Where to Eat & Drink in New York City

Dining out in New York City can be like shooting fish in a barrel or russian roulette. You get to choose which. Go with a game plan, and you'll be rewarded with some of the best foods of any ethnicity. There's really no excuse for eating "the same old, same old" when your life (and stomach capacity) is very finite. So embark on something new every day! Sit at the bar and ask questions about the food! Stretch your palate (and your mind!). There's so many things to try, so many cuisines to learn about, so many interesting restaurant people to meet...what in the heck are you waiting for? Italic is for our favorites.


Greater Midtown West
including hell's kitchen / clinton, garment district

  • La Masseria | Italian | $$$ | best theater district bet! make sure to try the smoked mozzarella fettucine

  • Pure Thai Cookhouse | Thai | $$ | the best among all the Thai in Hell's Kitchen

  • Tehuitzingo Deli | Mexican | $ | great tacos in an converted deli! Especially those pork skin and pork ear tacos...

  • Pony Bar | Bars | $$ | lots of craft beers on tap

  • Danji | Korean Fusion | $$$ | creative Korean fusion tapas

  • Totto Ramen | Japanese | $$ | great ramen shop specializing in chicken paitan

  • Ippudo | Japanese | $$ | great tokotsu ramen, plus char siu bao 

  • Burger Joint | American | $$ | the original "secret" burger, inside the Le Parker Meridien - look for a burger light

  • Riposo 46 | Wine Bars | $$$ | cozy wine bar in Hell's Kitchen 

  • The Halal Guys on 53rd and 6th | Street Food | $ | the OG version, before the franchises yet. still worth a visit for old times’ sake

  • Myzel Chocolates | Desserts | $ | the most extensive licorice store in NYC

  • Cafe Hanamizuki | Japanese | $$| adorable Japanese lunch sets with onigiri (rice balls) and miso soup

  • As Is NYC | Beer Bar | $$ | sleek wooden bar with craft beers, offers convenient 4oz tasting pours


Greater Midtown East
including gramercy, turtle bay / kips bay / murray hill

  • Dhaba | Indian | $$$ | a favorite amongst "Curry Hill"

  • Cannibal | American | $$$ | not for the weak of heart, lots of meat and lots of beer! Try the half's pig head, it is literally just that

  • Sushi Yasuda | Japanese | $$$$ | still one of the sushi greats

  • Culture Espresso | Coffeeshops | $ | quirky espresso shots with impressive latte art 

  • Sakagura | Japanese | $$ | hidden Japanese cafe with simple cafe fare and tasty homemade soba noodles

  • Soba Totto | Japanese | $$$ | authentic Japanese yakitori

  • Bar at Clement | Cocktail Bars | $$$ | beautiful cocktail bar tucked inside The Peninsula 

  • 2nd Ave Deli | Deli | $$ | a NYC icon with wonderful corned beef, pastrami and matzoh ball soup


Upper West Side
including morningside heights & manhattan valley

  • Jin Ramen | Japanese | $$ | a viable ramen contender - ask for "less salt" versions

  • Levain Bakery | Desserts | $ | producer of the most giganormous cookies on the planet, walnut chocolate chip is a favorite of ours

  • Sushi Yasaka | Japanese | $$ | a very reasonably priced sushi joint for your ‘everyday’ sushi

  • Barney Greengrass | Jewish | $$ | a classic NYC deli, especially famous for their smoked sturgeon

  • Jacob's Pickles | American | $$$ | southern bar & restaurant with great pickles and biscuits

  • Super Tacos (on 96th and Broadway) | Mexican | $ | potentially the best taco truck in NYC

  • Roti Roll | Indian | $ | hole in the wall Indian place - try the chicken malai and aloo masala frankies 

  • Awash | Ethiopian | $$ | pretty good Ethiopian for NYC

  • Irving Farm Coffee Roasters | Coffeeshops | $ | great coffee in a beautiful space

  • Momofuku Milk Bar | Bakeries | $$ | skip the pies and cakes and go straight for cereal milk soft serve with corn flakes

  • Joe Coffee | Coffeeshops | $ | NYC top runner in best coffee


Upper East Side
including yorkville and east harlem

  • Alice's Tea Cup | Bakeries | $$ | home of NYC's best scones! If pumpkin is in season, make sure to grab one

