THE 100 BEST THINGS I’VE EATEN IN NYC

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I should say, the 100 best things I’ve eaten in NYC so far. I’ve made a solid dent in the 7+ months I’ve lived here, considering the fact I’ve used my kitchen for meal purposes 4 times, total. Sadly not exaggerating.

Instagram doesn’t lie – the food here is UNBELIEVABLE. I’m so happy to be in a place where people seem equally obsessed with exploring new restaurants, genuinely believe a meal is an experience, and are willing to spend $25.00 on a bagel with nova. It’s the city that never sleeps because it’s the city that’s always eating, and I fit right in.

A few disclaimers, before you start skimming:

  • I’m not finished yet. (Really – can someone PLEASE take me to X’ian Famous Foods, stat, and share the Black Label Burger with me at Minetta Tavern?) This is an ever-growing work-in-progress binge-eat bucket list. I’ve still got a few more weeks here – that’s at least 100 more meals – so, tell me you’re favorites, too, pretty please?
  • Pardon my iPhone photos. Most restaurant lighting isn’t made for foodstagram glamour shots.
  • The order is pretty much based off of where I’d go first when I come back and visit – for the most part. It doesn’t include everything I’ve eaten since I got off the plane in February, just the top picks.

Starting with #100 – Here goes!

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The 100 Best Things I’ve Eaten in NYC

100. Classic Ice Cream Cake from Parm
248 Mulberry St.
parmnyc.com
Save room after a chicken parm sandwich. Just wear elastic pants or unbutton your jeans and make it happen.

99.  The Happiest Burger from the Happiest Hour
121 W. 10th Street
happiesthournyc.com
The happiest place, with the happiest fries, and the happiest beer + shot special.

98. Pizza Rosse from Marta
29 E. 29th Street
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Close your eyes, and pick a red pizza, any of the red pizzas – all amazing. Sitting at the bar there is like watching a live Food Network show on how to make really, really good pizza. Except the stars aren’t Bobby or Giada, they’re are a wood-burning oven and an open-fire grill.

97. Buffalo Chicken Balls from the Meatball Shop 
84 Stanton Street
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These are the BEST – so much the best, I bought the cookbook & make them all the time at home.

96. Cinnamon Bun from Two Little Red Hens
1252 2nd Ave.
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I just keep telling myself that walking 51 blocks and 2 avenues means I can eat whatever I want. And I want this.

95. Tantan from Momosan
342 Lexington Ave.
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I guess tantan means spicy coconut curry?

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94. Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts from Doughnuttery
Chelsea Market
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It’s like the Baked by Melissa of doughnuts – they’re so dang cute! And as an aggressive sugar addict, I really appreciate the portion control.

93. Original Vanilla Cone from Eggloo
60 Mulberry Street
myeggloo.com
Whoever came up with turning the ‘waffle cone’ into an actual waffle should be president.

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92. Funfetti Cookie from Schmackary’s
362 W. 45th St
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The only thing that stands between me and Schmackary’s is Times Square. I take on tourist crowds to get to this – that should tell you how much I love this cookie.

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91. Tuna with Crispy Rice from Momoya 
185 7th Ave.
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My sushi experience in New York has either been casual and mediocre, or expensive and ridiculous – apart from Momoya. It lives on a cherry little island right in the middle, and I’m always up for a visit.

90. Soup Dumplings from Joe’s Shanghai
9 Pell Street
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Sure, South Florida has a lot of food – but I’ve yet to find soup dumplings there, maybe it’s because I’ve yet to want soup dumplings there. But I want soup dumplings here, a lot, and these are the best.

89. Chicken Wings from Bonchon Chicken 
207 W. 38th St.
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I didn’t know what Korean fried chicken was. Pastry maven, savory layman.

88. Matzah Ball Soup from 2nd Avenue Deli 
162 E. 33rd St.
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My mom has been to visit a handful of times since I’ve moved here, and every time, the only place she wants to go is 2nd Avenue Deli. Seriously – I have this list of amazing NYC food, and she wants a ‘threepeat’ of pickles from this place around the corner. I even called her once after school when she landed earlier that morning, and she went straight to 2nd Avenue Deli instead of going to my apartment, rolling luggage included. Even if I can manage to talk her into something new, she’ll still make a pit stop for something to-go for the plane ride home. …I’ll admit: Moms are always right.

