Friday, February 25, 2011

NYC restaurant guide

This list was shared with me by one of Craig's "foodie" coworkers... not sure how a banker has time to eat at all these places...
Anyway, we are always looking for recommended places to go so I thought I would share.  I have only been to a few of these places and the ones I have been to are some of my favorites... so I will have to try the rest I suppose.
Share your favorites in the comments so we can create a nice restaurant reference guide. :)

Clinton St. Baking - Lower East Side: Not fancy; long long wait; famous for its pancakes
Prune - East Village
Blue Ribbon Bakery - West Village/Soho - Great menu; amazing bread basket; cozy.
Shortys 32 - Soho - Small place; good find.
Balthazaar - Soho - Famous brunch; elaborate dishes; great bread basket
Gafe Gitane - East Village and Jane Hotel (New!)
Popovers - Upper West Side
Bagatelle - Meatpacking; day drinking scene
Essex - Lower East Side; cheap brunch; great drinks
Stanton Social - Lower East Side; Tapas
Freemans - Lower East Side; Hipster; no reservations
Cookshop - Chelsea; american
Westville - West Village; small and cute
Paradou - Meatpacking
Five Points - East Billage; American, sister to Cookshop
Ruby's - Nolita/Soho
Normas - Uptown; No drinks
Cafe Cluney
Spotted Pig - West village
Good - Good quality american food.
Elephant & Castle - West Village
Bobo - West Village; Beautiful upstairs room; Victorian
Friend of a Farmer - Gramercy; Cozy, country cooking; everything served in skillets
The Smith - East Village; Load; Busy; Great menu
Jane - Soho; Good quality American food.
Little Giant - Lower East Side; small and coffeeshop like with good food.
Perry St - West village; pre-fixe
Sarabeth's - Midtown/Uptown
DBGB - Lower East Side
Pulino's Bar and Pizzeria (Keith McNally's new restaurant - try breakfast pizzas)

Top Notch
L'Artusi - West Village (Solid)
Maialino - Gramercy (In Gramercy Park Hotel; Danny Meyer's; Casual for upscale restaurant; Amazing)
Locande Verde - Tribeca (Trendy; Great Space; great quality)
Convivio - Tudor City (Upscale; Older crowd; tasting menu)
Apizz - Lower East Side (Cozy; wood burning ovens; excellent food)
Babbo - Greenwich Village
Il Mulino - Soho; traditional, huge portions

Solid picks
Morandi - West Village
Lupa - Soho
Otto - Greenwich Village
Emporio - Nolita
Orchard - Lower East Side
Peasant - Nolita
Dell'anmia - West Village
Po - West Village (great tasting menu)
Falai - Lower East Side (Modern interior, interesting great food)
Gemma - East Village (Bowery hotel)

Bianca - East Village; No Reservations
Caccio I vino - East Village
Mallatesta - West Village
Frank - East Village; No Reservations (Frank, Supper, and Lil Frankies all same owner)
Max- East Village; No Reservations
Supper- East Village; Great back room inside wine cellar (fits 15ish) (Frank, Supper, and Lil Frankies all same owner)
Piccolo Angolo - West Village
Da Andrea - Greenwich Village
'ino - West Village
Bar Pitti - West Village solid food
Crispo - Union Square/ Chelsea
Barbutto - West Village
Lil Frankie - East Village; No reservations (Frank, Supper, and Lil Frankies all same owner)
Perbacco - ABC City
Barbone - ABC City


Da Silvano
Marea - CPS (Just opened)

Spotted Pig - West Village
The Breslin - Chelsea/Fashion District (in Ace Hotel)
Freeman's - Lower East Side

Lure Fish Bar - Soho
Marys Fish Camp - West Village; Small and cute; open kitchen
Aquagrill - Upscale; solid quality; best oysters; very fresh
Mermaid Oyster Bar - West Village

Dylan Prime
Strip House
Abe and Arthurs
Del Friscos

Minetta Tavern - Greenwich Village - Need reservations; Famous for burger
Blue Ribbon - Soho; Big menu
Market Table - West Village/Soho
Little Owl - West Village; tiny space
Commerce - West Village
Red Cat - Chelsea
Public - Nolita
Eatery - Hells Kitchen
Cookshop - Chelsea
David Burke Townhouse - Upper East Side; Place to go with parents

