Imagine walking through a discrete doorway, up (or down) stairs, to find yourself in a fine dining restaurant. These are New York City’s hidden restaurants. Like New York City’s hidden bars, these restaurants have unmarked entrances, or are discreetly hidden inside another establishment. Below we compiled a list of our 10 favorites, from a hidden Nordic eatery inside a Greenpoint bar to a ramen shop hiding in plain sight inside a Whole Foods.
Yuji Ramen in the Bowery Whole Foods
This restaurant, more so counter, is indeed hidden in broad daylight. On the second floor of the Bowery Whole Foods location—and now within the Whole Foods’ Gowanus location—this spot serves some unexpectedly delicious ramen. The ramen is unique in that it is mazemen, or Tokyo style, which means that it has no broth. Originally sold at Smorgasburg, the first brick and mortar location was in Kinfolk Studios in Williamsburg.