nyc guide

alphabet city
edi & the wolf austrian
root & bone* damn good southern

bowery
bar primi pasta
gemma italian, romantic & cozy
ghost donkey quirky/cool bar known for their tequilas & mezcals
fish cheeks authentic thai (they don't have pad thai)
saxon & parole if you like meat & whiskey
the wren* rustic bar with really good pub food

chelsea
bec bacon egg and cheese
billys bakery dessert 
cafeteria open 24/7. need i say more?
cookshop good for brunch or dinner
foragers fresh market, restaurant & wine shop
havens kitchen cafe, good coffee & homemade granola. they have cooking classes too!
juice shop juice
motel morris restaurant & bar with cool retro vibe (like a motel)
stumptown coffee roasters* coffee
the lately mad men meats twin peaks bar/spot to go out

chinatown
chinese tuxedo contemporary chinese in a former opera house
dimes good acai bowls, california style cafe
pulqueria* mexican speakeasy-ish

east village
amor y amargo for intimate nyc cocktails
big gay ice cream where ice cream is a meal
boilermaker* casual bar
booker & dax* little bar with good cocktails
bruno - amazing pizza, chic space, super nice owner
butter lane dessert
caracas* little dive for amaze arepas
city of saints - really good coffee and amazing interior.
death & co for drinks
empellon mexican
everyman espresso coffee
frank italian
gg's brunch, drinks, pizza, so cute
honeyhaus coffee
ippudo ramen
jennifers way* bakery
lil frankies authentic, cash only, italian
lukes lobster pop in for lobster rolls
mile end delicatessen jewish deli that serves breakfast all day
miss lilys jamaican
momofuku milk bar* dessert
momofuku saam* one of the best dinners in the city
motorino* brick oven pizza (arguably the best)
ngam thai
northern spy food co. seasonal, local
oo + co vegan pizza!
ost cafe coffee
out east coastal inspired dishes & decor
peoples pops dessert
please don't tell for drinks
rosie's mexican, fun atmosphere
the garret good cocktails (also in west village)
the smith american, fun atmosphere
the standard east village for drinks
the wayland for drinks
the vynl mad-men-esque drinks, brunch, dinner, clubbing.
wayside my secret spot. amazing egg sandwiches & coffee
yuca bar latin, great happy hour

financial district
harrys boozy brunch
loopy doopy bar for drinks with a view
p.j. clarkes burgers on the water

flatiron
abc cocina* latin american, good atmosphere, jean georges
abc kitchen* local, one of my favorites, jean georges
abcv jean-george's plant based restaurant
bo's dinner or drinks, reminds me of mad men
burger & lobster lobsters and burgers for $20
cafe el presidente taqueria 
dough donuts
kazunori handroll bar by same team as sugarfish
le pecora bianca italian, cute decor
made nice fast casual fare by the eleven madison park/nomad squad
rocking horse cafe mexican
shake shack if you don't know, just go
sweetgreen* local, yummy salads
the breslin good spot in the ace hotel
the elephant bar good bar in the nomad hotel
the nomad bar* one of my favorite spots
toby's estate coffee

gramercy
barbounia brunch or dinner
bar jamon tiny tapas bar next to casa mona
casa mona spanish on irving
javelina tex mex
maialino really good italian
park avenue local, changes based on the seasons, fancier scene
the house cozy carriage house turned restaurant
trattoria il mulino high end amazing italian
yama hole in the wall (really good) sushi

greenwich village
alta tapas
babbo high end italian
banter chic aussie cafe
bar pitti* authentic, really good, italian; casual scene
by chloe* (really good) vegan
carbone italian
claudette mediterranean/french, cute, cozy atmosphere
greenwich project american, good drinks, casual chic atmosphere
horchata mexican
loring place seasonal local american
minetta tavern french
otto pizza
perla italian, cozy
pig bleecker bbq & italian that works so insanely well
rossopomodoro homemade italian with a family/neighborhood vibe
upland - italian/california influenced food in a rustic chic space

harlem
dinosaur bbq - high quality bbq.
red rooster comfort food. get the shrimp & grits.

little italy
le coucou authentic, charming, french
mulberry projectone of my favorite late night speakeasies, how my blog got its name!
two hands australian cafe with good coffee, juices, avo toast & acai bowls

lower east side
babycakes vegan bakery
barrio chino mexican, cozy atmosphere
beauty & essex nyc classic
birds & bubbles southern food
cafe henrie coffee, healthy, lovely
clinton street bakery pancakes!
chillhouse cafe, manis and massages all in one
dirty french french food & good cocktails, old new york setting
el rey coffee and yummy cafe
freemans sit at the downstairs bar
fung tu really good americanized chinese
hotel chantelle good for going out
kind regards casual cocktail bar
la contenta cozy mexican
lucky bee highly instagrammable and delicious aussi thai
masala wala indian
mission cantina hipstery mexican
morgansterns finest ice cream yum
nitecap* for drinks
pala pizza vegan
pizza beach - pizza with california vibes
prune brunch
russ & daughters bagels & lox
sigmund's pretzels soft pretzels & homemade dips
sons of essex good for going out
speedy romeo wood fired pizza in a very "les" space
stanton social fun spot for drinks and tapas
sweet chick chicken & waffles
the fat radish yummy brunch spot
the flower shop - that 70s show anyone?
tijuana picnic hip(ster) mexican spot

meatpacking
barbuto* great space with even better food
blue bottle coffee
bubby's pancakes!
cafe gitane avocado toast
catch seafood with a view
colicchio & sons fancy american food
doughnuttery* mini donuts!
santina seafood in a tropical setting
sushi by bou 30 min omakase by david bouhadana
the standard biergarten lots of beer
the standard grill cozy spot good for brunch or dinner
the wild son small spot with healthy eats, fresh juice and craft beers
toro cool spot for tapas
tortilla flats casual mexican