  • Lady M | Bakeries | $$$ | famous for mille crepe cakes, try the matcha version 

  • Tanoshi | Japanese | $$$ | fabulous and very reasonably priced omakase 

  • 67 Orange | Cocktail Bars | $$$ | speakeasy-style cocktail bar

  • Sushi Noz | Japanese | $$$$ | ultra-traditional Japanese omakase in temple-like setting


TriBeca & Financial District

  • Dead Rabbit | Speakeasy | $$$ | one of the city's oldest speakeasies and consistently on the world’s best list

  • Kaffe 1668 | Coffeeshops | $ | cozy coffeeshop - head downstairs and make yourself comfy

  • Tamarind  | Indian | $$$ | upscale Indian cuisine

  • Underdog | Speakeasy | $$$ | a tiki-themed cocktail bar on the lower level of The Growler

  • Macao Trading Co. | Asian Fusion, Speakeasy |  $$$ | decent Chinese-Portuguese food, look for the door on the left for the speakeasy

  • Ward III | Cocktail Bars | $$$ | cringey TriBeCa environment but one of the first to start "bespoke" cocktails

  • Atera | Scandinavian/French | $$$$ | 2 Michelin starred restaurant under Chef Ronny Emborg. Jenny also worked here :)

  • Blacktail | Cocktail Bars | $$$ | cute Cuban-themed cocktail bar inside Pier A


Chelsea & Flatiron & Union Square

  • Socarrat | Spanish | $$$ | amazing Spanish paella, make sure to get the arroz negro - it does take 30min to prepare though 

  • Cull & Pistol | Seafood | $$$ | raw bar & seafood restaurant of Lobster Co., get the cherrystone clams! also has $1 oyster HH!

  • Ootoya | Japanese | $$$ | classic, simple Japanese food with great bento boxes for lunch

  • Gallow Green | Cocktail Bars | $$$ | rooftop bar of the McKittrick Hotel (where Sleep No More is housed) 

  • The Tippler | Speakeasy | $$$ | ‘speakeasy’ esque bar underneath Chelsea Market

  • Bathtub Gin | Speakeasy | $$$ | fun cocktail bar with monday night jazz, tuesday / sunday burlesque, DJ's on other nights

  • La Maison du Macaron | Desserts | $$ | some of the best macarons in NYC 

  • Raines Law Room | Speakeasy | $$$ | a classic NYC speakeasy, there's also an outside garden in the summer

  • Doughnut Plant | Desserts | $$ | get crème brûlée doughnut! 

  • 230 Fifth Ave | Rooftop Bars | $$$ | pretentious, so go early, but the view is unbeatable. They give you red robes in the winter! 

  • Corkbuzz | Wine Bars | $$$ | monday & friday night blind wine flights!

  • Joe's Coffee | Coffeeshops | $ | great coffee

  • Gotham Bar & Grill | New American | $$$$ | old school NYC wealthy clientele, but a city classic

  • The City Bakery | Coffeeshops | $$ | famous for their hot chocolate with giant marshmallow, they also have the pretzel croissant 

  • Chocolat Moderne | Desserts | $$$ | gourmet, handcrafted, beautiful chocolates - you have to head upstairs to get there 

  • Junoon | Indian | $$$ | upscale Indian spot with a gorgeous salon area

  • Frying Pan | Bar | $$ | an at-sea bar on a ship, come early on weekends as the lines get crazy

  • Dear Irving | Cocktail Bars | $$$ | fancy cocktail bar on Irving Pl. with dazzling (quite literally) interior 

  • Murray's Bagels | Bagels | $ | serious contender for one of the best NYC bagel spots 

  • Partner’s Coffee | Coffeeshops | $$ | inside the Club Monaco store, Toby's serves up great cold brew and espresso

  • Shuko | Japanese | $$$$ | both omakase and kaiseki are great, fun and lively (plus we saw Jay Z & Beyonce there!)

