A burger without french fries is almost as sacrilegious as Ross without Rachel, peanut butter without jelly, or the Earth without water. Okay, maybe not that crazy, but french fries have become a staple in American cuisine — and rightfully so. When paired with some of the greatest burgers of all time, however, these crispy sticks of potato perfection tend to go unnoticed. In an effort to bring some much-needed attention to this very important food group, we’ve racked up a guide to our favorite french fries in every category: Continue reading “The NYC French Fry Guide”
Dim Sum is a Cantonese specialty traditionally enjoyed for brunch and served on rolling trollies that make their way around what is often a massive banquet hall. If you’re new to the dim sum game, navigating the menu and understanding the difference between things like a Shrimp Siu Mai and Shrimp Har Gao can be difficult. To help ensure you are full, happy and don’t end up with a table of chicken feet (literally), here’s a guide to your must-order dishes at any dim sum spot. You can thank us later.
Shrimp rice rolls
These rolls aren’t like sushi rolls, they’re made from chopped shrimp wrapped in a thin, wide rice noodle. It’s best served seasoned with soy sauce, because then you get sweet shrimp with salty soy and it’s a perfect combination. This dish is a personal favorite done exceptionally well at Nom Wah Tea Parlor where they also fill them with pork or serve them plain.
Soup dumplings are a special kind of steamed dumpling; they originated in Shanghai and unlike traditional dumplings, they’re filled with rich broth plus a little bit of meat. To eat them like a pro, take a little bite of the skin from the tip, pour in some dumpling sauce, slurp the broth, then eat the rest of the dumpling. Indulge in traditional soup dumplings at Joe’s Shanghai or get a bit funky with the XLXLB at Drunken Dumpling (see 5 Soup Dumplings You Must Try for more).
Shu mai (siu mai) are a special kind of dumpling because they’re served with an open top. Usually, shu mai is made with pork or shrimp filling and those are great, but one of our favorite shu mai is from Hao Noodle and Tea where they’re made with bacon and sticky rice, and wrapped in a super thin wrapper.
Imagine mini pies with super flakey crusts, filled with delicious custard served fresh out of the oven. Egg custards are so good it’s no wonder they’re a mainstay in Portugal, Brazil, Britain, and Cantonese dim sum. They’re the perfect dessert to end a dim sum feast with, especially at a place like Joy Luck Palace where they’re baked to perfection.
Pork buns, aka char siu, aka steamed buns come steamed, baked, or in a flaky pastry, and they’re filled with sweet-and-savory barbecue pork that’s often dangerously addictive. The size of a pork bun varies, but you’re definitely going to want at least one for yourself. Tim Ho Wan does these buns right, so brave the line and get yourself some.
Turnip cakes are a hidden treasure at the dim sum parlour. The dish is actually made from shredded radish, rice flour, and some savory ingredient all packed into a patty, is steamed, then finished in a frying pan so it gets a nice crispy outside, kind of like a hashbrown. Try them at Buddha Bodai, it’s a vegetarian dim sum place so you know they’ll nail their veggies.
We love all kind of dumplings, but shrimp har gao is hands down one of our favorite menu items at any dim sum spot. You’ll be able to recognize these shrimp dumps by their signature pleated crescent moon shape and their transparent, smooth dumpling skin.
A BEC (see: Bacon, Egg, and Cheese) sandwich is easily NYC’s most beloved breakfast sandwich, so much so that there’s even a restaurant that specializes in them (B.E.C). With the recent transport of LA egg giant, Eggslut, in NYC, it seems like people might have forgotten that this city is home to so many incredible bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches. To refresh your memory, here are some of our favorites:
Estela’s BEC is served on a flakey, buttery, poppy croissant toasted with warm lardo and persimmon jam and stuffed with pancetta, a fried egg and fresh avocado to top it all off. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and salty, and after you bite into the sandwich and that egg yolk bursts, you’ll realize it might be the best BEC you’ve ever had.
Yes, we all love the chocolate chip cookies at Maman but have you tried their breakfast sandwich? It’s made with a homemade bourbon bacon jam, avocado, a fried egg and incredibly good oven-roasted tomatoes. You do not want to miss this.
When you’re on the west side and need a solid egg sandwich breakfast, head to The Commons Chelsea. The eggs are fluffy, the bacon is crispy, and the tomato and avocado add an element of freshness that just balances the whole sandwich perfectly. If you just can’t make it out of bed, that’s nbd, they do delivery too.
