wow. well, it’s a big city. and there’s more than a few good places but regrets I’ve not been there - except for the airport… - in many years.
here’s a couple general guidelines:
- go at least 8-10 blocks from any tourist attraction
- follow a local . . .
- look for a place that post outside: no credit cards
- if you recognize the name, don’t
historically German (and many other European areas) eateries are family run. they are not a chain, they do not get their stuff frozen, pre-portioned off the back of a Sysco truck.
now, that has to be tempered by the “big city syndrome” - little guys in the Dorf have a much better procurement situation than Big Avenue city joints.
in the end result, it’s actually a bit tricky to find a locally / family owned restaurant that - at the “normal” level - does not exceed by leaps and bounds any USA type chain joint.
the reason is simple: by and large the generalization that European ‘eat out more’; is actually true. and locally owned operated joints depend on repeat traffic - not every place can be a rotten/food/service tourist trap - and joints offering up quality like Olive Garden / Red Lobster / Denny’s / etc just don’t survive.