Unless you've been living under a rock, you've seen photos of the now infamous unicorn ice cream cones in a fish all over Instagram. This is saying something for a city with an every evolving food scene. For now at least, TAIYAKI NYC is the city's hottest ice cream spot. Started by three first/second-generation Asian Americans in New York, TAIYAKI serves up delicious ice cream, usually inside an adorable, warm and seriously yummy fish waffle cake. Take our word for it - give this one a try.
Even though we have one of our own in Palm Beach now, we had to stop off for a delicious Italian lunch at our favorite street-side spot in the West Village: Sant Ambroeus. We started with the always popular Prosciutto e Mozzarella and finished with the Tagliatelle alla Bolognese and Pappardelle al Ragù di Coniglio. It was heavenly!
The home bakery for the king of the cronut is right down the street from the SoHo Grand Hotel. Dominique Ansel is simply a must-do whilst in NYC. The flavors change monthly, which explains the usual line down the block. Well worth the wait! Stop in for the experience that is the cronut, pick up the DKA (our favorite), and try out the cookie shots. It's a great way to perk up your day.
We doubt many of our readers have dined semi underground in a restaurant that makes you feel like you're inside a large boat. If you're curious, just looking for a seriously fresh bite of seafood, or want to dive in for a mixture of sushi and shellfish, Lure Fishbar is the place for you. Who ever came up with the idea for a mixed menu of American style seafood and fresh sushi (with a wide variety of sake and wine to complement your dishes), we salute you!
12 Chairs Cafe
This adorable Israeli cafe on Thompson Street just south of Houston is a new favorite of ours. With an eclectic menu that will keep you full for hours, we left feeling comforted, full and very happy. 12 Chairs got its name originally because it had, well only 12 chairs! Serving up serious eats like their Israeli eggs breakfast, fresh hummos, challah bread french toast and so much more, we promise this adorable cafe will not disappoint,
If you're looking for a unique and authentic Japanese experience, Village YOKOCHO is your place. Opened in 1995, it was the first izakaya in the neighborhood and serves up a variety of comfort food, from yakitori to takoyaki, ramen to kushiage. The hipster atmosphere transports you to the streets of Tokyo, complete with strung lights and a barrel tile Japanese-style sushi hut. To put it simply - the food is delicious and the ambiance is one of a kind.
A rooftop restaurant and bar with a view, terrific menu, 69 cent cocktails and a jazz trio - what more could you want? We stumbled on this amazing spot several years ago and its been a favorite ever since. The always chic ambiance mixed with trendy food items, cocktails and entertainment makes Hotel Chantelle a very popular spot in lower Manhattan. Reservations are highly recommended.
You can't go to NYC without getting a slice of pizza, right? Though John's Pizzeria doesn't serve slices, we would be remiss if we didn't send our readers to this most holy of pizza bars in the West Village. Founded in 1929 by Italian immigrant John Sasso, John's is a family owned and operated joint with a history almost as rich as its pizza sauce. A favorite spot of Adam Sandler, John's is our top recommendation for a delicious New York pizza pie.
J G Melon
Eat like a real New Yorker at this iconic Upper East Side restaurant. J G Melon's burgers have a cult following, and for good reason! Their no nonsense burger-on-a-bun approach is about as New York as it gets. Served dressed with bacon and/or cheese, pickles, and onion, as you like, the smokey flavor and sweet bun bread make this our top burger joint in all of Manhattan. While they now have a few other Manhattan locations, we strongly recommend the UES spot - many say the grill maintains flavor you'll miss at the other locations.
This new local SoHo favorite is making waves in NYC. Pinch Chinese has a great and vast menu, though we stop in for our new favorite food trend: soup dumplings. It's official name is Xiaolongbao and these delicious mini hot pockets of soupy goodness are a real treat. Seriously - you've gotta try them!
LUPA OSTERIA ROMANA
Walking distance from the SoHo Grand is another favorite. Lupa is a classic Italian restaurant on a mission to create dishes as traditionally Roman as possible. Believe us - they have succeeded! From their classic mozzarella platters to delicious Tuna Carpaccio, Branzino galore, house made pasta (pst! Try the Bucatini All'Amatriciana), you really can't go wrong.
Located right next door to Lupa (seriously - and yes, sometimes we do actually leave SoHo!), you'll find an authentic and truly delectable sushi restaurant. Tomoe is one of those quintessential hole-in-the-wall New York City spots that has truly outstanding food, despite what it may look like from the outside. Though it often has a line outside, it goes quick - and we promise its worth the wait.
L'Artusi was a first for us this trip. Recommended by a good friend, we were excited to find this small, posh restaurant to be totally packed and serving up cool cocktails and hot dishes. Another terrific Italian food find, we treated ourselves to the beef carpaccio, roasted beats, heirloom tomato with burrata, rabbit gnocchi, and charred octopus. We also may or may not have topped it all off with the hazelnut chocolate torte. Delish!
Strip House Steakhouse & Lounge
This seriously sexy steakhouse is one of our absolute favorites. If you're looking for a top notch steak with a side of ooh la la, Strip House is just for you. This iconic New York steak restaurant is worshiped, both by the media and general public. Generally served family style, your main and sides will be buttery, delicious and something you'll remember for ages.