Rossopomodoro

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Overview:

Rossopomodoro is a charming café on Greenwich St in the West Village. The interior is a clean, simple version of an upscale pizzeria. The space is deceptively large with two main dining rooms, a large bar and patio seating on 2 sides. Food is Neopolitan style with plenty of pastas and pizzas on the menu. For your pizza selection choose from sausage, porchetta, broccoli rabe, and spicy salami to name a few. There pasta list is equally long with gnocco, tagliatelle, and ravioli. You can also entirely avoid the carbs and opt for great seafood options like their expertly grilled octopus with silky cauliflower puree. For brunch, the place is a calm respite from the insanity that ensues in other West Village locations. 

Information:

Address:  118 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

Phone: (212) 242-2310

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$$


 

The Odeon

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Overview:

The Odeon is one of those tried & true Tribeca staples that has stood the test of time since being opened by Keith McNally in 1980. The space is a lively bistro with big chrome banquets, white table clothes and outdoor seating. It feels like old New York in the best way. The menu mainly consists of French bistro classics like oysters, steak frite, frisee salad and steak tartare. Breakfast and lunch are served daily with brasserie favorites like croque monsieur, moules frites and french onion soup. Great for a business lunch, group dinner or solo bar dining. 

Information:

Address145 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Phone:   (212) 233-0507

Neighborhood: Tribeca

Price: $$$


 

Pretty Southern

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Overview:

Pretty Southern is a cozy Greenpoint spot form the mind of chef Sam Talbot. The space is small and bright, with a colorful outdoor area complete with a large quirky mural. The menu is all southern comfort food - meaning it's all terrible for you - but done so extremely well that it is genuinely worth every calorie. Talbot has put a modern spin on a laundry list of dishes fit to cure any hangover. There is a grilled pimento cheese & tomato sandwich, flaky biscuits, and some of the greatest skillet mac & cheese ever created. Chicken comes fried or rotisserie style in all sizes. Southern style desserts like banana cream pudding and a full bar round out a visit. For picky eaters out there, you can actually find a good amount of vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options as well. 

Information:

Address14 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Phone:  (718) 349-2967

Neighborhood: Greenpoint

Price: $$-$$$


 

Vic's

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Overview:

Vic's is a go-to for all occasions in Noho from the Five Points team. The vibe is that of a comfortable neighborhood restaurant, just with exceptionally good looking people all around you. You'll find a spacious interior with several distinct dining areas, large tables, a skylight and semi-open kitchen. The menu is mainly Italian and chef Hillary Sterling does both farm-to-table cooking and pizza quite well. The antipasti and mercato sections have an excellent list of vegetables like delicata squash with walnut gremolata, puntarelle with anchovies, and crispy calamari with fennel and pine nuts. Choose from 5 Neapolitan pies or a long list of pastas like cacio e pepe and eggplant ravioli. It's really a restaurant good for many things - an intimate date, group brunch, or dinner with the parents. 

Information:

Address31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

Phone: (212) 253-5700

Neighborhood: Noho

Price: $$$


 

Babu Ji

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Overview:

The banner on the Babu Ji website exclaims "not your typical Indian joint" and that's pretty accurate. They have moved from their original space in the East Village and now take their home just south of Union Square. The new space is a bit nondescript - split level, casual, with bold photography on the walls. In terms of food, this Indian menu is special and a departure from the "sitting on your couch" cuisine. The presentation of the dishes is modern and vibrant; upscale while still comforting and packed with spices. There are more traditional offerings like coconut curry shrimp, yellow dhal and butter chicken all exuding deep, rich flavors. More creative options are available such as duck curry, colonel tso’s cauliflower and naan pizza . The tasting menu is an excellent option for $62 per person. 

Information:

Address22 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

Phone(212) 951-1082

Neighborhood: Union Square

Price: $$$


 

Bubby's

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Overview:

Bubby's is a fantastic diner-style concept that started in 1990 as a pie company. They have since expanded to 2 Manhattan locations and several in Japan while remaining a Tribeca institution. The vibe is casual and comfortable with big wooden tables and huge windows. They serve food all day and the space is consistently packed for all meal periods. The food is slightly more sophisticated than your average diner plates but they do all the simple classics extremely well. Their scratch made American menu includes favorites like crispy chicken biscuits, huge market salads, and breakfast all day like fluffy stacked blueberry pancakes, eggs benedict & huevos rancheros. This is comfort food at its finest in a warm space that feels like home. 

Information:

Address120 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

73 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

Phone  (212) 219-0666

Neighborhood: Tribeca & Meatpacking District

Price: $$-$$$


 

SUGARCANE raw bar grill

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Overview:

The Miami hit Sugarcane has arrived in NYC from the team that also brought you Sushi Samba. The restaurant takes it's home in the newly expanding Empire Store complex of Dumbo, Brooklyn. The massive space has bright colors and low lighting, with views of Manhattan’s skyline and the Brooklyn bridge. The menu is made up of globally inspired small plates coming from their kitchen which includes an open fire grill & raw bar.  Asian, Latin and American influences mix to create plates like bacon-wrapped dates, an array of crudos and ceviches, and more substantial dishes like chimichurri skirt steak and yakitori chicken. It's a fun place to bring a big group and share some interesting food. 

