OOTOYA is one of The 15 Best Authentic Places in New York City.

1. OOTOYA

9.3
8 W 18th St (btwn 5th Ave & 6th Ave), New York, NY
Japanese Restaurant · Union Square · 258 tips and reviews

Katie M.Katie M: Authentic and fantastic food and ambiance . Try 2nd floor by the enter . You can over look the counter section. It's a GEM

Ina L.Ina Li: Authentic, fairly priced, fresh materials, variety of selection of don and bento set for lunch! The salmon sushi set and marinated beef are recommended! Also try their tofu salad

Linda C.Linda Chow: Best, authentic home cooking Japanese food! Cozy and great for dates. Everything here is tasty, but the fish sets are amazing. The yuzu and fuji apple sorbets are refreshing and underrated.

Pure Thai Cookhouse is one of The 15 Best Authentic Places in New York City.

2. Pure Thai Cookhouse

9.3
766 9th Ave (btwn 51st & 52nd St.), New York, NY
Thai Restaurant · Hell's Kitchen · 362 tips and reviews

John C.John C: Great authentic food but watch the spicy level, they make it really hot if you want it hot. Get the shrimp and calamari salad! Perfectly grilled!

Perine W.Perine Weiland: Very spicy as it should be! I will always remember eating there. Delicious and authentic. Tiny places are the best.

StephanieStephanie: Great authentic Thai! Definitely get here early for seating as the space is small & very narrow.

Gaia Italian Cafe is one of The 15 Best Authentic Places in New York City.

3. Gaia Italian Cafe

9.3
251 E Houston St (at Norfolk St), New York, NY
Italian Restaurant · Alphabet City · 127 tips and reviews

Arielle H.Arielle Hayat: Authentic Italian cuisine! U can instantly be transported from Houston to a city in Northern Italy. Force yourself to top it all off with the fabulous homemade Nutella pastries-u can't have just1bite

Soliloquy MarketingSoliloquy Marketing: Awesome place to grab a coffee and do some work downtown. Authentic and unique italian fare. Try a panini for only 5 bucks!

serkoserko: Her fresh pasta and authentic pananis are a must.

Aburiya Kinnosuke is one of The 15 Best Authentic Places in New York City.

4. Aburiya Kinnosuke

9.3
213 E 45th St (btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave), New York, NY
Japanese Restaurant · Turtle Bay · 89 tips and reviews

Hyunjin S.Hyunjin Seo: Very authentic Japanese restaurant in NYC. Great sashimi, tofu & green tea tiramisu.

JanetJanet: Chef's lunch special, always a pleasant surprise. This is authentic tasty Japanese food, reservations highly recommended for lunch!!

Eileen G.Eileen G: Excellent! Wonderful ambiance ...one of the best Japanese restaurants I've ever been to....anywhere. Don't miss the teriyaki chicken, grilled beef and ginger pork rice. Great service. Very authentic.

Kiki's is one of The 15 Best Authentic Places in New York City.

5. Kiki's

9.5
130 Division St (btwn Orchard & Ludlow St), New York, NY
Greek Restaurant · Chinatown · 169 tips and reviews

Pimpcess W.Pimpcess Wong: Authentic! Did not disappoint. We practically ordered the entire menu

Constantine A.Constantine Antonakos: Amazing food, authentic atmosphere, great venue. It felt like I was in Greece.

Kirk M.Kirk McMurray: Hidden treasure on border of Chinatown and LES serves up best, authentic, fresh, Greek food in a hip yet cozy environs. You can't go wrong with the Saganaki, Octopus, Lamb Chops, Branzino & Moussaka!

Los Tacos No.1 is one of The 15 Best Authentic Places in New York City.

6. Los Tacos No.1

9.5
75 9th Ave (Chelsea Market), New York, NY
Taco Place · Chelsea · 440 tips and reviews

DominaDomina: The adobados are basically al pastor and super delish. Probably the most deliciously authentic tacos I've had outside of Mexico.

julia t.julia t: Great, authentic tacos and quesadillas. Husband loves horchata.

Divya M.Divya Menon: My favorite place for delicious, authentic corn flour tacos! Get the special rice & cinnamon drink to savor all flavors!

Sip Sak is one of The 15 Best Authentic Places in New York City.

7. Sip Sak

9.2
928 2nd Ave (btwn 49th & 50th St), New York, NY
Turkish Restaurant · Turtle Bay · 90 tips and reviews

Louis B.Louis Brusco: authentic Turkish fare served in warm and cozy digs.

Madina K.Madina Kassengaliyeva: Try the Ali Nazyk, the tender and flavorful lamb chops and definitely the seasonal simmered pumpkin desert! We were happily transported to Turkey for the duration of this very authentic dinner.

AditiAditi: The food nearly brought me to tears. You can taste the love and authenticity in each bite. The octopus was cooked perfectly. The ali nazik was incredible. Can't get over that eggplant.

Sakagura is one of The 15 Best Authentic Places in New York City.

8. Sakagura

9.4
211 E 43rd St Lowr Level (btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave), New York, NY
Sake Bar · Turtle Bay · 215 tips and reviews

New York HabitatNew York Habitat: Amazing sake selection and the authentic food is great for a quick, casual lunch. We recommend the onsen tomago, sakagura special, and black sesame ice cream.

