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At one point S+P had been voted for having the best martini in all of NYC- besides the fantastically crafted drinks the food is very good. One chubby thumbs up.
Must Eat: Any pork chop they have
Highs: Dirty Martini aka 7 olives martini
Lows: Even for a drink this place goes 6 deep at the bar
With two locations in NY, Frankie's is a fantastic choice for some great pastas and crostinis. What is better than walking around the West Village and eating pasta? One and a half chubby thumbs up
Must Eat: Sage butter cavatelli
Highs: Great handmade pastas and wine list
Lows: Can get crowded and dark when busy
The closest thing to a small Parisian bistro you can find stateside. Small outdoor space in the back is perfect for your Sunday croque madame. One chubby thumbs up.
Must Eat: Croque Madame
Highs: Small outdoor patio and breakfast
Lows: Zero, and I mean zero elbow room
Michael White rules the NYC Italian food world, and this casual, no tablecloths restaurant does not disappoint. Try and make it during the winter to have some of the best green lasagna you'll ever eat. Two chubby thumbs up.
Must Eat: Green Lasagna or bolognese
Highs: Great handmade pasta, seasonal menu
Lows: Noisy dining room and long waits
This unassuming East Village dumpling house churns out authentic dumplings every day. From the pork dumplings to veggie and any special dumplings they have weekly- Mimi Cheng's is a great addition to the East Village.
Must Eat: Pork dumplings with Mimi Cheng's secret sauce
Highs: Dumplings! Quick service
Lows: If it is crowded be ready to eat those dumplings standing on 2nd Ave. One chubby thumbs up.
A longtime Brooklyn staple, River Cafe has made its way back from Sandy's destruction. One of the last restaurants with a jacket requirement in the dining room for men, this fine dining establishment is great for a splurging celebration.
Must Eat: Poached lobster and BK Bridge chocolate cake
Highs: High end food from classically trained chefs under the BK bridge. One and a half chubby thumbs up.
Lows: Drop the jacket requirement, this place can be a bit on the pretentious side.
Trying to bring a high end steakhouse to the East Village, BMC succeeds for the most part. A celeb/athlete hotspot, wait for a great Knicks game and hope to see some players eating here postgame. Good steaks but better steakhouses are all around the city. Half a chubby thumbs up.
Must Eat: Steak au poivre
Highs: Great people watching and stiff martinis
Lows: Service slow
What's better than casual Italian food? Surprisingly good pasta at a great price, Bar Primi also offers a solid brunch on the weekends. Great for groups. One chubby thumbs up.
Must Eat: 4 cloves garlic linguine
Highs: Casual setting with decently priced tasty dishes
Lows: Awkward booths all over the place
It's hard to review a bagel place in the bagel capital of the world. Baz does a nice job with their bagels though in a classic NY decorated setting. Half a chubby thumbs up.
Must Eat: Everything bagel
Highs: Bagels and lox and their tea comes in an elephant teapot
Lows: Eh do you need a sit down bagel spot?
Back in business after a brief shut down- Porchetta is still pushing out high end, these pork sandwiches can be found at Porsena. Quick and tasty.
Half a chubby thumbs up
Must Eat: Porchetta Sandwich
Highs: Cheap pork sandwiches that hit the spot
Lows: Not always availble
Oh the beautiful people. Bond St Sushi is one of my favorite places in all of NY for some sushi. Not only is the sushi fresh and perfectly crafted, it is great for people watching downstairs at the bar. Two chubby thumbs up
Must Eat: Tuna pizza and sesame shrimp roll
Highs: The food is fantastic and the people watching is great
Lows: Its high end sushi in NYC so expect to shell out some cash.
This short lived Mexican restaurant from the brains behind Mission Chinese food was prettty solid. Not worth reviewing anymore. Just go to Mission Chinese.
Does delivery pizza get any better than Motorino's? The answer is no. Two chubby thumbs up.
