During my two-year stint here in New York, I’ve had many people reach out to me (over Facebook, email, text, smoke signal, carrier pigeon, etc.) for advice about all manner of New York-related topics. My favorite question to answer has always been, “Where’s the best food?” Because New York is a food lover’s paradise. In two years, I’ve only barely scratched the surface of what this city offers!
And those that know me know that I despise cooking with a fiery passion that rivals the flaming heat of the sun; it therefore follows that I love it when people feed me.
So, here, let me share that lovely, full feeling with you, by offering up a list of places that I’d recommend visiting during your time in NYC:
Big Gay Ice Cream
Let’s just start this list off with a bang, shall we? I love this place, and I highly recommend either American Globs or Salty Pimp. Especially if it’s the middle of July (a.k.a the month where you’re trapped within Satan’s Armpit) and ice cream’s the only thing you can realistically eat without wanting to collapse afterwards.
And this is the other place that tempts me to leave my lovely, air-conditioned apartment in the summertime. Love yourself and get a Mojito smoothie, and a waffle on a stick.
The Grey Dog’s Coffee
I’ve had great food, coffee, and mulled wine here. This is my go-to place whenever I’m in the Union Square area. (There’s another one near Washington Square Park — it has a great vibe, too.)
Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop
If I have to explain this one to you, then there already isn’t any hope left.
Union Pizza Works
This is a bit pricey for pizza and they’re a cash-only place, but quite honestly, this is also one of the best margherita pizzas I’ve had in NYC. It’s near the Jefferson L stop, which is a pretty upbeat area in Brooklyn (lots of bars and street art).
Pies N’ Thighs
This one also shouldn’t require any explanation.
I always come here when I’m in Williamsburg. Great vibe, great coffee. Try their signature Maple Leaf coffee if it’s available.
Patrizia’s of Brooklyn
This place is pure, wonderful Italian chaos during the dinner hour. Go there, if only to experience the cacophony.
Because if you feel like going the fast food route, then you can’t go wrong with Shake Shack. (Specifically, a milkshake and fries.)
Tiny little coffee shop. This is a great place to go when it’s snowing.
This bar has great atmosphere. I love having dinner/drinks here, and I’ve heard the brunch is spectacular, too.
This place is an experience. Plus, the top floor’s a rooftop beer garden.
Always busy, but they’ve got great food. And it’s in Greenpoint; what more do you want?
99 cent pizza
This is my go-to place before/after a Broadway show…because I spent all my money on the Broadway ticket. (And it’s actually damn good pizza, too.)
The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog
I love this pub. Please get the Irish coffee here. Sometimes I go here JUST for that coffee…
Any food truck in the city. Particularly the ones that serve falafel options…you’ll get a huge portion of delicious chicken-on-rice for, like, 6 bucks.
…And there you have it. I have, of course, neglected to mention about 464,689,840 alternative NYC food options, so if any NYC veterans out there want to add to this list, feel free to comment below!
And of course, to future visitors: feel free to keep reaching out to me. I’m most accessible here or on Facebook, if only because smoke signals depend upon the weather, and the carrier pigeons tend to run late.
Happy eating, and thanks for reading,