Chloe M.Chloe Ma: This hidden restaurant is one of the most authentic Japanese food in the city! Get the seaweed salad, Gyutan Yawaraka Ni (beef tongue) and sea salt chocolate sorbet!

DinaDina: A secret restaurant hidden inside the basement of an office building. Great, authentic Japanese food. Everything is delicious. Extensive sake list. Reservations essential.

Café China is one of The 15 Best Authentic Places in New York City.

9. Café China

9.2
13 E 37th St (btwn 5th Ave & Madison Ave), New York, NY
Chinese Restaurant · Garment District · 255 tips and reviews

Sam W.Sam Winnick: Most authentic and tasty joint! I love it here! The chili dumplings, sesame noodles and spicy beef are just a few of the favorites!

Melissa C.Melissa Chai: Authentic Chinese in midtown! Try the sautéed snow pea shoots with garlic when they're in season and tender (i.e., not in the summer)

Jonathan C.Jonathan Ching: Super authentic and affordable Michelin star. I order the fried spiced chicken and sour fish soup everytime.

Uncle Boons is one of The 15 Best Authentic Places in New York City.

10. Uncle Boons

9.4
7 Spring St (btwn Bowery & Elizabeth St), New York, NY
Thai Restaurant · NoLita · 285 tips and reviews

Bin Y.Bin Yang: Great authentic grilled seafood. Get the beer slushy, man up and finish your dessert.

ClaireClaire: Best, authentic Thai food in the city. The Banana Blossom Salad and Chicken Liver Curry are game changing. Oh, and don't forget the Golden Curry, Crab Fried Rice and Grilled Octopus.

Kris P.Kris Parks: Very authentic and tasty Thai. Grab the spicy Thai shandy

Cocoron is one of The 15 Best Authentic Places in New York City.

11. Cocoron

9.4
37 Kenmare St (btwn Elizabeth & Mott St), New York, NY
Noodle House · NoLita · 228 tips and reviews

Allyson K.Allyson Kateb: Amazing! Delicious veggie soba, authentic and flavorful for being vegan. One of the best noodle soups I've had in the city!

Kim P.Kim Phạm: Authentic and delicious soba. The Japanese curry with pork soba is perfection.

ginny h.ginny h: Delicious authentic Japanese soba. Get the "nato" if you're feeling adventurous enough for Japanese fermented (gooey smelly) beans. Finish off with my favorite dessert, green tea adffogato

Fish Cheeks is one of The 15 Best Authentic Places in New York City.

12. Fish Cheeks

9.4
55 Bond St (btwn Lafayette & Bowery St), New York, NY
Thai Restaurant · NoHo · 79 tips and reviews

Dipika S.Dipika Soni: Everything! Really authentic food

Noah W.Noah Weiss: Insanely spicy and quite delicious new Thai spot with authentic ways like coconut crab curry, the pork starter, and the greens side dish.

M H.M H: Authentic and really tasty Thai dishes. It's recommendable to book a table, the place is quite crowded.

Raku is one of The 15 Best Authentic Places in New York City.

13. Raku

9.2
342 E 6th St (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave), New York, NY
Udon Restaurant · East Village · 95 tips and reviews

Tommy C.Tommy Chen: New udon spot in the East Village. Generous portions and pretty authentic. The ankake udon is bomb. They offer Kaedama and its cash only. Highly recommended!

Kate Y.Kate Yan: Best authentic place to get udon in EV! Prices are reasonable and the servers are so friendly! Cash only.

Grace K.Grace Kwan: Hip udon place. Authentic, with a laid-back vibe. The kakiage here was generously portioned and wonderfully crispy. Cash-only.

Saigon Shack is one of The 15 Best Authentic Places in New York City.

14. Saigon Shack

9.3
114 Macdougal St (at Bleecker St), New York, NY
Vietnamese Restaurant · Greenwich Village · 369 tips and reviews

Josh A.Josh Arcus: Probably most authentic Vietnamese I've had in NYC since visiting Vietnam. Classic Beef Phö, spicy brisket banh mi & lemongrass chicken =delicious. You NYU brats are nuts: the waitresses are wonderful

Naveen K.Naveen Konduru: Very good, highly recommend for authentic food. For comments about wait staff trying to rush you out, it's because their menu is extremely inexpensive, so they compensate with large turnover.

Christine W.Christine Wong: Solid and most authentic viet spot in the west village and surrounding area. If you're ever in the mood for a pho fix or craving some spring rolls, this place definitely hits the spot.

Cocoron is one of The 15 Best Authentic Places in New York City.

15. Cocoron

9.4
16 Delancey St (Chrystie St), New York, NY
Japanese Restaurant · Lower East Side · 210 tips and reviews

Thompson HotelsThompson Hotels: Take your friends to this authentic Japanese noodle shop and enjoy a delicious and fun interactive meal.

Lane R.Lane Rettig: Really authentic soba and delicious sides and desserts!

Mariana P.Mariana Pekurar: Small place, but amazing food and authentic japanese... Try the famous stamina soba, or the japanese style curry soba... Actually anything u try will probably be great