Top Primary Care Doctors in NYC 2019

November 4, 2019
Best of Guides

Finding a primary care doctor in New York City is far from a walk in the park. How crazy is it that in a city filled with practitioners, you often find yourself scrambling for an appointment, only to find that every doctor on your insurance plan is booked at least a month out. It’s no surprise that about 33% of millennials don’t have a regular doctor

If finding the best primary care physician New York City has to offer sounds like a feat you’re just not up for, don't fret. We’ve compiled a list of the best NYC primary care doctors that have appointment availability and take a variety of insurance plans. 

In a hurry? Here's our "Best Primary Care Physician Manhattan" shortlist:

Chelsea

Dr. Nikhil Kothari

309 W 23rd St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY, 10011
(212) 352-2600
Dr. Nikhil Kothari

What You Need to Know

✅ Online booking

💳 Accepts insurance (full list)

🥼 Friendly and helpful office staff

⏩ Speedy response time

😃 Great bedside manner

ℹ️ Mount Sinai Doctors website

📚 State University of New York, Stony Brook

⭐ 5.0 stars on Zocdoc

From the Community:

"Dr. Kothari exceeded my expectations. Great bedside manner, I felt immediately at ease and totally comfortable being open and honest, which isn’t always easy for me. He listened to my concerns and addressed them in a professional manner. He took his time and I never felt rushed. Basically this was the polar opposite of many previous doctor visits and a breath of fresh air. So excited to have a primary care physician this great!"
⁠—Michael A.

East Village

Dr. Lawrence Herbert

409 East 14th Street, Suite F, New York, NY, 10009
(212) 228-5010
Dr. Lawrence Herbert

What You Need To Know:

✅  Online booking

💳  Accepts insurance

⚕️Also specializes in general surgery

😃 Great bedside manner

🥼Top-notch office staff & scheduling

📚 Thomas Jefferson University, MD, 1985

⭐  4.9 stars on Zocdoc, 4.5 stars on Yelp, 4.8 stars on Google

From the Community:

“Dr. Herbert was the most incredible doctor I've had the fortune of seeing. Firstly, he draws your blood himself - which is something I've never experienced at a doctor's office, making sure he is fully involved in every aspect of your visit/follow up. Secondly, when my results came in over the weekend, he sent me a personal email on a Friday night to let me know right away what the results I was waiting on said - so that I wouldn't have to worry over the weekend. Such an accessible, personable, and dedicated doctor.”
—Liat H.

Financial District

Dr. Alla Shustarovich

225 Broadway, New York, NY 10007
(212) 693-4010
Dr. Alla Shustarovich

What You Need to Know

✅ Online booking

💳 Accepts insurance (full list)

📆 Same day appointments available

🌐 Multilingual

😃 Great bedside manner

📚 Petrozavodsk State University Faculty of Medicine (PetrSU)

⭐ 4.6 stars on Zocdoc, 4.0 stars on Google

From the Community

"I have seen Dr. Shustarovich a few times and now consider her my primary care doctor... I haven’t felt comfortable with with previous doctors. She gives a lot of direct attention and I never feel like she is just waiting to rush off to the next patient. She always makes me feel comfortable, never judged, and I always feel good about taking positive next steps for my health. I recommend her to all my friends!"

Gramercy

Dr. Roman Ostrowski

242 E 19th St, Suite 3 New York, NY 10003
(212) 475-6249
Dr. Roman Ostrowski

What You Need to Know:

✅  Online booking

📅  Next or same-day availability

🥼Speedy and organized office staff

❤️ Also specializes in pulmonology

💳  Accepts insurance (full list)

📚 Medical University of Warsaw, MD, 1978

⭐ 4.7 rating on Zocdoc, 4.6 rating on Google


From the Community:

"I’ve seen Dr. Ostrowski twice now, and both times have been great. He is very meticulous and I never feel rushed. I have a severe phobia of needles, and so he had me come in on the weekend at a special time so that the office would be as calm and quiet as possible. On top of that, he’s just a really pleasant nice guy to be around. He’s definitely my go to Dr. for life."
⁠— Andy K.

Greenwich Village

Dr. Jeffrey Delson

7 Gay St, New York, NY 10014
(212) 206-0629
Dr. Jeffrey Delson

What You Need to Know:

✅  Online booking

📅  Same day availability

💳  Accepts insurance (full list)

😁  Detail-oriented and thorough

🐢  Takes his time with every patient

📚  American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, MD, 1980

⭐ 4.8 stars on Zocdoc, 4.0 stars on Yelp

From the Community:

"If I could give more stars I would. Dr. Delson was warm and caring, thorough and efficient. He listened to my concerns and explained his reasons for making the choices and recommendations he did. It is very easy to trust his expertise, but he also clearly makes space for you to be a collaborative partner in your own health. Wish I had found this doctor earlier. I really cannot recommend him highly enough."
⁠— Leia D.

Lower East Side

Dr. Teresa Chan

260 E Broadway #2, New York, NY 10002
(917) 746-9612
Dr. Teresa Chan

What You Need to Know

✅ Online booking

💳 Accepts most insurance (full list)

🏠 Provides affordable options for uninsured and low-income patients

🌐 Fluent in Cantonese, Spanish and English

🤝 Focus on culturally sensitive care

😇 Dr. Chan's personal philosophy of care: "to provide guidance for my patients in order to be healthy in body, mind and spirit, but also to be my patients' advocate and partner to help and support them to achieve their health, wellness and life goals."