  • Eisenberg's | Deli | $$ | a NYC staple Jewish deli serving amazing pastrami sandwiches 

  • B&B Restaurant Corp | African | $ | no-frills African food cafeteria, food by the lb. (open 24/7)

  • Tsuru Ton Tan | Japanese | $$ | handmade udon noodles - the wagyu beef shabu and the cold uni udon are so good

  • Kobrick Coffee | Coffeeshops, Cocktail Bars | $$ | good coffee, great cocktails!

  • Great Burrito | Mexican | $ | some of the best tacos in the city

  • Atoboy | Korean | $$$ | modern Korean tapas in an austere, beautiful space

  • Taste of Persia | Persian | $ | home-cooked Persian food inside a pizza shop with a cult following


SoHo & NoHo

  • Uncle Boon's | Thai | $$ | creative, fun Thai - pig ears, chicken liver curry, crab fried rice, khao soi, betel leaf wrap

  • Fong In Too | Tofu | $ | famous for their "do hua" or tofu flowers, just $1.50 and available hot and cold

  • Pegu Club | Cocktail Bars| $$$ | long-standing cocktail joint with fantastic drinks and live music

  • Fish Cheeks | Thai | $$$ | seafood-centric Thai — get the whole fish(es) and curry crab!

  • Stick With Me | Chocolatier | $$$ | sublime, gorgeous, handmade chocolates from Susanna Yoon - IMO the best in NYC


Chinatown & Little Italy

  • Mei Li Wah | Chinese | $ | get the baked pork buns vs. steamed, these are a step above the rest

  • Ping's Dried Beef | Other | $ | the definition of a hole in the wall with amazing, tender, pork & beef jerky

  • Nom Wah Tea Parlour | Dim Sum | "the original" dim sum of Chinatown - carts, menu only

  • Xi'An Famous Foods | Chinese | $ | well loved NYC institution! Lamb cumin burger & cold skin noodles are famous here

  • Chinatown Ice Cream Factory | Desserts | $ | try the zen butter ice cream!

  • Golden Unicorn | Dim Sum | $ | classic cart-pushing dim sum. make sure to get the turnip cakes that are sauteed fresh in front of you

  • Shanghai Dumpling | $ | best soup dumplings in Manhattan

  • Apotheke | Speakeasy | $$$ | potentially the most expensive speakeasy in NYC with an extensive menu and beautiful drinks 

  • Tasty Hand Pulled Noodles | Chinese | $ | fat wide hand-pulled noodles FTW

  • Excellent Pork Chop House | Chinese | $ | Taiwanese home food - get their classic pork chop over noodles in soup 

  • Pho Grand | Vietnamese | $ | NYC pho isn't amazing, but this is one of our favorites

  • Lao Di Fang | Chinese | $ | another hand-pulled noodle joint with lots of offals

  • Fu Zhou Cuisine | Chinese | $ | a different type of dumpling with thinner wrapper than Vanessa's and Prosperity

  • Wah Fung #1 | Chinese | $ | ultra-craveable roast pork over rice, the line moves fast!

  • Bep Ga | Vietnamese | $ | fast-casual chicken pho and poached chicken over rice joint

  • Sheng Wang | Chinese | $ | hole-in-the-wall hand-pulled and knife-shaved noodle joint 

  • Hometown Hotpot | Chinese | $$ | the best hotpot option in Manhattan’s Chinatown

  • 88 Lan Zhou Handmade Noodle | Chinese | $ | another great handpulled noodle joint

  • Fu Zhou Wei Zong Wei | Chinese | $ | best dumplings and steam buns in Manhattan (they are labeled juicy soup buns, but they are steam buns)

  • Spicy Village | Chinese | $ | big pot chicken is all the rage here

  • Sup Crab | Chinese, Cajun | $$ | Ghost Street boil combos

  • Kong Sikh Tong | Cantonese | $ | Canto style breakfast — spam and egg sandwich / soup, sticky rice rolls

  • Yi Ji Shi Mo Noodle Corp | Chinese | $ | fresh steamed rice rolls


East Village & Lower East Side

  • Angel's Share | Speakeasy | $$$ | the Dahoud or Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, perfect craftsmanship place 

  • Angel's Share #2 | Speakeasy | $$$ | the second location 2 doors down with a small menu of classic cocktails - head upstairs at Sharaku

