NYC Eats

Some of the best places to eat in NYC:

Public – An upmarket industrial themed American restaurant that isn’t too pricey. Located in Nolita, this is a place to go if you want to dine in style or celebrate a special occasion. Try the deep fried oysters with wasabi dipping sauce for something unique and if you’re up for a drink after dinner ask your host for a table in the Monday Room which as a cool wine bar attached to the restaurant – http://public-nyc.com/

Freemans – A traditional American restaurant off the beaten track down an alley (named Freemans Alley) in the East Village. Serving  homestyle dishes, I highly recommend the Hot Artichoke Dip (it’s delicious!). It gets busy so make sure you arrive early or be prepared to wait, oh and be prepared for lots of taxidermy – http://www.freemansrestaurant.com/

The Cardinal –   A laid back, North Carolina inspired venue which has great BBQ. We went with friends and shared the Presidents BBQ Platter which had ample food for four people. Located in the East Village – http://thecardinalnyc.com/

Salumeria Rosi – Stumbled across this place when my cousin was playing at the Met. A salumi shop & restaurant, best described as Italian Tapas; fresh meats, small portions of pasta, good wine – the food was superb, great for sharing and a unique experience – http://salumeriarosi.com/

ROC – Italian al-fresco dining in TriBeCa. Fresh pasta and a good spot to people watch if you get one of the tables outside – http://rocrestaurant.com/

Sushi Azabu – Hidden beneath The Greenwich Grill in Tribeca this is a superb Sushi restaurant serving very fresh, traditional nigiri & speciality dishes. We chose the 10 course ‘Koi’ menu which had a bit of everything and it is very reasonably priced. The setting is traditionally sophisticated and the staff are superb. If you like Sushi definitely pay it a visit – http://www.greenwichgrill.com/sushiazabu/sushiazabu.html

Taureau – Cosy, romantic little Parisian fondue place in the East Village (great for a night out after) that is BYOB. Highly recommend going with the PrixFixe and having the Devils Whiff and the Hangar Steak, both superb – book a table as it gets busy – http://www.taureaunyc.com/

Michael Anthony’s – Located in Newport just across the water from Manhattan, meaning this place has a superb view of Manhattan (especially in the evenings). It has an Italian/American themed menu. I recommend the Chicken Meatballs stuffed with Pepper Jack cheese; delicious! – http://mar-jc.com/

Moustache – A wonderfully cosy middle eastern restaurant that is located in the West Village. Try the Pita, they’re made fresh on the premises and certainly don’t resemble the ones you buy from supermarkets. Flavourful food that won’t break the bank – http://moustachepitza.com/

Dublin6 – Not your average Irish bar; situated in the [West] Village this place has an air of class about it. Screens for sports but sound off and they have some decent music playing. They serve a full pint (20oz) which is nice. Also recommended for the brunch on Sats & Suns which comes with two free drinks – http://www.dublin6nyc.com/

Diablo Royale – Loud, noisy mexican restaurant in the West Village. Great for dinner before heading out on the pop as they play good music, dark moody atmosphere but with delicious food…try the Fish Tacos and also go for the ‘Kenny’ which is a mix of Dos Equis beer and Frozen margherita, it sounds a weird mix but it is unique and really, really nice – http://diabloroyale.com/

5 Napkin Burger – A great burger joint, get the original and you won’t be disappointed! They have three locations in NYC, http://www.fivenapkinburger.com/

Mercer Kitchen – This is a cool, contemporary place that isn’t too pricey. A great place to go with friends or to dine in impressive surroundings without spending too many $’s – http://www.mercerhotel.com/kitchen.php

Burger Joint – This is a secret little gem that is hidden within Le Parker Meridien hotel and it will not disappoint for both quality of food and ‘wow’ factor. 119 W. 56th St., New York, NY 10019 – http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/burger_joint00/

The Spice Market – A brilliant Asian Fusion restaurant in the Meatpacking District (so good to go out for drinks afterwards). The staff are really helpful at recommending dishes and the food looks and tastes great! 403 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014 – http://www.spicemarketnewyork.com/

Pho Viet Huong – Recommended by a friend and it’s a traditional Vietnamese restaurant that is really reasonable. Try the traditional Iced Coffee…recommended! 73 Mulberry St., New York, NY 10013 – http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/pho-viet-huong/

Mee Noodle Shop – Probably my favourite Chinese in NY…big portions, delicious food and really busy so a great atmosphere. 73 Mulberry St., New York, NY 10013 – http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/mee-noodle-shop-grill/

Shake Shack – Another burger joint but it’s so good! There’s always queues but they go down quickly and the Shack Burger is superb! A few locations in NY – http://www.shakeshacknyc.com/

Bubby’s – I’ve never tried a Pie here but The Crunch (the best croque monsieur in NY) is great. It’s open 24hrs and they start brunch at midnight. Great atmosphere, laid back and cool…it’s in a nice spot in Tribeca too. 120 Hudson Street in Tribeca, NY 10013 – http://bubbys.com/

The Breslin – Only been here for breakfast but it’s exceptional; great eating environment with unique decor. It also does a Full English 🙂 – http://thebreslin.com/

Chipotle Mexican Grill – I call these ‘Mexican Subways’ purely because you choose all the ingredients you want in your choice of fajita, fajita burrito (my favourite), burrito or taco(s) but the food is far superior. It’s a chain so they are dotted all over NY but I recommend grabbing one and taking it to a park for some mexican al-fresco dining. The Carnitas pork is superb. It’s also pretty cheap, $7ish for a HUGE portion – http://www.chipotle.com/en-US/Default.aspx?type=default

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