😃 Great bedside manner

📚 Albany Medical College, MD

⭐ 4.9 stars on Zocdoc, 4.0 stars on Google

From the Community:

"My review is truly a gift to the world because Dr. Chan is a real gem!! I can continue keeping keeping her to myself, but it’s really not fair to how much she and Serena (her AMAZING nurse) have given me as their patient. If you’re looking for that rare kind of Dr., those unicorns that don’t just have expert knowledge in medicine, but can be collaborators in your healing process, then look no further."
⁠—Alana C.

Midtown West

Dr. David Valentine

355 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
(646) 754-2100
Dr. David Valentine

What You Need to Know

💳 Accepts most insurance (full list)

😇 Humanitarian

😃 Great bedside manner

ℹ️ NYU Langone website

📚 University of Pittsburgh, MD, 1995

⭐ Recommended on Voro, 4.9 stars on Zocdoc, 5 stars on Google

From the Community:

"I found Dr. Valentine through a friend and I also had a great experience. Dr. Valentine listens to what you have to say and responds to your concerns. He referred me to a few dermatologists after my first visit and the front office made sure they accepted my insurance and helped me set up an appointment with one the same day."
⁠— Drew T.

Midtown East

Dr. Chi Shum

210 E 47th St #1A, New York, NY 10017
(212) 308-4894
Dr. Chi Shum

What You Need to Know

✅ Online booking

💳 Accepts insurance (full list)

🌐 Speaks English, Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin)

😇 Polite & cheerful disposition

😃 Great bedside manner

ℹ️ Dr. Chi Shum website

📚 Johns Hopkins Medical School, MD, 1994

⭐ Recommended on Voro, 4.9 stars on Zocdoc, 4.8 stars on Google

From the community:

"Great Primary Care Doctor. Very reliable and makes himself available to his clients."
⁠—Jimmy G.

Soho

Dr. Barry Cohen

132 Crosby Street, Suite 2E, New York, NY, 10012
(212) 219-7716
Dr. Barry Cohen

What You Need To Know:

✅  Online booking

💳  Accepts insurance

🥼Top-notch office staff & scheduling

😇 Humanitarian

😃 Great bedside manner

ℹ️ Spring Primary Care + Wellness website

📚 Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University

⭐  Recommended on Voro, 4.8 stars on Zocdoc, 4.3 stars on Google

From the Community:

"Absolute legend, no BS kind of doc who is honest yet makes you feel welcome. His office feels as if you are in his home and he treats you like so. Highly recommend!"
⁠—Charlie S.

Tribeca

Dr. Serena Mulhern

40 Worth St Suite 402, New York, NY 10013
(646) 962-3400
Dr. Serena Mulhern

What You Need to Know:

✅ Online booking

📅 Following week availability

💳 Accepts most insurance (details)

⏩ No wait times

🥼 Top-notch office staff

ℹ️ Website

📚 University of Connecticut School of Medicine, MD, 1995

⭐ Recommended on Voro, 5 stars on Google, 4.9 stars on Zocdoc

From the Community:

"Dr. Mulhern is an EXCELLENT, reliable doctor, and a wonderfully compassionate, patient, and kind human being. My family and I gladly recommend her to our other relatives, friends and colleagues. One never feels rushed or seen as another time slot to get through before the next. We feel very lucky to have her as our PCP."
⁠— R.O.

Upper West Side

Dr. Nina Priven

2109 Broadway 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10023
(212) 874-6600
Dr. Nina Priven

What You Need to Know:

✅  Online booking

💳  Accepts insurance (full list)

🗣 Stellar communication skills

ℹ️  Mount Sinai website

📚 Mount Sinai School of Medicine, MD, 1996

⭐ Recommended on Voro, 4.9 rating on Zocdoc, 5.0 rating on Google


From the Community:

"She is an amazing physician. Great communication skills and is a good listener and really cares about her patients."
⁠— Anne F.

Upper East Side

Dr. Bruce Yaffe

201 East 65th Street (btwn 3rd & 2nd Ave) New York, NY 10065
(212) 879-4700
Dr. Bruce Yaffe

What You Need to Know:

✅  Online booking

😀 Eccentric & engaging personality

👨Also specializes in gastroenterology

💳  Accepts insurance (full list)

ℹ️ Website

📚 George Washington University of Medicine, MD, 1976

⭐ Recommended on Voro, 4.2 rating on Zocdoc


From the community:

"Dr. Yaffe was kind, courteous, and very friendly yet professional. He got me the medication I needed, explaining how it would work, and what the timeline for recovery looked like from my GI issue."

West Village

Dr. Krisczar Bungay

314 West 14th Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10014
(212) 620-0144
Dr. Krisczar Bungay

What You Need to Know:

✅ Online booking via email

💳 Accepts insurance

🌐 Multilingual

🌈 Specializes in LGBTQ Populations

ℹ️ Gotham Medical Group website

📚SUNY-Brooklyn, MD, 1999

⭐ 4.9 stars on Vitals, 5 stars on Google


From The Community:

"This office is works with you seamlessly on any concerns or thoughts you share. Dr. Bungay is just cool, and professional but keeps you at ease. For me is he always responds to your emails or concerns quickly. Though we moved out the area we still travel to see him as once you find a an amazing provider, stick with them."
⁠— Irina C.
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