eating new york

An ongoing list of favorite tastes in the city...


Arepas: Caracas Arepas Bar
Artichoke Dip: Freeman's
Baba Ghanouj: Moustache
Bagel: Absolute Bagels
Bar Snack:
Freeman’s (devils on horseback); Little Giant (stuffed peppadew peppers)
Biscuit: Hundred Acres (cream biscuits with honey butter); Clinton St. Baking Company
Sullivan Street Bakery; Wave Hill Breads; Amy’s Bread (semolina raisin-fennel bread); Balthazar
Bread, Indian:
Bread Bar at Tabla
with a meal: Lupa; Barbounia
Burger: Burger joint; Shake Shack
Burger, Veggie: Blue Hill at Stone Barns (tomato and beet burgers); Curly’s Lunch
Burnt Ends: R.U.B.
Cacik: Sip Sak
Calamari: Pearl Oyster Bar
Ceviche: Red Hook Ball Fields
Cheese, Mozzarella:
Joe's Dairy; DiPalo's
Cheese, Ricotta: Alleva Dairy; Salvatore Bklyn; Blue Hill
Cheese Selection:
Saxelby Cheese Mongers, Murray’s
Cheese Plate:
Clam Chowder: Pearl Oyster Bar
Cornbread: Great Jones Cafe
Croquette: Casa Mono (pumpkin and goat cheese croquetas); Tia Pol
Croissant: City Bakery (pretzel croissant); Patisserie Claude
Crostini: Locanda Verde; Marlow & Sons; Frankies 457
Dolmades: Bereket; Snack Taverna
Dried Fruit:
Sahadi’s; Kalustyans
Dumpling: Dumpling House; The Good Fork; Chinatown Brasserie
Eggs: Egg; ‘ino (truffled egg toast)
Falafel: Taim; Azuri Café; Mamoun’s
Fideos: Casa Mono (fideos with chorizo and clams)
Fish and Chips: A Salt & Battery
French Fries: Balthazar; Pommes Frittes
Fried Chicken: Blue Ribbon
Fried Clams: Ed’s Lobster Bar
Frog Legs: L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Gnocchi: Lupa (ricotta gnocchi with sweet fennel sausage)
Gnocco Fritto: Bianca
Gnudi: The Spotted Pig; Falai
Grilled Cheese: Bouchon Bakery
Grits: Egg
Guacamole: Bread Bar at Tabla; Rosa Mexicana; Mexicana Mama
Hot dog: Crif Dogs; Dogmatic (lamb sausage with mint sauce)
Huarache: Red Hook Ball Field
Hummus: Hummus Place; Tanoreen; Sahadi’s
Kibbeh: Tanoreen
Lahmacun: Ali Baba
Lasagna: Max; Via Emilia; Bianca
Lebni: Ali Baba
Lobster Roll: Pearl Oyster Bar
Macaroni and Cheese: City Bakery
Little Owl (gravy meatballs sliders); Perilla (spicy duck meatballs); Frankies 17 (with raisins and pine nuts); Kefi; Snack Taverna; apizz; Zenon Tavern (Sheftalia); Rice (vegetarian meatballs with sweet sauce)
Meze (cold): Tanoreen; Sahadi’s; Ali Baba (lebni with walnut garlic and dill); Sip Sak (cacik); Moustache (Baba ghanouj); Kabab Café (meze platter); Hummus Place (hummus); Taim (sabich); Snack Taverna (taramosalata; Greek fava); Pylos (taramosalata); see "Falafel"
Meze (hot):
Tanoreen; Ali Baba
Moussaka: Pylos; Snack Taverna
Ode to … Oysters: Aquagrill
Pad Thai: _________
Lupa (bavette cacio e pepe; spaghetti con pomodoro); Celeste (tagliatelle with shrimp, cabbage and pecorino); Po (papperdelle with peas and parmesan); Roberto's (anything “in cartoccio”); Babbo (black tagliatelle with parsnips and pancetta); Otto (Pasta alla Norma; Spaghetti alla Carbonara); see "Ravioli"
Patatas Bravas: Tia Pol
Peking Duck: Peking Duck House; Shun Lee
Pickles: Gus's Pickles
Pizza: Sullivan Street Bakery (pizza bianca); Lucali; franny’s (clam; sausage) -- oh god, I've never been to Di Fara
Plateau de Fruits de Mer: Balthazar; Aquagrill teaux de Fruits de Mer
Potato Chips: Blue Smoke; Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Pulled Pork: The New French (pulled pork with mustard raita); Gramercy Tavern, Tavern Room (pulled pork sandwich)
Ramen: Ippudo
Ravioli: Babbo ("Casunzei"—beet and ricotta lune; mint love letters; beef cheek ravioli; pumpkin lune); Al di la (beet ravioli)
Roast Chicken: The Good Fork
Roti: Annie's Roti Shop (potato roti with spicy mango chutney)
Sabich: Taim
Saganaki: Pylos
Salt-Crusted Shrimp: Pearl Oyster Bar
Sandwich: Russ & Daughters (Super Heeb); Katz’s (pastrami sandwich); Mike’s Deli; Bouchon Bakery (cb&j, tuna niçoise sandwich); Ferdinando’s Focacceria (Panelle Sandwich); Peanut Butter & Co. (Elvis sandwich with bacon); see "Lobster Roll", "Falafel"
Sandwich, Grilled Cheese: Bouchon Bakery
Sausage: Blue Hill at Stone Barns (charcuterie plate); Gramercy Tavern, Tavern Room (Merguez Sausage with chickpeas, swiss chard, almonds and harissa broth)
Shrimp: Pearl Oyster Bar (Salt and Pepper Shrimp)
Smoked Fish: Russ & Daughters; Barney Greengrass
Soba: Matsugen (inaka soba with sesame sauce)
Soup: Any Daniel Boulud restaurant; Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Soup, Matzo Ball: Second Avenue Deli
Spanakorizo: Eliá
Steak: Peter Luger
Steamed Pork Buns:
Sushi Yasuda
Sweetbreads: Casa Mono (sweetbreads with fennel al Mono)
Tabouli: Taim
Taco: Cabrito; Hecho en Dumbo
Taco, Fish: Pinche Taqueria
Tagine: Café Mogador; Zerza (Lamb tagine Tfaya)
Tapas: Tia Pol; Casa Mono
Tart, Savory: Once Upon a Tart; August (Alsatian tart)
Tasting Menu: Blue Hill or Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Tea Service: Tea & Sympathy; Alice’s Tea Cup
Tofu, Homemade: Matsugen; Blue Ribbon Sushi
Tzatziki: Taverna Kyclades
Yakitori: Yakitori Totto
Zucchini Cakes: Barbounia


