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19 Best Restaurants in North York

19 Best Restaurants in North York

Looking for the best restaurants in North York to eat at?

North York has plenty of great restaurants, whether you’re into authentic Asian dishes or modern Canadian cuisine.

As someone who lives downtown, I don’t typically venture up to North York too often, but I do love heading up there for the food.

Especially for the Asian food – they have a lot of amazing Asian restaurants and dessert spots in the neighbourhood!

Here are some of the best restaurants in North York, if you’re looking for somewhere delicious to eat!

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Best restaurants in North York


Hot Star Large Fried Chicken in Toronto

Hot Star Large Fried Chicken

Hot Star serves up some of the best Taiwanese crispy chicken here in Toronto, and you can find them by Yonge & Finch.

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Their large pieces of fried chicken are tender, juicy, and v delicious.

They’ve also got locations across Canada, including in Markham!

LOCATION: 374 Yonge St, Toronto, ON


Mymy Chicken in North York, Toronto

Mymy Chicken

You’re truly missing out if you haven’t had Korean fried chicken before.

It’s probably my all-time favourite style of fried chicken – the flavours are just so delicious!

Mymy chicken is actually a chain from Korea, and they’ve got a North York location right at Yonge & Sheppard.

Their other Canadian location is in Thornhill on Steeles!

LOCATION: 9 Spring Garden Ave, North York, ON


Maker Pizza

Matty Matheson is the chef behind Maker Pizza, one of the best grab-and-go pizza spots in Toronto.

Choose from a variety of red or white sauce pizzas, including classics like their Siena Margherita or more unique pies like their Return of the Mac (Big Mac-inspired).

Their North York location is near Avenue & Lawrence, and you can find also them in Chinatown, Riverside, and soon Koreatown.

LOCATION: 1537 Avenue Rd, North York, ON


MeNami

Fancy some Japanese udon noodles made from scratch?

I always get the Potato Cream Curry Udon at MeNami – it’s so dang delicious.

The Corn Kakiage is also really good if you want to try an appetizer as well!

You can find MeNami at Yonge & Finch.

LOCATION: 5469 Yonge St, North York, ON


Kinka Izakaya, Toronto

Kinka Izakaya

Kinka Izakaya is one of my all-time favourite restaurants in Toronto, and they’ve got locations across the GTA.

They serve up delicious Japanese tapa-style eats like Chicken Karaage and Kakimayo (cheesy baked oysters), as well as an extensive list of cocktails!

I’ve also got a blog post all about Kinka Izakaya if you’re interested in seeing what they’ve got on their menu.

You can find their North York location at Yonge & Sheppard!

LOCATION: 4775 Yonge St, North York, ON


Nomé Izakaya

Nomé Izakaya is another great Japanese pub, with a location just down the street from Kinka.

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Their chicken wings are amazing, and they’ve also got some great cocktails.

They also serve up fresh oysters, if you’re a fan!

Nomé has two locations at Yonge & Sheppard and Shops at Don Mills.

LOCATION: Various locations


Sansotei Ramen

Got a cravin’ for some of the best ramen in Toronto?

Sansotei serves up delicious Tonkotsu ramen in the Yonge & Finch neighbourhood.

If you can handle spicy dishes, you should definitely grab the Spicy Tantan Ramen Noodles!

They’ve got 9 locations across the GTA, including locations in Richmond Hill and Markham.

LOCATION: 13 Byng Ave, North York, ON


Kinton Ramen in Toronto

Kinton Ramen

Kinton is another one of my fave ramen spots in the city, and they were actually one of the first authentic ramen restaurants to come to Toronto!

They’re also a sister chain to Kinka Izakaya, as part of the Kinka family of restaurants.

Try their Pork Spicy Garlic Ramen – it’s amazing!

You can find their North York location by North York Centre Station.

LOCATION: 5165 Yonge St, North York, ON


Brown Donkatsu

Brown Donkatsu is the spot to satisfy your katsu craving.

They’re actually a chain based out of South Korea, and they make Korean-style katsu.

If you don’t know what katsu is, it’s a Japanese dish of deep-fried meat coated in panko bread crumbs, and it’s absolutely delicious.

Especially when it’s stuffed with cheese, which you can find at Brown Donkatsu.

They actually make their own bread crumbs in-house, and their signature brown sauce comes in different levels of spicy.

They’ve also got a location in Markham at First Markham Place!

LOCATION: 3235 Hwy 7 #22, Markham, ON


Beefing with 7 Chinese restaurant in Toronto

Beefing with 7

Beefing with 7 is a Hong Kong-style restaurant by HK actor/singer Jordan Chan, and they’re all about homey Cantonese comfort foods.

Try their Signature Beef Brisket Noodles or Braised Pork Feet!

Their Satay Beef Noodles are my absolute fave – the soup and the beef slices are so dang delicious.

You also can’t enjoy an HK meal without a Hong Kong milk tea (called lai cha in Cantonese), which you can have iced or hot.

