Travel the Globe Without Leaving NYC: The Best Worldly Cuisine

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New York City is a melting pot of different ethnicities and cultures—and we wouldn’t want it any other way! Stroll through any neighborhood—from Chinatown to Astoria—and you’ll bound to stumble upon different types of people, architecture, and best of all, worldly cuisine. Keep reading for our haute picks!

ITALIAN

Emilio’s Ballato
55 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 274-8881
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Whether you’re in search of simple Spaghetti Al Pomodoro or spicy Gamberi Fra Diavolo (shrimp sauteed in marinara sauce with linguine), this NoLita gem won’t disappoint. Old-school waiters set the tone at this longtime Italian restaurant that’s recently become a favorite among celebrity clientele. Rumor has it that Rihanna likes to snag a spot at the bar and dine solo.

ETHIOPIAN

Injera
11 Abingdon Square
New York, NY 10014
(212) 206-9330
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Though Ethiopian food may seem like the worst choice for a romantic meal, one visit to this West Village eatery and you’ll be singing a different tune. Offering a selection of savory beef and lamb, plus bountiful veggies and out of this world flatbread, it’s an ideal pick for dinner or weekend brunch.

INDIAN

Ghandi Cafe
283 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 645-1456
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For a flavorful meal that will satisfy both vegetarians and carnivores alike, head to this downtown Indian hideaway set inside a subway train of sorts. Choose from a variety of creamy curry dishes or tandoori proteins, but be sure to save room for their homemade garlic naan.

GREEK

Estiatorio Milos
125 W 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 245-7400
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Fresh seafood comes alive at this chic Greek restaurant centrally located in midtown. One bite of the charcoal -broiled octopus and you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to the island of Santorini and not smack in the middle of Manhattan. For dessert, be sure to order the homemade Baklava!

JAPANESE

Masa
10 Columbus Circle
Time Warner Center
New York, NY 10019
(212) 823-9800

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The interior of this upper west side space is as tastefully curated as Chef Masayoshi Takayama’s artful Japanese offerings. Both showcase his core beliefs in shibui (simplicity devoid of unnecessary elements and the honest preservation of materials). For a truly one-of-a-kind experience, order the omakase and let the chef surprise you with an assortment of the day’s freshest ingredients.

SPANISH

El Pote Español
718 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212) 889-6680
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For mouthwatering Spanish cuisine in a cozy atmosphere, head to this midtown east spot that’s been in business since 1977. From rack of lamb to seafood paella, each and every dish is made using fresh ingredients and traditional Spanish recipes. Offering a full bar, plus a selection of decadent desserts, you’re guaranteed to leave a happy camper.

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