87. Gnocchi Rosa from Charlie Bird
5 King St.
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I’ve become quite the gnocchi connoisseur since becoming a Morrison – that family eats Italian food 6 nights a week. These gnocchi are little light Italian dumpling pillows, with a boss of a sauce.

86. Wild Blueberry Cake Doughnuts from Doughnut Plant 
379 Grand St.
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Going to need to go back for the limited edition candy corn doughnut. Who’s with me?

85. Sugar Cookie from Eleni’s 
Chelsea Market
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No matter how many fancy desserts I learn how to make, my favorite sweet will always be a sugar cookie, and Eleni’s has the most beautifully decorated picture-perfect ones.

84. Latte from Happy Bones
394 Broome Street
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Really instagrammable coffee, and I’m a sucker for that. That’s me in the corner standing on a chair trying to take the perfect top down shot of my mug.

83. Dolsot Bibimbob from Mandoo Bar
2 W. 32nd St.
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KTown can be super intimidating if you don’t know where to go or what to get – at least I’ve felt like that. But thanks to another great Rachel recommendation (see #81), I feel like I fit right in scraping the crispy rice off the bottom of the pan, totally the bibimbob-equivalent of licking the plate.

82. Jelly Donut from Orwashers
308 E. 78th St.
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I was walking through the UES with my friend Jen (the same Jen who led me to #75) when she asked me if I wanted to go get a custom made jelly donut. Obviously, my answer was yes. You pick your flavor filling, and your flavor donut, and the guy behind the counter injects it all in there right in front of you.

81. De Paballon from Caracas Arepas Bar
93 1/2 E 7th St.
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When I first got to South Florida, I was probably in the 1% of humans in close proximity to Miami unaware of what an arepa was. When I first got to New York, I wasn’t sure where I’d find one, street fairs not included. My friend Rachel took me to Caracas, and now I can have my Sofla-street-food off the streets of New York, and with lots of sangria.

80. #11 from Black Seed Bagels
170 Elizabeth Street
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#11: Wood Fired Baked Eggs (over medium), Cheddar, Avocado, & Tomato. 

79. Chocolate from Mariebelle
484 Broome St.
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We covered a lot more than just pastries in pastry school – breads, sugar, some savory stuff… and chocolate. Whenever we’d finish class, it wasn’t unusual for me to drag my classmates on bakery adventures in the city. After one chocolate lesson, our chef recommended we visit Mariebelle. If you’re a chocoholic, you should try theirs – and if you’re not, Maribelle will make you one.

78. Sautéed Rice Cake from Her Name is Han
17 E. 31st St.
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Infatuation is 100% right (as always) – these are the gnocchi of Korean food.

77. Chicken and Rice from The Halal Guys
W. 53rd St.
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So, it’s not the most photogenic of foods – but there’s a line the length of a block and a half during lunchtime for a reason.

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76. Hummus from Dizengoff
Chelsea Market
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I’ve been to Israel, and if I could be transported anywhere for hummus, it would be this place in Chelsea Market.

75. Nutella Cold Brew from Petite Shell
1269 Lexington Ave.
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Jen had me at “I trek from Tribeca to UES for a cup of this.”

74. Fajitas from Baby Bo’s Cantina
627 2nd Ave.
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Manhattan: so much pasta, not enough tacos – or that’s what my experience so far has led me to believe. And then my friend Lindsay told me about Baby Bo’s. Ole.

73. Chocolate Chip Cookie from Besfred
315 5th Ave
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I moved to New York on Februray 29, and I went to Besfred on March 1. And March 2. And more often then not since then, I’m carrying this cookie around in my purse, hoarding carbs like some sort of cookie squirrel.

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72. The Mighty Veggie from Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings
179 2nd Ave.
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I eat meat & all, (I mean really, see: #36), but there’s something to be said for eating a dumpling and knowing exactly what’s inside. It’s like the sweetgreen of dumplings.

71. Beet & Horseradish Cream Cheese from Baz Bagel
181 Grand St.
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My friend Sara introduced me to this place, and when I googled it and saw it was a block away from school, I knew we’d get along great. It’s a cute little place with solid bagels, adorable atmosphere, & hot pink beet & horseradish cream cheese.

70. Ice Cream Bar from Magnum New York
134 Prince St.
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Designing my own ice cream bar after school one day from this pop-up was one of the highlights of my summer – you may think that’s sad, but it’s totally true. As if sprinkles aren’t enough, you can add edible gold to your dessert. (I’ll admit, I was too busy looking for good outdoor lighting to notice inside they had cute little stands where you could take pictures of your pop with different backdrops, and by the time I figured that out I had totally already finished my ice cream. Also sad, but true.)