New York's Best
Gramercy Tavern
11 Madison
Union Square Cafe
Jean George
Gotham Bar and Grill
River Cafe

Five Napkin Burger - Uptown - Casual, but great.
Minetta Tavern - Greenwich Village - Famous $26 burger; Need reservations
Spotted Pig - West Village
Corner Bistro - late night burgers
Burger Joint - Midtown West (in La'Meridian hotel)

Tabla - Madison Square Park; Eclectic;
Tamarind -
Spice - Greenwich Village - Casual

Dirt Candy
Standard Grill
Wd-50 - Lower East Side; Innovative

Pipa - Flatiron; Great for groups; spanish; moderately priced.
Yerba Buena - West Village; interesting menu; fun drinks
Alta - West Village - Huge menu; solid food; small portions
Stanton Social - Lower East Side; American; great selection; group for groups
Casa Mono - Union Square
Tia Pol - Chelsea; small; great food
Txikito - Chelsea; authentic; great wine
Gottino - West Village; Italian small plates

Diablo Royale - West Village - Fun atmosphere; cheap bucket of tacos
Mercadito (East Side) - East Village (ABC); great drinks; will wait; good for sharing
Barrio Chino - Lower East Side; small place; great drinks; reservations for large parties only
Dos Toros - Union Square; just a taco shop, but good for NYC
Rocking Horse Cafe - Chelsea; local neighborhood place

Periyali - Flatiron
Estiatorio Milos - Midtown; Really fresh ingrediants
Snack Taverna - West Village; Cute corner place; Good for sharing
Thalassanyc - Place to go with parents

Westville - West Village; home cooking
Friend of a Farmer- Gramercy; comfort food
The Smith- East Village; good salads
Prune- East Village; Unpretentious American home cooking
Bubby;s - Tribeca; comfort food

Rhong Tiam - East Village
Kittichai - Soho (in Thompson Hotel)

Artisinal - Murray Hill
Pastis - Meatpacking

One if By Land
Waverly Inn
The House

Sakagura - Very authentic
Ippudo - East Village; Ramen
Tanuki Tavern - Meatpacking
Jewel Bako - East Village
Kyo Ya - East Village
Soto - West Village

Grey Dog

Keste - West Village; neapolitan style pizza
Co. - Chelsea; neapolitan style pizza
Otto - Greenwich Village

Good For Small Meal
Joseph Leonard - Cute small corner restaurant; wine bar with good food; not for groups

New Places to Try
Tipsy Parson
Vinegar Hill House
SHO Shaun Hergatt - Financial District
A Voce
Marc Forgione - Tribeca
Pulino's Bar and Pizzeria (Keith McNally's new restaurant - try breakfast pizzas)
ABC Kitchen


Emily said...

I love lists like this. Thank you! Will file it away.

Casey said...

Thank you thank you! I've been looking for new places to go!

Lizzie said...

Thank you for sharing this list. Some I've been too, some are already on my list, but most I've never even heard of -- & that is the best! I can't wait to start making reservations.

Katy said...

Tay Tay. Your list of restaurants had me nearly convinced that I should move to NYC as soon as I finish my internship in SLC- and then I saw baby lulu sitting in that wire bowl and then I was fully convinced. LOVE YOU TAY

Granum Family said...

We went to the meatball shop on the lower east side this weekend and loved it. you should try it!

Jenna Robert said...

That is an amazing list! I'm coming to NY for a short time with the Patterfam in like two weeks! We will have to try some of these. You wanna meet up?

t.t.turner said...

We lived across the street from Malatesta. It's delicious fresh pasta! I would also have to recommend 'ino - one of my favorite NYC meals of all time.

Scott+Tiffany said...

I confess I blog stalked you from Katy's blog and apparently just in time because we are visiting NY this week! We'll have to try some of those places. P.S. Your baby girl is adorable!

Sheena Larkin said...

Great list!! It's always nice to have a go-to list when you are looking for something new. Love the pictue of Eloise in the last post. I laughed out loud. Such a great way to measure her growth:)