  • Han Dynasty | Chinese | $$ | the best Sichuan in NYC - get the da dan noodles, wontons in chili oil 

  • Sigiri | Sri Lankan | $ | BYOB! string hopper kothu, chicken lamprais 

  • Lavagna | Italian | $$$ | wonderful neighborhood old-school Italian vibes

  • Maharlika | Filipino | $$$ | homemade suka. banana ketchup. you MUST get the sisig 

  • Jeepney | Filipino | $$$ | Maharlika's sister restaurant with Tiki Tuesdays, also offers kamayan for bigger groups

  • Zaragoza Mexican Deli | Mexican | $ | hole in the wall smothered burrito joint inside a bodega + bodega cat available for petting

  • Good Beer | Other | $$ | a bountiful, beautiful selection of beer. flights also available

  • Please Don't Tell | Speakeasy | $$$ | the "original" speakeasy inside Crif Dogs. drinks are meh. do it once.

  • Terroir | Wine Bars | $$$ | cozy wine bar, sister to Hearth - great for pre-dinner drinks

  • Hearth | Italian | $$$ | warm, inviting, upscale Italian 

  • Death & Co. | Speakeasy | $$$ | one of the classic speakeasies - hit or miss on the menu but fun to try

  • Momofuku Milk Bar | Desserts | $$ | cereal milk soft serve with salty corn flakes is a must 

  • Shabu Tatsu | Japanese | $$$ | fabulous japanese hotpot 

  • Ippudo | Japanese | $$ | the original Ippudo NYC location, try the bao!

  • Upstate | Seafood | $$ | great oyster HH, one of our favorites 

  • Artichoke Pizza | Pizza | $ | delicious, heavy, cheesy pizza that's really artichoke sauce on fluffy bread. get the original!

  • Alphabet City Beer Co. | Bars | $$ | beautiful wooden space with lots of neighborhood folk and fun beers 

  • Big Gay Ice Cream | Desserts | $$ | a NYC classic. get the salty pimp! 

  • Mighty Quinn's BBQ | American | $$ | still some of the best BBQ in the city

  • Kura | Japanese | $$$$ | one of the best omakase options in NYC

  • Mace | Cocktail Bars | $$$ | fun, spice-oriented cocktail bar that’s consistently underrated

  • Veniero's | Italian | $$ | classic Italian pastry shop

  • Amor Y Amargo | Cocktail Bars | $$ | features a great selection of amaros and bitters

  • Raku | Japanese | $$ | small Japanese spot with homemade udon

  • Zadie's Oyster Bar | Seafood | $$$ | sister of Hearth, a little pricey but great oysters and seafood selection

  • Coffee Project | Coffeeshops | $ | serves a deconstructed latte and nitro "flight"

  • Ma La Project | Chinese | $$ | choose-your-own-adventure Chinese spicy drypot

  • Malai Marke | Indian | $$ | awesome okra (Bindi Sasuralwali), Chicken Xacuti and Paneer Khurchan

  • Ho Foods | Taiwanese | $$ | tiny spot only serving Taiwanese beef noodle soup and small appetizers

  • Tabetomo | Japanese | $$ | new LA transplant specializing in tsukemen

  • Cafe Phin | Coffeeshop | $$ | specializes in Vietnamese-sourced coffees


Greenwich Village (yes, including the West Village) 

  • Cafe Clover | New American | $$$ | healthy and vegetarian-focused New American

  • Little Branch | Speakeasy | $$$ | behind a nondescript door on the corner, this is a very dim bar with great drinks

  • EN Japanese Brasserie | Japanese | $$$ | get the omakase if you can, but if not order the miso cod and homemade tofu

  • Jeffrey's Grocery | Seafood | $$$ | oysters, whelks, salmon rillette oh my! oh, you must get the bloody caesar

  • Employees Only | Speakeasy | $$$ | speakeasy with real psychic out front, drinks are meh but vibe is fun

  • Takashi | Japanese | $$$ | everything is amazing, but make sure to order the chuck tartare and register for Midnight Ramen (Fri/Sat)

  • Top of the Standard | Lounges | $$$ | 360 views of the city, it has a dress code. also known as the "Boom Boom Room" after 11pm

  • Le Bain at the Standard | Rooftop Bar | $$$ | views of FiDi with a more casual vibe than Top of the Standard

  • Murray's Cheese | Other | $$ | a pioneer of NYC cheese culture. don't be afraid to ask a lot of q's and sample things!

