It’d be more than valid to say that New York is well-known for putting its own personal touch on many iconic dishes and has also been known to come up with a few of its own. All throughout our state you can find a variety of places that will leave your mouth watering and your stomachs full! It feels impossible to narrow down our state-wide favorite restaurants, but in a grand effort we’ve put together a list of places that you must make an effort to go and dine at. Ready to get those stomachs rumbling? Here are 15 restaurants you have to visit in New York before you die:

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Have you ever visited one of these mouthwatering restaurants? What are the best restaurants in New York that didn’t make our list? Take a few minutes and Nominate your favorites, so we know we’ve got to check them out!

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Best Restaurants In New York

Which restaurants serve the foods New York is known for?

Anchor Bar may be the first place to come to mind for many New Yorkers who love to tell the tale about the very first buffalo wings ever served! Other famous Empire State eateries include Katz Deli in New York City, where you'll find amazing sandwiches and black and white cookies; Nick Tahou Hots in Rochester (home of the famous garbage plate), and Aqua Vino, in Utica, which makes the best chicken riggies around.

What are the most unique restaurants in New York?

There are so many dining rooms in New York that will leave you with memories of their one-of-a-kind atmosphere! Head to Spiedie & Rib Pit to try unique takes on this upstate classic sandwich, or visit Little Creek Oyster Farm & Market on Long Island to learn how to shuck your own oysters. Another must-visit spot that often flies under the radar is River Rats, up by Thousand Islands. This is the best place to find cheese curds outside of the Midwest!

Are there any waterfront restaurants in New York?

Waterfront dining is pretty easy to come by in New York City and on Long Island! Atlantica, on Long Beach, offers a rare ocean view. In Seaford, Cardoon Mediterranean Grill offers beautiful waterfront dining as they serve up delicious Mediterranean dishes. If you want to feel like you're on a tropical vacation, head to Tres Palms in Babylon. In the city itself, the aptly named Waterfront, in the Bronx, offers gorgeous views from their elegant dining room.