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Their North York location is by Yonge & Sheppard, and you can find them across the GTA in Chinatown, Markham, and Richmond Hill.

LOCATION: 4907 Yonge St, North York, ON


Korean food from Owl of Minerva Restaurant in Toronto

The Owl of Minerva

The Owl of Minerva has been in Toronto for two decades now, and they’ve got amazing and authentic Korean food.

I’ve personally been eating at their restaurants for over a decade, and they’re still my favourite Korean restaurant in Toronto.

You can even find their dishes in the frozen food section at grocery stores in the GTA!

Their Kamjatang (pork bone soup) and Kalbi are my fave dishes to order on the menu.

LOCATION: 5324 Yonge St, North York, ON


Project Fish: Kitchen Restaurant in Richmond Hill, Ontario

PROJECT:FISH

PROJECT:FISH is one of the best spots to visit if you want aburi oshi sushi in Toronto.

If you don’t know what aburi oshi sushi is, it’s flame-seared pressed sushi, and it’s literally the best.

It’s located near North York Centre Station if you’re thinking of paying a visit!

LOCATION: 16 Park Home Ave, Toronto, ON


Tora

Tora is a sister restaurant to the popular sushi restaurants Miku and Minami!

They’re also all about their aburi sushi, and they have a huge selection to choose from, including Aburi Salmon Oshi and Aburi Saba Oshi.

You can also do one of their oshi trios or sushi sets so you can try a variety of different pressed sushi!

You can find them inside Yorkdale Mall.

LOCATION: 3401 Dufferin St, North York, ON


Sushi Moto

If you’re craving some classic sushi, Sushi Moto is worth a visit.

Their menu is a little pricy, but it’s still a nice spot to visit every once in awhile when you want good sushi.

They’re located right by Yonge & Sheppard!

LOCATION: 4901 Yonge St, North York, ON


Aburi oshi sushi in the Mix8 bento box from Torch Pressed Sushi in Toronto

Upper East Food Club

I’m a big fan of food halls because you can try all kinds of different dishes from different restaurants, all in one place.

What makes Upper East Food Club different from other food halls in Toronto is that it’s entirely focused on Asian cuisine!

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You can get savoury baos from Pear, pressed sushi from Torch (one of my fave sushi restaurants in Toronto), delicious bubble teas from Machi Machi, and Asian-inspired breakfast sandwiches from Wonder Egg.

A food hall is sort of like a fancier food court – I also love Assembly Chef’s Hall in the Toronto Financial District!

LOCATION: 5317 Yonge St, North York, ON


Dragon Pearl Buffet

As far as Asian buffets go, Dragon Pearl is one of the best in the city.

They have so many different options, and the food is actually amazing!

From peking duck wraps, to crab legs, to sushi, they’ve got all kinds of delicious Asian dishes at the buffet.

Lunch is $18.99 per person on weekdays and $22.99 per person on weekends, and dinner is $33.99 per person.

LOCATION: 865 York Mills Rd #2, North York, ON


Chicken shawarma plate from Anoush Middle Eastern Cuisine in TorontoChicken shawarma plate from Anoush Middle Eastern Cuisine in Toronto

Anoush Middle Eastern Cuisine

Anoush serves up some of the best shawarma in the city, and their Chicken Shawarma Plate is my absolute fave.

They’ve even got homemade baklava available for dessert if you’re craving a sweet treat!

They have multiple locations across the GTA, and their North York location is located south of Dufferin & Finch.

LOCATION: 170 Rimrock Rd, North York, ON


Restoration Hardware at Yorkdale Mall, Toronto

RH Toronto Courtyard Café

Restoration Hardware may be a furniture store, but their restaurant is absolutely incredible.

That Truffle Grilled Cheese is just something else!

Restoration Hardware is located inside Yorkdale Mall.

LOCATION: 3401 Dufferin St, North York, ON


The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory is a huge American chain restaurant, but since there’s only one location in Ontario, I figured I’d include it in this list of the best North York restaurants.

I actually really love the food here – everything I’ve tried has been delicious!

Oddly enough, I haven’t tried the cheesecake yet (but I did grab a mini packaged one from the grocery store that was just okay).

LOCATION: 3401 Dufferin St, North York, ON


Best restaurants in North York:

  1. Hot Star Large Fried Chicken
  2. Mymy Chicken
  3. Maker Pizza
  4. MeNami
  5. Kinka Izakaya
  6. Nomé Izakaya
  7. Sansotei Ramen
  8. Kinton Ramen
  9. Brown Donkatsu
  10. Beefing with 7
  11. Owl of Minerva
  12. PROJECT:FISH
  13. Tora
  14. Sushi Moto
  15. Upper East Food Club
  16. Dragon Pearl Buffet
  17. Anoush Middle Eastern Cuisine
  18. Restoration Hardware
  19. The Cheesecake Factory
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North York is one of my fave areas of Toronto to eat – they have some of the best restaurants in the city, especially when it comes to Asian food.

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