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69. Avo & Whites from Blank Slate
121 Madison Ave
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Cute, convenient & close proximity to my apartment. Check, check, check.

68. Burger from Spotted Pig
314 W. 11th St.
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April Bloomfield, I really, really, really, really like you. You’ve changed how I think about burgers, forever.

67. Tajarin from Pascale Jones
187 Mulberry St.
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There’s corn in there, and I’m into it.

66.  Mini of the Month from Baked by Melissa
111 E. 23rd St.
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I picked this one up from my best friend, another Melissa. She lived in the city before my time and every month, she’d go get the mini of the month. It’s kind of the best idea ever, and I look forward to it every 30 days – to the point where I stalk Instagram on the 1st to see what the next flavor will be.

65. Cinnamon Raisin Bagel with Birthday Cake Cream Cheese from Tompkins Square Bagels
165 Ave. A
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Everything’s better with sprinkles.

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64. Bonbons from Stick With Me
202A Mott St.
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If bonbons weren’t perishable, I would string these on a chain and wear them around my neck – they’re beautiful, shiny and look like little chocolate jewels.

63. Beets from Romsemary’s
18 Greenwich Ave.
rosemarysnyc.com
So there’s a rooftop farm on the top of this restaurant (said no one ever, in New York City, but this is real) and everything is seasonal AF. I’d order anything on the ‘verdure’ section of the menu, on repeat.

62. Plain and Chocolate Swirl from Forty Carrots
1000 3rd Ave.
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Every night I go to bed dreaming of breakfast tomorrow, cuddling with my wiener dog, and a Forty Carrots South Florida location. If this opened in Boca Town Center, Danielle Melissa & I would single handedly keep it in business. Like I really need another excuse to go to Bloomingdales… I do, however, need an excuse to trek to the top floor, and Forty Carrots is worth that vigorous escalator commute. They give you enough froyo to serve three average humans (or 1 Lindsay Morrison).

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61. The Gravlax Pizza from Speedy Romeo LES
63 Clinton St.
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A bagel a pizza had a baby (with pickled onions).

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60. Marshmallow from The City Bakery
3 W. 18th St.
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I love Marshmallows. So much, that I went into City Bakery in July and asked if I could have a hot-chocolate-less-marshmallow. The marshmallows ‘go on vacation’ for the summer. Pretty sure I threw a small temper tantrum, and had the biggest could-anything-worse-possibly-happen frown across my face. I turned my frown upside down since the marshmallows are back from vacation, but I can’t promise they’ll be any left if I’m near Flatiron.

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59. Wicked Hot Chocolate from Jacque Torres
350 Hudson St.
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Jacques Torres is real life Willy Wonka. When I had this a few years ago for the first time, it was pretty much love at first sight. I think it was the first time I experienced the whole ‘spicy-chocolate’ thing, and it’s a combination I’ve yet to forget. I even bought the mix to make at home, and totally whipped it out in 80 degree weather – forcing a Florida winter in December is a sweaty job, but someone’s gotta do it.

58. Blood Orange Doughnut from Dough Doughnuts 
14 W. 19th St.
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It’s seasonal, so if you miss it – go for the hibiscus.

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57. Bucatini from L’Artusi
228 W. 10th St.
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L’Artusi is one of those places where I’d eat anything they put in front of me. I’ve never had them feed me something I didn’t want more of.

56. Latte from Little Collins
667 Lexington Ave.
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Little Collins is like, the trendiest place in Midtown East. I come for the latte art, and end up staying for the avocado toast, if I’m lucky enough to get a seat.

55. Sloppy Dave from Superiority Burger
430 E. 9th St.
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Everything is vegetarian, and ‘sometimes accidentally vegan’ – and you really would have no idea. Sloppy Dave is so much hotter than Sloppy Joe, and he comes with frizzled onion.

54. The Classic Board from Russ & Daughters
179 E. Houston
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Russ & Daughters & Lindsay, and we’re the three best friends that anyone could have. It’s timeless, & classic, & I’m not sure what I love more – the waiters outfits, or the classic board.

53. Grilled Pork Chop from Babbo
110 Waverly Place
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This was one of those meals I’ll never forget, and continue to google how to make. I rarely order a pork chop at a restaurant (Jew-“ish” and all) but I’d order this over and over again.

