NYC Restaurant Recommendations

Below are my lists of my favorite NYC restaurants (which is by no means complete) that I’ve been putting together over the past few years I’ve lived in the city. I always have friends ask me to send me my restaurant list, so ta-da! Here it is, enjoy.


Uncle Boons (Thai) – Nolita
Delicious drinks and not your run-of-the-mill pad thai
Emporio (My go-to Italian & pizza. Also good for brunch) – Nolita
They make delicious brick oven pizza and Italian
The Dutch (American & Oysters) – West Village/Soho
Amazing meat and fish dishes (my favorite kobe beef steak in the city)
Black Tree (American/Italian/Asian Fusion) – LES
Very Portland, combination of foods based off of whatever they can get fresh from their farmers. Has the best pork belly bahn mi sandwich I’ve ever had. The burratta is amazing.
Dirty French (French/Moroccan fusion & Best steak I’ve ever had) – LES
A little spendy if you feel like balling out, but it’s the best steak I’ve ever had. Ever.
Caracas Venezuelan (Venezuelan Arepas) – East Village
If you haven’t had arepas then GO HERE and pour large helpings of their homemade green sauce on it
Milon (Indian & BYOB) – East Village
Bring your own wine or beer and go for the atmosphere at this Indian restaurant that’s COVERED with Christmas lights and decorations from every possible holiday – year round.
Oiji (Korean & Asian) – East Village
Very good food with a mix of hot pot and small plates
Tuome (American) Alphabet City – 5th between Avenues A & B
Really delicious small plates and wine
Forget Me Not (All day & late-night Tacos, Surfer Atmosphere) – China Town
The best tacos and spicy margs you’ll find in the city
Barrio Chino (Tacos & Spicy Margaritas) – China Town
The best tacos and spicy margs you’ll find in the city
Baby Bo’s Cantina (West Coast Mexican & Homemade Mango Habanero Sauce) – Murray Hill
My favorite go-to Mexican spot in my neighborhood. The brunch here is amazing too
The Cannibal (Steak & other meat) – Flatiron/Murray Hill
Go here hungry for steak, its AMAZING
Santina (Italian) – West Village under the Highline Park
Southern Italian food where all the small dishes are amazing. Entres are ok, but I’d just get a bunch of the small dishes to share.
Uncle Boons
Blue Ribbon
Soho Sushi
Santina (meat packing)
Valbella (meat packing)
The Dutch (West Village
Ippudo – Japanese ramen
Zenkichi sushi (Williamsberg, BK)
Casa Mono (East Village)
El quinto pinto
Bohemian (Bowery)
Black Tree (LES)
Caracas Arepas (LES)
Barrio Chino
Agozar (Bowery)
Blue Ribbon Sushi (Soho)
La conde verde (West Village)
Hearth (Union Square)
Tacombi (Bowery)
La Officina (Nolita)
Barrio Chino (LES)
Forget Me Not (China Town)
El Mitote
Randolph Beer (China Town)
Mr Chow
Baby Bo’s
Salvation Taco
Aria wine Bar
Ayza wine and chocolate bar
Bubby’s (Tribeca)
Los tacos number 1 (Chelsea mrkt)
Kashkaval Garden
Dirty French (for the La Beouf)
Laconde Verde
Randolph Beer Co
Upland – 26 & Park


