When it comes to food and fine dining, New York City is one of the best cities in the world. It’s known as the city that never sleeps for many reasons, and one of them is because of the number of eateries that remain open all night long. If you’re visiting the city for the first time and you only have 24 hours, this post will help you make the most of your time.


Bagels are one of the most classic NYC foods, and Russ & Daughters is known for some of the best bagels in the city. After being open for 100 years, Russ & Daughters expanded by opening the Russ & Daughters Cafe in 2014. The menu features a number of tasty boards, eggs, and platters that serve 3-4 people. You’ll also find many sweet items on the menu should you need to satisfy your sweet tooth before your day gets going.


You’ve eaten bagels for breakfast, so why not get some pizza for lunch? It wouldn’t be right to visit New York City and not eat a slice. Many New Yorkers think that Joe’s Pizza in the West Village is the best place to get a slice in the city. If you ate a big breakfast and want to skip lunch, you can always come back to Joe’s later in the night. It’s open until 4:00 am each day (and 5:00 am on Friday and Saturday).


If you really want to have an unforgettable experience, you need to dine at a classy restaurant while you’re in town. One option to consider is Daniel. The restaurant specializes in French cuisine and is located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Chef Daniel Boulud opened its doors in 1993. At one point the New York Times gave it a four-star review (a distinction that only four other restaurants have ever received).

Although it’s Michelin rating recently fell to two stars, for many years it had a three-star rating. However, the restaurant is still one of the city’s classiest and delicious spots that you can visit. If you have trouble making decisions, you can’t go wrong with the Four Course Prix Fixe.


After dinner, why not take a stroll through Central Park? Nearby you will find two Wafels & Dinges carts. Wafels & Dinges serve up savory Belgian waffles. The “dinges” is the topping you put on your waffle. Toppings include whipped cream, strawberries, walnuts, chocolate fudge, and much more. The tasty spot even offers waffles with syrup and bacon—something that the business claims is “pretty much illegal in Belgium.” Check out their website for a list of their accolades and their locations.

While 24 hours isn’t enough time to experience all of the food that New York City has to offer—some people spend their entire lives in the city and fail to experience it all—you can still have a delicious adventure. Wherever you decide to eat, your stomach won’t be disappointed.