At Buvette, you’ve got some serious BEC options like the buttermilk waffle egg sandwich and the Croque Madame. The Croque Madame is a classic ham and gruyere sandwich, much like a Croque Monsieur, but then they slap a fried egg on top and it instantly becomes 10 times better.
Go to Saltie, get the Ship’s Biscuit, and that’s an order. This sandwich is a game changing combo of fresh, salty focaccia, with lightly scrambled eggs, and a dollop of creamy ricotta in between. When you swing by Saltie’s and be sure to bring some cold hard cash; the staff’s super friendly but the place is cash only.
If you’re in need of a BEC on the UES, look no further than E.A.T., where everything is made fresh in house, including their fluffy, perfectly toasted brioche bun. After one bite of this classic breakfast sandwich, you’ll wonder how something so simple can taste so good.
You haven’t had a BEC until you’ve had the Bodega Sandwich at High Street on Hudson. This sandwich comes complete with tender sausage, an egg melted together with oozy cheese, all held together on a peppery biscuit.
If you really know EatingNYC, you know that we take our ice cream very seriously. Lucky for us, NYC has some of the best ice cream shops, we think, in the world, serving up both old-fashioned classics and super innovative flavors. With summer around the corner, we thought we’d prep you with a rundown of some of our favorite spots for ice cream in NYC. Here you go!
Ample Hills Creamery serves some of the creamiest ice cream in the City. They’ve taken all of your favorite desserts, like rice krispies, peppermint patties, and even NY cheesecake, and ice-creamified them! If you’re planning to go over with your squad, try one of their ice cream socials complete with the ice cream bike (it’s like the beer bike but you’re churning your ice cream), crafts, trivia, and then top it off with a brownie sundae bar topped with the ice cream you just made! Some of our favorites here are ooey-gooey butter cake, the raw deal, and dark chocolate…. but we really love them all!
What started out as an upgraded, seasonal ice cream truck is now a full-blown brick-and-mortar business serving up ice cream as it should be: year-round and topped with mind-blowing topping combos. Big Gay Ice Cream, by Doug Quint and Bryan Petroff, makes all the ice cream classics you remember, but made with the highest quality ingredients. Try their most famous ice cream, the Salty Pimp, or the Bea Arthur, and grab a pint of the Rocky Roadhouse for the road.
Walk into Morgenstern’s and it feels like you’ve been transported to a 1950’s ice cream parlor, but peek at the menu and you’ll be instantly reminded what century you’re in. They’ve got five kinds of vanilla, five kinds of chocolate, three different caramel, coffee, and strawberry flavors each, and that’s just their “normal” flavors. Don’t skimp and get a scoop, get a whole sundae, like the King Kong Banana Split, which got a feat. in Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None.”
This isn’t just some plain old ice cream window. For one, il laboratorio del gelato isn’t serving ice cream per se, but instead they’re serving up super-creamy Italian gelato, which is just as good. Second, that little old window opens up to a HUGE kitchen where they make these desserts by hand, in small batches to ensure quality. Plus, they collab with chefs and caterers all over the city in their “lab” to make unique flavors perfect for different restaurants in the area. Chances are, they’re the gelato purveyor at one of your favorite restaurants.
If you’re an adventurous eater, high-tail it to Ice & Vice where they push the envelope on what can (and maybe what should?) be in an ice cream. They’ve got super sweet-and-savory flavors like black garlic and olive oil, but also some amped up versions of more classic flavors, like the 9AM (Vietnamese coffee and donut truffle), which is basically how we wish we had our coffee every morning, in ice cream form.
10 Below is the original NYC rolled ice cream spot, here you can get your ice cream just like you want it. These guys make fresh crème anglaise daily (the ice cream base) then they pour it out onto an anti-griddle, mash in whatever ingredients you want, then scrap it off so that the ice cream makes its cool rolled shape. Topped with endless toppings? Yes, please!
To put it simply, Emack & Bolios is every kid’s dream. Star with one of their decked-out cones dipped in chocolate and rolled in sprinkles or nuts, or covered in marshmallow with Oreos or cereal! They’ve got every flavor you can think up (like s’moreo, salted caramel chocolate pretzel and peanut butter Oreo), and if they don’t, you can go to their website and submit a “dream flavor” – it might just make it on the menu!