52. Babaganoush & Israeli Salad from Taim
222 Waverly Place
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I’m claustrophobic, but I seem to overcome all of my fears to wait in line for babaganoush in this tiny little spot in the West Village.

51. Corn from Bisska NYC
Smorgasburg
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Corny: but it’s a-maize-ing.

50. Grandma Daisy’s Angel Biscuits from Root & Bone
200 E. 3rd St.
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I grew up south of the Mason-Dixon line, ya’ll, and this is the best biscuit I’ve ever had.

49. House Salmon from Sadelle’s
463 W. Broadway
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There’s a glass room in the middle of the restaurant where the bagels are made, right in front of you – it’s like eating in a bagel museum, where the bagel accessories arrive on tea tray towers.

48. Quality Parm-Pizza from Quality Italian
57 W. 57th St.
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Quality Italian had me at the shaker of dried black olives on the table. It’s like, a thing to come and get this pizza, that’s not really a pizza, it’s really thin chicken parmesan that looks like pizza. I had pretty high expectations and it lived up to them. It was a quality dinner, and enough food to have quality leftovers for the next 2 days.

47. Beef Jerky from Ling Kee
44 Canal Street
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So fun: Your best friend comes in town & you go to brunch and wander around Soho.
So not fun: After brunch, your best friend makes you trek through Chinatown so she can bring her fiancé home some sort of ‘meat candy’ he’s into.
But seriously: calling this ‘beef jerky’ feels wrong. It should be called Meat Candy from Ling Kee. It’s SO good – and I can’t believe I’m saying that.

46. Original Bialy from Kossar’s
367 Grand St.
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Benny loves a bialy – and this place is the best.

45. Vodka from Sammy’s Romanian 
157 Chrystie St.
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My favorite night in New York City was spent with Sammy’s Romanian food (lots of it – so much that I left with knishes in my purse) & his frozen Tito’s.

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44. Salty Pimp from Big Gay Ice Cream
125 E. 27th St
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My sweet & salty slam piece.

43. Tuna with Crispy Rice from Nobu
105 Hudson St.
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I’m a BIG crispy rice fan – and at Nobu, you get to assemble your own. Not in a “assembling-my-own-food-feels-like-a-chore kind of way” (clearly I’m not into fondue) but in a fun, DIY kind of way.

42. Black Currant Macaroon from Lauderee 
398 W Broadway
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…or ANYTHING from Lauderee. I love Lauderee, to the point would re-model my bedroom to look like Lauderee. And my bathroom. And my patio (if I had one). It’s seriously so beautiful in there, it almost feels like a high-end perfume store, and not a bakery. It’s literally, perfect – almost too-pretty-to-eat perfect. Making a return to the Paris location is #1 on my vacation bucket list.

41. Sushi Burrito from Pokeworks
63 W. 37th St.
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I recently told a friend about the sushi burrito craze, and she asked me if it was actually good. You like burritos? Yes. You like sushi? Yes. You’ll like a sushi burrito. And this place has the best fixins’.

40. Brussels Sprout Pizza from Motorino 
349 E. 12th St
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Just good NY-style pizza – you can’t go wrong with any of their pies.

39. Honey and Salted Sun Ice Cream from OddFellows 
75 E. 4th St
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The ‘sun’ in this ice cream is sunflower seeds – sweet & salty & brilliant. It’s kind of like a new re-mix of a  chocolate-and-pretzel-type combo. But, here’s the thing about OddFellow’s: if you haven’t been (go soon, please) – the flavors change every day. And while I’m infinitely disappointed this flavor isn’t readily regularly available to me, I’m equally excited to try whatever they’ve got going on. This flavor was so good, I’ve just trusted that they all will be, and I haven’t been let down.

38. Champagne in the Bathroom at Beauty & Essex 
146 Essex St.
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Okay, so I also like the Grilled Cheese, Smoked Bacon & Tomato Soup Dumplings and LES vibe, but I really really like that after 10pm, the ladies lounge (I’d call it a bathroom, but this place feels like so much more) serves champagne.

37. Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Ice Cream from Ample Hills Creamery
632 Vanderbilt Ave
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Ample Hills is ice cream heaven. All of their flavors will put the carton in your freezer to shame – especially this one. The original in BK is my favorite; it’s exactly what a neighborhood ice cream shop should feel like – but I am way excited that there’s locations open in the city, way closer to me.