Information:

Address55 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone (718) 473-9555

Neighborhood: Dumbo

Price: $$$


 

Cookshop

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Overview:

Cookshop has been a neighborhood favorite for years and judging from the packed house for breakfast, lunch & dinner they show no signs of stopping. The restaurant comes from the team behind other hits like Rosie's, Vic's and the new Shuka (formerly Hundred Acres). The space is warm and homey while still being moderately upscale. The greenmarket-driven menu is mostly American and features grass-fed meat, locally caught fish, and sustainably raised poultry. You'll find crowd pleasers like seared scallops, Berkshire pork chops and tons of vegetables everywhere. Weekend brunch is especially popular with dishes like huevos rancheros and baked eggs. This place will surely be a beautiful neighborhood mainstay for years to come. 

Information:

Address: 156 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Phone: (212) 924-4440

Neighborhood: Chelsea

Price: $$$


 

Málà Project  

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Overview:

Málà Project is a cozy, casual East Village spot where even the most jaded New Yorkers can come try food they have never experienced. The restaurant specializes in Sichuan dry pot which is a dish that became popular in the provincial capital of Chengdu during the ’80s. To build your dry pot there are roughly 70, yes 70, ingredients to choose from ranging from traditional (glass noodles, oyster mushrooms, prawns) to absolutely wild (beef artery, duck tongue, chicken gizzard). Ingredients are then tossed in a big bamboo bowl with plenty of cilantro and chili peppers. To round out your meal there are plenty of non-dry-pot specialties, like crispy-thin scallion pancakes, excellent dan dan noodles, and pan-fried pork dumplings. This is a really fun place to come with a group and try an interesting cuisine for a very low price. 

Information:

Address:  122 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009

Phone:  (212) 353-8880

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$


 

Little Alley

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Overview:

Little Alley is a traditional Shanghainese restaurant in Murray Hill. The space feels modern and sleek with brick lined walls and a women in the dining room hand rolling dumplings (which you must love, obviously). The menu has a long list of traditional meat & seafood entrees plus rice & noodles which are all much better than your average Chinese food restaurant. The dim sum selection has all the soup dumplings, pork buns and potstickers your heart could desire. Overall this is a casual neighborhood spot great for a relaxing dine-in experience or take out, at a very low price.

Information:

Address550 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

Phone: (646) 998-3976

Neighborhood: Murray Hill

https://www.littlealley.nyc/

Price: $$


 

Empire Diner

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Overview:

What's better than a New York City diner? Almost nothing, except when long time NY chef John DeLucie steps in to revamp the menu. The restaurant has changed hands several times over the years but it doesn't seem to have stopped the nearly endless foot traffic of beautiful people crowding the art deco space. The interior has been updated with stainless steel touches, white tile and a vintage bar. You'll find a traditional list of diner menu classics that have been updated beautifully. There are freshly baked pastries and cold pressed juices to start your meal. For all day breakfast there is a brilliant soft scramble eggs cacio peppe dish and smoked salmon pastrami served on potato rosti. The fried chicken is sourdough pretzel crusted and the skillet mac & cheese is served with black diamond cheddar & parmesan bread crumbs. Really, every dish is comforting and delicious. Open daily 8am-1am with a full bar. 

Information:

Address:  210 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Phone: (212) 335-2277

Neighborhood: Chelsea

Price: $$-$$$


 

Nobody is Perfect

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Overview:

Nobody's Perfect is the 3rd restaurant from the team behind 2 other neighborhood spots, Pardon My French and Chou Chou. This is a tough location, as it is the 5th restaurant in this space in 10 years. The current owners have done a magnificent job decorating the sprawling space and making it feel inviting in spite of its large size. The design is industrial chic with tons of decorative tile, hard wood and exposed brick. The menu is mainly Italian with signature dishes like whole roasted chicken and carbonara which arrives in a hollowed-out wheel of pecorino. Starters like calamari, meatballs and burrata are all under $14. They also serve a list of pizzas that come from their central wood fired oven. Bottomless brunch is served on weekends for $30 but be forewarned it's cash only. 

Information:

Address:  235 E 4th St, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (646) 869-1469

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$-$$$


 

Fort Defiance

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Overview:

Fort Defiance is an all day neighborhood spot serving up breakfast, lunch, brunch & dinner. The vintage-inspired setting sort of reminds you of Cheers by way of Brooklyn, where everybody knows your name. Classic cocktails pair with seasonal American dishes like deviled eggs, watermelon & feta salad, and smoke trout. The sandwiches are excellent, particularly the muffaletta or the simple cheeseburger made with ground chuck on a brioche bun. Nice little neighborhood hang. 