Must Eat: Regular pizza with crumbled sausage
Highs: Some of the best pizza in NY and they deliver
Lows: Nope, not here.
From the outside, Pylos is rather unassuming. With the clay pot ceiling, authentic Greek food comes out plate after plate. One and a half chubby thumbs up.
Must Eat: Meatballs, fried zucchini and saganaki.
Highs: Great Greek food not in a Milos type setting and a weekend brunch
Lows: Small restaurant, tough to get in without a reservation
What does one say about David Chang's most famous restaurant? This James Beard winning chef has created a NYC Momofuku empire, and Ko is the crown jewel. Counter only tasting menu- Momofuku Ko is one of the few MUST try restaurants around. Two chubby thumbs up
Must Eat: Everything
Highs: All things considered, it is a decently priced tasting menu. Some of the most creative food you will ever eat
Lows: Good luck getting a reservation.
TIP: If you live nearby go on their neighbors and friends email blast for last minute cancelations
Jane is good for standard american fare when you don't want to go to The Smith. Great steak salads and off menu donuts for dessert. 3/4 chubby thumbs up
Must Eat: Steak salad
Highs: Donuts. Perfect for weekend eating.
Lows: Brunch gets crowded fast so make it there early.
Under the Jean-Georges brand, Mercer Kitchen's underground restaurant is a great stop during your SoHo shopping. Solid drinks and tuna spring rolls- and surprisingly good salmon burgers. 1.25 chubby thumbs up.
Must Eat: Tuna spring rolls
Highs: People watching, great location and pretty decent food
Lows: Dark dining room, and because its a JGV brand it still has that air of elitism.
Probably the best Indian food in NYC. Tamarind Tribeca has a fantastically large menu filled with authentic Indian dishes, and exceptionally trained waiters. But is any chicken tikka masala worth $30? Get the naan and be on your way. One chubby thumbs up.
Must Eat: Naan
Highs: Great wait staff, awesome indian food
Lows: Tribeca priced Indian street food.
High end sushi and a great omakase menu. Do not order a la carte here, just let the chefs do their thing. 3/4 chubby thumbs up.
Must Eat: Omakase Menu (ask for uni)
Highs: Omakase menu, quiet dining room
Lows: Expect to pay for the quality of the fish, but at this price point there are other options.
Fish heavy, 20 course, 3 Michelin Starred restaurants don't come around too often. Besides the absurd price point and difficulty getting into this restaurant, it is a dining experience unlike any other. 1.5 Chubby thumbs up.
Must Eat: Everything
Highs: 20 courses, creative chefs, and the most expensive wine list I have ever seen
Lows: Prepaid dinner, so if you get in you better make sure you can go.
Major food group- the same group behind Carbone, Torrisi, Parm, Santina and others went out of their comfort zone with this hip French style restaurant. Classic French dishes brought into the 2000's. One chubby thumbs up
Must Eat: Duck l'Orange
Highs: Great decor, solid cocktails
Lows: Dark dining room prevents you from admiring the presentation.
I'll have what everyone is having. Katz's Deli has been around the 1880's for a reason. Mile high pastrami sandwiches carved by hand and some of the best hot dogs in the city.
Must Eat: Pastrami sandwich under the 'Harry & Sally' sign
Highs: Open late, everything here is unreal
Lows: If you lose the ticket they give you when walking in, expect to pay them $50
It's hard for a New Yorker like myself to say anything good has come out of Philly, but Joey Campanaro is a godsend to NYC. Little owl is one of the top restaurants in the West Village. Their lunchtime only burger is one of the best you'll ever have. Two chubby thumbs up
Must Eat: Lunch only burger
Highs: Food is incredible, setting is romantic
Lows: Tight tables, plenty of tourists outside looking at the Friend's apartment building.
Voted top Chinese in the city, RedFarm does not disappoint. Get ready to eat at a large communal table and struggle to get in without a wait. Two chubby thumbs up.
