New York has plenty of fantastic restaurants, it also has some not exactly great ones, and for a first time visitor, it’s not simple to see the wood from the trees. If you crave phenomenal, dizzy, transporting dishes that you’ll remember for a long time, then follow this list of New York’s best kept secrets:Travelup ReviewsHudson Clearwater

Hudson Clearwater is a mystery restaurant. You find it via word of-mouth, since the restaurant itself resembles a covered up storefront. If someone has given you good directions, you stroll around the corner and down the road; you’ll uncover an unmarked green entryway in a block divider. Push open the entryway, walk on through a small enclosure and you’ll discover an excellent undercover restaurant. The delightful dining room and amicable staff pulls you in, and you can settle down for a tasty cocktail(the Hudson Mule has buffalo grass vodka, ginger brewskie, lime and sweetened ginger) and provincial American food (like flame broiled shed steak, accompanied by strawberry and blueberry shortcake).

Tartine

This postage-stamp sized restaurant is on a tree-lined road in the West Village. It serves straightforward food on modest plates, including  the planet’s best fiery chicken and fries. You wait in line on the walkway for a table (which can be a little cold on a windy evening); and it’s BYO so bring along your most beloved inexpensive wine. (Tip: After supper, stroll down to Magnolia Bakery and get a cupcake for dessert.)

Mary’s Fish Camp

This perma-pressed modest seafood restaurant leaves you with a feeling that you’ve been rushed up to Maine. One quick look at the menu and you’ll understand why. On top of that, it has the best lobster in the city.

Ino

This small Italian sandwich shop is an undiscovered gem. Pressed Panini are made up from amazing meats and cheeses (our true favourite is the cacciatorini, goat cheddar and dark olive pesto), and accompanied with a vibe that is sentimental and relaxed. This is the sort of food that makes you exclaim with joy over each nibble. It’s the ideal date spot when you haven’t got the cash to splash, or a place to meet a companion for a comfy supper. (Insider tip: Stop by to have a glass of wine in the late evening when it’s quiet and you can sit at the wooden bar, sample your wine and watch the lights come in through the windows.)

Mermaid Inn

There’s something unique about the Mermaid Inn. We can’t completely put our finger on it, yet it has one of the cosiest dining rooms in New York. When you stroll in, you feel the anxiety dissolve away. Sit down, request calamari and fish tacos, and relax. It’s an incredible place for a big group of diners, since you can sit in their back room or a separate secured enclosure.  Since they don’t have a dessert menu, they bring out every diner a shot of coffee loaded with chocolate pudding and one of their “interesting” fortune-telling fish!

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Although Washington DC is the governmental capital of the USA, New York City is a kind of talisman of the nation. New York City is has an almost ridiculous number of strings to its bow, there is the New York Stock Exchange, the meeting place of the United Nations and even the global theatre hub of Broadway.

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New York was famously known as New Amsterdam by early Dutch settlers, however those two names don’t tell the full story. The region that became New York City underwent a myriad of name changes through its history.

To New York’s earliest residents, Native Algonquian tribe, the region was called Lenapehoking. Their land was however soon bought up by Europeans and the native inhabitants were driven away.

The first European to document visiting New York was a Florentine explorer called Giovanni da Verrozzano in 1524. Verrozzano only noted the region in passing however, as did numerous other explorers before the first actual European attempts at settlement in 1624. The region was colonised by intrepid Dutch settlers who know the larger region as New Netherland and their primary township as New Amsterdam.

New Amsterdam’s favourable position at the mouth of the Hudson River helped the small settlement grow. During the Second Anglo Dutch War however the settlers were forced to surrender the town to an approaching British fleet in 1665. The British subsequently re-named the town tactfully after the Duke of York, who was soon to become King James II, and so New York City was finally fully born.

There was time for one last name change however. In yet another Anglo-Dutch war the Dutch did manage to re-claim their colony and call it New Orange, after the name of their royal house. It wasn’t long though before the British came back and re-established their control over New York permanently.

So a visit to New York City doesn’t just reveal modern marvels but a rich and fascinating history too. Information about travel and attraction options is available through the extensive database of Travelup Reviews. Travelup can also direct customers towards the best deals available for their holiday of choice. Operating online means Travelup services are available twenty four hours a day so that customers can browse destinations and book their perfect holiday entirely at their own leisure.