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PIZZA BAGELS BURGERS/SANDWICHES RAMEN TACOS

1 - PIZZA -

NYC is home to some of the best pizza in the country.  Period.
Motorino Pizza – this East Village joint serves up some really great artisanal, Neapolitan-style pizzas with the perfect amount of char.
Roberta’s Pizza – this super popular (and dare I say hipster) pizzeria does some serious wood-fired pizzas within a really cool atmosphere
Lucali –  it sure isn’t cheap ($24 for a pie),  but this thin-crust pizza Brooklyn pizzeria has a huge following.
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza – with a few locations throughout the city, this is a great place to grab a hearty slice of their artichoke pizza. 
Co. – owned by bread and pizza guru Jim Lahey, Co serves up his pizza at communal tables in the heart of Chelsea.
John’s Pizza -the iconic Bleeker Street pizza joint that’s famous for their signature brick-oven pies.

2 - BAGELS - 

Russ & Daughters – the bagels are actually just okay, but you are here for their lox sandwiches (with scallion cream cheese).  
Absolute Bagels and Murray’s Bagels are both great choices for iconic NYC bagels.  The crust is firm and crunchy, and the interior is dense and chewy. 

3 - BURGERS / SANDWICHES -

Minetta Tavern – you’re here for the Black Label Burger.  Yes, it’s almost $30.  Yes, it’s worth it. 
The Spotted Pig – Chef April Bloomfield’s crazy popular gastropub has an all-star menu, and her burger doesn’t disappoint. 
Umami Burger – the first NYC outpost of the popular California chain, Umami Burger serves up my favorite mid-priced burger in the city.  Go for the Truffle Burger. 
Burger Joint – two locations and a cult-like following.  These classic no-frills burgers will definitely hit the spot.
Bareburger - you feeling a bit adventurous?  Wanna try an organic elk, bison, or even ostrich burger?  This is your place. 
Numpang – these sandwiches will change your life.  I’m serious.  The mini-baguette is perfect, and the pickled carrots, fresh cucumber, and spicy mayo make for perfect toppings for whatever sandwich you choose.
Taim – home to the best falafel in NYC, Taim has an incredible falafel sandwich.  It’s my buddy Tyler’s favorite sandwich in the city.
Katz – an iconic NYC establishment that is popular with tourists and locals alike, Katz Deli serves up monstrous pastrami sandwiches.
Momofuku Ssam Bar – a different type of sandwich, Momofuku Ssam Bar has the most amazing Steamed Pork Buns I’ve ever tasted. 

4 - RAMEN - 

Ivan Ramen – you wouldn’t think a Jew from Long Island would end up becoming one of the world’s leading experts on ramen. 
Ippudo Ramen – a more classic, traditional approach to ramen, Ippudo serves up perfect bowls of the stuff every time. 
Chuko Ramen – two of Morimoto’s chefs branched off to create this Brookln ramen spot.  And it’s good.
Yuji Ramen – another Brooklyn ramen spot, Yuji Ramen has this phenomenal bacon and egg ramen. 
Momofuku Noodle Bar – although not my favorite bowl of ramen in the city, it’s still a great option if you are in the East Village. 
Bassanova Ramen – in a little basement space in Chinatown, Bassanova Ramen has an inventive Green Curry Ramen that is quite tasty.  

5 - TACOS - 

Brooklyn Taco – located inside the Essex Street Market, these guys have a great Chipotle Chicken Taco.
Salvation Taco – although a bit on the pricey side, April Bloomfield’s Midtown taco restaurant (especially the lamb on mini naan “tortillas”) totally hit the spot. 
Mission Cantina – Danny Bowien’s lower east side restaurant serves up a great selection of tacos, burritos, and more.
Otto’s Tacos – the East Village taqueria serves up some delicious mini tacos.  The corn tortillas are made right in front of you are are quite plump.
Dos Toros – this taqueria has a few locations throughout the city.  I’m a fan of their carne asada tacos. They melt a slice of cheese into the tortilla. 
Calexico Cart – this place started as a cart and grew into a permanent restaurant location in the lower east side. 
Taquitoria – three guys that worked at Iron Chef Marc Forgione’s restaurant branched off to create this lower east side gem.  It’s the ultimate comfort food, especially after a few drinks.
Sueños – if you happen upon this Chelsea restaurant, you need to get their appetizer Shredded Mini Tacos.  They are awesome.








