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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty good but not much chance to eat it

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Being in lower Manhattan is amazing because there's endless options for food.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's New York City! You can have anything here!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants in NYC are amazing! The only drawback is the cost, and sometimes the crowd (depending on where you go and when). I would have loved to eat out more, but with the expense, it was better to rely on my meal plan most of the time.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Its New York. I mean theres everything you could possibly want, the only downfall is that its expensive.


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There is one thing that all NYU students seem to agree on: New York City has a wide selection of dining options that are sure to please even the rarest tastes. From Italian and Thai to a restaurant that boasts an all-peanut butter menu, if you want it, you can have it in NYC. Students dine in the Village and Union Square when they want great food close to campus, and other popular favorites include downtown at Mulberry Street (Little Italy) and Chinatown.

Even if you made it your life's mission, you could never eat at all the restaurants in NYC. Options range from Halal street carts to 24-hour diners to five-star formal affairs—there are always more than enough choices. Some students choose to try new places every day, sampling the city’s selection, while others choose to become regulars and stick to their favorite spots. One thing is sure, eating in NYC is always an adventure. With new places opening left and right, there are always new surprises to be had. Plus, with most restaurants in the area offering discounts to NYU students, you can't go wrong!

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Cozy Soup 'n' Burger
  • Veselka
Best Asian
Wo Hop 17, Inc.
Best Breakfast
Best Coffee
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
Magnolia Bakery
Best Healthy
Best Late-Night
Silver Spurs
Best Mexican
Best Pizza
Ben's Pizzeria
Best Wings
Atomic Wings
Best Place to Take a Date
S'MAC (Sarita's Macaroni & Cheese)
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Blue Water Grill
  • Heartland Brewery
Other Places to Check Out
  • 11 Madison Park
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Burrito Loco
  • CafĂ© Sorrento
  • Cafeteria
  • Chipotle
  • Coffee Shop
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Indochine
  • La Mia Pizza
  • Lemongrass Grill
  • Mamoun's Restaurant
  • Penang
  • Peter Luger Steakhouse
  • A Salt & Battery
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Zen Palate
Did You Know?
  • Milk was designated the official beverage of the state of New York in 1981.
  • In the year 1853, Native American chef George Crum invented potato chips at Moon's Lake House in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. because a picky customer kept sending his French fries back to the kitchen as "too thick."
  • Every September, the Italian Feast of San Gennaro is held downtown in Little Italy for 10 days. The feast includes games, music, drinking, and most notably, food! Popular staples of San Gennaro include sausage and peppers, zeppoles (fried balls of dough covered in powdered sugar), mozzarepa (mozzarella wrapped in corn cakes), and fried Oreos.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Food Emporium - Union Square
10 Union Square 14th & Park
(212) 353-3840
Daily 7 a.m.-12 a.m.
Trader Joe's - Union Square
142 E. 14th St.
(212) 529-4612
Daily 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Whole Foods - Union Square
4 Union Square South
(212) 673-5388
Daily 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Artichoke Basille's Pizza & Brewery
Food: Pizza
328 E. 14th St.
(212) 228-2004
Price: $3-$8
Atomic Wings
Food: Burgers, chicken fingers, hot wings, salads, sandwiches
311 Broadway
(212) 571-7667
Price: $5-$10
Ben's Pizzeria
Food: Italian, pizza
123 Macdougal St.
(212) 677-0976
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Favorite of students, especially after a night of drinking
Blue Water Grill
Food: Fine dining
31 Union Square West at 16th St.
(212) 675-9500
Price: $10-$30
Cozy Soup & Burger
Food: Burgers, soup
739 Broadway
(212) 477-5566
Price: $5-$10
El Cantinero
Food: Mexican
86 University Place
(212) 255-9378
Price: $8-$15
Heartland Brewery
Food: American
35 Union Square West at 17th St.
(212) 645-3400
Price: $15-$20
Josie Woods Pub
Food: Pub food
11 Waverly Pl.
(212) 228-9909
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: $10 pitchers of Bud, terrific bar food, and all NFL games on Sundays
Magnolia Bakery
Food: Baked goods
107 E. 42nd St.
(212) 682-3588
Price: $3-$8
Food: Mexican
33 Greenwich Ave.
(212) 593-6600
Price: $8-$15
Food: Italian, pizza
48 E. 12th St.
(212) 777-7781
Price: $10-$20
Silver Spurs
Food: American diner
771 Broadway
(212) 473-5517
Price: $8-$15
S'MAC (Sarita's Macaroni & Cheese)
Food: Macaroni and cheese
345 E. 12th St.
(212) 358-7912
Price: $5-$15
Spring Street Natural Restaurant
Food: Vegetarian
62 Spring St.
(212) 966-0290
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Weekend brunch
Two Boots To Go-Go
Food: Pizza
74 Bleecker St.
(212) 777-1033
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Fast service
Veselka Restaurant
Food: Ukrainian
144 Second Ave.
(212) 228-9682
Price: $8-$15
Food: French, Italian, Middle Eastern
118 2nd Ave.
(212) 253-0425
Price: $10-$20
Wo Hop 17, Inc.
Food: Chinese
15 Mott St.
(212) 267-2536
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Great, cheap food

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 378 responses

Very poor
  • 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 383 responses

  • 83% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 16% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 1% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 1% An endless repetition of the same few places.


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