Fuku


Overview

David Chang is expanding his empire and multiplying his fast casual concept, Fuku. The restaurant has outposts now in the East Village, Wall Street, MSG and Citi Field. The focus is chicken and there is certainly a fuck ton of it on the menu. Since expanding to Fidi, Chang also expanded his menu of chicken offerings. Items include a massive dark meat spicy fried chicken, sticky-sweet fuku fingers and a chicken dip with cucumbers & fiery sauce. The star is the amazing Chimek feast served with a whole fried chicken (1/2 habanero, 1/2 sweet & spicy), fries, pickled daikon, pickle chips, kimchi, all the sauces. Everything is super crave worthy, gluttonous and worth every calorie. 

Information:

Address  163 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003

110 Wall St, New York, NY 10005

Neighborhood: East Village, Financial District 

Website: https://eatfuku.com/

Price: $


 

Tableside Italian Cook Shoppe  


Overview

Tableside Italian is a new restaurant that recently hit the mean streets of the East Village. The family owned and operated restaurant is cozy and dark with warm service. The food is authentic Italian cuisine but the ingredients and plating is a step up from your average red sauce Italian joint. The menu offers a lot to choose from with surprising starters like tender lamb meatballs and baked clams with bacon.  Portions are large and the absolute best thing is the thick cut, impossibly tender pan roasted pork chop with sweet and mild vinegar peppers. I say this to you as a person who doesn't really like pork chops and generally hates peppers. It's that fantastic. Great little neighborhood spot with elevated comfort food. 

Information:

Address345 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

Phone: (646) 852-6498

Neighborhood: East Village

Website: http://www.tablesideitaliancookshoppe.com/

Price: $$-$$$


 

Fornino


Overview

Fornino has opened its third and largest location, this time in the developing Williamsburg waterfront area. The casual, rustic space features a grab-n-go area for sandwiches, a sprawling dining area, and a large open kitchen with wood fired pizza ovens. The large menu offers a vast range of food great for sharing like antipasto of roasted vegetables, cured meats and salads. Pizza is the star and it takes the form of Neapolitan style. In a city with a lot of pizza competition you better come correct, and I'm happy to say the pizzas were great with chewy, perfectly charred crusts. Two of the best are the classic margarita or the tartufo white pie with 3 cheeses and black winter truffle. Great place for groups or just a neighborhood staple you can visit frequently. 

Information:

Address: 291 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY 11201

849 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Phone: (718) 384-6004

Neighborhood: Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Brooklyn Heights

Website: https://fornino.com/

Price: $$


 

La Pecora Bianca


Overview

La Pecora Bianca is a breezy, sun drenched restaurant that debuted in 2015 from the team behind Claudette & Rosemary’s. The space operates as a coffee bar in the mornings, followed by lunch & dinner service. Whenever you go, you are sure to find a crowd of well dressed New Yorkers packed inside. The market-driven Italian cuisine focuses on seasonality so the selection is updated often. The menu is packed with vegetable dishes, grass fed meat & an array of seafood options.  Housemade pasta selection includes spaghetti with pomodoro sauce, tagliatelle with beef and pork Bolognese, and tortelloni with fava bean, sheep’s milk ricotta, and mint.

Information:

Address1133 Broadway, New York, NY 10010

Phone:  (212) 498-9696

Neighborhood: Nomad

Website: http://www.lapecorabianca.com/

Price: $$-$$$


 

Black Tap


Overview

The small, casual storefront that was the original Black Tap opened just a few years ago and has rapidly expanded to 4 NYC locations. Restaurants range in size but each is laid back with an impressive coating of graffiti artwork. If you don't know this place you've probably still seen their milkshakes, um, everywhere that media exists and their massive lines at each store. They have over the top, ultra Instagrammable shakes coated with every type of sweet. The real star of the menu, however, are the sandwiches. You can choose from over12 options of creative burger toppings, falafel burger, or an excellent fried chicken. The menu undisputedly offers one of best burgers in New York and the classic is absolutely perfect - juicy & flavorful, topped with perfectly melted cheese, crisp fresh lettuce/tomato, and special sauce. It is undoubtedly worth the wait, and I NEVER say that. 

