NYC is an amazing culinary adventure. There are thousands of places where you could sit your butt down and eat a fantastic meal and that can get overwhelming very quickly. So I thought I would share with you some of the places that I have been and would return to in a heartbeat.
Located in the West-Village, this Italian-inspired eatery caters to those looking to brunch and those heading out for dinner. On my trip to NYC, me and my friends popped by this gem for brunch and it did not disappoint. An unassuming building on the outside, nestled in an almost-residential area, you would definitely miss it if you were just passing by. On the inside, the front is more of a casual/bar atmosphere with high-top tables and a rustic vibe. Take a walk to the back and you find more of a modern-rustic decor with both high-top and regular tables. We sat at a high-top in the back and kept saying “omg look how cute the decor is”, “omg how cute is the sky-light”; it really is such a cute place. The food did not disappoint either. We went for 2 of their wood-fired pizzas, a bag of bombolini, and obviously a bottle of prosecco and a carafe of orange juice. Definitely want to head back there for a guaranteed delicious meal the next time I’m in NYC.
I know what you’re thinking, why is she suggesting a tourist-grab restaurant? Well as much as people say it is, I don’t find the price or the quality of their food that different from restaurants you may eat at away from Times Square. Located right on Broadway, this retro diner is most famous for their singing waitstaff. Let me tell you, I would head back there in a second just to listen to these people sing all night. They are FANTASTIC. The food wasn’t bad either, actually, the burger was the best I have had in a while. Definitely don’t miss out on going here just because it may be catered to tourists; most, if not all, of their waitstaff end up in Broadway musicals.
This probably tops the list of cutest restaurant I have ever been to (sorry Sotto 13). We met up with a friend in NYC who promised to take us to an amazing restaurant and she did not disappoint. Located in the Lower East Side at the end of Freemans Alley, this restaurant front is Pinterest-worthy (you’ve probably even seen pictures on Pinterest of Freemans without even knowing)! Inside, this restaurant has a very intimate, cottage-y feel; but by no means was this restaurant quiet. Packed to the brim, we squeezed over to the bar to get a drink where the bartender was attentive and efficient even with the hoards of people. After a half hour we were brought upstairs to our table which was more secluded and away from the bustle of downstairs and lit only by candle light and a few small lights. If you want a more romantic, intimate dinner, I suggest asking for a table on the top floor as the bottom is constantly bustling with people coming in and out, especially on a Saturday night. For dinner we had spaghetti squash with a poached egg on top, 5-cheese macaroni, and the filet mignon. All of our dinners were amazing and cooked to perfection. This is on the pricier end, but still reasonable. I can’t wait to go back with my boyfriend.
While this isn’t a sit-down eatery by any means, I figured I’d include it if you need a quick snack (or meal) on the go. Juice Generations are aplenty in Manhattan so just Google your closest location! This place has smoothies, acai bowls, fresh juices, cold pressed juice, raw food, AND baked goods. My go-to is the Peanut Butter split.
Where are your must-eats in NYC?