36. Duck Lasagna from Bowery Meat Company 
9 E 1st Ave
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Duck? Good. Lasagna? Good. Duck Lasagna? Stupid good. This thing comes in a full casserole dish is and claimed to be an appetizer, easily dinner for 2, with leftovers.

35. Vanilla Cupcake from Cupcake Market NYC 
74 E 7th St
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Most of my time living here, I’ve been a full-time student, part-time Instagram-bakery-hopper. That’s how I not-so-‘stumbled’-upon this bakery. I came for the Drake cookie (also amazing), and but would come back for the cupcake – the icing’s light, the cake’s fluffy, and the place is homey & adorable.

34. Strawberry Soft Serve Fruit from Chloe’s Frozen Fruit 
25 E 17th St
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When I’ve eaten too many other desserts in one day and still need ice cream (it happens) – this really hits the spot. Just saw there’s a pumpkin flavor out for fall, so if you’re looking for me later I’ll probably be in Union Square wearing plaid holding a big cup of Chloe’s.

33. Shaved Snow from Grace Street
17 W 32nd St
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It’s layers, and layers, and layers, of shaved snow (ice) and it’s the prettiest thing I’v ever seen. KTown has some real gems – and this place is definitely one of them.

32. Momofuku Ramen from Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Avenue
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I’ve never met a Momofuku I didn’t like, but this one’s my favorite.

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31. Pick-A-Bagel 
297 3rd Ave
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Thanks for the rec, Mel – I’d be infinitely sadder and less rounded in the face without Pick-a-Bagel in my life. Yes, I walk 1 avenue and 12 blocks for a bagel, passing at least 4 other half decent bagel places, because I pick Pick-a-Bagel.

30. Honey Chicken & Pickle Biscuit Sandwich from Jacob’s Pickles
509 Amsterdam Avenue
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I’m from Atlanta, ya’ll – I need a chicken biscuit every once and a while. This sandwich has all the players I’d draft to be on my dream biscuit team: fried chicken (crispy and juicy and all that), pickles (the place IS called Jacob’s pickles), hot sauce, and clover honey.

29. Mint Chip Ice Cream from Morganstern’s
2 Riving Street
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I realize this list is pretty ice cream heavy (how else do you think I survived an NYC summer?) but this one is the real deal. There’s REAL mint in here, and it’s REAL noticeable. More fresh like a mojito, and much less bland than a bottled extract. It’ll completely change the way you think about mint ice cream, if you’re into that sort of thing, and you should be.

28. Cacio e Pepe Soft Scrambled Eggs from Maialino
2 Lexington Ave
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The first time I went to Maialino, I went for brunch during a bachelorette party. We sat in their private room and had a set menu – with a price of $100.00 per person, sans alcohol. My initial thought was (like yours probably is): “SERIOUSLY?!” (LHB, I should have known better than to doubt your food judgement, even for a minute) If I could afford it, I’d do it again, and again, and again. Everything was drool-worthy (olive oil muffins are a must, too) – picture perfect and actually delicious – but the highlight was the eggs. So creamy, and so cheesy, and if it weren’t a classy establishment in the Gramarcy Park Hotel, there would have been some very aggressive bowl scraping happening. I’ve even tried to make my own at home, and if you can’t make it to Maialino, try these out – they’re just so. good.

27. Churro-cone from Chikalicious
203 E. 10th St
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Truth: I hate churros. Like really do not like them, understand their purpose, and think they’re just weird – but in cone form, they suddenly make so much sense. Another truth: as embarrassing as it is, I ate this ice cream cone and had a dream about it that night. Like an actual dream of me eating it again. I want more churro-cones, and I want more dreams about churro-cones, too.

26. Dan Dan Noodles from Han Dynasty
90 3rd Avenue
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If you can’t take the heat, I think you can still handle these from Han Dynasty – they’re a little spicy, but in a good way, and my necessary companion on a cold rainy night-in. Well worth the caviar delivery fee.

25. Mozarella Sticks from Big Mozz
Smorgasburg
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Like I have to sell you on MOZZARELLA STICKS. They’re not super greasy, but they are super gooey. And the chef went to UF.

24. The Emmy Pizza from Emmy Squared
364 Grand Street
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Full disclosure, I went for the burger, just to see how it compared to #15. They didn’t have it, and I was sad. Then I got this pizza, and I was happy. Really happy. Mozzarella, banana peppers, onions, and ranch – they put RANCH on your pizza, for you. I’m in.

