Whether you’re a regular at NYNOW or if it’s your first time in the Javits Center, the FCTRY team knows you’ll probably need a moment to get away from it all. Every year we compile a list of all our faves around Manhattan, near(ish) the Javits Center. These spots are just a quick subway ride away — from steak to tempeh, matcha to margaritas, these places have you covered. And yes, they’re all very cool. We’re from Brooklyn, remember?

Match the number on the map to its partner in the below list. They’re also all linked to Google Maps, if that’s your thing. And by the way — this year we even printed the map out for you. Visit our booth (#7838) to grab one. And some gummy bears to snack on while you decide where to eat.


Make It Full: our fave food spots

  1. Little Beet Table – $$ – Modern restaurant offering an organic, vegetarian-focused, gluten-free menu.
  2. Shake Shack – $ – Located in the center of Madison Square Park, come for comfort food like burgers & frozen custard, stay for the outdoor seating & people-watching.
  3. Num Pang – $ – Local chain of eateries making creative Asian-inspired sandwiches, salads & sides.
  4. Mala Project – $$ – Cozy, hip spot featuring Chinese dry pot with a choice of spice level, plus appetizers & dim sum.
  5. Minca – $$ – Small Japanese ramen place offering many iterations of the signature soup, plus dumplings & sake.
  6. Jack’s Wife Freda – $$ – Simple spot serving American fare with Middle Eastern influences plus classic cocktails.
  7. The Bao – $$ – Chic eatery known for Shanghai-style xiao long bao soup dumplings with classic & creative fillings.
  8. Flex Mussels – $$ – Mussels & frites are the main event at this hopping seafood eatery also featuring homemade donuts.
  9. Chop Shop II – $$ – Modern Pan-Asian dishes & wine round out the menu at this sleek, minimalist eatery.
  10. Red Cat – $$$ – Popular Chelsea eatery serving New American fare in a narrow setting, with a buzzy front bar.
  11. Cookshop – $$$ – Energetic hot spot by the High Line serving American fare plus a popular brunch.
  12. Fonda – $$ – High-end Mexican cuisine & tequila cocktails galore in a festive dining room.
  13. Le Grainne Cafe – $$ – Relaxed, Parisian-style bistro with sidewalk tables offering classic French food, coffee & desserts.
  14. Tía Pol – $$ – A tiny, rustic space is an apt setting for traditional Spanish tapas.
  15. Penelope – $$ – Neighborhood spot serving American comfort-food staples in a country-chic setting.
  16. Cosme – $$ – Sleek Mexican spot with a big bar for locally sourced share plates, plus tequila & mezcal cocktails.
  17. ABC Kitchen – $$$ – Chic New American eatery sourcing local, organic ingredients.
  18. Red Bamboo – $$ – Mock meat & faux fish takes on Asian fare, plus vegan desserts. All-vegetarian menu!
  19. Los Tacos – $ – Bustling taqueria inside Chelsea Market serving tacos, quesadillas & aguas frescas in a street-style set-up (no seating).

    Make It Caffeinated: for when you need a buzz


  20. Cha Cha Matcha – $ – Place specializing in hot & iced green tea, plus coffee, baked goods & soft serve.
  21. Paper Coffee – $ – In the lobby of the Made Hotel, cozy cafe provides espresso & unique cocktails.
  22. Stumptown Coffee – $ – Inside the chic Ace Hotel, offering house-roasted direct-trade coffee, along with brewing gear & whole beans.
  23. Buvette – $$ – Popular, quaint bistro offering a French small-plates menu.
  24. Cafe Grumpy – $ – Hip local coffeehouse chain serving a range of house-roasted brews in a relaxed setting.

    Make It Strong: after-hours haunts

  25. Sake Bar Decibel – $$ – Underground sake bar offering a large list of varietals along with Japanese snacks.
  26. Lois – $$ – Bar in the same group as ABC Beer Co. serving 16 wines on tap & small plates in an inviting space.
  27. Loverboy – $$ – Casually hip corner bar serving clever house cocktails, tricked-out bar bites & pizza by the slice.