EAST VILLAGE, ALPHABET CITY & LOWER EAST SIDE
Dinnertable - Asian Fusion - $$ - Alphabet City
Speakeasy restaurant in the back of a v trendy bar - one of the top 10 meals I’ve had in my life
Sweet Chick - Southern - $$ - Lower East Side
Dank chicken and waffles, biscuits and vibes
Momofuku Noodle Bar - Ramen - $ - East Village
My favorite ramen spot - go at a weird time or be prepared to wait
BaoHaus - Taiwanese/Chinese - $ - East Village
Hole in the wall - all they make are buns (amazing buns)
Clinton Street Baking Company - Breakfast - $$ - LES
No reservations, crazy long wait times, awesome breakfast foods
Cacio E Pepe - Italian - $$ - East Village
Cozy, cash only & toss your pasta in a Parmesan wheel table side!
Sons of Essex - American - $$ - Lower East Side
Great late dinner/drinks spot on the weekends. Awesome music, cool interior
Freemans - American - $$ - Lower East Side
Hidden gem! Beautiful, unique dishes & homey interior
The Mermaid Inn - Seafood - $$ - East Village
Classy spot, high end seafood. They bring you chocolate pudding with your check!
Motorino - Pizza - $$ - East Village
Small space, nice pizzas and salads, friendly staff
Root & Bone - Southern - $$ - Alphabet City
Homey interior, great for brunch
Thursday Kitchen - Korean/Tapas - $$ - East Village
Interesting menu infusing Korean and Spanish. Get the glow in the dark adult Capri-Suns!
POST - Southern - $$ - Alphabet City
Teeny tiny space, comfort food, sweet staff
UNION SQUARE, GRAMERCY & FLATIRON
Barn Joo - Korean/Tapas - $$ - Union Square
Interesting menu, awesome bibimbap & cocktails, good for sharing
Boqueria - Spanish Tapas - $$ - Flatiron
Super tasty dishes, cozy interior, great for dates
Tortaria - Mexican - $ - Union Square
Down and dirty (and tiny), get a pitcher of margaritas or mojitos
Daily Provisions - Bakery - $$ - Gramercy
Always packed! Overpriced sandwiches and baked goods that are actually worth it
Javelina - Mexican/Tex-Mex - $$ - Gramercy
Intimate space, good margs, specialty quesos
Breads Bakery - Bakery - $ - Union Square
Famous for their chocolate babka & also serve breakfast sandwiches in the back
Tacombi - Mexican - $ - NoLIta/Flatiron
They make their own sodas in house!
CHELSEA & MEATPACKING
Cookshop - American - $$ - Chelsea
Farm to table, great bloodies!
Toro - Spanish Tapas - $$ - Meatpacking
Beautiful space, higher end tapas, great drinks
Seamore’s - Seafood - $$ - Chelsea/Nolita
Good eats, cute space
Dos Caminos - Mexican - $$ - Meatpacking/SOHO/Flatiron
Great for groups, good food and margaritas - get the rosé sangria!
GREENWHICH VILLAGE & WEST VILLAGE
CHINATOWN & LITTLE ITALY
While We Were Young - American - $$ - West Village
Tiniest restaurant I’ve ever been in. Super instagrammable. Don’t take reservations but the food is worth the wait (beautiful and delicious)
Buvette - French - $$ - West Village
Cutest little French brunch spot in the village!
Carroll Place - Italian - $$ - Greenwich Village
Bad name, good food. Good for happy hour and bottomless brunch
Agave - Mexican - $$ - West Village
Nice bottlemless brunch spot
Flex Mussels - Seafood - $$$ - West Village
If you love mussels, you will love this place - gotta get the parmesan truffle fries
Jack’s Wife Freda - American/Mediterranean - $$ - SoHo/West Village
Everybody's favorite brunch spot
Terra Wine Bar - Tapas - $$ - TriBeCa
Really cute interior, great small plates
Nom Wah Tea Parlor - Dim Sum - $ - Chinatown
Love love love this place, get the OG egg roll
Deluxe Green Bo Restaurant - Shanghanese - $ - Chinatown
Soooouuuup dumplings - that’s all I have to say
Pulqueria - Mexican - $$ - Chinatown
Sort of a speakeasy style restaurant, great food & the bar gets really popping after 10 on the weekends
Parm - Italian - $$ - Little Italy
Tiny space, get the chicky chicky parm parm (my name, not theirs)
Egg Shop - Breakfast/Brunch - $$ - Nolita
Super long waits, tiny space, good for brunch
MURRAY HILL & MIDTOWN
Urbanspace Vanderbilt - Food Court - $$ - Midtown East
Tons of trendy food spots in one local! Super crowded on Fridays
Grand Central Oyster Bar - Seafood - $$$ - Midtown East
Everybody’s gotta go here once. Super old school swanky
Sons of Thunder - Hawaiian - $ - Murray Hill
Probably the best poké spot in the city (they also weirdly serve hot dogs?)
