A C: Great café with delicious pastries and fast Wi-Fi during the day, wonderful dinner spot with bomb pizza at night. Kendrick Cato: Great, mixed drinks.
Great food, nice selection of beer, MMM Jim Ray: The food is top-notch and the drinks, especially since they seem to have switched to fresh Jews not mixes, are on point.
JP: A delightful date spot with great brunch, try the eggs Jennifer Gallardo: The Amsterdam is solidly delicious and always made fresh.
Seamless gives you the power of choice, with 14 restaurants offering BBQ delivery in Washingtonians. (Little known nerd fact: My parents took my friend Matt and me to NYC because we won a free trip for placing first (me) and second (him) in the Massachusetts state championship of the card game Magic: The Gathering.
), and so, over the years, I’ve developed a robust list of recommended restaurants that I want to share with you now. Corner Bistro (331 W. 4th Street) World-famous for its thick and greasy hamburgers, I think this is one of the best burger joints in the city.
This tiny, dimly lit bar is definitely not the restaurant you would expect to find such mouthwatering food. I bet they haven’t cleaned the grill in ages, which makes the burgers have such an amazing taste.
The Fat Radish (17 Orchard Street) With some of the best farm-to-table, organic food in the entire city, the menu here changes based on seasonality, offers lots of vegetarian options, and will leave you full and feeling healthy. Jeffrey’s Grocery (172 Waverley Place) Located in the West Village, this is not a cheap meal (most mains are $20 USD), but they pour heavy, heavy glasses of wine and have some of my favorite oysters and seafood in the city.
They also host a $1 USD oyster happy hour on their entire selection (4–6pm during the week), which I think is the best deal in the city! The fact that it’s usually full of Koreans is something I take as a good sign.
I hardly ever get Thai food because I’m always disappointed, but this place is the real thing. Tome Sushi (172 Thompson Street) This tiny restaurant serves big cuts of fish on perfectly warmed rice.
Tome is considered one of the best sushi bars in the city and gets packed quickly, so come early or for lunch. Prices here aren’t on the cheap side, but their $18 USD lunch set offers the best value.
Russ & Daughters (179 E. Houston Street) This is the best breakfast and brunch joint in the city, hands down. Come here for lakes, lox plates, world-class cream cheese, and anything else breakfast/deli like you can think of.
The portions are huge here and, according to my friend Jodi, who is an expert in all food Vietnamese, this place is authentic. S’MAC (345 E 12th St) A mac-and-cheese shop that takes the traditional dish and makes it even better.
Vanessa’s Dumpling (220 E 14th St) I stumbled upon this place in the East Village while walking home one day; it was only later that I found out it’s actually quite famous. The thin-style pizza comes in huge portions big enough to serve three.
Service is quick, but expect to wait for a table during dinner. It’s extremely popular and a great place to pop into when you need some groceries, a meal, or snacks.
If you want a meal with local and organic food, try the Green Table. Rosemary’s (18 Greenwich Ave) This West Village Italian restaurant boasts a rooftop farm with fresh produce and herbs that goes directly into the food you eat.
Come early because it fills up really quickly, especially on nice warm day. It’s a popular lunch spot with the working crowd and serves incredible curry.
You can pick up a classic falafel with tahini and salad for less than $5, but all the options here are tasty and affordable. Karate (166 Delay Ave) This is often considered a restaurant and cocktail bar, but it’s more of an Malaya speakeasy (you’ll need to enter through a secret door).
The restaurant has a German beer hall feel and the steak (which they age in-house) is some of the best I’ve had in my life. Friend of a Farmer (77 Irving Pl) Since 1986, Friend of a Farmer has been embracing the farm-to-table movement, offering seasonal dishes as well as classic comfort food.
Pete’s Tavern (129 E 18th St) This vintage bar has been open since 1864. ***After living in the city for years, this list reflects what I think are some of the best and unique offerings the Big Apple has to offer. But this is just the tip of the iceberg too.
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