New York is a pretty busy place, and there are a lot of tried-and-true restaurants people enjoy. Well, we like discovering little gems — unassuming spots that may be overlooked. That’s why we put together this roundup of 11 hidden restaurants in New York. Each one shows off a part of New York State cuisine that we’re proud of, and you’ll find these places packed with locals at any given time. Their popularity, despite being hole-in-the-wall spots, is a testament to the top-notch cuisine served up in all corners of the Empire State. These hidden restaurants in New York are unassuming, but totally worth visiting.

We love finding new-to-us places to eat. What are your favorite hidden restaurants in New York? You can nominate your favorites by filling out our form, here, and we’ll be sure to check them out and report back.

And for another total hidden gem restaurant in New York, this epic castle restaurant will absolutely blow you away!

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What are the best candy shops in New York?

Parkside Candy in Buffalo is one of the oldest chocolate shops in the state, and it's been a local landmark since 1927. Another longtime favorite, Stever's Candies in Rochester, has left many kids with lifelong memories of browsing their sweet inventory. A newer spot, the ChocolatePizza Company, makes creative treats that are often given as one-of-a-kind gifts. Some of our other favorite candy shops in New York are Samuel's Sweet Shop (the most charming little shop ever!), Lil River Fudge Co. (best fudge in NY), and the Original Candy Kitchen in Williamson, who takes chocolate creations to a totally new level.

What is the oldest restaurant in New York?

If you loved our roundup of hidden restaurants in New York, you'll be delighted by the 76 House. Located in the tiny hamlet of Tappan, 76 House is the oldest restaurant in New York, and is absolutely worth a visit. This historic tavern dates back to the 1600s, and it was a popular meeting spot for early American revolutionary leaders. The food is incredible, and the restaurant is an experience. Read more about it right here!

What are the best coffee shops in New York?

New Yorkers love their coffee, and the state is full of excellent places to grab a cup of joe. When you need a cup of coffee to wake you up or warm you up, head to some of the best cafes around. Psychedelicatessen in Troy is a one-of-a-kind spot that's hippie-themed. In Syracuse, you'll find Cafe Kubal, which is an important creative space for the community. It's a great spot to stop in and work for a bit. Coffee Labs Roasters, in Tarrytown, features house-roasted beans in a pet-friendly space. Maeve’s Place is a newer coffee shop in New York, and it's wonderful. This charming coffee shop in Phoenicia, New York, has a loaded breakfast menu and a charming environment where patrons can relax. A sleek interior and unique warmth make Maeve’s Place the perfect place to enjoy a few pastries, coffee and conversation with friends. (Because us New Yorkers aren't go, go, go *all* of the time!)

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