My Favorite NYC Spots:
Updated: May 21, 2018
Welcome to part 2 of the New York City guide (for part 1 filled with tips for first timers & NYC MUST do's click HERE)! Going to keep the introduction short and simple, here's a curated list by a New Yorker (me) of recommended and not to be missed places. Enjoy!
Best pizza in New York City??
Okay so you want to know where the best pizza is in New York huh? There are so many to choose from but my absolute FAVORITE is the Chicken Caesar slice from D'Amore's in Bay Parkway Brooklyn. It's not really near any of the other places I listed and kind of out of the way but if you happen to be in the area, definitely stop by! In my opinion it's worth the trek but I don't want any problems on the off chance that you don't think so haha. Definitely say a big fat NO to SBARRO (especially if you're tempted when you go to Times Square, I don't care if you are starving!)…or Famiglia…All New Yorkers know this. If you're scrambling in times square for a quick bite, they now have little booths with little restaurant eats (not the cheapest option but very tasty…I had one of the best empanadas of my life in one!) Another great pizza which is a favorite of many is Artichoke Basille's Pizza.
Don't be afraid to try dollar pizza either. From any place. They are mostly owned by the same people. I'm pretty sure I've tried all of them and I'm still alive (just kidding). But honestly they're all pretty great and taste the same. Everyone who has gone to college in NY (or has just been broke) likes dollar pizza and/or has some memories eating it haha. When I went to college in Brooklyn, I ate dollar pizza every day after class…literally every day…I'm still not sure at all how I'm not sick of them.
Now that we got that question out of the way…here are some other places I recommend checking out (If it is starred, I suggest not missing it!):
-Besides all the museums mentioned in my last post, you can check out:
Many of the galleries around around the highline (and the Standard) including the popular David Zwirner 525 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011
-If you like fashion, the museum at FIT: 227 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001
-The Bushwick Collective: dope street art in Brooklyn
St. Nicholas Ave and Troutman St. -Brooklyn, NY 11237
-The NYC ballet (The Nutcracker during the holidays is such a treat)
-A Broadway play! (perfect time to check Times Square and Columbus Circle). Wicked is one of my favorites.
Here are my favorite restaurants, clubs, and cool architecture/fun places to check out. If it is starred it is not to be. The food places in order from Uptown to Downtown!
Harlem Public 3612 Broadway, New York, NY 10031
BEST MAC AND CHEESE IN NEW YORK CITY! No debates. Definitely the spot for great food, drinks, and good music, just an all around great vibe in Harlem! . They have unique drinks and food (a peanut butter burger?!), craft beers, and the decor is pretty cool. My all time favorite mac and cheese in the city is the pulled pork "mac and steez" from here (and trust me, I've tried a lot) but they are all pretty great. Note: this is my favorite neighborhood spot so treat it like the gem it is! And come back next week for my other Harlem and Washington Heights faves! :)
Empanada Mama - The one I frequent near Columbus Circle has reopened hooray! - 765 9th Ave New York, NY 10019 between 51st St & 52nd St
Best empanadas in New York in my humble opinion (besides the ones somebody's auntie makes…maybe)
Wafels and Dinges - 15 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009 (one cart/stand in Columbus Circle!*/Bryant Park, Herald Square, restaurant in Alphabet City) My favorite waffles in the city. If you like sweets try the WMD aka the Waffle of Massive Deliciousness….and it is exactly that. They're hot chocolate is also great and perfect to keep you warm during this time of year. They have food trucks and carts all over the city. You can check their twitter to find out their location and they usually have secret words on there that will get you free topping (or dinges as they call them)! Not too long ago opened their sit down location in alphabet city and introduced savory waffle combinations as well! I have not tried the savory ones yet but I'm sure they're good. If you go to the alphabet city location, make sure you give yourself extra time, there are many restaurants/things to cheek out there and it's easy to get a little lost.
Korea town - Located by Macys on 34th and the Herald Square shopping area
Many great places to eat, fast food, amazing Korean bakeries like tous le jours, karaoke at night, and of course many korean beauty stores like natures republic and the face shop. So if you're obsessed K beauty definitely pass by. Koreatown is very small you can definitely see all of it in like an hour or two. Caffe Bene is nice for a quick bite, a good coffee, or nice little dessert (and the K Town one is the nicest location).
EATALY - 200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010
The most amazing supermarket/restaurant/shops. Very fun and delicious time if you love Italian food. By the amazing Flatiron building and you can stop by SEX museum (adult fun, have a bouncy room of boobs!)
