NYC Restaurants

I don’t consider myself an expert when it comes to restaurant criticism, but I definitely eat at enough restaurants in New York to know what I like and where I would go back to eat at again. Friends and family are always asking me “where can I get Italian in Chelsea?” or “what’s a good place for dessert in the West Village?” For the past several years, I’ve kept a running list of all the restaurants I’ve tried and would often refer back to this list when asked for recommendations or racking my brain for dinner inspiration.

So now I share with you my list of NYC restaurant recommendations. Click through the other tabs to see where I love to eat in Manhattan and Brooklyn (other boroughs to come soon, hopefully!). I’ll be updating the list often, so be sure to come back!

RESTAURANT LOCATION CUISINE PRICE RECOMMENDATIONS
Spumoni Gardens Bensonhurst Pizza $ the best Sicilian style pizza
Buttermilk Channel Carroll Gardens American $$ great brunch, long wait
Frankies 457 Carroll Gardens Italian $$ the stracciatella cheese is a must!
Prime Meats Carroll Gardens German-
American
$$ delicious sausages and beer
16 Handles Chelsea Frozen
Yogurt
$ I know, I know, but I frequent this place at least once a week, so just had to include it!
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza Chelsea Pizza $$ I order their boxed salad on a near weekly basis
Bistro La Promenade Chelsea French $$$ pretty décor
Cafeteria Chelsea American $$ upscale comfort food. Love the mac and cheese
City Bakery Chelsea American/
Bakery
$ super indulgent hot chocolate
Co. Chelsea Pizza $$ amazing pizza, expect to wait though
Crispo Chelsea Italian $$ solid Italian food, ask to sit in the back garden
El Quinto Pino Chelsea Basque $$ tiny place with great drinks
Empire Cakes Chelsea Bakery $$ homemade twinkies in various flavors (red velvet is my fave)
Friedman’s Lunch Chelsea American $$ great burger
Legend Bar & Restaurant Chelsea Chinese $ classic takeout Chinese food
Raines Law Room Chelsea Speakeasy $$ fun date spot for drinks
Rye House Chelsea American $$ good beer selection and burgers
Socarrat Paella Bar Chelsea Spanish $$ black rice paella with shrimp, calamari and scallops
The Grey Dog Chelsea American $ good coffee, sandwiches, breakfast
Tipsy Parson Chelsea Southern $$ adorable brunch spot
Choice Clinton Hill American $ best breakfast sandwiches. lots of premade foods
The Cookery Dobbs Ferry American $$ love the crostini with fresh ricotta, honey and thyme
‘SMAC EV Mac and
Cheese
$ the Parisian is my favorite
Bianca EV Italian $ great italian and SO cheap
Birdbath Bakery EV Bakery $ insanely good chocolate chip cookies
Bowery Diner EV American $$ make your own milkshakes!
Butter Lane Cupcakes EV Bakery $ yummy cupcakes and classes
Cienfuegos EV Cuban $$$ beautiful place, delicious punch drinks, fun for a special occasion
Il Bagatto EV Italian $$ lots of daily specials
La Cerveceria EV Latin
American
Tapas
$$ get the lobster guacamole
Luke’s Lobster EV Lobster
Rolls
$ my favorite lobstah roll
Mayahuel EV Mexican $$ great drinks
Motorino EV Pizza $$ love the brussels sprouts pizza with pancetta
Nomad EV Tapas $$ get the trio of dips: hummus, cucumber yogurt and babaghanoush are my favorties
Porchetta EV Italian Pork Sandwiches $ perfectly salty and succulent pork sandwiches are a great quick bite
Porsena EV Italian $$ delicious pastas
The Bourgeois Pig EV French/
Fondue
$$ fancy drinks and fondue
The Brindle Room EV Small Plates $$ crispy pork belly – yum!
The Redhead EV Southern/
American
$$ soft pretzels and beer cheese should not be missed
Yuca Bar EV Latin $$ fun for drinks and brunch
Hill Country Barbecue Flatiron Barbeque $$ come prepared to eat a lot!
Shake Shack Flatiron Fast Casual $ because why not
The John Dory Oyster Bar Flatiron American/
Raw Bar
$$ parker house rolls. ’nuff said!
Olea Fort Greene Tapas $$ great date spot
The General Greene Fort Greene American $$ good shared plates like brussels sprouts or mac and cheese
Walter Foods Fort Greene American $$ cheery spot with great brunch. love the blood mary!
Gramercy Tavern Gramercy New
American
$$$$ absolutely amazing, but a splurge
La Follia Gramercy Italian $ burrata crostini is a must
Maialino Gramercy Italian $$$ I saw Ina Garten and her husband Jeffrey here – score!
The Loop Gramercy Sushi $$ my go-to sushi spot
Riverpark Kips Bay New
American
$$$ beautiful place
Beauty & Essex LES New
American
$$$ very sceney, but fun
Clinton Street Baking Company LES American $ best pancakes!
Rayuela LES Latin $$$ such a beautiful space
