It's a crime to have a bad meal in New York. But with so many restaurants to choose from, you can't blame visitors for sticking to tried-and-true classics — even if it means they're often rubbing elbows with fellow tourists.
Lyft dug into its rideshare data to discover which hot restaurants are most likely to fill up with local New Yorkers — and which are particularly popular among out-of-towners. Here's what we found:
Nestled right next to Fort Greene Park, Walter's — coming in first place as Lyft locals' most popular restaurant — is a casual environment with a simple menu. Colonia Verde, also near Fort Greene Park, is a Latin food spot with a greenhouse-like back room with a ceiling made of windows.
Bernie's, located right on the edge of Brooklyn's beloved McCarren Park, serves reliable, hearty, American comfort food. And not far away is Le Crocodile, a more formal French restaurant located at the Wythe Hotel.
Although Rolo's only opened in 2021, the New York Times has dubbed it a Critic's Pick — so at this point, it's hardly a best-kept secret. (Fun fact: "The Bear" star Jeremy Allen White used to frequent this Ridgewood spot before he was famous.)
With only five years under its belt, Trad Room is a Japanese izakaya bar in Bedford-Stuyvesant (off the Utica Avenue subway stop) that offers an expansive menu of sashimi, sushi rolls, burgers, and fried chicken.
Located in Chinatown, Cervo's serves Iberian-inspired seafood and offers a chic, tiled set-up for outdoor dining.
The only West Village restaurant to break the locals' list is Emmett's on Grove, which self-describes as a "Midwest-inspired supper club." With cozy wood paneling and plenty of seats at the bar, it's known for its tavern-style pizza and has a particularly affordable happy hour.
A trip to New York isn't complete without a classic New York slice — and what better place to grab a pie than in the heart of Greenwich Village at John's of Bleecker, which has been making pizza since 1929? Just be prepared: You'll likely have to get in line.
Nestled along the edge of Central Park, Tavern on the Green's location is simply unbeatable. The iconic New York spot first opened as a sheepfold in the 1880s before transforming into a restaurant in 1934 and has been featured in at least 21 movies over the past 45 years (including "Ghostbusters"!).
Joe's Shanghai — the only Manhattan restaurant south of Houston to make the list – claims to have served millions of its iconic soup dumplings over the almost three decades it's been in Chinatown.
Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster Harlem is known for its "global soul" food (particularly the cornbread) and fun environment that includes a bar and live music. Bonus points if you can make it for the "Sunday Gospel Experience" brunch at Ginny's Supper Club downstairs.
The iconic Keens Steakhouse, which opened in Midtown in 1885, embraces its history with its throwback decor: wood paneling and leather couches abound and smoking pipes line the ceiling.
La Grande Boucherie, a French brasserie that fills up an entire block in Midtown, features an ornate bar, a fancy area specifically dedicated to seafood, and a dining area — filled with greenery and skylights — that makes you feel like you're eating outside.
Thai Villa is adorned with lamps, intricate floor tiling, candles, and golden decor. Located in New York's Flatiron neighborhood, this restaurant is known for its classic and authentic Thai dishes that are "rarely served outside of Thailand."
In a similar vein, Indian gastro bar Baar Baar boasts an eclectic decor with quirky light fixtures, an impressive cocktail bar, and art painted directly on the wall. The spot is also known for its Indian brunch that's accompanied by live music.