Chelsea Market - 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Nice market with many shops and food by Tao and the downtown Dream hotel
Bodega Negra (at the Dream hotel) - 355 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011
A fancier mexican place, very stylish and trendy. The food is good and they have the famous Don Huevo dessert which you've probably seen all over instagram.
-Luckys/Bare Burger - many locations (including Chelsea)
Not a must try but if hungry and near by, go. These are my favorite chain burger chains in the city (besides Shake Shack) My favorite burger at bare burger is the one with the fried onion rings, it's called the supreme I think. Try the lucky sauce if you go to Lucky's…my fave burgers.
Black Tap (multiple locations) - 248 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011 -one of my face areas
This is also a famous and trendy place but it definitely lives up to the hype. They have the crazy instagrammable shakes which are DELICIOUS and the burgers are really good.
Coppelia - 24 hours (Cuban) - 207 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011
Definitely a must try. It's open 24 hours and any hour is a good time to go. Coppelia is a diner with traditional diner foods and lots of delicious Cuban food, definitely something there for everyone including picky eaters. They have an almost 5 star Zagat rating! There is always a very mixed crowd. You can see people here on dates, hanging out with friends, or at brunch with their kids. The food is very tasty and always hits the spot…drunk or not. Try: If you like ginger, you can try the Hemingway Royal drink and the lechon (pork) sandwich is very good and big. It taste even better if you save a piece for later!
Artichoke Basille Pizza (many locations)- 114 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Great pizza, slices are $5 and the size of your head.
Dominique Ansel Bakery - 189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
Honestly this could have been on MUST try list. All their pastries and foods are delicious and with their own twist. Dominique Ansel is a creative genius and the creator of the world famous "cronut". Definitely go visit and then you can walk around SOHO. Must try:the cookie shot, frozen s'more, and blooming hot chocolate. The cookie shot is so amazing, not only one of the the best cookies you will ever eat but it is filled with delicious vanilla milk. I have yet to try something I didn't love from here. If you come in the Fall/Winter seasonal items to try are the Christmas cereal, gingerbread chocolate pinecone, and the pumpkin pie.
Banana pudding at Magnolia's - many locations including 401 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
I actually mentioned this in the MUST do checklist, so yes, if you've been wondering from seeing it on all those TV shows…it is that good. Their red velvet is also really good and I'm very picky about red velvet cake. Some things are just famous for a reason. I usually go to one on Upper West Side (one of my favorite areas, many beautiful brownstones, and restaurants, not very touristy) but for this list I included this one which is by Carrie's original brownstone in Sex and the City (nope it's not really on the UES, I'm still shocked too) and by the famous Stonewall Inn.
Many restaurants, cool to check out if you have time. If you have never tried dragonfruit or lychee this would be the place to try it, and I suggest you do! You can find them in every supermarket. Send me pictures if you do try them for the first time!
Barcade!!!!!!!!!!!!! (many locations including St. Marks, Brooklyn & Jersey) - 148 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011
Good food/drinks, craft beers, fun time.Currently, they have a $15 lunch special before 4pm! They have all the classic games - pinball, pacman, NBA jam, crazy taxi, and the Michael Jackson game! (check if HM is still in the top scores haha).
Spot Dessert Bar - 13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
Very affordable. Cool and unique desserts!
Fay da Bakery - (multiple locations Chinatown, Flushing, and St. Marks) Favorite bakery ever. Petty much everything is delicious.
Sugarcane (Caribbean) 238 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
My other favorite restaurant, located in the lovely park slope area of Brooklyn. I HIGHLY recommend visiting this place. Can walk to or from Barclays Center and the Barclays Center train stop so definitely check out if you're visiting or around the area. Take time to check out the area, there are lots of nice shopping options, lots of beautiful brownstones, and many other good restaurants in area . It's small spot but has a very fun atmosphere, and very loud music. My favorite dish is the chicken rasta pasta and their roti (spicy!).
Juniors famous cheesecake - many locations, Brooklyn and Manhattan (times square, downtown brooklyn near Barclays) . Most famous cheesecake in the city. No explanation needed.
Up and Down and 1 oak (which happen to be near each other) are my favorites. Both are close to Coppelia, Black Tap, and the famous Artichoke Basille Pizza (right next to 1 Oak) for when you get hungry!
A more a chill vibe:
Kinfolk 90 - 90 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Great area, very fun at night, have cool parties, good vibes, the best DJ's. Close to Brooklyn Bowl which is also a fun time (fun events, Questlove DJs sometimes)
Hope you enjoyed this post! Are any of your favorites on here? Let me know in the comments!
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