map :)Lilia, WilliamsburgMake reservations a month early at 12AM.Order everything, but if I can only name a few: Housemade Mozzarella, Gem Lettuce, Grilled Scallops, and my favoerite: Sheeps Milk Cheese Filled Agnolotti and the Lemon Spagetti! Also for dessert—you MUST order the Honey Olive oil parfair with their Olive cake.
House of Small Wonder, WilliamsburgI discovered this amazing Japanese brunch originally at it's sister location in Berlin and it's great in both locations! Delicious pastries, coffee and teas but the stars are their Japanese meals! My favorite are the Sashimi Zuke Don, which usuall runs out by noon. And when I don't get that one I love their Tsukene Don, really tender and flavorful chicken meatballs over rice.
Buvette, West VillageFavorite French spot in the city. Seasonal menu, perfect any timeof day bring someoen you love to just chat and enjoy everything on the menu. Make sure to ask for their daily specials, if you're lucky they might have bone marrow on the menu (I died eating that... :^)) Also if their Ratatoullie Tartine is on the menu, make sure to get it!
Hanoi House, East VillageQuite possibly the best pho I've ever had in my life. Norther style pho done WITH PERFECTION. Most pho spots focus on the broth and the add-ins, and Hanoi House takes care of them, but what they do different from every other pho spot I've been to is the NOODLES. Eating their noodles are similar feeling to eating the perfect al dente pasta. Just incredible... Also make sure to try it with their fermented garlic! (And at my 626 peeps, their egg rolls are comprable to Golden Deli so ya knoooowwwwwww)
Cote, Flat IronMichelin Start KBBQ. Make sure to do the wine pairings. It's amazing. No other words needed..
Chikalicious, East VillagePerfect little spot to get dessert after exploring the East Village! Dessert bar run by Japanese dessert chef with a great and friendly staff serving up some seriously epic dessert selections. Menu changes often, but make sure to order some tea or grab a cool cocktail :) You can make a reservation or line up!
Kopitiam, ChinatownThis food reminds me of summers in Singapore as a child. Deliscious Malaysian cuisine! You can stop by for a coffee (Kopi means coffee in Haka/Malay) and Kaya toast! Or if you wan to try the full menu, make sure to come with a few people and order everything!!!
Dimes, One of my favorite spots! The funishings and interior of this joint are to DIE FOR. Everything's so dang cute. Lots of people like to frequent this spot for an aesthetic, tasty and healthy brunch and yummy cocktails but I love their dinner. Huge fan of the Sean Bream Rissoto and the Bar Steak!
Canal St MarketMy go-to lunch spot! Also for visiors, a great spot to shop around and take a snack break! Lots of differnt types of food,I would frequent Joe's Steamed Rice Rolls, Izakaya Samurice and Boba Guys a lot. Never got to try Bonsai Kakigori for their snow ice (I lived in New York during the winter) but it looked delicious!,
Ssam Bar, East VillageMenu changes daily! David Chang... so you can't really go wrong!
Ivan Ramen, East VillageDo you watch Chef's Table... If nto you should, especially on his story. Ramen was so special and unlike anything I've ever had. There were a lot of similar moments to a Chinese Lo Mien or more Southern Chinese flavors! No complaints, super chill and super delish.
Toby's Coffee, WilliamsburgAll time favorite coffee shop in New York. Fight me.
La Colombe, Everywhere
Cocoron, East Village/SOHOHomemade soba noodles! Jeez Louise it's so good. Make sure to try their dipping noodles! So fresh and so flavorful..
Harbs, West VillageThey're known for their cakes (I would say Lady M's largest competitor) Most people I know prefer them to Lady M, because they do the mille crepe cake but if it was married to a fruit tart. Everyone's favorite fresh fruits in between each crepe! If you love fruit, this is the place. Their strawberry shortcake was also GREAT!!!.
Pig and Khao, East Village
Jewel Bako, East Village
Sunday in Brooklyn, Williamsburg
Samurai Mama, Williamsburg
Birds of a Feather, Williamsburg
Le Vain, Upper West Side
Bibble and Sip.
Tim Ho Wan, Union SquareMichelin star Dum Sum! Rreally good to try, but not a place I would frequent. I'll always prefer my aunties pushing the hot carts of food around ;)