North York Restaurants Scene

North York, with a population of over 600,000, was once just a 'bedroom community' for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and has evolved into a business and cultural centre on its own. While this community's key artery is the 401 east-west highway, North York is corssed by major south routes out of town, like Highway 400, the Allen Expressway, Yonge Street (#11) and Highway 404 (the extension of the Don Valley Parkway), so all parts of North York are qiockly accessible to its residents and others in the GTA. The west end of North York is close to Toronto's Pearson International Airport (in fact it lies under one approach path),

North York is about business, with the Pearson Airport to the west, lots of industrials parks scattered throughout, and the Don Mills office park in the east. This means there are a lot of travellers, lots of hotels, and business persons looking for suitable pleaces to dine and to entertain.

Over half of the residents of the North York area are born outside Canada, which has created demand for a number of great restaurants reflecting the ethnically diverse community's dining desires. It also means the cuisine is authentic as opposed to North American formulaic derivatives that make "foreign" food bland enough for some tastes. Only good ethnic restaurants survive in this community.

You will also find a restaurant for pretty well any kind of food along the very street you're driving along.

Business parks tend to have the higher-end noon hour restaurants and fine dining establishments, the areas close to the York University campus has the cheaper eats, and the outlying residential areas have the family-friendly and affordable dining options. North York has over 1000 restaurants.

Use the pop-down list at upper-left to quickly find restaurants by cuisine. You can use the Restaurant Search Form to quickly filter the restaurants by community/neighbourhood AND by cuisine. You can even search by postal code, even by street to find all restaurants really close to you.

Herd are some of North York's restaurant areas:

Weston Village
Along Weston Road between Eglington and the 401

Weston, incorporated as a Village in 1881, with a popular Farmer's Market and hosts a number of community actities and festivals. This area has a dozen restaurants ranging from Mexican (El Jacalito) ot Thai (Peter Anan), Chinese (Yeung Chow) to family (Gus' Knott Inn, P&M, Sardinha).

Yonge Lawrence Village
Yonge Street & Lawrence Ave
This area has a collection of unique, owner-operated shops & services with a "Small Town Feel, Big City Appeal." Some of the City's finest restaurants, as profiled in Toronto Life Fashion and Restaurant Guides are found here, and "foodies" will enjoy the markets, grocers, coffee and specialty shops. This area is strong in Italian (Coppi, Piazzetta Trattoria, Parmigiano Trattoria) and pizza (Mamma's), French bistro (L'Escargot), Wine Bar (Chase), and popular bar & grills (Soho, Wildfire, and The Monkey Bar).

North York Centre Yonge between Sheppard & Finch) This area has built up around North York's municipal center (former City Hall), and the Toronto Centre for the Arts (thank you, Mel Lastman!) Asian Legend, Cuisine of India, Thai Bistro, Milestone's are in the thick of things, and there are several Korean restaurants and Persian restaurants just north (even more towards Steeles) and 2 pubs at Yonge & Finch.

Along Eglinton Avenue
There are a lot of restaurants along Eglinton Ave West, but FoundLocally has included them in our Toronto directory. See Eglinton dining information.

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