Must Eat: Pastrami Egg rolls
Highs: One of the few Chinese restaurants you don't leave feeling gross
Lows: Wait time can be long.
The more casual sister of ABC Kitchen, behind the Jean-Georges name, is great for healthy and fresh options. $$$ for some guacamole, but every dollar is worth it. 1.5 chubby thumbs up
Must Eat: Fresh guacamole, shaved brussles sprouts salad
Highs: Great airy dining room and decor.
Lows: Can be expensive for what it is, but that doesn't mean it's not worth paying for.
Located in the old Gold Coast of NYC- surrounded by beautiful buildings blocks from Washington Sq Park, Claudette is a fantastic French bistro that IMO is better than Balthazar, Cherche Midi and any other Keith McNally French restaurant there is. 1 chubby thumbs up
Must Eat: Eggs benedict
Highs: Beautiful dining room, fantastic brunch and dinner service.
Lows: During peak dining times this place can be extremely loud
If you make your way down to FiDi and want to stop for some pizza- hit Adrienne's. This place is not by the slice though so bring your appetite. Great Sicilian pies. 3/4 chubby thumbs up
Must Eat: Sicilian pie with pepperoni
Highs: Thick doughy square slices perfectly crispy
Lows: Only by the pie, and who goes to FiDi anyway?
The newest addition to the Major empire, Santina takes you outside NYC. Amazing dining room and fantastic cocktails make up for the food here. 3/4-1 chubby thumbs up.
Must Eat: Italian chicpea pancakes
Highs: Awesome glass enclosed dining room and creative cocktails
Lows: You can order the whole menu and have a handful of duds.
Want upscale Mexican food and hate Dos Caminos like any sane human being? Cosme has a great menu filled with plenty of veggies and fish- 1 chubby thumbs up
Must Eat: Yellowtail with jalapeno
Highs: Minimalist dining room, great decor IG worthy food
Lows: Mexican restaurants should have a better energy than this
I'm a sucker for restaurants that play old school hip hop and don't take themselves too seriously. Charlie bird has a great Italian inspired American fare menu with some shockingly good pastas and a great vibe. Perfect for some summertime dinners. 1.25 chubby thumbs up
Must Eat: Pork Shin Tagliatelle
Highs: Music, decor, vibe and some good pastas
Lows: The bar is nothing to write home about
One of the more famous tasting menu's in all of NYC. Mas unfortunately suffered a kitchen fire and has been closed for some time now while they do repairs. Fantastic food in on a charming West Village block is the reason it has stuck around. 1.5 chubby thumbs up
Must Eat: Tasting menu
Highs: Romantic dining room with superb service and a great tasting menu
Lows: I can't eat there until they reopen!
Wild menu at a very chic below grade eatery. This Michelin starred sushi joint is known for having some very interesting and adventurous dishes. 1.25 chubby thumbs up
Must Eat: Raw baby shrimp
Highs: Clean feeling dining room, friendly service and fresh fish
Lows: As with any Michelin star restaurant, expect the bill to follow suit. Do not go here if you are in the mood for a crispy tuna roll
Okay I know this isn't in NYC, but it would be a disservice to not mention Umberto's of New Hyde Park and their grandma slice. On a hot summer day when the city's gross humiditygets to you, pop on a train to NHP and grab one of the best slices around. 1.5 chubby thumbs up.
Must Eat: Grandma slice, pazzo pizza
Highs: Casual pizzeria with great dishes as well
Lows: It's not in the city, worth going to if you are on the island
Carbone takes you back in time when there were captains, not waiters. Each person donning a burgundy tuxedo is beyond friendly and knowledgeable about their menu, the food is also incredible. Must Eat: Veal parm and penne vodka
Highs: Handmade, casual dining room and freindly staff
Lows: This is high end Italian in a more casual setting, don't let that confuse you when the bill comes
Clocktower NYC is serving some high end American fare in a wonderfully loud dining room. Not only is the food very good but Clocktower is a great spot for that post work cocktail and game of pool.