Information:

Address  529 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Phone: (917) 639-3089

Neighborhood: Soho, Lower East Side, Midtown, Meatpacking

Website: https://blacktapnyc.com

Price: $$


 

Regina's Grocery

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Overview

Regina's Grocery is like a blast from the past in the best way. The small Lower East Side storefront has been remodeled to look like the old school Italian deli's in Brooklyn, complete with the beautiful Italian Regina behind the counter. They have filled the gap in a neighborhood that was seriously lacking a deli. The offerings are an impressively long list (15+) of creative sandwich combos. Prosciutto, mortadella, hot sopressata, smoked ham and fresh mozz are heavily represented.  In addition to the sandwiches they have a selection of Italian groceries and specialty items like hot peppers, pasta salad and marinated artichokes. 

Information:

Address27 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Phone:  (347) 680-4361

Neighborhood: Lower East Side

Website:  https://www.reginasgrocery.com/

Price: $


 

The Cannibal Liquor House  


Overview

Cannibal Liquor House is a bar by the Cannibal team, located next door to the original restaurant. The atmosphere is casual & dark, with a large bar and plenty of seating. As the name would suggest, they offer an array of cocktails and an impressive menu of bar bites. The offerings are meat heavy but there is a surprising range of vegetable friendly dishes. There are tons of snacks to graze on like house made chips, everything pretzels, and onion rings all done very well. If you'd like something more substantial burrata, clams, and even octopus are available. The star is the sandwiches, most exciting of which is the towering fried green tomato "burger" that comes piled high with two patties, bacon, smoked aioli and goat cheese. It's a fun place for casual evening or happy hour specials. 

Information:

Address 111 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

Phone:  (212) 685-5585

Neighborhood: Nomad

Website: http://thecanniballiquorhouse.com/

Price: $$-$$$


 

Gato


Overview

Gato is Bobby Flay's most recent addition to New York City. Although the restaurant is large and buzzing, it still feels warms. The space features high exposed ceilings with a massive wrap around bar in the center and a beautifully tiled floor reminiscent of Portugal. The menu is Mediterranean with a heavy Spanish, Greek & Italian influences. The selection is vast and dishes are easy to share. They have no less than 13 tapas style dishes to choose from and a wide array of ingredients like scallops, razor clams, yellowtail, burrata, and tons of veggies. You can mix up with rest of your meal with pizza, roasted fish, or giant slabs of pork. The restaurant opened three years ago and even now it commands a crowd.

Information:

Address  324 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

 Phone:  (212) 334-6400

Neighborhood: Noho  

Website: http://gatonyc.com/

Price: $$$


 

Gabriel Kreuther  


Overview

After years of wild success as the executive chef at The Modern, Gabriel Kreuther struck out on his own and opened his namesake in 2015 north of Bryant Park. The space is elegant with high ceilings & towering arrangements of flowers . A tiled walkway separates the white table clothed fine dining room from the more casual bar with leather banquets. The Alsatian-inspired menu is nothing short of luxurious, with impeccable service to match. The food is very sophisticated & beautifully plated with specks of foie gras, caviar and lobster everywhere. Although the bill is costly, the dining experience is truly a unique one. The popularity of the restaurant proves that fine dining is not dead and can be modernized. 

Information:

Address 41 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

Phone:  (212) 257-5826

Neighborhood: Midtown West

Website: https://www.gknyc.com/

Price: $$$$


 

Grand Banks

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photo: business insider


Overview

Grand Banks is a seasonal venue open throughout the warmer months in NYC, stationed on the Hudson River. The ship was built in 1942 and has been restored beautifully, with a massive bar and plenty of table seating. This is permanently docked so you can board at any time but you will undoubtedly encounter a line of well dressed, beautiful people. The cocktails are "nautically inspired" using fresh squeezed juices & locally sourced produce. The menu focuses on seafood with an eye on seasonality and sustainability. Dishes are elevated takes on crudo, raw bar, scallops and soft shell crabs. The overflowing lobster rolls are not to be missed.  