Who doesn’t love cereal milk soft serve? At Kith, they do you one better by straight up blending cereal right into your soft serve with whatever other toppings your heart desires (i.e. cookie dough or a Snickers bar). You can even build a cereal box to bring home with a mix of whatever cereals you want plus toppings. We prefer the ice cream, but you do you.
Christina Tosi, the Mastermind behind all of Momofuku Milkbar is famous for inventing cereal milk soft serve. We love all of her dessert creations like crack pie, chocolate malt truffles and confetti birthday cake, but her soft serve goes down as one of our favorite ice creams in the city.
We all love our moms, but sometimes things just get away from us and we forget to make a reservation to celebrate her on her special day. Brunch reservations for the whole family are filling up fast, but there’s still a few good ones you can snag, and Mom will never have to know you only booked a week in advance. Here are some great restaurants with availability for Mother’s Day brunch this coming Sunday. You can thank us later!
For some fresh, Spanish-influenced brunch vibes, check out Gardënia. The simple white-and-pastel décor is lit by a massive skylight, giving the whole restaurant a bright, springy feel. Brunch at Gardënia wouldn’t be complete without their famous Maple-Lavender Duck Bacon, and you should totally try one of their brunch cocktails – we recommend the Mediterranean Sangria and Lavender Margarita.
If your mom’s a woman of the world, take her to Miss Paradis where they fuse Asian, Mediterranean, and classic New York flavors to make the ideal brunch menu. Try one of their scrumptious brunch dishes like their eggs benny with pastrami salmom, Adir’s shaksuka, or one of their brunch bowls if you’re feeling something a bit lighter. And of course, don’t skip out on the Rosé!
Your mom will swoon when she hears your actually-Italian waiter read the brunch specials too her at La Pecora Bianca. They’ve even got a special Mother’s Day brunch prix-fixe which includes an app, an entrée and a dessert for $50. Start with one of their light salads or an avocado toast to prepare yourself for a hearty pasta or their lamb burger. Then, finish up with one of their classic Italian desserts.
If you find yourself near Union Square this Mother’s Day, make your way over to Tarallucci E Vino for great service and a great brunch. At Tarallucci, they make everything in house – all the breads, pastas, and sauces included – and you can tell when you bite into your cornetti, panino, or gnocchi. Their brunch special is also insane: an entrée, a pastry, coffee or espresso, and unlimited mimosas for an hour, all for just $29, yes please!
For one of the best brunches in the West Village, head to High Street on Hudson. They source only the best ingredients and you can tell by how rich the flavors are. For the vegetarian, try the Forager sandwich with mushrooms, eggs, and veggies with a slice of Swiss, or order the pastrami hash sandwich if your usual go-to brunch is at your local deli. For dessert, go for the chocolate chai sammy, it’s basically an Oreo’s older, hotter brother.
Treat your Mom to something truly special this Mother’s Day by taking her to Ai Fiori for their Mother’s Day brunch. Everything at this Michelin-starred restaurant is elevated and executed to perfection – don’t be surprised to find a dollop of caviar on your scrambled eggs.
In the spring in NYC, there’s plenty of places where you can eat outside, but usually that just means sitting at a little table in front of the restaurant, with the soundtrack of cabs and cars driving by, all-the-while giving everybody who passes by a lovely view of you mid-bite. Instead, check out some of our favorite, most enjoyable places to dine outside, because a garden, string lights, or a rooftop all sound way better than curbside seating.
Now that it’s warm, it’s time to enjoy a lovely meal in the beautiful outside garden courtyard area behind Hudson Clearwater. This secluded little patio is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of NYC, and it’s nestled right in the West Village. Come in on a weekend morning for a brunch with the girls, or make a res in the evening for a romantic dinner under the twinkling lights.
Whether you’re coming right from the Whitney or down from the Highline, be sure to stop in to Satina for a bite. Get a table on their outside patio to enjoy their coastal Italian cuisine; all the trellises covered with banana leaves make you feel like you’re at a super cool garden party, and definitely not sitting on a curb somewhere in Manhattan.
Grabbing sushi at Sushi on Jones is an experience like no other – name another sushi place in NYC where you can get up close and personal with the sushi chefs making your fresh omakase and enjoy the beautiful spring weather all at the same time. At Sushi on Jones, it only takes 30 mins for you to sit down, order and enjoy your omakase at their four-seat bar, then be back on your merry way exploring the Concrete Jungle.
