Looking for the best grub near the American Museum of Natural History? We’ve got you covered.
Our renegade tours need fuel, and NYC has some of the best food around to prepare or recharge after your museum adventure.
After giving thousands of tours at the American Museum of Natural History, we know the area like the back of our hand and can recommend you all of the best spots to eat nearby.
On this page you’ll find restaurants categorized as quick eats, bang for your buck, delicious sitdown, brunch & coffee, vegan & juice, drinks, and splurge. Your tastebuds will thank you.
Gray’s Papaya — The quintessential New York hot dog. Grab one (or two) to go with any combination of sauerkraut, relish, cheese, mustard and ketchup on your way to the AMNH.
Barney Greengrass — Universally loved and touted as an NYC staple. One Yelper calls it “the epitome of a fast-pace, high energy, NYC deli experience.” You can be in and out in no time with fresh, doughy bagels topped with sturgeon (their speciality), lox, nova, or anything you’d like.
Andy’s Deli — If you’re in a pinch for time, Andy’s Deli will save the day. You place an order, look at your phone for a second, and BAM! Your egg and cheese is right in your face, neatly wrapped and ready to go. This might be the fastest deli in NYC, and they don’t compromise on quality either.
BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
Flor De Mayo — A Peruvian/Chinese fusion with a huge menu and unique offerings from both cultures. The lunch specials are an incredible value and the portion sizes are very generous. Only about a 5 minute walk from the AMNH.
Shake Shack — Pros: delicious burgers, great prices, casual atmosphere. Cons: often crowded, takes a while to get your food, and you might have to wait a bit to find an empty table. Recommended if you have some time before heading to the museum.
Levain Bakery — Ok, so this is a bakery, not a traditional meal per se… but it’s literally rated the #1 NYC restaurant on TripAdvisor. The cookies are INSANE. Levain also has over 5,000 Yelp reviews, most of them agreeing this is the best cookie in existence. We agree.
Calle Ocho — This Cuban restaurant has amazing paella, ceviche, and offers unlimited sangria (!) with brunch. You’ll want to make a reservation — Calle Ocho is super popular. But it’s worth it.
Patsy’s Pizzeria — Patsy’s is basically an NYC landmark at this point. Some of the best pizza in town, super fresh ingredients, and very family friendly if you’ve got the kids in tow. Highly recommended if you want to experience real New York pizza.
Isabella’s — A gorgeous Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with an outdoor patio. Highly recommended for brunch. It gets busy, so be sure to make a reservation. If you go, get the chocolate molten lava cake. And save some for us.
BRUNCH & COFFEE
Irving Farm Coffee Roasters — The best roast near AMNH, and the baristas are super friendly. In a rare NYC twist, this place is huge and has tons of seating if you want to camp out or have some time to kill.
Good Enough To Eat — This is the place for brunch. Unfortunately, a lot of people already know that, so it gets really busy. No reservations, so you might have to wait. But if you do, you won’t be disappointed.
Nice Matin — A classy, upscale French restaurant with gluten-free options. The atmosphere/ambiance here is pretty special, almost makes you feel like you’re in another world. It’s a good date spot too.
VEGAN & JUICE
Spring Natural Kitchen — One Yelper describes it as “a high-end, very cozy diner for health conscious people.” Lots of options for vegans/vegetarians/gluten-free folk, but also has plenty to satisfy the ravenous carnivores among us.
Peacefood Cafe — Cozy, healthy spot that caters largely to vegans and has a large, eclectic menu. Reasonable prices considering the quality. The chickpea fries are bomb.
Juice Press — These juices aren’t cheap, but they’re top notch. Place is small so this more like a grab’n’go than a hang’n’chill.
Fred’s — Divey bar/restaurant named after a seeing eye dog. There’s also a good brunch special, and the mac and cheese is out of this world.
The Dead Poet — A one-of-a–kind literary themed bar with drinks named after Dorothy Parker, Pablo Neruda, and Ernest Hemingway. This place speaks for itself more than any kind of description could do it justice.
George Keeley — Pub/sports bar. Gets loud at night but a good chill spot during the day/early evening to get drinks after a long day at the AMNH.
Gari of Columbus — Possibly one of the top 5 sushi bars in NYC, though the price reflects it. Everything is super fresh, and they actually add toppings to their sushi as well.
Dovetail — If you’re going to splurge, consider Dovetail. Probably one of the most upscale places in New York, though the portions aren’t so large. They have a large vegetarian menu as well.
Salumera Rosi — Fresh, upscale Italian fare within walking distance from the AMNH. Comfortable, quiet, welcoming.
Well, that’s our list! Did you find something absolutely delicious? Let us know in the comments below.