Information:

Address Hudson River Park, Pier 25, New York, NY 10013

Phone:   (212) 660-6312

Neighborhood: Tribeca

Website: http://www.grandbanks.org/

Price: $$-$$$


 

Egg Shop Brooklyn


Overview

Breakfast lovers rejoice- the palace of eggs has opened a Brooklyn outpost of their original concept. This particular location is easily 3x the size of the original, which at times can be uncomfortably cramped. Don't anticipate that making it any easier to get in, but it is worth the wait for some breakfast comfort food served all day. As the name would suggest, the menu focuses on everything egg. You'll find creative sandwiches the best of which are a massive fried chicken sandwich and an everything seasoning biscuit with smoked salmon, dill & horseradish cream. Much of the popular items have carried over from the original menu but Brooklyn-only items include a breakfast burrito with french fries and BEC tacos. 

Information:

Address  138 N 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Phone:    (646) 787-7502

Neighborhood: Williamsburg  

Website: https://www.eggshopnyc.com/

Price: $$


 

abcV


Overview

Jean-Georges Vongerichten's ABC family of restaurants has added a third venture to their group, this time in the form of the vegetarian concept abcV. This venue is the most casual of the three with a takeout counter, tiny bar, and relaxed dining room. The white washed space is outfitted with quirky chandeliers and wall hangings from their furniture store counterpart. The food is more upscale than the space would indicate, and JGV is doing really interesting vegetarian plates. Vegetables stand on their own here, as opposed to vegetable protein masquerading as meat (talking to you, seitan). The menu is wildly diverse with influences from Asia, India, and the Mediterranean. Ideal dishes are the shallot labne with fava beans, dosas, fresh spinach spaghetti, and roasted cauliflower with turmeric-tahini & pistachios. The bar offers locally made organic spirits, a list of biodynamic wines & fresh juices. 

Information:

Address  38 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003

Phone:    (212) 475-5829

Neighborhood: Gramercy  

Website: http://www.abchome.com/eat/abcv/

Price: $$-$$$


 

Cote


Overview

Cote is like an Asian meat palace. Restaurateur Simon Kim took the idea of humble Korean BBQ and elevated the concept into something chic. The space is minimalistic- high ceilings with clean lines and communal tables all outfitted with sunken grills. The meat is undeniably excellent and the selection is vast. Their staff expertly grills cuts of dry-aged and fresh meats like hanger steak and kalbi, or marinated short ribs.  They offer a la cart items but the star of the menu is the butcher’s feast arriving with prime beef with sides of ban chan, savory egg soufflé, kimchee and dwen-jang stew. 

Information:

Address  16 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

Phone:    (212) 401-7986

Neighborhood: Flatiron  

Website: https://www.cotenyc.com/

Price: $$$


 

Dekalb Market Hall


Overview

New York's newest food hall has arrived, this time in downtown Brooklyn. The ambitious project houses 40 vendors with a massive variety in cuisine types. You will find famous NYC staples like Katz's & The Arepa Lady as well as many newcomers. Whether you are craving poke, paella or pierogies, your needs will be satisfied here. I would opt for the more adventurous items and try Korean steamed buns from Bunsmith , grilled Pakistani meats at BK Jani, or Vietnamese plates from Bunker. The hall is also equipped with a show kitchen, cocktail bar & daily live programming.

Information:

Address  445 Albee Square W, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone:    (914) 288-8100

Neighborhood: Downtown Brooklyn/Fort Greene  

Website: http://dekalbmarkethall.com/

Price: $-$$


 

Reunion


Overview

I love this place. No really, I fucking love it. Reunion is a corner café is located in Williamburg. The floor to ceiling windows flood the space with light so that it feels relaxed and airy. You can choose to grab a coffee from the counter or be seated at the casual wooden round top tables. The inviting space is great for brunch or working on your computer for the afternoon. The owner hails from Israel and his menu is charmingly Mediterranean. The colorful dishes are flanked with flavors of sumac, tahini, halva & spices. Their sabich bowl with fried eggplant made me die all over myself. The mixture of soft and crunchy textures with deep rich flavors of tahini made it one of the best brunch dishes I’ve ever experienced. I cannot wait to go back.

