Updated Feb 21, 2018
Table of Contents
- 1 Destination: New York City
- 2 Where to Eat in NYC according to a Local New Yorker.
- 2.1 “A” is for Alphabet City.
- 2.2 ABC Kitchen
- 2.3 “B” is also for Balthazar
- 2.4 “C” is for Chinatown.
- 2.5 “C” is for Curry-Ya
- 2.6 “C” is also for Corner Bistro
- 2.7 “C” is for Chelsea Market
- 2.8 “D” is for DiPalo.
- 2.9 “E” is for the Ear Inn
- 2.10 “E” is for Epicerie Boulud
- 2.11 “E” is also for Essex Street Market
- 2.12 “F” is for Fiorello’s
- 2.13 “F” is also for Fraunces Tavern
Destination: New York City
Where to Eat in NYC according to a Local New Yorker.
“A” is for Alphabet City.
Alphabet City Avenues A, B, C, and sometimes D stretches from North to South starting at 14th Street to Houston Street (pronounced, “house-ten”). During my childhood, this part of town was a no-fly zone.
Now, you can hover around most parts without having to look over your back. If you’re looking for places to eat in NYC with a bit of character, few neighborhoods offer more. Read all about > Alphabet City and the best places to eat here.
“A” is also for ABC Kitchen. Attached to the famous retail store for fine and exotic goods, is this American contemporary restaurant. Using locally sourced organic ingredients, the food served here has an earthy quality that makes one feel that they’re not only eating something delicious but good for them. Its rustically modern design is aesthetically pleasing and makes for a comfortable eating experience.35 east 18th street new york, NY 10003 p: 212.475.5829 f: 212.598.3020 “B” is for Bemelmans’ Bar.
Ludwig Bemelmans, the author of the Madeline book series took residence at the Carlyle Hotel many years ago. As a gesture of gratitude to the hotel, Ludwig, who was also an artist, gifted the hotel a mural in its’ bar which very much resembles the artwork in the books.
The bar subsequently was named in his honor. Bemelmans may be one of the last great hotel bars in New York. Come any evening and enjoy a well prepared “old fashioned”, with fur-clad women, while some Gershwin is being played on the piano.
35 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021, USA
“B” is also for Balthazar
“B” is also for Balthazar. Yes, this shows up on a lot of lists, and for good reason. Eating at Balthazar always feels like an event. Servers, by the plenty, are part of a seamless dance that’s not only fun to watch but makes one’s experience great.
The stewards behind the bar make the best Bloody Marys, the kitchen doles out excellent steak frites, and the raw bar creates the most beautiful seafood towers. Balthazar is one of our first stops during the Christmas Season.
“C” is for Chinatown.
Big Wong & Shanghai Asian Manor
Gritty and smelly? Yes, but there’s nothing like it. Where else can you find, old Cantonese men dressed in traditional garb hanging out with old Italian guys wearing pinky rings? The sub-cuisines offered in New York’s Chinatown is as diverse as those found in China itself. There’s Canton, Hunan, Xian, Shanghainese, it’s definitely a neighborhood one must eat in NYC.
Walk along Mott Street and see glistening Roast Duck hung by the window (Big Wong, being the best, on Mott right below Canal). Continue to head south on Mott to Mosco Street and you’ll hit Shanghai Asian Manor. Order their famous Xiao Long Bao (Soup Dumplings) and appreciate the complexity in the preparation of what the Chinese consider to be “simple” food.
106 Mosco Street
For a real down-home, no-frills experience, go halfway down Mosco Street (address 106) and you’ll find a fried dumpling place, literally out of a hole in the wall. For $1.25 you get 5 delicious pork and chive dumplings. With a dash of their special sauce (which I believe is simply soy sauce and vinegar) and a touch of Siracha, your good to go.
Few snacks are more satisfying and more affordable than this. By now, you get the point, there are lots to choose from. Need a recommendation, ask the Italian guy with the pinky ring, I’m sure he’s got his favorites.
