86 E 7th Street, New York, NY 10003
Behold! The best cappuccino I have ever had!
Things to get: Besides coffee, get the olive oil cake.
Tips: They are CASH ONLY, have standing room only, and close pretty early (4PM)!
18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
We always eat at Five Leaves when you visit NY. The food is good and the location is conveniently located between my best friend’s apartment and the L train.
Things to get: The ricotta pancakes seem to be the most popular item (for a reason) but I like to order sides like the greens, grilled chorizo and hash browns OR the arctic char (all pictured above).
Tips: It’s always crowded so go early or on a weekday.
248 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10012
Parm is a very old school Italian diner that has THE cutest website / branding, amazing meatballs, and adorable vintage wallpaper . Their menu is handwritten on a chalkboard daily and they have kind of weird hours so plan ahead!
Things to get: Mozz sticks, baked ziti, meatballs, Schefer beer (America’s oldest lager beer)
Tips: Sooooo many people were ordering food to go / over the phone so it seems like a killer lunch/pick up spot.
85 Broadway Brooklyn, NY 11249
Diner is a little restaurant inside an old Kullman car from the twenties on a corner underneath the Williamsburg Bridge. The menu changes daily and is written on your paper table cloth by your waitress.
Things to get: The mussels were the second best thing I ate the entire trip.
Tips: I suggest going when you can get a drink because they cocktails sounded really good, but we were too hungover from the night before to drink that early in the day so I can’t say for sure!
355 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
St. Anselm kind of blew my mind. I loved the rustic, friendly, casual feel of the place and service but it was the food that really did it for me. The food doesn’t look like much, presentation isn’t their top priority but taste definitely is. We went there for the steak, but the sides were insane. I never thought I would say that about some creamed spinach and grilled potatoes (pictured), but here I am.
Things to get: The burrata and grilled tomatoes were SO FREAKEN GOOD. The tomatoes came out hot while the burrata was cold and salty.
Tips: Get there right when they open (at 5PM). They don’t take reservations and my friends tried to go a couple days after us and there was a 3 hour wait!
5-48 49th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101
I never thought I would say that the BEST thing I have EVER eaten in NY was at a Mexican restaurant. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Mexican food, but it’s usually what I default to when I can’t figure out what I’m craving. It’s not something I seek out normally, but Casa Enrique changed all of that!
Things to get: I really loved the the shrimp tacos and the carne asada (and the roasted poblanos it came with) but the ceviche de pescado was by far the most amazing thing I have ever eaten (no joke!).
Tips: They take reservations and they are super busy so I definitely suggest making one.
376 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
We decided to skip our tried and true pizza place, Paulie Gee’s, to try something new and we weren’t (that) disappointed! My only complaint was the hostess. She sucked, but the food did not. What was even better than the pie were the cocktails!
Things to get: Appetizer: stuffed peppers (you don’t get a lot for $12 but they are soon tasty). Pizza: The King Salami (get extra peppers!!). Cocktail: The Broken Negroni (like a traditional Negroni but with added prosecco!)
Tips: Even if the hostess says its going to be a crazy wait, she is probably lying and you should wait it out.
Big Gay Ice Cream
125 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10009
Things to get: The Salty Pimp (vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, sea salt, chocolate dip)
Tips: Enjoy in the Tompkins Square Park a block away
Momofuku’s Milk Bar
382 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, MY 11211
Things to get: CEREAL MILK FLAVORED ICE CREAM ROLLED IN CEREAL
Tips: They are most famous for their “crack pie” so go ahead and get that too!!
102 St. Marks Place, New York, NY 10009
Proletariat is a crazy tattoo inspired craft beer bar. I loved how dark it was in there and that you can get different sized pours for the beer on draft (making it possible to try everything).
Things to get: All the souuuuuur beer!
Tips: Ask the bartender about the beer. They are SUPER knowledgeable / helpful.
422 E 9th Street, New York, NY 10009
Good Beer is like the Stein’s of the East Village. They have everything, even a few beers on draft.
Things to get: Any Gose (beer brewed with salt)
Tips: Keep in mind you can only drink the beer they have on tap there. Bottled/canned beer is only to be purchased to drink at home.
615 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222
My FAVORITE BAR in all of New York. We went there so many times on our last trip (every single day) that the bartenders knew us by name (and hooked us up)! Their draft beer changes daily and is arranged lightest to darkest which I love, but don’t forget to look at the extensive bottled beer list.
Things to get: Anything from Evil Twin. Also, don’t skip the food.
Tips: Again, take a long look at the bottled beer list. They have rare stuff (particularly from the Evil Twin brewery).