industrial loading dock in Midtown and you’ll find a no-frills lunch counter serving up Latin American treats, like stewed chicken and steak with buttery onions. Then find a bench to take a nap on.
265 W. 37th St. (at Eighth Ave.); 212-284-1118
This Noho Japanese joint doesn’t have a public phone number and includes no information about the restaurant on its website, but word of mouth has made it a popular destination. It’s hidden inside a studio that once belonged to Andy Warhol, so that alone is worth the visit. And then, of course, there’s the amazing food…
57 Great Jones St. (at Bowery); playearth.jp
Go down to the basement of a Midtown office building and you’ll enter a top-notch Japanese spot, featuring some of the best sake in the city. Try the lunch tasting course to sample a little of everything.
211 E. 43rd St. (at Third Ave.); 212-953-7253 or sakagura.com
Walter’s has a secret: Go to the back of the Brooklyn brunch spot and through the door, and you’ll enter another dimension. Karasu serves up mostly Japanese fare but also features non-traditional dishes like tagliatelle with lobster and smoky butter.
166 Dekalb Ave. (at Cumberland St.); 347-223-4811 or karasubk.com