Must eat- Dover Sole
Highs: Great menu even for the most picky individuals
Lows: Can get very loud, and when busy the service can falter
This old laundromat turned into Peking duck palace owned by the same crew as RedFarm is worth the tight quarters for some of this fantastic duck. 1.25 chubby thumbs up
Must Eat: Peking duck
Highs: Great duck, and you can get some RedFarm food too
Lows: Super tight dining room
Michael White ventures into French cuisine with this classy upscale restaurant with some classic French dishes. Use your rent check on some white truffle pastas. 1.75 chubby thumbs up.
Must Eat: Pasta with truffles when in season, the burger
Highs: Large space with a fantastic wine list
Lows: Wait staff can be inattentive at times
Saucy, oily, doughy goodness. Prince Street Pizza has the best pepperoni Sicilian slice in NYC, hands down. Two chubby and greasy thumbs up
Must Eat: CORNER slice with pepperoni
Highs: What can be better than a slice of pizza worth eating? The dough sets this place apart
Lows: They run out of corners first and you're taking this slice to go
Neapolitan Express pizza, started out as a food truck, and somehow feels like it is a chain restaurant. No love from the pizza here, but is a step up from Domino's or Blaze Pizza. 1/2 a chubby thumbs up
Must Eat: Prosciutto pizza
Highs: Personal pizzas made quick
Lows: It feels like you are ordering Papa John's
This LI restaurant opened up their first NYC outpost in Rockefeller Center- the decor is a bit on the cheesy side, but the food is incredible. Authentic Greek food.
Must Eat: Octopus and whole fish
Highs: Great fresh fish you can pick out
Lows: The hanging fish and blue lit centerpiece of this restaurant should never have been given the green light
Daniel Boulud's casual meat heavy restaurant is great for a burger, sausage and beers. An awesome beer list, and the ability to accommodate larger parties.
Must Eat: The Menage a Trois (three burgers)
Highs: Beers on beers on beers, burgers and sausages
Lows: Small TV, not idea for a burger and a game
Fine dining at its finest. Overlooking the courtyard at the MoMa you can shell out big bucks while looking at art no one could afford. Try and hit this spot during restaurant week for lunch to get a better deal. 1.75 chubby thumbs up
Must Eat: Dessert, they have an entire cart of cheeses
Highs: Beautiful dining room, impeccable service and delicious food
Lows: Pacing of the meal can be a bit slow
French cuisine for millennials. This tight and trendy restaurant is not for someone who isn't ready to try some flavors they haven't had before. 1 chubby thumbs up
Must Eat: Whole Sasso Chicken
Highs: Inventive dishes all extremely flavorful
Lows: I hate paying for bread- come on guys
One of the most respected restaurants in all of NYC- Gotham Bar and Grill is near perfect. Perfect for a special occasion. Every plate will have you asking for more food. Also a great restaurant week pick. 2 chubby thumbs up
Must Eat: Beet salad and Pork Chop
Highs: The food is incredibly crafted with perfect presentation
Lows: Can have a quiet older crowd, and the dining room could get some decor work
Ever want to go through a bouncer to be able to even have a drink somewhere? Polo bar exudes pretentiousness. That being said this easy going menu will please everyone at the table. Friendly wait staff knock back the elite vibe. .75 chubby thumbs up
Must Eat: Burger
Highs: Elevated pub food is always a good choice
Lows: You can't get in without a reservation which is difficult to get
Basic sushi menu in a very unassuming dining room. Besides the basic rolls they have an extensive list of specialty rolls all worth trying. 1.25 chubby thumbs up
Must Eat: Crispy rice with tuna
Highs: Casual and good quality sushi
Lows: This is a good bang for your buck, but sushi can feel impersonal at times