1431 3rd Ave, Upper East Side – When I first moved to New York I lived just around the corner and stopped by on a chance. Now whenever I’m in the area I make sure to stop by, especially if I can sit at one of the outdoor tables.
2. The Meatball Shop
Multiple Locations – This is exactly how it sounds, choose your meatballs, sides, and you can’t go wrong.
3. Five Leaves
18 Bedford Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn – Get here early for brunch. It’s worth the wait.
Multiple Locations – My go-to restaurant for when friends visit. Get their Market plate, a huge plate filled with just their amazing sides.
5. Kashkaval Garden
852 Ninth Ave, Hell’s Kitchen – Another place to get to early. Have a glass of wine or two and order a plate to share.
531 Hudson St, Greenwich Village – How can you really go wrong with happy hour and a bacon filled menu?
7. Baby Bo’s Cantina
627 2nd Ave, Murray Hill – Mexican food and Margaritas.
181 Duane Street, Tribeca – A quiet Italian spot in Tribeca.
9. The Smith
Multiple Locations – For when you just need some comfort food. I recommend the Mac & Cheese or the Pot Pie.
10. Luke’s Lobster
Multiple Locations – If lobster is your thing, stop by one of their restaurants or look out for one of their food trucks across the city.