Everyone loves eating out once in a while; experiencing different kinds of cuisine and not having to make anything yourself is a special treat. Since the pandemic started, however, many restaurants have closed their doors or only allow limited numbers of people inside. If you’re still craving a night out on the town, there are many options in NYC– below are some of the best.

Golden Diner

Located under the Manhatten Bridge in Chinatown, this diner specializes in diner classics fused with Asian cuisine. Open from 10 a.m.- 11 p.m. Golden Diner is a perfect place to order brunch; try their Green Tea Coffee Cake or Thai Cobb salad!


If you’re craving Italian, look no further than L’Artusi. This restaurant’s chefs have created a modern take on classic Italian dishes; be sure to try the charred octopus! L’Artusi offers both carry-out and delivery, as well as providing meal kits you can cook at home if you have a large number of people to cook for. They are located in the West Village and open from 12 p.m.- 11 p.m.

Fat Choy

Self-described as “kind of Chinese, also vegan,” this restaurant serves a unique fusion of American and Chinese food. Everything on the menu is $10 or less, making it a great budget option for getting an amazing, delicious meal on the Lower East Side. Fat Choy is open from 12-8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

La Contenta Oeste

Serving incredible Mexican food from locations on the Lower East Side and Greenwich Village, La Contenta Oeste is known for its delicious fish tacos and margaritas. They are currently delivering from 12-8 p.m. and are also open for pickup. 


Inspired by the executive chef’s upbringing in Senegal, Teranga brings West African cuisine to East Harlem. They are committed to sustainably sourced African ingredients and to serving authentic, traditional dishes. Teranga Harlem is open from 12-8 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, and their second location in Brooklyn is open from 12-8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday, as well as from 12-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Next time you’re eating in, consider supporting one of these incredible restaurants and supporting the culinary community in NYC while having a delicious meal!