Superlative culinary delights abound in New York State!

New York State restaurants offer food journeys like nowhere else. For starters, there's amazing variety. Culinary traditions from around the world combine with the bounty of our farms, orchards and vineyards-all the best ingredients for unforgettable dining!

restaurants-pizza-closeupWith over 20,000 diverse restaurants and some of the world's best chefs, New York City reigns as a foodie's paradise. Follow famous chefs to hotspots like Buvette, a Parisian-inspired "gastroteque" in the West Village. Savor a prime steak at Peter Luger, a Brooklyn classic.

Several star New York City chefs make it possible to enjoy superb meals at budget-friendly prices. While Mario Batali's fine restaurants include Babbo and Del PostoOtto in Greenwich Village has the lowest prices. Try his famous pizza and dishes like caponata, perfect with a carafe of vino. Chef Boulud's haute French restaurant Daniel is rated in Pellegrino's Top 25 restaurants in the world. For prices you might find easier to digest, head to his Épicerie Boulud, on the other side of Central Park. Fantastic desserts include canelés, eclairs and seasonal tartlettes. Magnifique!

Students at the International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute), where top chefs like Bobby Flay and David Chang trained, serve an elegant prix-fixe menu that's one of the City's best deals. Reserve your table for unforgettable food and wine from this affordable, world-renowned Zagat- and Michelin-rated restaurant!

local-food-salmon-plateDon't miss the chance to indulge in a perfect slice of New York cheesecake at Junior's, or try the pastrami at the famous Katz's Deli. Other classic neighborhood specialties include brick-oven New York pizza in Little Italy, Greenwich Village and Brooklyn. Head out to Queens to enjoy authentic ethnic restaurants, from Mexican to Thai.

Specials come with ocean views on Long Island, where chefs are inspired by fresh local seafood and produce. Watch the fishing boats from your table at waterfront bistros like Dave's Grill on Montauk Harbor. Enjoy gourmet meals with favorites from local wineries at restaurants like The North Fork Table. In Riverhead, the 1896 Tweeds Restaurant & Buffalo Bar gets sizzling reviews for bison steaks, rated excellent by Zagat. Culinary Institute of America

At the Culinary Institute of America in the Hudson Valley, you can dine at five award-winning restaurants staffed by future celebrity chefs. Take a seat at FDR's favorite table at The Tavern at Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck. The Hudson Valley landmark has been welcoming guests (including George Washington) since 1766, when Revolutionary War heroes drank rum toddies and townspeople took refuge when the British attacked.

Ithaca's Moosewood, named one of the most influential restaurants of the 20th Century by Bon Appétit, has inspired a series of cookbooks for generations of whole food fans. Another Finger Lakes classic, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que opened in Syracuse in 1988, and quickly became famous for great food and live blues. Since then it's opened branches in Rochester, Brooklyn, Harlem and Troy. And we can't leave out the New York Wine & Culinary Center - a treat for all tastes.

Simply Crepes Canandaigua FoodOn the topic of famous restaurants, the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, birthplace of world-famous Buffalo Wings, is another must-stop. Also in Buffalo you will find Charlie the Butcher, creator of the 'Beef on Weck' sandwich, which is a must try. There are scores of delightful restaurants, diners and drive-ins scattered throughout the state - such as barbecue at the Tail O' the Pup in Ray Brook, Man of Kent Tavern in Hoosick Falls, Betty Boop diner in Albany, a murder/mystery dinner in an Irish replica castle at Beardslee Castle in Little Falls, and for a waterfront setting try Captain Kidd's on Lake Erie - just to name a few! Believe us, this is just a taste of what's delicious in New York. Enjoy our suggestions for the best New York restaurants, or venture out and find your own favorites!

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