I’m in love with Manhattan and all it has to offer.
Now, I’m no professional reviewer, but I dabble as one on Yelp.com. Here is a list of my all time Manhattan favorites.
- DBGB(299 Bowery – Gastropub) – They make their own sausages, I have not had one bad thing on the menu, the cocktails are slammin’ and the space is cool.
- The Palm (837 Second Avenue – Italian Steakhouse) – Solid food every time you go. Classic NY, friendly service, cool history on the walls.
- Cascabel Taqueria (1538 Second Avenue – Mexican) - Such good tacos. Light and fresh, you don’t leave feeling over-stuffed. Good margaritas too!
- Shoolbreds (197 Second Avenue – Scottish Bar) - Best cozy winter bar. Leather armchairs, a fireplace and hot toddys will make anyone happy.
- Flex Mussels (174 E. 82nd Street – Seafood) – The creative mussel sauces are incredible. The lobster roll will literally change your life.
- Crif Dogs(113 St. Marks Place – Hot Dogs) - These are the best hot dogs. Ever. The Spicy Redneck is amazing as is the Chiuaua Dog. Interesting toppings mean it’s never boring.
- Raines Law Room(48 W. 17th Street – Couture Cocktails) – This speakeasy does it right. It looks like a Victorian parlor. Its sexy, cozy and dark. The cocktail list is huge and spot on.
- J East(175 Third Avenue – Chinese) – I have a great weakness for cheap Chinese food. This is the best I have found so far. Greasy, crispy food off their extensive menu will keep you coming back.
- Fat Cat (75 Christopher Street – Billiards Bar) – This subterranean bar full of games will keep you occupied for hours. The music is weird, but awesome. The drinks are cheap. PBR’s for everybody!
- Duane Park Patisserie(179 Duane Street – Bakery) – They have the best cakes with marzipan icing that taste good and look beautiful as well. Certainly worth the price.
- Ess-A-Bagel(359 First Avenue – Bagels) – They don’t toast the bagels, but that doesn’t matter because they are ALWAYS warm. Great selection of cream cheeses in all different flavors. Iced coffee is decent too.
- Kittichai(60 Thompson Street – Thai) - Such a sexy restaurant. One of the most beautiful spaces in the city. The food kicks butt too.
- Land(1565 Second Avenue – Thai) - Nothing like Kittichai, this tiny place has some amazing thai food at affordable prices. My favorite is the chicken pad see eew.
- Daisy May’s BBQ(623 Eleventh Avenue – BBQ) – The best BBQ in Manhattan, Hands down. Not exactly cheap, but no frills, down home cookin’. LOVE.
- The Four Seasons Restaurant (99 E. 52nd Street – Traditional American) - This is not part of the Four Seasons Hotel. This is one of the best places to have a big splurge. It was the best service I have ever received and the food was phenomenal. Fantastic special occasion restaurant.
- Zengo(622 Third Avenue – Mexican/Asian Fusion) - Don’t be scared by the unchartered fusion. The two cultures are blended so well it will keep you coming back. The space is so cool too. Order just appetizers, they are too good to miss!
- Please Don’t Tell (113 St. Marks Place – Couture Cocktails) – A hidden speakeasy within Crif Dogs, the Benton’s Old Fashioned may be my favorite drink in the city. You can also order dogs from next door. Perfect.
- The Summit Bar(133 Avenue C – Cocktail Den) – This place doesn’t look like it from the outside, and there’s no secret password to get in, but inside is a swanky cocktail den housing prohibition-era drinks.
- Li-Lac Chocolates(40 E. 8th Avenue – Chocolatier) – I have been going here for years. The marzipan is amazing. They have all sorts of truffles. Totally worth breaking a diet for.
- Eli’s Vinegar Factory (431 E. 91st Street – Bakery/Groceries) – This gourmet food store has a killer selection of cheeses, olives, breads, fruits, homemade desserts and fish. Totally overpriced and totally worth every penny. On weekends they have brunch upstairs, order the eggs benedict.
- Cowgirl Hall of Fame (519 Hudson Street – Southern) – I have been going here since I was a kid and it never gets old. The frito pie is the bomb. It’s kitschy and wonderful in there.
Let me know your Manhattan favorites! I love to try new places and add them to my list!