For more on food and snacks in Chinatown, Read this > Best Food and Snacks in NYC’s Chinatown
“C” is for Curry-Ya
“C” is for Curry-Ya, a small Japanese, counter only, restaurant. Akin to what you’ll find in Japan itself. No sushi, no ramen here. They serve Japanese curry and Japanese curry only. I like places that make one thing and make it well. This is one of those places. Order the Berkshire Pork Katsu Curry, spiced to your liking, and you’ll find yourself hooked.
214 East 10th St. NYC, 10003
(bet. 1st & 2nd Ave.)
12:00pm – 11:00pm
“C” is also for Corner Bistro
“C” is for Corner Bistro. This West Village tavern serves the best, and I mean the best, broiled burgers. There is a broiler behind the bar where you can witness the juices from all the burgers within dripping on each other, hence creating a rich finish to their superior product.
331 W 4th St,
New York, NY 10014
at the corner of
Jane and West 4TH
“C” is for Chelsea Market
If it happens to be a rainy day, and you’re looking for something to do, come to Chelsea Market. You can spend the whole day eating, drinking, and shopping here. Our favorite eateries include Lobster Place for unpretentious premium seafood and Dickson’s Farmstand for great beef product.
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 7am to 9pm, Sunday: 8am to 8pm
Address: 75 9th Avenue (Between 15th and 16 Streets), New York, NY 10011
“D” is for DiPalo.
When the rest of Italian-American food purveyors decided to become adequate, the DiPalo family kept a higher standard. They continue to represent their heritage with great pride. They single-handedly put the vowel back in Italian-American cuisine.
When everyone else is selling you “Muzzarell”, the DiPalos sell you “MozzarellA” made on the premises. You’ll also find multiple types of “ProscuittO” here, not “Proshoot”. There is real mortadella to be found, which is that strange, delicious cold cut, that ironically inspired, what we came to know as bologna. I can go on and on; but instead, I advise you to see, smell, and taste yourself. A visit here is one of the best things to do in New York.
200 Grand St, New York, NY 10013
“E” is for the Ear Inn
Many bars claim to be the Oldest in New York City. It’s probably one of the greatest debates for that matter. One that is often missed is the Ear Inn located west of SoHo toward the Hudson River. In the 1770s, the Hudson River was just 5 feet from its front door and was basically the first stop those shipping merchants made. It should be one of your stops as well.
“E” is for Epicerie Boulud
“E” is for Epicerie Boulud. Acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud brings to the masses an affordable way to enjoy his delights. There are a few locations in town, but the best is across Lincoln Center. Sit at the bar during Happy Hour and order a grilled sausage and a good Alsatian beer.
1900 Broadway at 64t St
New York, NY 10023
“E” is also for Essex Street Market
This Lower East Side Market is a historical center for food history in New York. It started with a few stalls from Jewish immigrants over 100 years ago. Now, it’s a hipster’s paradise. I use this word favorably as opposed to negative, which is the fashion.
Why? because without them, this place would not have developed as a hot spot to get good eats at a good price. Like many marketplaces, it’s part grocery and part hawker stalls with prepared foods. A great place to start your morning.
120 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
“F” is for Fiorello’s
Lincoln Center is the home of the Metropolitan Opera House. Its interior is arguably the most beautiful in the New York. Before delving into some culture, grab some good upper west side Italian grub across the street at Fiorello’s.
They are known for their very thin crusted pizza, but it’s the dessert that everyone comes for, which includes a chocolate mousse topped with homemade whipped cream, best in the city. It’s also favored by the artists that perform at the Met. It’s not uncommon to be there at the same time as the likes of Placido Domingo.
“F” is also for Fraunces Tavern
“F” is for Fraunces Tavern. Located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in New York (Battery Park) this Tavern is where George Washington supposedly liked to have a drink. It’s not only historical, It’s also a great place to drink.
54 Pearl Street, New York, 10004
212 – 968 – 1776