Ever wanted to just hop on your private yacht to dine on the Hudson with a few of your friends and family? Well, maybe you don’t have a yacht of your own, but the next best thing is definitely dining at Grand Banks, an oyster bar on the historic wooden schooner, the Sherman Zwicker, at Chelsea Piers. We love their oysters and all the sea-worthy drinks, like the Captain’s Blood.
David Burke Kitchen is a super whimsical restaurant, and what else would you expect from a restaurant whose signature dessert is a tower of cake pops and where they serve bacon on a clothesline? When you eat outside at David Burke Kitchen, you ascend up at flight of stairs and enter what looks like a tree house balcony looking out over Spring Street. For a more intimate dining experience, reserve one of their bungalow-tables with curtains between.
You’ve for sure heard about Ivan Ramen as one of the best ramen spots in NYC, but you might not expect that Ivan Ramen has a really lovely patio outback, too. Be sure to check out their absurdly cool, super intricate mosaic mural that spans the entire back wall – it’s amazing. Don’t worry about getting too warm while you’re slurping your ramen, they’ve got you covered, literally, with an awning.
We can’t imagine a more picturesque Saturday afternoon than sitting under the canopy of trees in Laudree Soho’s courtyard, enjoying an authentic French macaron, or a sleeve. You can get their famous desserts at any of the locations in the city, but if you want to feel like you’ve just been transported to the café’s on the streets of Paris, head to Soho.
For a causal, picnic-style lunch at Lo Lo’s Seafood Shack’s backyard shack, painted a shade of aqua blue that gives the whole place a super chill vibe. First, go up to the counter, order every one of their spicy, zesty Caribbean dishes (plus all the sauces), and don’t forget to get one of their homemade punches – you’ll feel like you’re one a Caribbean beach vacation in the middle of Harlem.
Food trends come and go, but everybody in New York knows pizza is king. Traditionally, people think pizza’s just for lunch, dinner, or late night, but why not have pizza at brunch? Honestly, we can’t think of a better dish to pair with our mimosas, so say cheers to the weekend and try one of our favorite brunch pizzas.
Imagine if your favorite bagel with lox and the best pizza ever had a baby and you’ll have Rubirosa’s smoked salmon pizza topped with Acme smoked fish, creamy mascarpone, and onions. If you’re feeling bacon, you’ll be happy to know they also have a brunch pie covered with bacon, eggs and pickled onions.
If we could make the perfect pizza, it would probably be Motorino’s brunch pizza, topped with ultra-creamy mozzarella di bufala, fried eggs, pancetta, basil, and parm. The eggs are cracked over the pizza a few minutes before it’s ready for the perfectly oozy yolks. Warning: eating this pizza can get a little messy, but the combo of savory egg yolk, salty pancetta and juicy mozzarella is worth a stain or two.
Marta is another masterpiece from Danny Meyer (Union Square Café, Gramercy Tavern, and Shake Shack, etc.) and their Patate Alla Carbonara pizza, with potatoes, guanciale, black pepper, egg, and pecorino, is just to die for – it’s got all the carby, meaty, cheesey, and spicy flavor you want when you roll up to brunch.
Everybody’s been freaking out over Leuca’s mafaldini, but have you heard about their fabulous pizzas? Go big for brunch and make sure you order their Graham Avenue pie topped with duck egg, bacon, tomato and grana for the perfect finish.
At Speedy Romeo, you can make any pizza a brunch pizza by tossing an egg on top for $2, because everybody knows that it’s not a *true* brunch pizza without an egg! But, what we really go crazy for here is The Gravlax pizza: mescal-fennel cured salmon, ricotta, red onion, capers and lemon all on their perfect crisped and fluffy grilled dough.
We love these creative brunch pizzas. At Massoni, they’ve got four pies to chooses from: a sweet and spicy one with pepperoni and honey, a complex one with charred ‘sprouts and pistachio pesto, a breakfast one with bacon, egg, and cheese (and spicy sriracha ketchup!), and a super classic one with just cheese, sauce, and oregano. It’s so hard to pick just one of these pizzas, so make sure to bring friends so you can try them all.
At Barano in Brooklyn, brunch is serious business. It’s not just breakfast and lunch on the same menu, they carefully fused the two so you get your favorite breakfast and lunch foods as one perfectly blended brunch mix. Our favorite here is the Purgatorio Pizza with farm eggs, charred onions, tomato, prosciutto and fresh parmigiana reggiano.