Last updated: December 27, 2021
The culinary diversity of New York is amazing but as an expat you may be wondering where to find Australian restaurants in New York City (as well as bars and New Zealand restaurants too).
Perhaps you’re craving an Aussie burger-with-the-lot. Or perhaps it’s an Indian or Chinese dish that reminds you of dinner with housemates in your first inner-suburbs share-house back home.
Where to Find Australian and New Zealand Restaurants in New York City
Our handy AWNY guide lists every Australian and Kiwi-owned restaurant and bar in and around NYC – including popular Aussie enclave, Jersey City. You’re probably dizzy with hunger by now so jump straight to your neighborhood of choice using the following links:
- Online Stores
- Manhattan – Downtown (FiDi, Chinatown, Lower East Side, NoLIta)
- Manhattan – The Village
- Manhattan – Flatiron, Midtown
- Manhattan – Upper West Side, Harlem
- New Jersey
And in case you want to start your day with a lighter meal and great coffee, check out the AWNY guide to Australian coffee shops in NYC. Plus many of the cafes in this guide are open well into the evening.
Australian Bakery Cafe
This cafe specializing in meat pies is located in Georgia – yes that’s a different state to New York – but the good news is they have an online store so your fix of pies, sausage rolls, lamingtons and other Aussie goodies is just a click away.
Manhattan – Downtown
High end Chinese food in a sprawling, stylish, ambient setting, brought to you by Aussie restaurateur Eddy Buckingham and Jeff Lam from China. It should be no surprise that Chinese Tuxedo caught the attention of AWNY foodies.
With creative cocktails and seasonal dishes, Dudley’s is open for brunch, lunch and dinner and is a firm favorite with Aussie expats in NYC. You can find avo toast and a burger-with-the-lot alongside more sophisticated options.
(Lower East Side)
With a restaurant upstairs and a lounge with pool table downstairs, the decor of The Flower Shop is decidedly “70s grandparent chic” and the vibe is low-key and unpretentious. It’s co-owned by two Aussie expats and their American business partner. Naturally our AWNY hotspot mavens were quick to add Flower Shop to the “must-visit” list.
(Lower East Side)
is a vibrant Pan-Asian cafe on the boarder of Soho and Chinatown that is the sister restaurant to Chinese Tuxedo. It’s food bounces around Asia with dishes like Singapore street food, Pakistani curry or their halibut, affectionately dubbed “the Thai version of Nobu’s miso cod”. The Tyger doesn’t disappoint on the cocktails front either. [gf] [v]
The Musket Room
New Zealand-born chef and co-owner, Matt Lambert, brings the spirit of New Zealand to charming NoLIta. Offerings include NZ-inspired, meticulously crafted tasting menus, a la carte and cocktails. The Musket Room has been awarded the coveted Michelin Star for 3 consecutive years and has garnered a reputation as an exceptional dining experience.
A recent addition to Chinese Tuxedo is the downstairs, Peachy’s bar, offering cocktails based on traditional Chinese spirits infused with superfoods and healing herbs. There’s also a menu featuring pan-Asian-fusion bar food and a rotating roster of DJs.
Manhattan – The Village
Established in 1915, Dante is a registered NYC landmark. The previous owners handed over the reins to an Australian family, who have faithfully maintained Dante’s Italian roots while infusing modern influences. Pictures on the walls tell the story of those who have visited before, including Patti Smith and Robert Maplethorpe. [v]
Root & Bone
Aussie-born co-founder and chef, Janine Booth, partners with Floridian Jeff McInnis, to bring Southern Fare to the East Village with a nod to the traditions of rural America and the yesteryear charm of Southern hospitality. [gf] [v]
Manhattan – Flatiron, Midtown
Daintree Rooftop & Lounge
Found above the Hotel Hendricks, the Daintree brings an Aussie point-of-view to the New York City rooftop bar scene. Order an Australian wine or one of their extensive martini selections and soak up the skyline views. Try bar snacks and grazing plates such as Chicken Salt & Seaweed Popcorn and Caviar & Chips.
The Australian NYC closed 😦 RIP to one of our fave Aussie bar/restaurant hangouts. Thanks for the memories.
Isla (pronounced eye-la) New York is an Australian-style brasserie found within Hotel Hendrick. The food brings Australia’s eclectic approach to cooking to merge the fun and soul of downtown with the ritz and glamour of uptown. Try dishes such as harissa beef tartare or lamb shoulder with tuscan kale and polenta. For drinks, Isla also offers a unique vermouth service with ten options available.
The Liberty NYC
The bar, restaurant and friendly vibe in central Manhattan make The Liberty NYC perfect for after work drinks and dinner. You may even spot AWNY volunteers from time to time, as The Liberty NYC have generously provided use of their gorgeous and spacious downstairs Club Room (available for private functions) for our committee meetings.
Manhattan – Upper West Side, Harlem
A superfood and smoothie cafe by day, by night The Craftsman transforms into a “Craft Bar” serving cocktails, craft beers and a selection of small plates. With a firm reputation for providing welcoming and hospitable service, the cosy and rustic interior is the perfect place to relax surrounded by friendly faces. [gf] [v]
Well-loved New Zealand bar and restaurant in Brooklyn, Kiwiana, offers antipodean favorites, such as the Kiwi burger and pavlova, plus an extensive range of NZ beers. Be sure to check out the carefully curated revolving wall art, from up and coming New Zealand artists, also available for sale.
The Thirsty Koala
Australian inspired cuisine in the culinary Mecca that is Astoria. Seasonal offerings sit alongside favorites including mini meat pies, burger-with-the-lot and beer battered fish and chips. There’s Coopers, Koala Lager and an extensive range of Aussie and NZ wines. Save room for dessert from the much-loved Bake Shop, including lamingtons and caramel slice. There are many gluten-free menu options. [gf] [v]
Aussie-born Ehren, in partnership with Austrian, Nadine, bring their extensive international exposure to create a unique and sophisticated dining experience at Common Lot. Gather with friends and family to share food and conversation – whether in the Chef’s Library, via the Kitchen Pass tasting menu, the main dining room or al fresco. It’s just a 3 minute walk from Millburn train station which offers a direct service from NYC Penn Station.
Greetings to our friends across the Hudson! Dream team Rebecca and Aussie-born Rowan bring an Aussie-influence to the vibrant Jersey City downtown. From the World Trade Centre, you’re only a 10 minute PATH ride away from Aussie burgers, pavlova and more at the bar and eatery named after a cheeky chihuahua. [v]
It’s Dinner Time
Now that you know where to find Australian and NZ restaurants in New York City, the only challenge is deciding which one to choose. Which Aussie and New Zealand restaurants and bars in NYC are your favorites and why? Are any that aren’t yet in our guide? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add them in.
We’d like to give huge thanks and appreciation to the hard-working entrepreneurs, restaurateurs, founders and staff, who’ve brought the delights of Australian and New Zealand restaurants to New York and New Jersey. Your vision and work ethic has made a unique and welcome impact on the NYC culinary landscape.
[gf] = gluten-free options on the menu
[v] = vegetarian or vegan options on the menu
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