Lyft’s NYC Data Reveals: Restaurants New Yorkers Are Willing to Travel For

Alexis Benveniste - Dec 5, 2023

On average, New Yorkers travel 3.03 miles to go to a restaurant via Lyft. But sometimes, they go farther — much farther. What prompts them to go to such distances? To find out, we compiled the ten eateries that accounted for the longest average Lyft ride over the past year.  

We found out that restaurants in Queens are most likely to draw intrepid Lyft riders: Four of the top ten spots, including the number one, are located in the borough. Waterfront locations, well-known chefs, and seafood restaurants drew traveling New Yorkers too.

Check out the full list — and plan your next far-flung New York restaurant adventure — below.

Restaurants Worth Traveling For

“Miles” is the distance of the average Lyft ride to each destination.

Gems in Queens: Blend on the Water, Park Side Restaurant, Mojo, and SHI

Located in Long Island City, Blend on the Water is a Latin-fusion restaurant with a ton of space — 160 seats, a private room, and a patio that fits an additional 60. This spot, which has been in business for nearly a decade, is also known for its massive windows, offering views of the East River and Manhattan.

Forest Hills’s Mojo is also known for its celebratory vibes and Latin food. It’s only been around since 2019, but it’s already a destination — perhaps for its prix-fixe menu, happy hours, or bottomless Saturday brunch.

Pasta-seekers trek to Park Side Restaurant. The restaurant, which opened more than 40 years ago, is located near Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The classic Italian joint serves traditional dishes — like rigatoni with lamb ragu and linguini with clam sauce.

For something a little more scenic, Lyft riders travel to SHI, a Chinese/Japanese restaurant in Long Island City that’s located in a high-rise building with insane views of the Manhattan skyline.

Famous Chefs: Tatiana, Tin Building by Jean-Georges, and Leuca

Tatiana is a new Upper West Side restaurant (in Lincoln Center) by Bronx native and Top Chef star Kwame Onwuachi. New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells called its Caribbean-inspired fare “unambiguously delicious.” 

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has been called one of the most important in America. His largest venture is Tin Building, a two-story culinary complex located at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge. The massive space includes 12 dining concepts, including plant-based abcV and seafood-forward Fulton Fish Co., and a market.

Located a block from Williamsburg’s McCarren Park, Leuca is one of only two Brooklyn spots to crack the list. The key to its popularity may be acclaimed chef Andrew Carmellini, the force behind other popular Italian hot spots like Locanda Verde, Bar Primi, and Carne Mare (see more on that one below).

Waterfront Dining: Lamia’s Fish Market, Carne Mare, Brooklyn Crab

Alphabet City’s Lamia’s Fish Market is an eclectic seafood restaurant known for its nautical decor — including a wood-paneled exterior and submarine-like steel cladding and portholes. 

Located in the Seaport area at Pier 17 —  just steps away from the Tin Building — is another Andrew Carmellini spot: Carne Mare, an Italian chophouse that opened in 2021 and serves seafood, steak, and other Italian staples.

Seafood also takes center stage at Brooklyn Crab, a casual Red Hook restaurant with a massive outdoor space (equipped with picnic tables, games, and a beer garden) and views of the water. The spot opened in 2012 and has become a destination for New York’s seafood fans.

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