San Marzano LES Italian/
Pizza
$$ $35 prix fixe menu is great for large groups
Sons of Essex LES New
American
$$ trendy, hipster vibe
Stanton Social LES New
American
$$$ sceney, but fun
Sugar Sweet Sunshine LES Bakery $ love their cupcakes, but their banana pudding is where it’s at
The Meatball Shop LES Meatballs $ go classic or chicken meatballs with pesto
‘inoteca LES and Murray Hill Italian $$ small plates, good for sharing with groups
Fig & Olive Meatpacking Mediterranean $$$ trendy place, great olive oil tasting plate
The Standard Grill Meatpacking American $$ good raw bar. get the wake & bake (milk and cookies) for dessert
Bonchon Midtown Korean BBQ $ great Korean fried chicken. the hot & spicy sauce is SPICY!
db bistro moderne Midtown French-American $$$ can’t go wrong with this place if you’re looking for pre/post theater dinner
Milk Truck Midtown Grilled
Cheese
$ good for a quick bite in midtown
Norma’s Midtown American $$ classic NYC brunch scene
Penelope Murray Hill Italian $$ good for brunch but be prepared to wait
The Bluebell Cafe Murray Hill American $ standard brunch place
Applewood Park Slope New
American
$$$ their homemade bread and butter is to die for
Boqueria Soho Tapas $$ a semi-chain, but solid tapas
Lure Fishbar Soho American/
Raw Bar
$$ great seafood, fun nautical decor
The Dutch Soho American $$ great for brunch. good bloody marys
Blue Hill at Stone Barns Tarrytown,
NY
New
American
$$$$ once in a lifetime dining experience. a major splurge!
Becco Theater District Italian $$ good for pre-theater dinner
Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen Times Square Fast Casual $ good burgers and milkshakes
Kutsher’s Tribeca Tribeca Jewish American $$ get the chicken for two
Locanda Verde Tribeca Italian $$$ go for a special occasion
Plein Sud Tribeca French $$ molten chocolate cake with coconut ice cream all the way!
David Burke Townhouse UES New
American
$$$ love the creative presentation of food here
J.G. Melon UES American $ old school burger joint
Serendipity 3 UES American $$ Forbidden Broadway Sundae is my dream come true
Two Little Red Hens UES Bakery $ the Brooklyn Blackout cupcake is my favorite
Sarabeth’s UES and Tribeca American $$ NYC brunch institution
ABC Kitchen Union Square New
American
$$$ great all-around dining experience
Blue Water Grill Union Square Seafood/ American $$$ classic NYC spot
Friend of a Farmer Union Square American $$ love everything here
Kin Shop Union Square Thai $$ goat curry – try it!
The Coffee Shop Union Square Brazilian $$ eclectic menu, late night
Tortaria Union Square Mexican $ cheap margs and tortas
‘ino WV Italian $ cute but tiny sandwich spot
8th Street Wine Cellar WV Wine Bar $ $18 bottles during happy hour
Alta WV Tapas $$ good place for a fun night out
Bar Pitti WV Italian $$ solid Italian joint
Buvette WV French $$ adorable place and adorable waiters
Cafe Cluny WV French $$ adorable
Cowgirl WV Mexican $ love their margs!
dell’anima WV Italian $$ great atmosphere. amazing beet salad, phenomenal pastas. All around wonderful spot
Fedora WV New
American
$$ make a really great Old Fashioned.  the sugar pie is amazing
Hudson Clearwater WV New
American
$$ lovely date spot. duck is amazing
Jeffrey’s Grocery WV New
American
$$ good brunch spot
Joseph Leonard WV New
American
$$ brussels sprouts with sriracha – obsessed
Mole WV Mexican $$ love the spicy Diablo drink with tequila, hot sauce and lime
Murray’s Cheese Bar WV Cheese! $$ get the queso fundido
Palma WV Italian $$ lovely outdoor garden. zuppa di pesce is a favorite
Perilla WV New
American
$$$ best for a special occasion
Perla WV Italian $$$ orecchiette with italian sausage & broccoli rabe pesto
Perry St WV New
American
$$$ romantic atmosphere
Piccolo Angolo WV Italian $$ old school Italian
Prune WV New
American
$$ fun, creative dishes
RedFarm WV Dim Sum/
Chinese
$$ pacman dumplings are delicious and adorable
Sweet Revenge WV Bakery $ sangria and cupcake happy hour!
Taim WV Falafel $ best falafel
Tartine WV French $ classic homey french food
Tea & Sympathy WV British $ chicken and leek pot pie is great for Downton Abbey viewing
Tertulia WV Spanish $$ good for groups
The Spotted Pig WV Gastropub $$$ get the burger!
Yerba Buena WV Latin $$ fun vibe, good for a night out
Flex Mussels WV and UES Mussels $$ my favorite is the Thai mussels with curry broth, lemongrass, lime and ginger

Location Key

EV = East Village

LES = Lower East Side

MPD = Meatpacking District

UES = Upper East Side

WV = West Village

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