Information

Address:  544 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Phone : (718) 599-3670

Neighborhood: Williamsburg

Website: http://reunionyc.com/

Price: $$


 

Ilili


Overview

Ilili has been renowned as one of the better, if not best Lebanese restaurants in the city for years. The food is casual but you can have said food in a very chic setting. The interior is breathtakingly grand with dramatic high ceilings and warm lighting. The room is designed to look like as though you are sitting amongst the windows in the streets of Beirut. Because of it's large size, the space is ideal for big groups & celebrations. You will find classic Mediterranean mezze throughout the menu perfectly designed to split, allowing you to order many dishes. For smaller dishes graze on hommus, labne, chankleesh (feta) & grape leafs. The main dishes offer a huge variety of grilled proteins like lamb & beef. Such variety of vegetarian, fish, and meat options will allow you to return many times and never have the same meal twice. 

Information

Address:  236 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Phone :  (212) 683-2929

Neighborhood: Flatiron

Website: http://www.ililinyc.com/

Price: $$-$$$


 

i Trulli


Overview

Opened in 1994, i Trulli has stood the test of time in a city that loves to close down restaurants.  The interior is simple - lots of wood, white table clothes & paintings. They have a tranquil garden area with a waterfall in the back that transports you out of NYC and right to Italy. The menu celebrates old world Italian food so much so that the owner's mother is standing in the bar rolling pasta by hand when you visit. Literally, an Italian grandma cuts each piece of pasta. Where the hell else can you find that? Dishes are simple & rustic with few ingredients. "If a dish has more than 3 ingredients it better be minestrone" the owner insisted to me. You can find him walking around the dining room chatting with guests that have all become friends. If you're a wino, you can choose from 450 labels, all Italian with an emphasis on Southern Italian wines. 

Information

Address:  124 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016

Phone :  (212) 481-7372

Neighborhood: Kips Bay/Gramercy 

Website: http://www.itrulli.com/

Price: $$$


 

Bessou


Overview

You should know about Bessou. The restaurant is located on Bleeker with an unassuming storefront and a stylishly decorated interior. The space feels Japanese- clean, contemporary & devout of too much fuss. I love the food. Not in a "it was good maybe I'd go back" kind of way; every single dish is great. The menu is not strictly Japanese but influenced by the owner’s childhood in New York and filled with variety. You'll find modern takes on sake steamed clams, crispy rice topped with fish, and chili oil cucumbers. There is a generous section of noodle dishes and rice including a chirashi bowl heaping with fish. Even the fried chicken is excellent, dusted in moroccan spices and served with kewpie potato salad & shiso tzatziki. This is an experience you should really have, at a price that makes it accessible.

Information

Address:  5 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

Phone : (212) 228-8502

Neighborhood: Noho

Website: http://bessou.nyc/

Price: $$$


 

Randolph Beer


Overview

Randolph Beer might be one of the most visually interesting spaces in New York. Every inch of the interior has been painstakingly choreographed to have visual appeal. The casual interior has floor-to-ceiling neon murals, antique televisions stacked high, and neon installations. Running half the length of the space is a "beer wall" from which you may take as many pours as you like from the 20+ choices. It is an extremely unique & fun experience for all you beer lovers. The menu is craveable bar food in generous portions. Think shrimp tacos, burgers, fried chicken & warm soft pretzels. They recently introduced Friday brunch so you may get that menu 3x weekly. It's a great place for groups to congregate, drink beer & get loud. 

Information

Address:  104 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Phone :  (646) 383-3623

Neighborhood: Williamsburg

Website: http://www.randolphbeer.com/

Price: $$-$$$


 

Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria


Overview

I'll be damned if this isn't one of the cutest restaurants you've ever seen. Split into two sections, the Alimentari grocery section up front is filled with cured meats and Italian bread. Continue through the space and you'll find a dining area which is charmingly rustic with an open kitchen. The room is filled with a mix of romantic dates, business dinners, and girls' nights out. The menu is a relatively upscale version of food you would find in adorable trattorias in Italy. What they do best is meat, cheese, wine, and bread (which is all I really need in life). The pastas are simple with few ingredients, made fresh. It's a convenient neighborhood spot to graze on fried artichokes & grilled octopus with friends or even sit at the bat solo. 

Information

Address:  53 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

Phone:   (212) 837-2622

Neighborhood: Noho

Website: http://ilbucovineria.com/

Price: $$$