Monday, April 29, 2013

New York City Restaurant And Bar Recommendations

The best pizza ever: From Eataly
There are over 4,200 restaurants in New York City (at least according to USAToday) but it’s looking like I won’t get to try any of them this year. L However, some of my friends are NYC-bound in 2013 and one of them recently asked me to ask my sister, who’s lived in Manhattan for several years now, for restaurant and bar recommendations.

The list my sister ended up putting together was so great that I figured I should it on here, so that everyone could check it out. Hope it’s useful for a least a few of you!

LES/Alphabet City
The Wayland: Great for cocktails. Food menu is small but cheap (cheaper than the drinks) and delicious and great for snacks or dinner. This place comes highly recommended on Yelp and elsewhere. 

The Fat Radish: Ideal for brunch, lunch and dinner. If you go get the celery root pie (although everything is seasonally so they may not have it now).

West Village
The Standard Hotel: It’s great for brunch followed by a walk on the Highline. The Standard beer garden is also tons of fun and totally worth checking. It’s always busy and there are ping pong tables.

Greenwich Village
Food Tour: This is a great way to spend a few hours, eat great food and learn some Village history. I did it with my parents after some visiting friends raved about it and now I recommend it to everyone.

Flat Iron District
Eataly: Eataly is home to a giant Italian market and four different Italian restaurants, including Lindsay's favourite pizzeria

Upper West Side
ShackShack: This chain has a few locations around the city including the Upper West Side and Times Square. It’s organic fast food and a New York staple. Be prepared for lines (especially at the Times Square spot).

Zabar's: This spot is a Jewish grocer that also has a cafe. Authentic New York is found right here! It’s close to the Museum of Natural History and is ideal for take-out.

Levain: Home to the best choco chip cookies ever! It’s very close to Central Park, Lincoln Center and the non-insane outlet of Century 21.

The Meatball Shop: Consistently delicious and cheap! Great drinks as well as desert menu (mix and match ice cream sandwiches and floats). Surprisingly varied menu considering the theme of meatballs (most people aren't ordering spaghetti!). Other locations in the West Village, East Village, Chelsea. Fun atmosphere as well.

Marlow and Sons: We haven't actually been here but it is on my list of places to hit up. I would choose to do breakfast here rather than dinner because the dinner menu is really limited. You could do breakfast for  $10 per person. A real hipster experience.

The Whyte Hotel: A good place for drinks. Also any meal but check menu first as it is limited and not a deal.

Roberta's (East Williamsburg): A favorite meal in NYC but be prepared to wait quite a while. On a Saturday night we waited over 90 minutes (no reservations taken) but there's a garden in the back for drinks. This is far off the tourist path but amazing in so many ways! If you're a foodie it's worth it.

Tutu's: I have not been here yet but again it's on the list to visit. It's close to Roberta's so a place to explore, get drinks, snacks and pass the time while you wait for you table there.

For more on eating in New York, check out this post and this post and oh, this post

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