The culinary diversity of New York is amazing but for an expat it’s great to find an Australian or New Zealand restaurant or bar in New York City.
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.
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:
- Manhattan – Downtown (FiDi, Chinatown, Lower East Side, NoLIta)
- Manhattan – The Village
- Manhattan – 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.
Manhattan – Downtown
Aussie-born owners, Annie Morton and Dave Peterson, have created a laid-back and friendly atmosphere within the open and airy space of Benson’s. There’s an extensive range of craft beers and an Aussie-influenced menu, including the “Benson burger” – a burger-with-the-lot.
(Lower East Side)
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 soon after opening, 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)
The local buzz around town is Gran Tivoli bar and restaurant, soon to be opened by successful Aussie restaurateur, Jason Scott. The menu will feature authentically simple Italian fare and the downstairs bar will be styled like a giant wine cellar. It’s set to open in November 2018.
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.
Sugar Mama NYC
By night, Aussie coffee shop, Hole In the Wall transforms into a cocktail bar with Australian-inspired, Asian fusion dishes and signature cocktails against the aural backdrop of 90’s hip hop to set the mood. It’s an intimate space that seats holds just 40 people so choose a couple of your besties and slink on down.
Manhattan – The Village
With three acclaimed Aussie restaurants under their belt, Jessi and Jennifer Singh, bring their fun and enthusiasm to “not your typical Indian joint” with a diverse menu spanning Indian street food, cross-regional curries and tandoori specialities. [gf] [v]
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 – Midtown
The Australian NYC
The Australian bar and restaurant is the perfect panacea for homesickness with a menu including sausage rolls, meat pies and lamingtons. There’s Coopers and Boag’s on tap. There are twenty-two large screens catering to expat and local sports fans. The first Tuesday each month is “Trivia Tuesday” with prizes and drink specials.
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
Burke & Wills
Fine dining interspersed with some Aussie classics and cocktail names that every Aussie will immediately catch the cultural significance of: Red Right Hand; Beds Are Burning; Friday On My Mind. Ever the purveyors of fine dining, AWNY foodies were quick to unearth this Upper West Side gem and the AWNY Mums & Dads Group make frequent visits.
(Upper West Side)
Manhattan Cricket Club
Perched above Burke & Wills, the MCC is a modern-day speakeasy serving Boag’s and Coopers, along with boutique wines and champagnes as well as tasting plates. Before you go, familiarize yourself with the club etiquette and know that a love of cricket is “encouraged but not essential”.
(Upper West Side)
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]
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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 Top End comes to Brooklyn in this Aussie bar with an expansive rooftop offering stunning Manhattan views. Stop by for a casual drink and enjoy the offerings of the diverse menu, including Aussie standbys such as meat pies, avo toast and toasties. Best of all, the cocktail menu includes Lemon, Lime and Bitters.
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]
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
With so many amazing Aussie and NZ restaurants, the only challenge is deciding where to dine. Which Aussie and New Zealand restaurants and bars in New York 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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