Information:

Address:  365 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Phone:  (347) 453-6672

Neighborhood: Red Hook

Price: $$-$$$


 

De Maria  

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Overview:

De Maria is the perfect, chic addition to the already extra chic area of Nolita. The airy, causal space feels somewhat beachy inside and has a large patio outside full of stylish New Yorkers wearing floppy hats. The all-day cafe comes from the mind of chef Camille Becerra and serves colorful, healthful offerings. The menu is full of salads, grain bowls and all day breakfast but Becerra has made her food much more dynamic than the average "healthy food" restaurant. For example, her avocado toast comes with lavender cured salmon and honey egg. Another interesting offering is the tiger Bowl with coconut grains, house-cured salmon, avocado, hijiki, black sesame & leche de tigre. Prices are very reasonable, portions are ample, and the restaurant serves a full bar. 

Information:

Address19 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

Phone: (212) 966-3058

Neighborhood: Nolita

Price: $$-$$$


 

Carma East

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Overview:

Carma East is an East Village neighborhood spot which recently had it's first birthday. The atmosphere is modern and cozy; casual enough to frequent. The contemporary Chinese/Taiwanese menu mainly focuses on dim sum. You'll find the usual players- tons of dumplings, shu mai, crispy chicken and pork bao. The taiwanese style beef noodle soup is rich and loaded with chunks of meat. Dishes like general tso's chicken and crispy pork with cucumbers round out the menu. Full bar available. 

Information:

Address: : 507 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (212) 228-9688

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$


 

Little Tong Noodle Shop

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Overview

Little Tong is a compact, corner eatery from a chef who cut her teeth cooking at WD-50,  Simone Tong. The narrow, wood lined space is casual with some seating outside that is perfect for people watching in the East Village. Chinese mixian rice noodles are the focus here and are accompanied by small plates such as ghost pepper chicken, beef tartare with scallion pancake and pork wontons. Mixian is a style of fermented rice noodle which comes from the Chinese province of Yunnan. There are 4 distinctive options with interesting toppings like the Mala Dan Dan Mixian topped with ground pork, ya cai, pickled celery and mustard seeds, chili oil & peanuts. Dishes are all under $15 and they serve beer & wine as well. 

Information:

Address177 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Phone: (929) 367-8664

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$-$$$


 

Shuka

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Overview

Shuka is a brand new Soho restaurant from the same team and chef that ran the former space, Hundred Acres. Structurally the interior has remained the same with 3 distinctive dining areas but it has been given a whole new feel. The space has been washed with white and vibrant turquoise paint then decked out in beautiful decorative tiles and Moroccan prints. The menu is Mediterranean with a long list of dips, small plates and kebabs of grilled meats & seafood. Mezzes include fried haloumi, lamb tartare, bourekas & za-atar fries. Every single dish is seasoned aggressively and completely worth while. The vibe is fun and hip making it an amazing spot to come with a group and share tons of dishes. I can't wait to return time & time again. 

Information:

Address38 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012

Phone:  (212) 475-7500

Neighborhood: Soho

Price: $$-$$$


 

aRoqa

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Overview:

You know how you like to order Indian food and sit on your couch with no pants on? Maybe some samosas and tikka masala. That's not this place. Chef-owner Gaurav Anand definitely owns venues of that nature, but this ain't one of 'em. The interior is dark and sleek with a large gold bar. What you'll find here is eclectic Indian fare with inventive presentations like food that arrives to your table in toy bicycles and trucks or chicken wings being set on fire. Dishes here are built with exciting spice combinations and definitely bring the heat. There are over 16 smaller plates all under $16 like vindaloo momos (dumplings), parsi chimbori (beer battered crab), and corn paddu  (rice cakes). This is a really exciting departure from the Indian food we have come to expect in America; updated and made fun. 

Information:

Address206 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Phone: (646) 678-5471

Neighborhood: Chelsea

Price: $$-$$$


 

Mifune

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Overview:

Mifune is a sleek, bi-level eatery located in Midtown. The decor is minimalistic and simple, with a comfortable dining room and an eight-seat omakase bar. They specialize in intricate Japanese meals, including tasting menus. Presentation is elegant and dishes aren't overly fussy with too many ingredients. The food comes from two chefs with Michelin star experience and their menu is flush with opulent ingredients like truffle, caviar, foie gras and wagyu beef. Diners can choose between an $120, eight-course tasting meal or select from an a la carte menu. Dishes include king crab egg custard, broiled shrimp with caviar, smoked butterfish and of course expertly sliced sushi. 

Information:

Address245 E 44th St, New York, NY 10017

Phone: (212) 986-2800

Neighborhood: Midtown East

Price: $$$


 

Dziupla

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Overview:

Dziupla is a cozy, no frills restaurant on Bedford Ave in Williamsburg. The casual, brick-lined space takes up 2 storefronts on the busy avenue and attracts a crowd especially for brunch. The menu is comprised of Polish comfort food re: this is not diet food, it's all heavy carb & meat bombs (whatever). All of the Eastern European homey classics are represented like borscht and a large selection of doughy pierogies stuffed with cheese, sauerkraut and even duck . Entrées are very generous and include stuffed cabbage covered in tomato sauce, a spicy kielbasa, and grass-fed beef goulash. They offer happy hour specials all week and a bottomless brunch on weekends. 

Information:

Address194 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Phone: (718) 388-6194

Neighborhood: Williamsburg

Price: $$