FREE THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK CITY IN THE SUMMER


Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge – This bridge is definitely worth admiring in person; it’s a gorgeous piece of engineering.
Catch a free concert at Gantry Plaza in Long Island City – Their summer concert series, known as Live at the Gantries, features local musicians on Tuesday nights in the summer. The setting is stunning with a view of the East River and Manhattan behind the stage, and of course there’s the free part.

Catch a movie night at Bryant Park – Movies play every Monday evening at 5pm at Bryant Park in Midtown as part of HBO’s Summer Film Festival; it begins in June and runs through August.

People watch at Washington Square Park – Protests, musical performances, theatrical performances, vendors, pigeon man–Washington Square Park has it all. And of course, the gorgeous Washington Arch.

Visit the 9/11 Memorial – The memorial fountains are open to the public daily from 7:30am to 9pm.

Rub some bull testicles – See Wall Street and give the ol’ Charging Bull (or the Wall Street Bull) some love. It’s for good luck, I swear!

Walk/run/sunbathe/nap/play frisbee/people watch in Central Park – A day spent in Central Park is never a day wasted. Spend it as you please, you really can’t go wrong!

Learn to Salsa on the Hudson – Hudson River Park holds events all year long, many of them free! This summer it was free salsa on Tuesday nights.

Marvel at the impressive architecture around Madison Square Park – The Flatiron Building, the Empire State Building, Metlife Tower, and more! Architecture aside, there’s always plenty to do and see in this park, too. My last visit included a Pakistani Independence Day concert and celebration!

Visit the city’s museums on free admission days – Admission to the MoMA is free on Fridays from 4-8pm; check websites and get on mailing lists so you can take advantage of these offers.

Cruise the beautiful High Line – This historic freight line turned public park is a beautiful (and traffic-free) way to wander from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking district all the way up to West 34th Street while admiring Manhattan from a new vantage point.

Hit Long Island City’s Saturday flea market – Even if you don’t buy anything, there’s bound to be plenty to see.
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1. Slices at Bleecker Street Pizza, West Village
When I first stumbled upon this place, I was walking around the West Village looking for a cheap and easy bite. I had no idea that I was actually walking into a beloved New York City gem—the pizza here is so good that, instead of eating just the one I ordered, I went back twice more in the same sitting! After spending six months in NYC, Bleecker Street has the best pizza I’ve found.

2. Pho at Saigon Shack, Greenwich Village

It’s hard to find the real deal pho (it’s pronounced “fuh”) anywhere except Vietnam, butSaigon Shack does a fine job, indeed. Their spring rolls tasted just like I remember them, and the noodles, surprisingly, came pretty close as well. Get here early, as there’s bound to be a line.

3. Xiao Long Bao at Nice Green Bo, Chinatown

One word: soup dumplings. Nice Green Bo replicates the Chinese dining experience seamlessly, and their “xiao long bao” may be some of the best in this part of the city. They’re no Din Tai Fung, but they do well.

4. Red Velvet Cannoli at La Bella Ferrara, Little Italy

Tip: Cannoli is actually plural for the singular “cannolo.” La Bella Ferrara is a pastry beacon in Little Italy, and the consumption of one made-from-scratch red velvet cannoli should be a requirement for every border crossing onto the island of Manhattan.

5. Slovakian Food at Milan’s Restaurant, South Slope, Brooklyn

The food is not the only highlight at Milan’s, but it’s Milan himself. This Slovakian transplant, who’s been running the aptly named restaurant for something like 20 years, is a legend among legends. Serving traditional Slovak and Czech cuisine for his whole life, Milan’s eccentric hospitality fosters the type of dining experience you never forget.

6. Dongbei Chinese Food at Fu Run Restaurant, Flushing, Queens

If you’re looking for authentic Chinese food…don’t bother going to Chinatown. I’m not Chinese, but after living there for ten months, I may as well be. Fu Run serves Chinese food from the Dongbei region, where a growing population of Flushing’s Chinese demographic hails from. Try their tender lamb ribs smeared in cumin, sesame seeds, and ground chili.

