Quintessential nyc restaurant list
It genuinely pains me to write this list. There is an endless rolodex of restaurants to love in New York, in every neighborhood. However, one needs a manageable list. A list that says "I am here to eat myself to death for 4 days and I shall conquer this city." That is the list I wrote for you. Stick to this and you can feel confident that you've sampled the best of the best. No, I did not include Katz's, The Spotted Pig, Minetta Tavern or Joe's. If you want to read the same list everyone else writes, go to another website.
Now, without further ado... if I only had 4 days in my fair city, here is what I would put in my face:
Xi'An Famous foods
Xi'an-style Chinese fare, hand pulled noodles and cumin lamb dumplings
81 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003 (multi location)
Offshoot of a famed food cart offering gyros, chicken & rice platters & other Middle Eastern eats.
E 14th St, New York, NY 10003
russ & daughter café
Full-service cafe serving Jewish comfort food from the legendary appetizing shop
127 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Rustic digs featuring slow smoked meats, craft beer & live music on weekends
454 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
A white guy from Long Island creating some of the best ramen & izakaya-style small plates
25 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002
Phenomenal food & hip setting. In my opinion, the best steakhouse in NYC. No, it's not Peter Luger. If I wanted to pay to be treated like shit I'd just go to Friday's.
57 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019
Long standing, old school Italian deli with the best sandwiches in NYC. Get the Italian hero or veal cutlet with broccoli rabe & fresh mozz
260 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
Empellón Al Pastor
Offshoot of Empellón focusing on killer cheap tacos plus margaritas & micheladas
132 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009
Nom Wah Nolita
Skip the Chinatown line and visit the qucik service offshoot featuring dim sum, noodles & dumplings
10 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012
Popular Bushwick destination known for its wood-fired pizzas & outdoor seating
261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Arguably the best bakery in NYC featuring handmade sweet & savory baked goods. The chocolate babke is to die for.
18 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003
Detroit-style square pizzas, juicy burgers, and the rest of the menu ain't bad either
364 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Union square cafe
Danny Meyer's first restaurant with unparalleled hospitality and upscale New American comfort foods
101 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003
Lively outdoor eatery offering trays of pit-smoked BBQ & frozen rose that will knock you on your ass
480 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Hot dogs with creative toppings, open late to curb those drunk cravings
113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009
big gay ice cream
Cones with wacky fixings at this spin-off of the popular food truck.
125 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009