Mimi’s Pizza
Motorino Pizza
Dinnertable (Inside Garret East) – Ave A/13th
El Sabroso (265 W 37th in freight elevator)
In Vino Italian
Playa Betty’s
Pearl & Ash
White street – Broadway
Sugar Freak – Astoria
ESH – 6th street, Brooklyn
Kiki’s – Lower east
Sauce – Rivington
Kefi – 85th & Columbus
Lilly Lou’s
Mr K’s – Lex & 50th
SushiAnne – Park & 50th
Do or dine pickleback – Williamsburg
Bowery meat company
Resto – 29th & Park
Vexler’s – Carol Garden
Kura – sushi, Thompson square park
Joseph Leonard
Robataya – 9th & 2nd Ave
Untitled (In the Whitney)
Gramercy Tavern
The Eddy
Gnocco – 10th and Ave A
Maiden Lane
Spice Market
Bar Bacon
Roberta’s – BK (ribs and pizza)
Black Swan – BK
Fet Sow – BK
Hometown BBQ
Daisy May BBQ
Georgias BBQ
Churrascaria Plataforma
The Cannibal
DO HWA – Korean
Pier A Harbor House
Marta truffle pizza
Motorinos pizza
Perilla – truffle linguini
Rosemary’s enoteca – truffle linguini
Strip house truffle pasta
Terrior wine bar – TriBeCa
The Little Owl
Abc Kitchen
Del Posto
Randolph Beer
CASA Lever – 53rd and Park
Parador Cafe – 34th between 1st/2nd
Takashi Japanese BBQ
Zumba Japanese
Whitman and bloom
Bar belonat
Cosme Mexican 21st st flatiron
Shuko – 47 east 12th & university
Craft – 19th and park
Charlie Bird
The quarter – Hudson
The fat radish
East pole
Cherry – w
Casa La Femme – Egyptian, West Vil
Il Cortilo – mulberry and Hester
The cannibal
Carbón – ask Charlie for hookup
La Conde Verde
Del Posto French
Sushi Nakasawa – Jiro apprentice
Hudson Clearwater
Il Buco Alimentary
El pino quinto – 10th and 21st
Momfuku Coe – drink pairing
Sembrado – 13th and Ave A
Don’s Bogam
Bistango (gluten free pasta) 3/29t
Bell Book & Candle – 141 W 10th St
Shapiro’s – Rivingington & Essex
Boulton & Watt
Lotus Blue
Casa Mono
Exchange Alley
Ethos Meze – 3rd and 36th
Little Woodrose
SoCo – Red Velvet chicken & waffles
Canal room – Lafayette
Hanjan and Danji – Korean
Anejo – Unlimited for $29
Fonda – unlimited
Pig & Khao-Unlimited – Clinton/Riv
Macondo – Houston (Unlimited)
Lexington Brass
Crown (24 E 81st) – Unlimited
Ethos Meze – Unlimited
Barbounia – Unlimited
Il Bastardo – Unlimited
La Bonbonerie
Clinton St baking co
Cafe Cluny
Penelope – 30th and lex
El Bastardo – unlimited
Sunburnt cow
Norma’s on 56th: French toast
Duo: French toast
Caliu – $25 unlimited
De Santos – $40 unlimited
Ditch Plains – west village
The Place – west village
Bondi road on Rivington les
The parlor
Resto – 29th between lex & park
East Tavern
MoMos – 10th st
Cafe Riviera – $40 unlimited
French spot on 12th and 9th
Pig and Khao – $25 unlimited
Mancora – $15 unlimited
Soto 13 – $25 unlimited
Macondo – $15 unlimited
Punch – union square
Pounds & Ounces – 8th and 18th
Foragers – 8th and 22nd
Oscars – 7th, West village
Outdoor Garden Seating:
Tuttles – 2nd Ave & 40th
Entwine – 765 Washington, West Village
Barbuto – 775 Washington, West Village
Park – Under the highline
Santina – 820 Washington, Meat Packing
Untitled (The Whitney) – 99 Gansevort
Grand Banks Oyster Bar – Pier 25
Palma – 28 Cornelia, West Village
Claudette – 24 5th Ave & 10th
Montmarte – 158 8th Ave
La Lanterna di Vittorio – 129 McDougal
Pig & Khao – 68 Clinton, LES
Mission Cantina – 172 Orchard & Stanton
Freeman’s – Freeman Ally & Rivington
Loreley – 7 Rivington
B Bar – Bowery
Mulberry Project – Mulberry
Kashkaval – 852 9th Ave
Pier A Harbor House – 22 Battery Park
Bergen (Schmorgasberg) – 899 Bergen, BK
Forest Point – 970 Flushing Ave, BK
Where to Get Hot Wings:
Turntable Chicken – 314 5th Ave, 2nd Floor
The Black Sheep
Pine tree Lodge
Turn Mill
Proper West
Bullpen – BEST 87th and 1st
Kyo chon – near empire state
Highland park
Lincoln Park
House of brews
TG Whitney’s $0.50 wings
Landsdown road $0.25 wings
Barrow St Alehouse $0.40 wings
House of brews
Croxley – $0.10 wings
East End
Down the Hatch – 1/2 price wings
Mad Hatter
Lincoln Park
The Hill
Hog Pit BBQ
Valhalla – $0.50
Mudville 9 – 2-hour unlimited
Hudson station
Amaze (grand central)
Sushi of gari
Haru Sushi – 18th and Park
Cherry – west 18th and 10th
Sushisucetta – 43rd and 2/3
Blue Ginger Sushi
Blue Ribbon
Tono Sushi
Mama Sushi: Dominican sushi – WA heights
Bamboo 52 – 52nd and 6th
Sushi Seki – Upper East Side – get omakase at sushi bar
Momoya – 7th ave and 22
Sushi Nakasawa
Shuko – east 12th
Takashi – Japanese BBQ – Hudson
EN Japanese Brasserie – Hudson
Sushi West – Hudson
Nagomi – Prince St
Boqueria – Prince
Om Zen – Prince
Zenkichi sushi – williamsberg
Na grill – 3rd & broadway
(la Dawkins partner)
Miss Lily’s
Blue smoke
Hill country 26th and broadway
Bone lick BBQ
Low Country – 142 W 10th
Gyu Kaku
Dinosaur BBQ
Mighty Quinns


