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Empire State Building restaurants: Where to eat?

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While a visit to the iconic Empire State Building is a must-do in New York City, let's face it, with great popularity comes even greater waiting times! An elevator ride to those observation decks can sometimes take what feels like an eternity, often stretching into hours. So as you're planning your visit, it's smart to think about where you'll grab a bite either before your sky-high adventure or right after your descent. Whether you're in the mood for fine dining or just a grab-and-go option, we've got you covered. So let's get ready to tuck in!

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Restaurants inside the Empire State Building

1. The Starbucks Reserve

On level 2, you'll find the Starbucks Reserve. Now, this isn't your everyday Starbucks – it's a unique experience spanning three floors. Here, you can savor exclusive brews and blends that you won't find at your local corner spot. They've even got some small bites if you're feeling peckish. Plus, you can book a sunrise experience on the 86th floor with a special ticket that includes a cup of Starbucks Reserve® coffee and gourmet Princi® pastries upon arrival.

Timings: 6.30 am to 10 pm
Must-try: Caramel Mocha Drizzle Affogata, Cold Pressed Espresso Apple Americano

2. STATE Grill & Bar

Located on the ground floor of the Empire State Building, STATE Grill & Bar offers an upscale dining experience with a menu that features modern American cuisine. The ambiance is classy, and the food is top-notch, featuring locally sourced ingredients. It's a great place to feel the pulse of the city while indulging in some delicious fare.

Timings: 12 pm to 9 pm. Closed on Sundays
Must-try: STATE Beef Burger, NY Strip Steak, Jerk Spice Chicken, Empire Espresso Martini

3. Tacombi

If you're after a casual yet vibrant atmosphere, Tacombi is your go-to spot. It's on the ground floor near the 33rd Street side of the Empire State Building and brings you a slice of Mexican street food culture. Their tacos are something to talk about – fresh, authentic, and packed with intense flavor! It's the perfect place for a quick, tasty meal that won't cut into your sightseeing time too much.

Timings: 11 am to 11 pm
Must-try: Guacamole con Totopos, Chicken Tacos, Al Pastor Tacos

4. Chipotle Mexican Grill

Located on the ground floor of the Empire State Building on the 5th avenue, Chipotle is the familiar stop for those who crave quick, customizable Mexican-inspired bowls and burritos. Ideal for visitors on the go, this chain ensures that you can have a hearty meal without wasting much time.

Timings: 10.45 am to 11 pm
Must-try: Burrito Bowls, Chicken bowl with Guacamole

Walking distance from the Empire State Building

5. Little Italy Pizza

For those who appreciate a good New York slice, Little Italy Pizza on 5th Avenue is a local favorite. This spot serves up classic New York-style pizza that's both delicious and wallet-friendly. It's the ideal choice for anyone looking to grab a quick bite without the fuss. Their pizza has the perfect thin crust, gooey cheese, and a tasty sauce that's sure to hit the spot.

Timings: 9 am to 4 pm
Must-try: Cheese Pizza Slice, Grandma Slice

6. Capital One Cafe

Right at the corner of 5th Avenue, the Capital One Cafe is more than a bank; it offers a space where you can sip on Peet's Coffee, munch on some local pastries, and even take a breather from the bustling city. It's a cozy spot for those who might need a little downtime, complete with charging stations and wifi for your devices.

Timings: Monday to Friday 7.30 am to 7 pm. Saturday & Sunday 9 am to 6 pm
Must-try: Drip Coffee, Matcha latte with vanilla shot

7. Royal 35 Steakhouse

Located on East 35th Street, Royal 35 Steakhouse offers a luxurious retreat. This place has that old-world charm with a menu that's sure to impress even the most discerning foodies. You can't go wrong with any of their hand-cut steaks or the fresh seafood options. For that extra touch of indulgence, try their mouthwatering sides like the truffle creamed spinach or the lobster mac and cheese.

Timings: 12 pm to 11 pm
Must-try: Porterhouse for Two, Filet Mignon, Lobster Mac and Cheese

8. Ichiran

If you're hankering for authentic Japanese food, Ichiran is the place! Located close to the Empire State Building, Ichiran is known for its rich and savory tonkotsu ramen, served in individual booths for a unique dining experience that focuses on the flavors in your bowl. The rich broth, tender noodles, and high-quality ingredients offer a truly genuine experience.

Timings: Monday to Thursday 11.30 am to 9.30 pm. Friday to Sunday 11.30 am to 10 pm
Must-try: Classic Tonkotsu Ramen, Matcha Pudding

Empire State Building restaurants