  • Amy's Bread | Bakeries | $ | another NYC staple

  • Buvette | French | $$ | extremely charming French cafe with great brunch

  • Big Gay Ice Cream | Desserts | $$ | another location of the same greatness

  • Flex Mussels | Seafood | $$$ | come for happy hour - bucket of mussels + a beer = $20

  • Fish | Seafood | $$ | a great oyster happy hour that is all day, everyday! 

  • Taim | Middle Eastern | $ | 3 types of falafel and it always hits the spot

  • SanPanino | Italian | $ | our favorite Italian sandwiches in the city

  • Decoy | Chinese | $$$ | from the Redfarm team, menu centers around their limited batch Peking duck

  • Up & Up | Cocktail Bars | $$$ | classy cocktail bar featuring interesting bottled cocktails from mixologists nationwide

  • Slowly Shirley | Speakeasy | $$$ | underneath Happiest Hour, old Hollywood glam and interesting drinks

  • Hakata Tonton| Japanese | $$$ | centered around pig feet, this is the Japanese style hotpot of your dreams

  • Snowdays | Desserts | $ | Asian style shaved ice (nothing like Italian ice) - absolutely delicious

  • Lumos | Cocktail Bars | $$ | specializes in baijiu (a Chinese spirit)

  • DomoDomo | Japanese | $$ | specializes in hand rolls with the most incredible crispy nori (better than Kazunori)

  • Omakase Room by Tatsu | Japanese  | $$$ | Jenny's favorite omakase in the city (she also wrote their book)

  • Existing Conditions | Cocktail Bars | $$$ | Dave Arnold’s latest bar, complete with nitro cocktails and ones heated with a red hot poker


Lower East Side

  • Beauty & Essex | Speakeasy | $$$ | speakeasy behind a pawn shop, there's free bubbles for the ladies in the bathroom (bring your ID)!

  • Sons of Essex | Speakeasy | $$$ | from the makers of Beauty & Essex, this one is behind a "deli"

  • Dirt Candy | Vegan | $$$ | an uniquely impressive vegan experience (i.e. rosemary cotton candy)

  • The Boil | Cajun | $$ | messy and delightful. get The Boil sauce!!

  • Katz Deli | Jewish | $$ | pastrami. corned beef. any sort of sliced meat. this is the home to the famous Harry Met Salad "orgasm" scene

  • Russ & Daughters | Jewish | $$ | old-school Jewish deli — try the super heebster and the lox. The Cafe is also nearby, but usually slammed.

  • Attaboy | Speakeasy | $$$ | a new speakeasy in the old Milk & Honey location that's 100% better  

  • Taqueria Lower East Side | Mexican | $ | one of the better Mexican options in NYC. Get the cabeza and lengua tacos! 

  • Pig & Khao | Fillipino / Thai | $$ | hip Asian eatery, try the sisig and skate wing! Make sure to get coconut rice

  • Back Room | Speakeasy | $$$ | PSA: don't bother coming here, the drinks are terrible and it's now a glorified club that's 25 & up

  • Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream | Ice Cream | $$ | old school ice cream shop with funky flavors - try the raw milk!

  • Copper & Oak | Spirits | $$$ | beautiful, intimate space with thousands of high-end liquors available for 1oz tastings

  • Nakamura | Japanese | $$$ | trendy ramen bar with variety of authentic offerings

  • Garfunkel's | Speakeasy | $$$ | upstairs of The Burgary, reservations recommended, fun cocktails + bespoke available


Williamsburg & Greenpoint

  • Zenkichi | Japanese | $$$ | a Japanese experience where you have your own secluded, private booth

  • Fette Sau | American | $$ | PSA: TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE, OVERRATED BBQ. Also got the worst poisoning of my life here. AVOID.

