Off-Campus Dining

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$13,955 ($5,105)
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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: We're in the middle of the city and surrounded by literally every type of food at all different prices and styles.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: NEW YORK CITY, need I say more.

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4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There is lots of diversity when it comes to dining in the heart of New York City! However cost is somewhat high when you're on a college budget.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 8th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1372nd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristen Babson
Hometown
Charlotte, NC
Major
Fashion Merchandising Management
Grad Year
2013
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New York City has something to offer everyone when it comes to off-campus dining. The city features world-renowned chefs, hidden hot spots, the best delis, and some of the best pizza in the world. There are also many restaurants that cater to specific needs, such as vegetarian or kosher. Eating in NYC can be a little expensive, though, but if you wander around, a lot of restaurants have lunch specials or even student discounts. Take advantage of the famous street vendors; you can find a lot of great food for a cheap price this way.

Another advantage to NYC dining is that a lot of restaurants and delis are open late or 24 hours. You can venture outside at midnight and get whatever you desire. This is helpful when you need a quick snack for those late-night study sessions or after a crazy night out at a club.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Dunkin' Donuts
Best Asian
  • Kofoo
  • Spice
Best Breakfast
Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company
Best Coffee
Starbucks
Best Dessert
Pinkberry
Best Healthy
Fresh & Co.
Best Late-Night
Cafeteria
Best Mexican
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Best Pizza
Rosa's Pizza
Best Wings
Dallas BBQ
Best Place to Take a Date
Spice
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Dallas BBQ
Other Places to Check Out
  • 2 Brothers Pizza
  • ABC Kitchen
  • Amadeus Pizza
  • Atomic Wings
  • Baked by Melissa
  • Bistrot Margot
  • Blossom Vegetarian Restaurant
  • Bon Chon Chicken
  • Café Twenty Seven
  • Chelsea Papaya
  • Chop Stick House
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • The Diner
  • Domino's Pizza
  • El Sombrero
  • Express Café & Market
  • Good Stuff Diner
  • The Grey Dog
  • Hell's Kitchen
  • Hooters
  • Insomnia Cookies
  • Jamba Juice
  • John's Pizzeria
  • L'asso NYC
  • Max Brenner
  • McDonald's
  • Momoya
  • Murray's Bagels
  • Mustang Sally's
  • New York Pizza Suprema
  • Nizza
  • Olive Garden
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • Patsy's Pizzeria
  • Pax Wholesome Foods
  • Penn Station East Coast Subs
  • Pita Grill
  • Serendipity3
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
  • Tick Tock Diner
  • Toloache Mexican Bistro
  • Veniero's Pasticceria & Caffé
Did You Know?
  • In the student life center, located on the seventh floor of the David Dubinsky Center (A Building), there are coupon books with amazing deals to some great restaurants around New York City.
  • A lot of restaurants around FIT and other parts of the city offer a student discount. Just show your FIT ID.
  • A lot of restaurants around the residence halls will deliver for free.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Gristedes
307 W. 26th St. (at Eighth Avenue)
(212) 243-8644
www.gristedes.com
Monday-Saturday 6 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
NSA Supermarket
317 Ninth Ave. (between 28th and 29th streets)
(212) 714-1522
Trader Joe's
675 Sixth Ave. (between 21st and 22nd streets)
(212) 255-2106
www.traderjoes.com
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Whole Foods
250 Seventh Ave. (at 24th Street)
(212) 924-5969
wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/chelsea
Daily 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

B-Bar & Grill
Food: American
40 E. Fourth St. (at Bowery)
(212) 475-2220
bbarandgrill.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: You'll find a lounge, outdoor area, bar, and lots of celebrity spottings!
Blue Water Grill
Food: Seafood
31 W. Union Sq. (at 16th Street)
(212) 675-9500
www.bluewatergrillnyc.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Year-round sidewalk café, jazz café, live music, and fresh seafood
Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company
Food: Bagels
286 Eighth Ave.
(212) 924-2824
www.brooklynbagelandcoffeecompany.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Bagels are individually hand-rolled and water-boiled in kettles.
Brown Cup
Food: Coffee, tea, pastries, sandwiches
334 Eighth Ave.
(212) 675-7765
browncupnyc.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Delivery available
Cafeteria
Food: American
119 Seventh Ave. (between 17th and 18th streets)
(212) 414-1717
www.cafeteriagroup.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Students at FIT claim Cafeteria has the best macaroni and cheese ever. This place is also open 24 hours.
Carmine's
Food: Italian
200 W. 44th St. (between Eighth Avenue and Broadway)
(212) 221-3800
carminesnyc.com
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Family-style dining-one dish can serve two or more people.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican, fast food
510 Sixth Ave.
(646) 336-6203
www.chipotle.com
Price: $3-$8
Dallas BBQ
Food: Barbecue
261 Eighth Ave. (at 23rd Street)
(212) 462-0001
www.dallasbbq.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Big portions and huge frozen drinks
Dos Caminos
Food: Mexican
373 Park Ave. S. (between 26th and 27th streets)
(212) 294-1000
www.doscaminos.com
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: More than 150 brands of tequila available
Dunkin' Donuts
Food: Doughnuts
536 Avenue of the Americas
(212) 727-0444
www.dunkindonuts.com
Price: $3-$8
Ellen's Stardust Diner
Food: American
1650 Broadway (Times Square North)
(212) 956-5151
www.ellensstardustdiner.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: The waiters and waitresses sing while you eat, and they actually are good singers.
Elmo
Food: American
156 Seventh Ave. (between 19th and 20th streets)
(212) 337-8000
www.elmorestaurant.com
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Good-looking wait staff and yummy drinks
Fresh & Co.
Food: Healthy
363 Seventh Ave.
(212) 333-7374
www.freshandconyc.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: You can order online.
Kofoo
Food: Asian
334 Eighth Ave.
(212) 675-5277
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Tiny hole-in-the-wall place with amazing food
Lucky Strike
Food: French, American
59 Grand St. (between West Broadway and Wooster Street)
(212) 941-0772
www.luckystrikeny.com
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Live music, located in the trendy neighborhood of SoHo, and a hip bar scene
Pinkberry
Food: Ice cream
170 Eighth Ave.
(212) 488-2510
www.pinkberry.com
Price: $3-$8
Pop Burger
Food: Burgers and fries
14 E. 58th St.
(212) 991-6644
www.popburger.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Features soda shakes and beer.
Rosa's Pizza
Food: Deli, pizza, Italian, Cuban
168 W. 27th St. (on the corner of Seventh Avenue)
(212) 741-3560
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Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: The best pizza located right across the street from FIT's campus
Ruby Foo's
Food: Asian
1626 Broadway (at 49th Street)
(212) 489-5600
www.rubyfoos.com
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Known for their sushi, dim sum, and creative drinks
Spice
Food: Thai
199 Eighth Ave. (between 19th and 20th streets)
(212) 989-1116
www.spicethainyc.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Try the volcanic chicken; it literally comes on fire to the table!
Starbucks
Food: Coffee, tea
93 Greenwich Ave.
(212) 462-4697
www.starbucks.com
Price: $3-$8
Taco Bandito
Food: Mexican
325 Eighth Ave. (between 27th and 26th streets)
(212) 989-5518
www.tacobandito.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Cheap, fresh, fast, and delicious
Yaffa Café
Food: Healthy food, vegetarian, Mediterranean
97 St. Marks Pl. (between A and First avenues)
(212) 677-9001
yaffacafe.com/index.html
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Late-night hangout, full of weird and wonderful decorations

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 74 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 98 responses

  • 1% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 0% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 21% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 78% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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