|A Summer Day Cafe
||109 W Broadway
||This Tribeca spot is meant to emulate the relaxed and laid-back energy of the Amalfi Coast. The nautical decor encapsulates a Mediterranean summer and compliments the Italian cooking, offering a taste of vacation vibes without having to leave the city. Popular bites include calamari, fritto misto, pizza dough, scallops, and grilled swordfish. The cocktail options, which feature Italian classics like the Aperol Spritz or just a New York take on a gin fizz or a spicy margarita, are refreshing on a hot day. And for dessert, you can try the Mango Lady, which offers a unique take on chili mango street food.
||28 E 13th St
||Blue Stripes is everyone’s childhood dream. It’s from the same co-founder of Max Brenner and offers a similar attempt to create a chocolate wonderland, but currently with less tourist traction. Satisfy your sweet tooth with chocolate pizza, mousse on tap, and Nutella on basically everything. There’s also a wide array of coffee like almond milk lattes and a milkshake and shake combination that’ll make you glad you technically ate dessert for dinner.
||211 E 46th St
||Barnea Bistro is a new addition to the NYC kosher scene. It’s a French bistro named after a specific type of olive from Israel and the inside atmosphere is elegant enough to impress any date. For dinner, try the cote de boeuf or the poulet saute with lamb riblets as an appetizer. The wine list is pretty extensive when it comes to reds, boasting over 40 options, but there’s also a good amount of selections in terms of white wines as well in addition to cocktails. If you want something that packs a punch, try The Kicking Cucumber, made with gin, lime, parsley, jalapeno, and bitters.
||112 1st Avenue
||The authentic cuisine and eclectic decor are what make Hunan Slurp stand out amongst all the other Chinese restaurants in the East Village. You’ll find light fixtures hanging from all over on the ceiling, a huge and visible kitchen, and communal tables that make eating solo a more pleasant experience. If you come with friends, be sure to split a bunch of different dishes so you can really get a taste of the different flavors this popular venue has to offer. The stir-fried chicken, string bean mifen, and fish fillet are all entrees worth trying, and for dessert, definitely grab the sweet soup.
|Momo Chicken Shack
||247 Starr St
||Momo Chicken Shack was created by the masterminds behind Momo Sushi Shack and is among the only food you should be eating after a night out in Bushwick. It’s conveniently located near bars in the area and offers an ideal menu for a late-night snack, with shareable bites like miso wings, popcorn chicken, and chicken buns up for grabs. And, for a chicken place, there are a fair amount of vegetarian options on offer as well. The cauliflower wings rival the miso ones and you can never go wrong with a potato croquette.
|Her Name is Han
||17 E 31st St
||This soul food spot aims to bring the flavors and traditions of Korea to New York City. It’s a popular destination, so be certain to arrive early to ensure dinner plans, but once you get in, you won’t even know where to begin. The 28-page menu might leave you feeling a little indecisive, though highlights include the Gochujang marinated pork rib, spicy dumpling soup, and the Budae Jjigae. Whatever you order, be sure to pair it with some sunchoke fries, which have a different type of potato flavor. Depending on the season, you’ll also find cocktails tailored to all different taste buds and classics like sangria and mojitos to down as well.
||454 Van Brunt St
||Hometown is the real deal when it comes to Texas BBQ and among the only places in the city that you’ll catch it featured alongside Vietnamese food. The menu ranges from jerk chicken and beef ribs to Vietnamese wings and banh mi. There are also some pretty interesting side dishes up for grabs here, like whiskey sour pickles, and corn bread that never ceases to please. If you come on a weekend, you may even catch some live music, which you can enjoy alongside some craft beers from an always rotating menu.
||54 E 1st St # 1
||It is notoriously hard to get a table at Prune, but the food is worth waiting in the line (which stretches outside the door) for. Everything here is a simple dish with some sort of twist on it, whether it be Dutch pancakes overloaded with blueberries, omelettes with fried oysters, or Grape-Nuts with vanilla ice cream. It’s equally as popular for dinner as it is brunch, serving up dishes like linguini with clams, chicken gyro, and grilled veal, as well as plenty of cocktails. Try the Italian Greyhound which has vodka, grapefruit, and Campari, or grab red and white wine by the bottle.
||50 Withers St
||You won’t actually get to interact any farm animals here, but you will enjoy acces to a lush and modern open space featuring traditional Peruvian cooking. The chef here mixes New York training with South American roots and the result is a menu that is savory through and through. Order the beef or scallop skewers to start, and then you can work your way up to the fluke ceviche or the beef tenderloin. Grab any cocktail with pisco in it, like the Senorita Spritz, and you’ll be living like a true native.
||28 Liberty Street
||Manhatta is definitely one of those “treat yourself” restaurants. Its service is top notch, and even though it’s $78 per person to partake of the restaurant’s wares, the stunning view and delicious food make up for the price of entry. Your tip is already included in the price and you can pick from three courses, so you can choose from openers like beer tartare or snails, seconds like lamb or halibut, and chocolate mousse or vanilla souffle for dessert. It’s a good place to enjoy some upscale fine dining without going too overboard on price.