  • BrisketTown | American | $$ | another good brisket contender in NYC

  • Maison Premiere | Seafood | $$$ | wonderful oyster bar with incredible cocktails and a lush garden

  • Brooklyn Brewery | Other | $$ | open late on Fridays & Saturdays plus outside food is allowed in! 

  • Peter Pan Bakery | Bakeries | $ | old school doughnuts!! 

  • The Ides | Rooftop Bar | $$$ | rooftop of the Wythe hotel, great for sunset views

  • Westlight | Rooftop Bar | $$$ | rooftop of the William Vale hotel, surprisingly good food and beautiful views

  • The Richardson | Cocktail Bar | $$ | great cocktail bar with outdoor seating

  • The Shanty | Cocktail Bar | $$ | low-key cocktail venue with classic drinks

  • The Regal | Cocktail Bar | $$ | fun cocktail bar and "diner" in one with lots of home barrel-aged spirits

  • Okonomi | Japanese | $$ | adorable traditional Japanese breakfast with fresh fish, pickles, soup, rice. get the egg + uni!

  • Osakana | Japanese | $$ | fish shop of Okonomi, also serves fish ramen

  • Sunday in Brooklyn | New American | $$$ | elegant New American from ex-Atera chef Jamie Young

  • Lilia | Italian | $$$ | classic Italian favorites made just right, with some nouveau additions

  • Devoción | Coffeeshops | $$ | on-site roastery with gorgeous atrium space


Brooklyn - All Other Neighborhoods

  • Bushwick | Roberta's | Pizza | $$ | fantastic NY pizza - sit outside and order from the takeout bar next door!

  • Flatbush | Thai Farm Kitchen | Thai | $$ | great Northern Thai food, get the Khao Soi and kao thod nhaem klook

  • Park Slope | Rose Water Restaurant | New American | $$$ | come Mon-Thurs for an incredibly affordable steal on 3 course suppers!

  • Park Slope | Sushi Katsuei | Japanese | $$ | $45 omakase deal is the best in Brooklyn, fantastic fresh fish (Manhattan location is meh)

  • Park Slope | Terre | Italian | $$$ | fantastic selection of natural wines plus homemade pastas

  • Boerum Hill | Rucola | Italian | $$ | cozy neighborhood joint with handmade pastas and country-chic decor

  • Cobble Hill | Bien Cuit | Coffeeshop | $ | wonderful pastry shop

  • Prospect Heights | Tooker Alley | Cocktail Bars | $$ | great drinks, great vibe, huge outdoor patio too! 

  • Crown Heights | Bergen Beer Hall | Food Halls | $ | lots of local beers + food stands like Mighty Quinn's and AsiaDog

  • Gowanus | Other Half Brewery | Brewery | $ | small local brewery with fun hopped beers and 4oz samplers at $3 a piece

  • Gowanus | Four and Twenty Blackbirds | Desserts | $$ | pie pie pie

  • Navy Yard | Rooftop Reds | Winery | $ | features a great selection of rose and reds with some grown right on the roof of the tasting room!

  • Borough Park | Yun Nan Flavor Garden | Chinese | $ | crossing the bridge noodles!


LIC & Astoria (Queens)

  • LIC | Dutch Kills | Speakeasy | $$$ | awesome cocktails, even though it's a little far

  • LIC | Rockaway Brewery | Brewery | $ | get a refillable mason jar - only $5 a refill! try their "ESB"

  • LIC | Mu Ramen | Japanese | $$ | make sure to get the U&I uni appetizer, all of their ramen types are delicious!

  • LIC | Boulevard Restaurant | Latin American | $ | buffet-style Latin breakfast, lunch, dinner 

  • Astoria | Kabab Cafe | Egyptian | $$ | authentic Egyptian food by one chef, Ali - get the lamb cheek, sweetbreads and mezze plate

  • Astoria | Sweet Afton | Cocktail Bars | $$$ | beautiful open wooden space with patio and creative cocktails

  • Astoria | Mombar | Egyptian | $$ |sister of Kabab Cafe - get the lamb cheek, liver, kidneys

  • Astoria | Pye Boat Noodle Noodle | $$ | just amazing Thai boat noodles + food, we often dine in AND order a set of food to take home


Queens - All Other Neighborhoods

  • Flushing | New World Mall | Food Court | $ | stalls #27 (stinky tofu), #24 (dry pot), #20 (siblings potato noodle)

  • Flushing | Nan Xiang Dumpling House | Chinese | $ | best soup dumplings in NYC

  • Flushing | Corner 28 | Chinese | $ | a variety of different vendors that offer dim sum by the piece, congee, duck rolls, etc.