7. Roasted Chicken and Mofongos at El Malecon, Washington Heights

For a true taste of the Dominican Republic, El Malecon is the only place to be. Serving traditional mofongos, and most notably known for their roasted chicken, El Malecon is a Washington Heights landmark.

8. Brunch at Epstein’s Bar, Lower East Side

A boozy brunch with a group of travel bloggers brought me to Epstein’s Bar, a Lower East Side watering hole with a very unfortunate name. Bottomless brunch is a steal at only $17, which includes a full-sized dish from their limited brunch menu, and all the Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s you can drink. Get amongst it!

9. Bagels at Murray’s, Chelsea

Something of an institution, bagels are a New York delicacy. Murray’s Bagels is so confident in their bagels that they actually refuse to toast them–they don’t need a crispy golden brown to be delicious!

10. Egg Rolls at Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Chinatown

One of the more famously known establishments on this list, Nom Wah is an age-old dim sum restaurant located in the heart of Chinatown. Their pork buns are spectacular and the steamed shrimp and snow pea leaf dumplings are insanely good, but their house egg rolls are the real standout here—they’re delicious, untraditional, and they will be the first egg roll you’ve ever had that actually has egg!

11. $2 Budweiser at Jimmy’s Corner, Times Square

Times Square is one of the most expensive places in New York, and finding a good place to grab a couple of cheap beers is almost impossible. Plastered wall-to-wall with posters of boxing champs, this NYC secret has been voted one of the NYC’s best dive bars. Jimmy’s Corner is exactly the no-frills type of establishment you’d expect to find a $2 bottle of Budweiser.

12. Boilermakers at Boilermaker, East Village

One of New York City’s newest bars, Boilermaker is already making big headlines. This no-pretension cocktail bar has brought back the shot-and-a-beer pairing, and has an exhaustive menu of matching spirits and cervezas. Plus their bartenders are some of the best in the city.

13. $4 Bloody Mary’s and Free Bagels at Matt Torrey’s, East Williamsburg

I stumbled upon this beauty after an underwhelming brunch service at one of their sister bars. Before partaking in the New York City No Pants Subway Ride, I stopped into Matt Torrey’s for a mid-day beer, but ended up with a $4 Bloody Mary and a free selection of bagels and toppings for a more casual (and cheaper) version of Sunday brunch.

14. Video Games at Barcade, Chelsea

Beer and video games! What more does a man need? With classic arcade machines from the 80’s and 90’s, Barcade does have a tendency to draw a certain demographic. For a unique night out full of craft beer and Time Crisis (or Frogger, depending on your generation), this place hits the spot.

15. Craft Cocktails at Attaboy, Chinatown

Being a cocktail bartender myself, I have a certain affinity to this place. I was trained by certain bar legends from within this family of bars, and no matter how many other bars I visit, Attaboy is the one I always return to. The atmosphere, the service, the attention to detail, and the incredible drinks are almost what I would call perfect.

16. Craft Beer at Cooper’s Craft and Kitchen, East Village

There ones thing I always come back to Cooper’s for—the bartenders. They are consistently the warmest, friendliest, most attentive bartenders I come across, and they have a killer rotating beer list, to boot. That being said, don’t skip their bar food, because you’d be missing out.

17. Rooftop Garden Bar at Gallow Green, Chelsea

New York City is the land of rooftops, and the McKittrick Hotel has one of the best.Gallow Green, the hotel’s rooftop garden bar, is a beautiful garden bar serving beer and cocktails with a well-lit view of that famous New York skyline.

19. Beer Cheese, Bourbon and Bocce at Floyd NY, Brooklyn Heights

Don’t expect much from Floyd NY, except Kentucky beer cheese, bourbon, and bocce. Yes, they have a bocce court inside the bar. And they serve beer cheese. And bourbon. Plenty of bourbon.

20. Bad Atmosphere and Terrible Service at KGB Bar, East Village

KGB Bar could very well be the worst bar I’ve ever been to, and that’s exactly why I like it. It’s dark and damp, serves cheap beer, and has Russian propaganda smeared across the walls. In a world where every bar feels exactly the same, KGB definitely stands out.