midtown
campbell apt if you want really good drinks and a gossip-girl-esque setting
little collins aussie breakfast spot
macaron cafe dessert
marta brick oven pizza
ma peche asian american goodness
polo bar ralph lauren's fancy shmancy restaurant
quality italian one of my favorite meals ever. get the chicken parm to share
quality meats steakhouse 
sakagura* japanese speakeasy
salvation taco - mexican in a fun atmosphere
the roof* for drinks with a view
the wayfarer good setting, good steaks

noho
acme good for late dinner & then out
blackseed best bagels in town
de maria chic brunch spot with good for you eats
il buco another really good italian spot
indochine chic dinner spot
ken & cook good food & fun to go out
lafayette* french restaurant & bakery, really good brunch & dinner
sro pizza pizza speakeasy
the bohemian japanese speakeasy
the smile good for brunch or cozy dinner
vics italian

nolita
balaboosta middle eastern
the butchers daughtermy favorite healthy cafe & juice shop
cafe habana cuban diner
cafe select for drinks
egg shop* eggs in every dish, another favorite
emporio really good italian
gato mediterranean, bobby flay, great atmosphere
little cupcake bakeshop dessert
musket room new zealand restaurant with an adorable, romantic setting
nickel & diner chic modern day diner
oficina latina chic mexican small plates
pasquale jones wine + pizza, same owners as charlie bird
peasant italian
pietro nolita healthy italian, 50s diner vibe, pink as fuck
public love this place
rice to riches dessert
rintintin mediterranean 
rubirosa classic italian
ruby's cafe australian cafe
seamoresseafood, tacos, burgers; love the vibe
spring lounge divey bar with cute boys
tacombitacos and guac in the coolest space
the sosta clean italian by the same group as by chloe
the dailyfor drinks

soho
balthazar classic french cafe and pastries
blue ribbon sushi the best
carbone italian in a 1950s meets hipster chic space
cha cha matcha cute matcha cafe
chefs counter club grab and go from famous chefs
ground support* coffee
hundred acres good brunch spot
jacks wife freda* one of my favs. good paper. awesome food.
l'aduree macarons
la esquina mexican speakeasy-ish
maman french cafe, obsessed with their graphic design, decor & homemade oreos ...
mercer kitchen fancy food, casual setting, jean georges
navy seafood
raouls french
the dutch american food, good oysters & bloody marks
the ship good spot for drinks

tribeca
b flat for drinks
brandy library* for drinks
cyrk for drinks
laughing man* coffee
little park local, american restaurant in the smyth hotel
locanda verde* amaze italian
nobu sushi & get the black cod
nobu next door like nobu but more casual
smith & mills one of the coziest spots in the city
tamarind indian
terra wine bar with fresh, homemade italian food
the hideaway for drinks
tinys & the bar upstairs one of the only spots in the city with a real fireplace
two hands restaurant + bar elaborated version of two hands aussie cafe
tutto il giorno chic italian spot
ward III for drinks
white street feels very old new york, i don't know if i like the setting or the food more
warren 77 for drinks
weather up for drinks

union square

daily provisions adorable neighborhood spot with the best bec (& branding)
dear irving for drinks
hu kitchen healthy cafe
joes pizza best classic nyc pizza
juice generation juice
liquiteria juice
nix really good vegan/vegetarian
union fare wine bar, cafe and market

upper east side
east pole brunch spot

upper west side
levain bakery chocolate chip cookies

west village
2nd city filipino taqueria
aria wine  bar for drinks
arthurs tavern for drinks
baker & co cute spot on bleeker
beatrice inn cozy old new york spot
bluestone lane* australian cafe with coffee, brekkie boards & really cute australian boys
bisous ciao dessert
bobo french food in a cozy townhouse
buvette* authentic french cafe, one of my favorites!
cafe cluny french american
chalait coffee
charlie bird* italian, another favorite spot
dante negronis and the cutest boys you've ever seen
emmets chicago style pizza
employees only for drinks
extra virgin fun italian spot
frankies italian
gardenia latin mediterranean 
highlands* for drinks
hudson clearwater* one of my favorite dinner spots
i sodi romantic italian
jeffreys grocery* one of my favorite dinner spots, cozy, delicious, perfect
joseph leonard cozy west village joint
keste* brick oven pizza, another favorite
l'artusi* amaze authentic italian, everything is bomb.com, cozy
little branch mixology
little owl cozy west village restaurant
magnolia bakery* dessert
malaparte italian
maries crisis for drinks
mollys cupcakes dessert
nourish* healthy cafe
palma* charming authentic italian
pinto garden adorable back patio
pop bar dessert
red farm chinese
rosemarys* one of the best italian spots, they grow their own veggies on their roof
rusty knot for drinks
saturdays surf nyc coffee
slowly shirley* drinks in a yacht like setting
spasso brick oven pizza
spotted pig classic west village establishment with an awesome burger
the garret good cocktails (also in east village)
the happiest hour* one of my favorite spots for a drink but great food too
the up & up bar* love this place
via carota* rustic italian
waverly inn nyc classic
while we were young small & intimate with great interiors (& food)
wild pizza making classes!
wilfie & nell for drinks

my quick go-to's
(various locations in the city,
all clean foods)
dig inn
fields good chicken
honeybrains
hu kitchen
indie fresh
inday
juice press
pressed juicery
sweetgreen
the little beet

local, no storefront
coolhaus ice cream sandwiches
danas bakery macarons
fatty sundays chocolate covered pretzels
mast brothers chocolate chocolate bars

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