The Tarbish Take
New York, New York! One of my favorite cities in the world (and yes I know everyone says that but it really is!)!
New York City is somewhere I never thought I would end up, but somehow did multiple times. I spent a gap year in NYC during my undergraduate education where I interned and worked all around different parts of the city. Later on, I moved back for a couple years to pursue a second degree so overall I’ve spent a good amount of time in this city.
One of the things I love the most about New York is that you can find everything and anything at all hours of the day, including food! I am a total foodie and NYC is high up there on my list of cities in the world that I love for food. You can find every type of food for any budget, which was great as a struggling student, but also great when I wanted to indulge for a special occasion.
Below are an assortment of some of my favorite eating spots in NYC, including some well-known and maybe not-so-well-known places:
Two Hands Cafe (164 Mott Street) - For when I want a healthy, quick meal that has a ton of flavor. The food here is always so fresh and really tasty. The staff is super friendly, adding to the bright happy atmosphere. If you eat in (you can also pick up!), they don’t take reservations so the wait tends to be long, so try going on off hours but, if not, its usually quicker than they estimate. My picks are the Acai Bowl and Sunday Morning juice. Bonus: While you wait, check out Cha Cha Matcha around the corner from here for its super instagram worthy interiors and matcha items
Balthazar (80 Spring Street) - This place is huge but somehow always crowded no matter the time of day. I have been here numerous times and am never disappointed with the food, drinks, service, and atmosphere. Its quite nice, but never stuffy, great for a more upscale dining experience, but still casual. You usually need a reservation, but if you walk in, you can try the bar area (which is just as nice but a little tighter). My picks are the eggs benedict for breakfast/brunch and the escargots (I promise, SO GOOD) and pan-roasted salmon for dinner. The menu changes seasonally, but these all are usually staples on the menu.
Olio e Piu (3 Greenwich Ave) - Now this place isn’t exactly my favorite for food, though their pizza is pretty decent, but I absolutely love the atmosphere and vibe. I went here one time for dinner which was okay and another time for drinks, which was much better. Its a great place to just grab a drink, relax with some friends, and people watch. I love the decor and florals in this place and its super easy to find, right on Greenwich Ave. Lots of indoor and outdoor seating so every time I have gone I’ve never had to make a reservation.
Best Bagel and Coffee (225 W 35th Street) - If you want the best bagel in NYC, GO HERE! I have tried so many bagels in my life (I. love. carbs.) but these ones really do live up to their name as the “best”. They’re soft and chewy, taste great, and huge! They have recently expanded this place so there is more seating and just overall more space, which is so nice as the line used to wind out the door. Best is, I can go in the middle of the afternoon at 3PM and still get a egg bagel sandwich. I used to go here at least once a week and every time I visit NYC I still make it a point to visit. My pick is sausage, egg, and cheese on a sesame bagel toasted and sometimes scooped*. *I love my carbs but sometimes feel it gets too heavy so scooped is a great way to have the bagel but less of the doughy bread.
Rosellas Pizza (164 William Street) - Back when I lived in Battery Park, Rosella’s was my go-to pizza place to order from. To me, their pizza feels like a real New York slice. Between the thin perfectly cooked crust, slightly sweet and carefully spiced sauce, and delicious mozzarella cheese, Rosella’s is a pizza winner to me! My pick is a classic cheese pizza with extra sauce, mm mm mm!
Joe Coffee (Multiple locations city-wide) - I would always hit up Joes after late nighters or when I just needed a quick caffeine fix. Their coffee is delicious and one of the few coffees that would truly wake me up in the AM! Any of their locations are great to do work from and chill or grab on the go. Love their quality coffee and definitely beats the huge chains.
Shake Shack (Multiple locations city-wide) - Last but definitely not least, is one of my fave fast food restaurants in the world. Where do I even begin with Shake Shack… Its high quality fast food that doesn’t break the bank and is oh so delicious. There are so many debates between In-And-Out and Shake Shack but personally I have got to give my pick to the latter. Everything I have had here is pretty great, the Chicken Shack, Shack Burger, Cheese Fries, Milk Shakes… I love it all! There can definitely be a wait at times for the food but its definitely worth it! My pick for location is to check out the one in Battery Park, get your food to go and, if its nice out, eat right outside Brookfield Place with a view of the Marina and Hudson River. Perfect.
I am drooling so hard over here thinking about all these foodie spots...
Have you tried out any of the places on the list? What are some of your fave NYC eateries?