Best BYO Restaurants in NYC

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated BYO restaurants in NYC.

Azuri Cafe
Israeli · West 50s · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 2.8 · Service 3.2

Falafel “from heaven” and other “cheap” , “delicious” Israeli eats offset the “dumpy” decor at this Hell’s Kitchen “hole-in-the-wall” ; just “don’t expect a warm welcome” – the “short-tempered” owner is the neighborhood’s “favorite curmudgeon.”
Gazala's Place
Middle Eastern · West 40s · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 2.9 · Service 3.6

“Dependably good” Druze fare at “value” prices makes this “tiny” Hell's Kitchen BYO a “reliable” standby; the “humble” digs “lack atmosphere” and seating is “tight” ( “prepare to get cozy with your neighbor” ), but the grub “more than makes up” for all that.
Kuma Inn
Filipino · Lower East Side · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.3 · Service 3.9

One of NYC's “best hidden gems” , this “unusual” Filipino-Thai accessed up a flight of LES stairs puts out an “avant-garde” small-plates menu “exploding with flavor” ; the “hole-in-the-wall” setup is “tight” and cash only, but the “price is right” and “BYO makes it even better.”
Pizza · Carroll Gardens · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

It’s “hard to beat” the “ethereal” pizzas and “league-of-their-own” calzones that emerge from the brick oven at this cash-only Carroll Gardens joint; the BYO policy “makes it a great value” , but the trade-off is notoriously “insane waits.”
Sushi · East 80s · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

“Tucked away” on a UES side street, this cash-only Japanese BYO has earned a following for its “high-quality” sushi offered in “conventional and innovative” preparations; no reservations mean “long waits” and the setting is “basic” , but still the “positives far outweigh the negatives.”
Queens Comfort
American · Astoria · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

“Get your comfort on” at this Astoria joint dishing up Southern “pig-out” fare in “simple” digs with a “wacky” , “chill” vibe; it's “cash only but cheap and BYO” – no wonder there are “lines on weekends” , especially for the “fun” brunch with a live DJ.
Taci's Beyti
Turkish · Sheepshead Bay · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.2

In a refreshingly “hipster-free corner of Brooklyn” , this long-standing Turk is a Sheepshead Bay “favorite” for “huge portions” of “delicious” classics, including “juicy” kebabs; the staff “couldn't be nicer” , ditto the prices, so never mind if the atmosphere is “nothing special.”
French · West Village · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.7

At this cash-only West Village bistro, “delectable” French basics and a “could-be-in-Paris” vibe come at an “affordable” price, helped along by the BYO policy; “long waits” are common, and since the “teeny” space can be “tight” , regulars try for one of the sidewalk tables.
Middle Eastern · Carroll Gardens · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.3 · Service 3.8

For “tasty” , “reliable” Middle Eastern fare, stay tooned to these nothing-fancy Brooklyn standbys where “tables are close” but the prices are “terrific” ; Carroll Gardens and Clinton Hill are BYOB (and the latter has a hookah bar), while Prospect Heights boasts a “pleasant garden.”