7 Unique Restaurants You Have to Try in NYC

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7 Unique Restaurants You Have to Try in NYC
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There are so many places to dine in New York City, but if you’re looking for something a bit different, you’ve come to the right place…

From dining in the dark to a Broadway style show, there’s plenty of unique dining options to try in the Big Apple…


1. Ellen’s Stardust Diner


Ellen's Stardust Diner New York City


An all-singing, all-dancing 50’s style American diner that offers a sprinkle of stardust! A lot of the friendly staff are aspiring Broadway stars, meaning you can experience a bit of Broadway without the hefty price tag. Serving huge buttermilk pancakes, stuffed rainbow bagels and self-proclaimed ‘unforgettable omelettes’ for breakfast, juicy burgers, chicken pot pie and ‘hot diggity dogs’ for dinner, followed by rich chocolate brownies and whoopie pies for dessert, Ellen’s offers great tasting food at reasonable prices. We’d recommend going for breakfast though as it’s the perfect way to wake you up and start off your day, and you can avoid the queue that’s often outside in the evenings.


2. Camaje- Dinner in the Dark


Camaje Dinner in the Dark New York City

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Experience something like never before, as you dine in the dark at this quirky New York restaurant. Intended to heighten your senses of taste, smell, touch and sound, you’ll be blindfolded while you eat. The menu remains a secret until the end of your meal, meaning you’ll have to guess what’s on your plate! This isn’t for everyone, but if you’re feeling daring and want to try something new, Dinner in the Dark provides an unforgettable night.


3. 230 Fifth


230 Fifth New York City


While we’re sure you’ll agree that this is an ideal spot for a sunny day, you might not think a rooftop bar sounds too appealing in the winter. But, this incredible 5th avenue hang-out is definitely worth a visit at any time of year. Boasting the largest outdoor rooftop garden in the city, the pop-up winter igloos are guaranteed to keep you warm. Each igloo is heated, and includes sofas, rugs, a TV and a bottle of champagne. You’ll even be given a robe to make you feel at home! What’s even better, is that you can admire spectacular panoramic views of the New York City skyline and the iconic Empire State Building while you're there. Sip on refreshing cocktails and enjoy tasty appetizers like chicken strips, rib sliders, calamari and macaroni & cheese.


4. American Girl Café


American Girl shop New York City


Totally unique and plenty of fun, this is a place that the little ones will absolutely love. Located in the enormous 4-floor ‘American Girl Place’ shop selling everything to do with dolls that you could possibly imagine, the American Girl Café invites you to dine with your dolls. Indulge in a traditional afternoon tea and enjoy miniature dishes like hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza, chicken tenders and quiche Florentine. There’s even miniature chairs for your friends to sit on!


5. Smorgasburg


Smorgasburg Market Ramen BurgerI

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While this isn't technically a restaurant, this is ideal for a quick bite on the go. Smorgasburg is a Brooklyn open-air food market, with around 100 different vendors in total. Our top pick, which has become a huge hit with locals, is the Ramen Burger. Created by Keizo Shimamoto, a juicy beef burger drizzled with a secret ingredient sauce is sandwiched between a ‘bun’ made of ramen noodles, creating a fusion of unique flavours. If you’re looking for something different, give this a go.


6. Max Brenner


Max Brenner New York City

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If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this is the place for you! A cocoa paradise serving chocolatey creations beyond your wildest dreams, the Max Brenner restaurant will make you feel like you’ve stepped inside Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory! Choose from milkshakes, ‘choctails’, dipping fondue, chocolate smothered pancakes and even a chocolate pizza topped with roasted mini marshmallows and chocolate chips. While we’d definitely come for dessert, that’s not all that’s on the menu. Our favourite savoury dishes are the ‘Really-Cheesy Really-Crunchy Mac & Cheese’ with smoked Applewood bacon and the 'Brenner Burger' with a secret barbecue sauce and a serving of fries dusted with chilli and cocoa powder.


7. La Caverna


La Caverna New York City

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Have you ever had dinner in a cave? Well, at La Caverna you’ll feel like you’re actually in the depths of a cave as you venture underground. The menu is made up of great value dishes, with penne pasta with vodka sauce, creamy mac & cheese and La Caverna burger all just $10 each. From Tuesday through to Sunday, you can also make the most of happy hour, where from 5-10pm drinks are as cheap as $3. Cheap, cheerful and tasty!


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