When visiting New York City, the vast variety of delicious cuisines and dining experiences is a top priority for most travelers. The city is home to one of the most diverse and exciting food cultures in the world, with authentic ethnic eats from virtually every part of the world, as well as some of the most highly rated and most sought-after fine dining you’ll find anywhere. You will also certainly run into your hometown favorites, with many of the large national chain restaurants having locations in New York. Don’t fall for the trap of familiarity! We know its exciting to see your favorite restaurant in a new city, but don’t waste your money eating the same food in the same restaurant you can have any day of the year. Chain restaurants such as the Olive Garden or Applebee’s can be appealing, especially when you see their huge flagship locations in NYC. However, these places serve up the same old food you can get at home, and sell it for premium NYC prices! You will end up waiting longer and paying more for something you can have at home, and worst of all, you will waste an opportunity for an exciting new dining experience in the Big Apple.