23. Lobster Roll from Luke’s Lobster
93 E. 7th Street
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Dear Luke, I love your lobster. I like that you don’t put too much mayo, and that you do put too much lobster. You’ll always be one of my favorites.
Love, Lindsay.
PS, the bread’s good too.
PSS, also into the coleslaw.

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22. Honeycomb Ice Cream Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
48 E 7th Street
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New York has no shortage of good ice cream (clearly) – and this place is definitely amongst the top. I’ve asked for samples of pretty much every flavor and liked every last one of them – vegan flavors included.

21. Cereal Milk Ice Cream from Milk Bar
251 E 13th St
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It’s like the bottom of a bowl of cornflakes, in ice cream form. I even want it when it’s 10 degrees here, and have ordered and eaten it with a beanie on, chapped lips, and no feelings in my hands. (Also love compost cookie, & the ballpark bomb.)

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20. Potato Periogi from Vesekla
144 Second Avenue
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Periogi’s are my favorite nightcap. It’s just kind of perfect if you had pizza for dinner, have brunch plans, but need a late-night snack – a typical weekend for me. They’re just really, really good – swear.

19. The Bodega Breakfast Sandwich from High Street on Hudson
637 Hudson Street
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Bodega breakfast, non-bodega atmosphere, much higher quality ingredients, and really beautiful breakfast breads.

18. Kale Caeser from Sweetgreen
1164 Broadway
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I eat a lot of sweets, which makes me crave a lot of greens – enter: Sweetgreen. It’s all local and organic – and a blah blah blah 🙂 – but I’ll admit, I feel good eating it, and I’d feel better eating it if they’d open locations in Atlanta & South Florida. Just sayin’, I’d be first in line.

17. Fresh Bread from The International Culinary Center
462 Broadway
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Okay, so I realize this isn’t exactly a restaurant you can go purchase bread from, but it had to be on my list, because I will NEVER forget this bread. You should go find a friend currently enrolled at ICC, or come over stat because I still have some frozen carbs I’ve hoarded in the freezer. The bread that comes out of the bread kitchen there is everything. Croissants, baguettes, challah, brioche… it’s warm, and I want all of the loaves, all of the time.

16. Cheese Borek from Breads Bakery
18 E 6th Street
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If you don’t know what a boreka is, you’re missing out – bigtime. Similar to a spanikopita, or an empanada – but better, with lots of different fillings. I grew up eating them at my synagogue (if you’re in Atlanta, order from OVS – stat.) and the cheese borek from Breads makes me feel right at home. Cheese borek to stay, and a babka to-go, please.

15. Emmy Burger from Emily
919 Fulton Street
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There’s a ‘How I Met Your Mother’ episode about the best burger in New York, and I always hated it. Then I moved here, and I get it. Everyone thinks they’ve found the best burger around and the majority is really pulling hard for this one. Definitely not you’re ‘classic’ burger, the pretzel bun & caramelized onions make it worth the trip to BK, and I’d be up for a bath in the emmy sauce (get extra, and you should probably go ahead and dip the fries in it).

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14. Vodka Pizza from Rubirosa
235 Mulberry Street
rubirosanyc.com
My #1 place for “in town for the weekend and want some good NY-style pizza”. Just make a reservation – vodka pizza FTW.

13. Cinnamon Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookie from by CHLOE
185 Bleecker Street
bychefchloe.com
I am not vegan, you butter believe it, and I’m pretty sure half the people that frequent this place aren’t either. There isn’t a thing on the menu I wouldn’t eat, and question how the F it’s vegan. And no matter how full I am from talking whoever’s with me into sharing the mac & cheese (yes, vegan mac & cheese) I always have room for this cookie. It’s crunchy, and crispy, and coffee-y, and chocolate-y, and I’m not willing to share.

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12. Cannelé De Bordeaux from Dominique Ansel Kitchen
137 Seventh Avenue South
dominiqueanselkitchen.com
I’m a Dominique Ansel fan-girl, and I wholeheartedly believe his best creations aren’t the ‘wait-in-line’ ones, but the ‘readily-available’ ones. (Still a cronut fan guys, just saying there’s a whole world of DA baked goods you might be missing out on.) I can’t stop eating cannelé. They’re crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside, and if you bought me a box of 5, they wouldn’t last 5 minutes.

