The Best Restaurant Discovery Apps in NYC

Deciding on a place to eat can be a daunting task, especially in a place like New York City. When it seems like every day there’s a new crop of restaurants to try out, more and more folks are turning to apps to help them figure out their dining needs. And today it goes far beyond Google searching and Yelp; there’s a wide variety of restaurant discovery apps that cater to your food-seeking needs – whether that’s by region, price point, and dietary needs. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the best apps to help you decide on your next New York City dining adventure.


OpenTable is perfect for the foodie on the go – this app focuses on securing reservations for you. You can search restaurants, view their menus, and even check out user reviews before you reserve your spot for a later time or date. Users can also earn rewards on this app, to redeem “Dining Cheques” that are good for any restaurant on the app.


ChefsFeed is a food-delivery app that lets you choose from a variety of restaurants – all suggested from reviews by local chefs. The design of the app is smooth and seamless, with yellow accents making it more inviting to order from local eateries. And by utilizing recommendations directly from local chefs, users don’t have to worry about the level of weariness that comes with other review-heavy apps. And as a bonus, the app caters to countless cities outside of the tri-state as well, making it ideal for travel.

Off The Menu

Ever wonder about a restaurant’s “secret menu”? Look no further than Off The Menu, an free app on iTunes and Google Play that lets you view and order from items not listed on regular menus for a variety of bars, restaurants, and cafes in over 16 cities. This is a great app for when you’re looking to switch things up at tried-and-true dining picks.

Roaming Hunger

If food trucks are more your style, look no further than Roaming Hunger. This app allows users to find and book their favorite food trucks – a great tool for grabbing lunch or looking to get catering from your favorite food truck. There’s a variety of cities listed on this app as well, so traveling wouldn’t be a problem. If you’re looking to get a casual bite, this app is for you.


And finally, there’s a food app for those who abhor having to wait in long lines before getting a table at their favorite restaurant or bar. Nowait uses GPS-location to check local eateries for accurate wait times. Users are free to add themselves onto whichever line they choose, and the app takes care of the rest – you receive a text when your table is ready, and you have the chance to privately rate the experience.

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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.
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