  • Flushing | New York Go Go Fast Food | Chinese | $ | pork buns!!

  • Flushing | Udu Hotpot | Chinese | $ | AYCE $25 hot pot is a fantastic deal but make sure to add their signature marinated meats 

  • Flushing | White Bear | Chinese | $ | wontons in chili oil is SO good

  • Flushing | Joe's Steam Rice Rolls | Chinese | $ | rice rolls made on-site

  • Flushing | Gui Zhou Miao Jia | Chinese | $ | gui lin style rice noodles - lamb stomach is especially good

  • Jackson Heights | Lhasa Fast Food | Nepalese | $ | hidden in the back of a cell phone store; yellow spicy noodles & yak butter tea

  • Jackson Heights | Arepa Lady | Colombian | $ | food truck turned restaurant, the cheese stuffed arepa and chocolo are both delish

  • Jackson Heights | Amdo Kitchen | Nepalese | $ | really good beef momo's, so juicy

  • Jackson Heights | Raja Sweets & Fast Food | Indian | $ | gobi paratha, samosa chaat (all the chaats!), pani puri

  • Elmhurst | Elmhurst Khao Mun Gai | Thai | $ | traditional Thai chicken & rice with soup, so fragrant

  • Elmhurst | Moo | Thai | $ | sister to Elmhurst Khao Mun Gai, come for crispy pork & roast pork over rice or noodles

  • Elmhurst | Lamoon | Thai | $$ | Northern Thai style food — soured ribs, vermicelli with pork and shrimp paste, larb and more

  • Elmhurst | Hug Esan | Thai | $ | delicious Thai version of khao piak sen, plus other Northern Thai goodies like larb and som tum

  • Elmhurst | HK Food Court | $ | Khao Ka Moo for roast pork over rice


Bronx

  • Çka Ka Qëllu | Albanian | $$ | one of the few Albanian restaurants in NYC - mantia, leqenik, pasul, veal tava

  • Bronx Brewery | Beer | $$ | fun vibes, good bear - if they have the beer brewed in gin barrels, make sure to buy a growler!

  • Casa Della Mozzarella | Italian | $ | fresh mozzarella and other Italian specialties

  • Arthur Ave Retail Market | Italian | $$ | great sandwiches, meats, Italian specialties under one roof 

  • Madonia Brothers Bakery | Bakery | $ | Sicilian bakery - crowd favorite is definitely the olive bread!

  • Morrone | Bakery | $ | old-school Italian bakeshop


Farther Upstate, NY

  • Beacon | Ziatun | Middle Eastern | $$ | great baba ganoush, fava beans and kebabs

  • Beacon | BJ's | Soul Food | $$ | better than most of the soul food joints in NYC, call in your order 20 minutes prior for sit-in or take-out

  • Beacon | Big Mouth Coffee Roasters | Coffeeshop | $$ | best coffee in the area

  • Beacon | Hudson Valley Brewing | Beer | $$ | well-known for their sours, open Fri-Sun

  • Wappinger Falls | Red Pepper Diner | Sri Lankan | $$ | run by the sweetest Sri Lankan family to boot!

  • Newburgh | Bliss Kitchen | Indian | $$ | vegetarian eatery and wellness center

  • Peekskill | Kurzhal Coffee | Coffeeshop | $ | great local coffeeshop

  • Poughkeepsie | Palace Dumplings | Chinese | $$ | pretty good dumplings and beef noodle soup, other parts of the menu are meh

  • Tannersville | Maggie's Krooked Cafe | Brunch | $$ | feel-good diner. Takes forever, wear your patient hat.

  • Big Indian | Peekamoose | New American | $$ | one of the nicer options in Hudson without the ick factor of Fish & Game

  • Hudson | Hudson Food Studio | Asian Fusion | $$ | a mix of semi-Asian dishes with New American upstate charm