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11. Colonel Tso’s Cauliflower from Babu Ji
175 Avenue B
babujinyc.com
Yes, #11 is cauliflower from an Indian restaurant. I realize how random that sounds, but this dish is genuinely one-of-a-kind (and even VEGAN). It’s an indo-chinese style appetizer with tomato chili sauce thats tastes dangerously similar to sesame chicken – like if you gave me a blind taste test, I would think it’s chicken, and you might too. The butter chicken with naan is pretty epic also.

10. Bee Sting from Roberta’s Pizza
261 Moore St
robertaspizza.com
I’m pretty into honey – in my tea, on my granola, even on top of my avocado toast – but I have never had it on my pizza… until Roberta’s. Spicy soprasseta, sweet honey, and just like, a really, really, good crust thing going on.

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9. Steamed Scrambled Eggs from Buvette
42 Grove Street
ilovebuvette.com
The CUTEST little French place, ever. Every time I’ve been, I’m 1 of 5 Americans in the whole place. The ambiance is adorable, and just the best Parisian vibe – I love that they write the wait list for a table on a chalkboard doorframe right where you walk in, and that there’s a cute little patio in the back. I’m pretty sure the eggs are steamed over the espresso machine, but I’m not exactly sure how that’s possible. It’s like breakfast magic. Get it with proscuitto, and if you go for dinner, take me back with you.

8. Spicy Spring Pie from Prince Street Pizza
27 Prince Street
https://www.yelp.com/biz/prince-street-pizza-new-york-2
I want to curl up and take a nap inside the pepperoni cups.

7. Blueberry Pancakes from Clinton Street Baking Company
4 Clinton Street
clintonstreetbakingcompany.com
I go savory for breakfast. Weekends are for yolks, and if I’m foregoing an egg situation for brunch, it better be worth it. These are the pancakes of all pancakes, and if there wasn’t a 2-hour line deep of people staring down the dining room, I’d lick the blueberry compote off the plate.

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6. The Perfect Egg Sandwich from Dominique Ansel Bakery 
189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
dominiqueanselbakery.com
You can’t really call it the perfect egg sandwich, unless it is the perfect egg sandwich. And this is. Steamed, fluffy eggs and melted, creamy gruyere cheese on a mini brioche bun – seriously, it’s perfect.

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5. The Original Egg Roll from Nom Wah Tea Parlor
13 Doyers Street
nomwah.com
IT’S A CREPE, not an egg-roll wrapper and it’s GENIUS.

4. Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie from Levain Bakery
167 W. 74th St.
levainbakery.com
I’ve been coming to New York for years and hoarding these home – so many I probably should have checked a bag, and but it would have weighed over 50 pounds. These cookies are life changing.

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3. Avocado & Poached Eggs on Toast from Balthazar
80 Spring Street
balthazar.com
It’s like avo toast got all dressed up for a fancy french brunch – and it suits her. Get the pastry basket too, while you’re at it.

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2. Chicken Fingers with Buffalo Balsamic Maple Sauce from Sticky’s Finger Joint
484 3rd Avenue
stickysfingerjoint.com
It’s 0.2 miles away from my apartment, and it’s dangerous. I’m equally embarrassed and proud by how much I visit. I’m seriously considering buying party hats from Party City and having my goodbye party at 33rd & 3rd. My long-term relationship with Chik-fil-a has ended, and Sticky’s & I are hot n’ heavy, and I’m really going to be torn up about starting a long distance relationship with him when I move back to Florida.

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1. Salvation Burger from Salvation Burger
230 E 41st Street
salvationburger.com
This is hands down the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth – I know, I’m shocked #1 isn’t dessert too. House-made bun, in-house ground meat, & homemade cheese – you can taste  the difference in all three individually, and together. I didn’t even LIKE burgers before I moved here (I normally save my calories for the sweets) but I’d miss dessert for a week (SERIOUSLY) to spend 1 night with this thing. Sadly enough, it’s been closed for a few months now due to a fire. I have the hotel they’re a part of on my speed dial.

That’s all! So, feel free to send me what I’m missing – I’ve still got some aggressive eating to do until I head back home.

Hungrily,
Lindsay

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2 comments

  1. Steffi loeser says:

    I am your aunt diannes friend..steffi loeser…I live in houston..my son andrew was your cousin jeffs roomate a few years ago…your aunt shared your blog and I am loving it! !!!
    I am a cook,baker and love to read recipe books like novels!
    I wish I could go to the baking program you went to..what an amazing adventure….love living vicariously thru you!

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