West Village:
The Dutch
Little Owl
Salam middle eastern – 6th ave and 13th
Highlands – w 10th
Low country – w 10th
De Santos – w 10th
The place – caveish, underground
Market Table – Carmine
Cafe Minerva
Red Farm
La’Artusi – Italian
The Lion – 9th st and 6th
Caliu – amazing drink/food deals
French Roast 24 hr diner
BLT Burger – 470 6th ave
Piadina – Italian
Havana de Alma
Flex Mussels
Meatball Shop
Joes Pizza
Ficos Deli
Tortilla flats
The Grill Village
Westville 18th St
Blue Ginger Sushi
Cafe Cluny
Recette – date night
Alta – tapas
Blue Ginger Sushi
Caracas Venezuelan
The Jane – houston
Ditch plains brunch Bedford and downing by Houston and 6th ave
Sweet revenge dessert
Bleecker Heights Tavern – no sign
Tono sushi
Corner Bistro $6 burgers (4th St)
The New French
Yama thai – off bleeker, union sq
Republic thai -union square
Del anima Italian
pastise – meat packing
John’s pizza – bleaker (pie only)
Caliente cab – 7th bleaker
Ovest – pizza
Grand Szechwan Intl-9 ave/24th
The half king – burgers
Lotus Siam thai -5th ave and 8th
Num pang – cambodian sandwiches
Virgin dinner
Sammy’s noodles (mandarin soup: new year cake or veggie chicken)
Benny’s burritos
Bone Lick Park
Ippudo sushi
Travertine – Mediterranean tapas
Ku Ku Canteen – Korean
Room Service
Spotted Pig
Flatiron/Union Square
Ippudo – Japanese ramen
Ootoya Japanese
Gravy Southern food
Low Country
Ippudo Ramen
Republic Thai
Montoya sushi
East Village/Alphabet City
Sushi Seki 1st and 60th
Pranna 28th and Madison
Pala bread
Cacio vino
Mario Vitale – 5th ave 8th St
La Havana
Agozar Cuban – Happy Hour 5-8PM
Bamiyan Afghani – 358 3rd Ave
Azuki Sushi
Sacred Chow – 227 Sullivan
Mayahuel – Mexican $18 steak
Casa Mono
Lower East Side:
Black Tree – Orchard
Antibees Bistro (French) – Norfolk
Blonde guy beach
Cozies – breakfast, hookah
Balaboosta – Yiddish
Clinton St Bakery
Mono Mono:Fried chkn/6 beer$25
Oh Taisho Japanese – St marks
Klong Thai – St marks
Yuca Bar Tapas (7/Ave A) -Tues arrive before 8, half price!
Minetta Tavern – bone marrow?
Freemans: Rivington Bowery/Chrystie
456 Chinese Food – Mott
Two Forks – Pulled meats & BBQ
Ippudo Ramen Midtown
Bentreocte – thin crust pizza
Sake Bar Hagi -49th and 6th
Ralph’s italian ice-cream stand
Momofuku ssam bar – Bo soam
Men Kui Tei – Ramen
Babaloosta Mediterranean
Empanada mama
Guantanamera- 8th ave, 55/56th
Totto Ramen 56th
Kashkaval Mediterranean
Bocca di Bacco
Bamboo 52 – Great happy hour sushi & drinks
Sakagura – Japanese Soba
Times Square:
Sake Bar Hagi
Margon Cuban Sandwiches
TriBeCa/Little Italy:
Ninja New York
Coccoran – Japanese Soba
The Bohemian – Japanese
La Mela
La brasserie
La Camelia
Upper East:
Sprinkles Cupcakes
Butter Lane Cupcakes
Sea thai – east 235th rooftop bar
Sunnys – Chinese, unlimited wine
Matsu – between 1st and York
Upper West:
Pony Bar
Bamboo 52
Shalal Lounge
Calle Ocho Cuban – Columbus
72nd cupcakes
Flor de mayo
Krik Krak – Carribbean
{viv} Thai
Topaz Thai – 56th between 6/7th
Saigon Cafe Vietnamese 90th
Eatery – Amsterdam
Gazala’s – Columbus
Nook – 9th ave
Island burgers
Kashkaval Mediterranean tapas
Mezze grill
Rosa Mexicana
The Smith
Wall Street:
Bobby Vans
Zenkichi sushi – williamsberg
Mango seed
Impudo sushi
Long Island:
Ryan & Coopers steakhouse

About Kailee Crawford

I'm an Oregon-born travel addict living in New York making the most of my vacation days. I started this travel blog to keep track of my bucket list and it's morphed into a journal of my adventures and recommendations for things to see, do, eat and drink. My hope is that I can help other travelers find their way. I want to try everything once and to live a life without regrets or missed opportunities. I call my philosophy on life the "the death bed philosophy" - I want to be laying in my death bed reflecting on all of the things I've done and seen in this world, not the things I wished I had done. It's not meant to be morbid, just a reminder to take risks, go out of your comfort zone and live life to the fullest. ♫♫♫♫♫ "You were only waiting for this moment to be free" --- "Blackbird" by The Beatles This quote is undoubtedly my favorite quote because it's a reminder of the infinite opportunities available to us. That in each moment there is an opportunity to find true happiness, and a sense of freedom when you're doing what you love. Freedom to explore, to create, to improve oneself, and to find fulfillment even during the 9 to 5 grind. ♫♫♫♫♫ I'm an incredibly pensive person with a wide variety of interests. In addition to traveling, my guilty pleasures include wine, food, music, art, languages and history. I grew up a nerd, watching The History Channel and reading The Lord of the Rings with my Dad. I'm driven by my pursuit of knowledge and growth and most passionate when I'm able to be creative. ♫♫♫♫♫
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