Bryant Park is also known as 'Manhattan's Town Square' and it's easy to see how such a place could be a hub so central to a city like New York. With so many events and activities taking place in the park year-round, from winter holiday markets to summertime music festivals, it's a crucial part of New York City's culture and arts scene.

This park is home to many free activities throughout the year, as well. And what goes perfectly with a free event? Knowing that great food can be found nearby - especially with all the money one will save from Bryant Park's generous venue lineup. From food trucks to al fresco dining, this New York City park has it all, with gorgeous city views, to boot.


When it comes to finding food in Bryant Park, here's everything you need to know.

Food Kiosks: Quick Bites In Bryant Park

For those who are just looking for a quick pick-me-up such as something to eat on the go, Bryant Park's food kiosks are the way to go. Similar to food trucks, these permanent vendors offer quick bites that are fast, delicious, and come at a great price.

Joe Coffee Company

For the caffeine-minded, a morning stop or afternoon fuel-up at Joe Coffee Company is the place to be. This small kiosk offers big flavor in terms of their coffee and espresso offerings, and it's well worth the wait if there's a line. Of course, for contactless pickup and payment, fans of Joe Coffee Company can opt to order in advance.

The beans used in this coffee are roasted locally in Long Island City, so coffee fanatics can be sure that their brew is near perfection. Seasonal beverages, a variety of coffee-based drinks, and pastries from other local city vendors are all part of this menu, as well. During the summer season, Joe Coffee Company also sells ice cream for those looking for a sweet treat in the summer heat.

  • Hours: Daily, 10 AM - 5 PM

Wafels & Dinges

Those unfamiliar with the custom of Belgian waffles might not know what a dinge is, but it will soon become clear. The wafels (waffles) and dinges (toppings) from this kiosk are nothing short of culinary perfection. With humble beginnings selling from street carts throughout the city, this permanent location is offering the best in Belgian waffles and sweet additions.

Some options for dinges include Dulce de Leche, Spekuloos ice cream, Nutella, and regular maple syrup. Additionally, customers can find milkshakes, tea, and coffee on the menu.

  • Hours: 10 AM - 11 PM, daily

Le Pain Quotidien

For lunch, a savory breakfast, or an easy, wholesome dinner, look no further than Le Pain Quotidien. This kiosk is French-inspired, serving up dishes that are made with quality, sustainable ingredients, fresh daily. The menu is seasonal, so offerings in the spring might vary from those offered in the fall, adding a level of nuance and excitement to this kiosk's rotation.

Customers can find anything from grilled hot dogs and fresh pastries to tartines, the most recommended menu item. These come with fresh fruits or vegetables with a layer of various spreads, sitting atop a perfect slice of bread.

  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 6 PM, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM - 6 PM

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Sit-Down Restaurants In Byrant Park

For those who'd rather sit down and enjoy the scenery and people-watching that Bryant Park has to offer, there are a couple of sit-down restaurants that have become iconic staples.

Bryant Park Grill & Café

There are two parts to this restaurant: the grill and the café. The grill offers New-American-style dining right in the center of the park, so you already know that the views will be great. However, the food is equally as delicious as the park views, featuring classic dishes with modern twists. Additionally, games and outdoor seating can be found here, making it the perfect spot to meet up with friends and enjoy a warm-weather day. Reservations encouraged.

  • Hours: Daily, 11:30 AM - 8:30 PM

The café offers a simpler, yet equally tasty menu, with a more casual atmosphere and vibe. It can get crowded in the summer as people gather around its outdoor space, as it's only open from April through November, weather permitting. Customers can find it on the 42nd Street side of the upper terrace.

Fever-Tree Porch

With a chill, laid-back atmosphere, Fever-Tree Porch can be found near the southern end of the park at Fountain Terrace. This casual restaurant offers lounge furniture and swings for customers to take a load off and simply enjoy their time there. This restaurant is home to a full bar and an American pub-style menu, featuring burgers, salads, and other classic dishes.

  • Hours: Daily, 12 PM - 9 PM, weather permitting

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