I’m a California girl through and through, but I LOVE a week in NYC. The energy, the food, the hotels, it’s the best! I’m there once a quarter or so for work and I soak up every single minute of it. After dozens of trips and copious amounts of research, here are my all time favorite places to eat / drink / stay!
It’s a big place – and recently I’ve been staying downtown because all my meetings are in that part of town… so that said, I usually have more to say on lower Manhattan! Don’t you worry – there are some up town and Brooklyn bits and bobs here and there! So here we go…
ABC Kitchen – business lunch location 101! Can’t be beat!
Via Carota – one of my favorite meals in recent history! Honest to goodness incredible food with a neighborhood vibe!
Jacks Wife Freda – such an incredible place for brunch!! Grab some friends and go!
Frenchette – I mean, if you want a glass of french wine and some french food… this is it!!
Miznon – Mediterranean stuffed pitas with a local twist… and OMG THAT TAHINI!
Loring Place – farmers market driven dishes that will knock your socks off.
West Bourne – the best place for lunch in Soho!! everything is a dream… it’s like a little slice of california in NYC.
Emily – West Village – everyone will tell you to go for the pizza, but the burger is LEGIT!!!
Pasquale Jones – pizza, pizza, pizza!!
Dominique Ansel Bakery – ONLY worth going if there is no line… but get the chocolate chip cookie. It’s truly one of the best I’ve ever had.
Lilia – the Italian food of my dreams. Aperol Spritz and all the pasta. You can’t go wrong with any orders here. It’s the definition of perfection.
Upland – great for a fun night on the town. The dinner is phenomenal!
Raouls – bistro life at it’s best!
Don Angie – more italian food that is beyond dreamy
Roberta’s – FAVORITE pizza in Brooklyn. OMG it’s so good.
Barbuto – I’ll never tell you to order chicken at a restaurant (it’s easy enough to make it at home) but THIS place is the exception! And the sangria. EVERYTHING. (It’s closing shortly – so go if you have time! And I’m leaving it on here in hopes that they re-open in a new space ASAP)
Gato – one of my favs for a post-work dinner! Octopus and Paella are must-haves.
Blue Hill – One of the most special places in the entire city! Catherine introduced me to it years ago and it’s still at the top of my list for most incredible meals of all times.
Locande Verde – my fav for an Italian inspired night out!
Balthazar – just promise me you’ll go!!
Joe’s Pizza – it’s a NYC right of passage. The best slice in town according to some!
Prince Street Pizza – my personal favorite slice of pizza in town!! Expect a line!
Happy Bones – COFFEE! One of my favorite places to re-fuel in between meetings!
Morandi – more Italian. Because I’ll take it where I can get it until I devise a plan to move to Italy.
Estela – all about the small plate situation and ordering everything on the menu with a handful of friends!
Khe-Yo – this Southeast Asian inspired restaurant with Laotian roots CANNOT be missed!
Buvette – love everything about this place including the fact that it’s open late and it’s a great place to grab a night cap and a small bite or two or three 🙂
Peasant – wood fired oven. Enough said.
The James – Soho – an incredible hotel that’s right in the heart of Soho!!
Four Seasons Downtown NYC – best hotel ever. And the room service menu is to die for. And that’s saying a lot because who really does room service well? The Four Seasons Downtown NYC… that’s who!
Frank – the coziest of all Italian eateries!!
Lure Fish Bar – all the fish you could possibly dream of!
I Sodi – one of those places that takes me back to Tuscany.
Seamore’s – go for lunch! It’s light and bright and perfect for a quick bite!
Quality Eats – I had to have at least one steak house right? Well… here ya go!!
Dirty French – such a fun night out! Drinks / food / service the whole nine yards. It’s loud though, so maybe don’t bring your grandparents.
Russ and Daughters – bagels and lox. You’ve gotta go once for breakfast or brunch
ABC Cocina – one of my favorite places of all times. Sophisticated Mexican food – into it!!
Le District – Imagine Eataly but all French food – and that’s Le District! So fun.
La Colombe Coffee Roasters – FUEL!
Smith and Mills – the cutest MINI restaurant / bar that you can find.
Minetta Tavern – it’s super trendy and a bit celeb-y but it’s worth it!
The Fat Radish – one word… BURGER!
Pastis – go for the french fries but stay for everything else. Their Croque Madame is other worldly!
Danji – really incredible Korean rice bowls right in the middle of mid-town! Perf for a quick lunch.
Uncle Boons – best Thai food in all the land. Go V early though and put your name down for a table – then waltz around Soho till your table is ready.
Lafayette – power breakfast spot with incredible pastries!!
The Smith – my favorite place for a breakfast meeting!
Mermaid Oyster Bar – champagne and oysters for happy hour. duh.
Hundred Acres – it’s country style cooking in the chicest of all spots!!
Arcade Bakery – one of the best places to grab a quick pastry and be on your way!
Laughing Man – they’ve got coffee but go for the tea!
Did I miss anything? Shout it out in the comments below so I can go give it a try!! There are too many restaurants and not enough days in the week to try them all. But I’m willing to give it a try!