Hummus Kitchen - Mediterranean - $$ - Murray Hill
Nice spot with great hummus and the fluffiest pita!
Ruby's - Australian - $ - Murray Hill
Great for salads and sandwiches - also the breakfast is awesome
I know Brooklyn is not a neighborhood but I don't have enough recos to make more than one section (aka don't yell at me)
Hometown Bar-B-Que - BBQ - $$ - Red Hook
Out of the way but sooo worth it
Pies-n-Thighs - Southern - $$ - Williamsburg
The chicken biscuit is out of this woooorld
Habana Outpost - Mexican - $ - Fort Green
Super casual and inexpensive, fun in the summer
The Bounty - American - $$ - Greenpoint
Lovely little spot, great hospitality (pro-tip: take the ferry over)
Ice & Vice - Ice cream - $$ - Lower East Side
The most insane flavors I've ever tried (Milk Honey was bomb) plus the guys were so nice and encouraged us to try everything
10 Below - Ice cream - $ - Chinatown
The hype is worth it - the ice cream is GOOD. Extra creamy/light and fun to watch them make!
The Doughnut Project - Doughnuts - $$ - West Village
Famous for their everything doughnut with cream cheese frosting and everything seasoning - perfect combo of savory & sweet
Big Gay Ice Cream - Ice cream - $ - Various locations
They only make chocolate and vanilla but they do it RIGHT. Get the American Globs cone. Just do it.
Mikey Likes It Ice Cream - Ice cream - $$ - Alphabet City
Tiny, hole in the wall spot with fun flavor combos
M’O IL Gelato - Gelato - $$ - Little Italy
Cold gelato in a warm soft panini.....mmm
Doughnut Plant - Doughnuts - $$ - Lower East Side
Lots of fun flavors (and shapes)! My fave was the square peanut butter & blackberry jam doughnut
Soft Swerve - Ice cream - $ - Lower East Side
Always a line but it is actually good. Get the Ube purple yam!
Eggloo - Ice Cream Waffles - $ - Chinatown
Very instagrammable. Starts off good but gets ugly/melty quickly.
Ample Hills Creamery - Ice cream - $ - Meatpacking & Brooklyn
Awesome, awesome ice cream. Get the munchies!
Milk & Cream Cereal Bar - Ice cream - $ - Chinatown
Super long lines, fun if you're into cereal but nothing crazy
Van Leeuwen - Ice Cream - $ - SoHo
Overpriced but actually really good
Oddfellows Ice Cream Co - Ice cream - $ - East Village
Ice cream sandwiches and brioche rolls! Loved the oatmeal cookie flavor
Undercote - Specialty cocktails - $$$ - Flatiron
Botanical bar underneath the Korean steakhouse, Cote. Super cool space, delicious cocktails and appetizers.
Apothoke - Speakeasy - $$$ - Chinatown
My favorite speakeasy (on my favorite block). Yes it's pricey but the environment alone is worth it.
Beauty & Essex - Speakeasy - $$$ - Lower East Side
The only speakeasy I've been to that is actually hidden. Again, v pricey but fun to bring people visiting NYC
Mr. Purple - Rooftop hotel bar - $$$ - Lower East Side
Fun, pricey, trendy summer spot
The Garret - Specialty cocktails - $$ - Alphabet City
Small space, great staff, cool cocktails
230 Fifth - Rooftop bar - $$ - Flatiron
The city's largest rooftop bar - good for groups and a view of the Empire State Building
The Frying Pan - Bar on a boat! - $$ - Chelsea/Hudson Yards
Bar on a docked ship in the Hudson! Very fun in the summer.
Cork Buzz - Wine Bar - $$ - Union Square
Nicer, upscale wine bar. They do rosé flights!
Dante at Genuine - Italian - $$$ - Little Italy
Cute, cosy spot (with good food too) we got drinks with gold in them!
Pod 39 - Rooftop hotel bar - $$ - Murray Hill
Mexican restaurant/bar in the lobby and beautiful rooftop!
The Standard Biergarten - Outdoor bar - $$ - Meatpacking
Semi-outdoor biergarten with not just beer and snacks!
Pulqueria - Mexican - $$ - Chinatown
Next door to Apotheke, great music & dancing (speakeasy vibes)
The Williamsburg Hotel - Hotel bar - $$ - Williamsburg
Beautiful space without being bougie, good music and not overly crowded