Babka: Zabar’s
Baklava: Damascus Bakery (pistachio baklava)
Banana Split: Blue Ribbon Bakery
Bread Pudding:
Blue Ribbon Bakery
Bread Pudding, Chocolate: The Dessert Truck; Blue Hill
Bomboloni: Caffe Falai (custard bomboloni)
Brownie: Baked; Le Pain Quotidien (Belgian Brownie)
Cake, Carrot: Two Little Red Hens; Batch
Cake, Chocolate: Baked (sweet & salty cake); Two Little Red Hens (Brooklyn Blackout Cake); Black Hound Bakery (busy bee cake)
Cake, Chocolate Molten: Jean-Georges (chocolate molten cake); Dessert Truck
Cake, Red Velvet: Cake Man Raven
Candy: Papabubble; Economy Candy
Cannoli: Madonia Bakery; Salvatore Bklyn
Cheesecake: Two Little Red Hens;
Chocolate Mousse:
Chocolate Bar: Mast Brothers
Churros: Bar Jamon
Cookie, Black & White: Nussbaum & Wu Bakery
Cookie, Chocolate Chip: City Bakery; Levain Bakery
Cookie, Peanut Butter: Trois Pommes; City Bakery; Bouchon Bakery
Cookie, Other: Baked (cloud cookie); Abraço (cured-olive cookie)
Cream Puffs: Beard Papa
Crème Brûlée: Dessert Truck; Kee’s Chocoaltes (crème brûlée truffle)
Crêpes: Lady M (Mille Crêpes)
Crisp, Crumble or Cobbler: Dessert Truck
Cupcake: Dessert Club, ChikaLicious (the S’Mores cupcake in particular); Butter Lane (cupcake with French buttercream)
Cupcake, Black Bottom: Amy's Bread
Dessert in Miniature: Kumquat Cupcakery (red velvet cupcake); Three Tarts (tarts)
Drinkable Dessert: Back Forty (stout float); see “Milkshake”
Doughnut: Doughnut Plant (tres leches or blackout chocolate doughnut); Peter Pan Bakery (glazed and chocolate cake doughnut); Hearth (apple cider doughnut)
Egg Cream:
Frozen custard: Shake Shack
Gelato: Otto (olive oil; hazelnut stracciatella); Grom (pistachio gelato with whipped cream); Il Laboratorio del Gelato
Hot Chocolate: City Bakery
Ice Cream: Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory (chocolate chocolate chip); Jacques Torres Ice Cream
Ice Cream Sandwich: Jacques Torres
Ice Cream, Vegan: Lula's Sweet Apothecary
Macaron: La Maison du Chocolat; Blue Hill Café (parsnip!); or just save yourself for Pierre Hermé
Macaroon, Coconut:
Marshmallow: Three Tarts (raspberry and yuzu)
Stand (toasted marshmallow milkshake); Caracas Arepas Bar (coconut milkshake)
Muffin: Sarabeth’s; Once Upon a Tart
Ode to …
Pain au Chocolate: Patisserie Claude
Pancakes: Clinton St. Baking Company
Pate de Fruit: La Maison du Chocolate; Dean & Deluca
Pie: Two Little Red Hens
Pie, Apple: Little Pie Company; Briermere Farms
Pie, Banoffee:
The Spotted Pig
Pie, Key Lime Pie:
Steve’s Key Lime Pie (the swingle!)
Pie, Lemon Meringue:
Pie, Pecan:

Pie, Pumpkin:
City Bakery
Pudding: Dessert Club, ChikaLicious; Dessert Truck (pumpkin custard); Sugar Sweet Sunshine (banana pudding); Babbo (sweet corn crema)
Rugelach: Zabar’s
Scones: Alice’s Tea Cup (pumpkin scone); Tea & Sympathy (scones with clotted cream); Once Upon a Tart
Semifreddo: Babbo (pistachio and chocolate semifreddo)
Soft-Serve: Dessert Club, ChikaLicious
Sorbet: Ciao Bella
Sticky Buns:
Amy’s Bread
Sticky Toffee Pudding: The Spotted Pig
Sundae: Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory; Outback Steakhouse (chocolate thunder from down under); see "Banana Split"
Tart, Fruit:

Tart, Other: Three Tarts; Babbo (honey pine nut tart)
Tea Service: Alice’s Tea Cup
Tiarmisu: Bianca
Treacle Tart: Tea & Sympathy
Truffles: Bespoke Chocolate (pretzel-and-sea-salt caramel truffle); Kee’s Chocoaltes (crème brûlée truffle)
Vegan Dessert: Lula's Sweet Apothecary
Waffles: Sarabeth’s (pumpkin waffles)
Whoopie Pies: Baked; One Girl Cookies