21. Little Skips, Bushwick

Perhaps one of the most hipster coffee shops in all of New York, Little Skips was my home base for more than a month, and I always return. Serving Counter Culture coffee from Asheville, North Carolina, the baristas here might be some of the best in the city. I’m always guaranteed a killer cup of coffee, and it’s a laid back type of place to get some work done.

22. Two Hands, Chinatown

Transport yourself to Melbourne, Australia, the city most-renowned for having the best coffee in the world. Yes, they’re coffee snobs, and they know it. Not enough foam in your latte? Send it back. Would you prefer a cortado? They know what that is. With perhaps the greatest throwback to my barista days in Melbourne, Two Hands is an Australian-run coffee shop, and they know the deal.

23. The Chipped Cup, Hamilton Heights

The Chipped Cup is another haven for a relaxed cup of coffee. Nestle into the comfy couches, hang out in the courtyard, or squeeze yourself in at one of the tables. Wifi is good for two hours (blasphemous), but you can go back and grab another code.

24. Lenox Coffee, West Harlem

Options are limited when it comes to good coffee shops this far north in Manhattan. I was lucky enough to stumble into Lenox Coffee one winter day, where the temperature is warm and the service is even warmer. Not only are they one of the only options in the area, but they genuinely make a great cup of coffee. There are plenty of tables and barstools for a catch-up with an old friend or a solid day of work.

25. Little Collins, Midtown

Like Two Hands, Little Collins is another one of New York City’s Melbourne coffee shops. Though it doesn’t quite feel like Australia, they still serve that same great Melbourne coffee, and their avocado on toast is like nothing you’ve ever had before.

26. Bluebird Coffee Shop, East Village

A quaint little coffee shop on the Lower East Side, Bluebird is the ideal place to post up on warm summer day. With huge open windows and an open-air design, drinking a coffee at Bluebird is a quintessential NYC experience.

27. Grounded, West Village

This West Village favorite is tucked away in small alleyway on Jane Street. One of the most comfortable coffee shops in New York, there is always something tasty on order at Grounded, whether it’s a cup of drip coffee, a perfectly crafted latte, or a pastry or doughnut. It gets really busy, though, so you might have to fight for a chair.

28. Short for “Sounds from a Room,” 

Sofar Sounds is an international music collective in which an assemblage of musical talent comes together to perform to an intently listening audience. Everybody sits on the floor (usually), and during the show, nobody is allowed to speak or use their cell phones. It’s a provocative and engaging musical experience for artists and musical lovers alike. I’ve seen everything from folk to hip-hop, and, as an added bonus: it’s BYOB!

29. Movie Night in Bryant Park, Midtown

One of New York’s most iconic summer activities, there is an open air theater playing outdoor movies every Monday night from 5-11pm in Bryant Park. Make sure you arrive early to claim your spot on the grass, and bring pillows, blankets, snacks, and wine.

30. Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater, Chelsea

This NYC landmark has been featured on Comedy Central and is famous for their vast lineup of comedy, every night of the week. If you’re looking for classic New York comedy, the Upright Citizen’s Brigade has it.

31. Batsu! at JeBon Sushi, East Village

Batsu! (Japanese for “punishment”) is an interactive Japanese-style game show which thrives on improvisation, audience participation, and humiliation (with a touch of masochism). This was one of the wackiest nights I’ve ever had, drinking sake and beer towers, eating sushi, and watching improv actors playing hilarious elimination games. Their punishment for losing? Belittlement.

32. Eastville Comedy Club, East Village

New York is famous for their stand-up comedy, and the Eastville Comedy Club is one of the best venues in the city. It’s a intimate and run-down venue and they always have famous acts coming though, like Judah Freidlander, Janeane Garofalo, Todd Barry, and more.

33. Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind is the signature performance of the Neo-Futurists. It’s an ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. One of the most unique shows I’ve ever seen, each short performance is acted out from a perspective of complete and brutal honesty, ranging from comedic acts to terrifyingly gruesome and disturbed ones.
Thanks to  Jeremy Scott Foster



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