16 Places You Need to Try in NYC

16 Places You Need to Try in NYC

Over the holiday weekend, The Naughty Fork went on an eating spree in New York City. These are the 16 places you’ve got to try during your visit.

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Pizza Beach

Pizza Beach in the lower east side has to be one of the cutest restaurants down there. I might be a little biased because I’m from Miami Beach, but the beachy theme of the place adds a lot to the whole experience. I recommend getting a margarita and the carbonara pizza. Although the carbonara isn’t exactly a pizza persay, it is definitely a must try.

Cost: $

Atmosphere: Causal

Specials: Summer Friday’s. Happy Hour

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Little Cupcake Bakeshop

Everytime I come to the city I stop at this place. The Brooklyn Blackout cake is one of the best chocolate cakes i’ve ever had hands down. That being said I’m more of a salty person so going out of my way for sweets isn’t something I do unless its worth it….and its worth it. The peanut butter and jelly cupcakes are great as well as the black and white. SECRET: order the Nutella cappuccino (its not on the menu ;))

Cost: $

Atmosphere: Grab and Go; Cafe

Specials: Holiday Specials; Nutella Cappuccino

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Stone Street

I couldn’t believe this was the first time I had been here. The street is in the heart of the financial district and is the perfect place to grab a beer and watch a sporting event. The street is lined with tables- all from different restaurants. The whole street has a great vibe and is definitely a must-visit in the city.

Cost: $$

Atmosphere: Casual; Biergarten

Specials: Everywhere just ask

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Salvation Taco

This place is a great spot for a quick bite and a drink. The first floor has a fun atmosphere with colorful balls and Christmas lights lining the ceiling and ping pong tables in both of the back corners. If you want a breath of fresh air, head to the 17th floor rooftop bar for music and drinks.

Cost: $$

Atmosphere: Rooftop Chique; Restaurant casual

Specials: Happy Hour

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Blackseed Bagel

Among the many bagel stores in NYC, there lies a shop unlike the rest. Blackseed bagel has a few specialty bagels and the make-your-own bagels as well, but you’ll end up leaving with a specialty. The bagels are filled with everything from tobiko cream cheese to radishes- all different and all delicious. I recommend the number 3 and the BEC (for original purposes).

Cost: $

Atmosphere: Grab n’ Go

Specials: n/a

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Union Fare

Opening only a few weeks ago, Union Fare has made quite an impression in the social media world. At the helm is famous pastry chef, Thiago Silva who has been making crazy desserts around NYC for years now. Starting his fame with the “Hit Me” cake and continuing on with the Molten lasagna cake featured on Buzzfeed, he has just brought a whole new pastry to the table: Filled Croissants. From birthday cake to cookies n’ cream, they’ve got you covered. Their chocolate chip cookies are also delicious. If you want to stop by for dinner, they have a few desserts you must order (or get them all): Chocolate luge, passionfruit, and the newly added Nutella filled bread pudding.

Cost: $

Atmosphere: Cafe; Restaurant for dinner

Specials: n/a

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Park Avenue Tavern

Dinner is definitely fun here because of the bar-ish vibe. The burrata was amazing and highly recommended. For brunch, the croissant breakfast sandwiches seemed to stand out. They had four different choices but the BEC was definitely what we wanted. Although its difficult to mess up a breakfast sandwich, it was really good despite the fact that we walked in 2 minutes before brunch ended (sorry). Definitely a cool atmosphere and a good place for a date as well.

Cost: $$

Atmosphere: Causal Bar/Restaurant

Specials: Brunch; happy hour

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The Rickey

If you’re looking for a dark, old-time craft cocktail bar then this is your place. With a unique cocktail list and a variety of wines, it’s perfect for those that want something different than your average rum and coke. Not to mention the delicious bar bites they provide while sipping on your drinks. From kale and artichoke dip to the classic charcuterie plate, you can get everything from unique to basic. Stop by this hidden gem and relax on their velvet sofas with a glass of whiskey in your hand. You’ll feel strait outta Goodfellas.

Cost: $$

Atmosphere: Upscale Bar/lounge

Specials: Happy Hour

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Prince St. Pizza

This might be an ignorant statement considering I’m not a New Yorker, but I think this might be the best pizza in NYC. We stopped at this place 3 times during the trip and did not regret the calories once. Obviously, you have to get the spicy spring- a deep-dish pizza covered in pepperoni pooling pizza oils. I don’t know how they do it, but this is a MUST VISIT.

Cost: $

Atmosphere: Grab n’ Go

Specials: n/a

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Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings

This place is known not only for its dumplings, but for its collaborations with other restaurants. Having collaborated with places like By Chloe and Black Tap, you can expect anything that combines burgers and dumplings has to be delicious. We stopped by for the Black Tap dumplings and they were DELICIOUS. These specials only last for a period of time, so stop by while they’re still available.

Cost: $

Atmosphere: Grab n’ Go

Specials: n/a

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Doughnut Plant

Although there are many places for donuts in the city, this spot is in the top 3 must-try. From crème brulee donuts to peanut butter and raspberry, they’ll satisfy any sweet tooth.

Cost: $

Atmosphere: Grab n’ Go

Specials: Avocado Toast donut

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Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

Craving fried chicken? This is where to go. This fast casual spot has everything fried chicken. From sandwiches to wraps to simple fried chicken, they have it all. Get a side of the loaded tater tot or fries. Those are a must. They also have a Smorgasbird special right now which is piled high with pulled pork, fried chicken (duh), french fries and more.

Cost: $

Atmosphere: Grab n’ Go; Casual

Specials: Smorgasbird

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Ice and Vice

These people are the ice cream gods in NYC. If you want chocolate or vanilla, this is not the place for you (although they probably have that). If you want a flavor you’ve never heard of, then head there now. Ice and Vice has collaborated with many different food blogs in the city to create crazy and unique flavors for everyone to try. They recently collaborated with @foodbabyny to create the UFO cone which uses foodbabyny ice cream and Under West Donuts. The creation is a child’s dream…and an adult’s to be honest.

Cost: $

Atmosphere: Grab n’ Go; Casual

Specials: UFO Cone

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L.E.S Kitchen

L.E.S Kitchen is a very small spot with very good food. The menu is as small as the restaurant but doesn’t disappoint. If you like spicy (and I mean REALLY spicy) get the jalapeño mac n cheese bites and their fried chicken sandwich.

Cost: $

Atmosphere: Grab n’ Go; Casual

Specials: n/a

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Momofuku Noodle Bar

If you like noodles, you have to stop here at some point. There will ALWAYS be a wait, so get there when it opens. We got there exacly at 5:30 and there was a line around the block. We might have been the last party seated before a wait time started to accumulate. Anyways, the menu changes constantly but they always have buns and ramen. That’s all you need. The original momofuku ramen is delicious and a must-order. Almost any of the buns are delicious too so order and few of those. Top it off with the momofuku milk bar birthday cake truffles and you’ve got yourself a perfect meal.

Cost: $$

Atmosphere: Casual

Specials: n/a

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Jacks Wife Freda

Breakfast here was delicious. I had never had Shakshuka before or beet hollandaise on eggs benedict so it was all new to me. Both dishes were delicious and the service was great. The place itself fills up pretty quickly so be sure to get there early for a table. Oh, and get a side of the duck bacon..YUM

Cost: $$

Atmosphere: Casual

Specials: n/a

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