The Loyal – 8.2

From the team that brought you vegetable driven restaurants Narcissa and Nix comes a decidedly not vegetable heavy menu.  Vegetarians and pescatarians, fear not, because there are still plenty of options for you, but if you’re someone who sneak bites of meat here and there, the burger is 100% worth the guilt.  Similar to Nix…

Denino’s – 8.1

A Staten Island Classic’s Second Outpost Stays Strong On the corner of Bleecker and MacDougal Streets in Greenwich Village, a Staten Island landmark pizzeria has doubled down on its fantastic food, cozy atmosphere, and attentive service since opening two years ago.  Considering the Staten Island location has been open since 1937, it’s no surprise that…

Ocho Platos 8.0

  Far uptown, past the manic energy of Times Square, the upper crust elegance of Columbus Circle, the Afro-American culture and hip wine bars of Harlem, and one subway stop past Yankee stadium, lies a pop-up restaurant that represents New York cuisine in the way only a native New Yorker can.   Samuel Lopez and…

Ugly Baby – 8.3

I love spicy food.  I put sriracha on my eggs and Marie Sharp on my pizza, I can’t eat pasta without red pepper flakes, and Indian food is my go-to Sunday night delivery meal.  To me, heat enhances the flavors in an already flavorful dish.  Spicy Thai food, however, is a whole other level, where…

Chouchou – 7.4

A sign-less cavern on a well traversed block in the East Village, Chouchou brings to life the dual aesthetic of a Bedouin tent and a Renaissance dungeon feast.  Mood lighting and rustic décor, paired with authentically crafted flatware and serving utensils make Chouchou a sexy, exotic way to break out of your current winter dining…

Paname French Restaurant – 6.2

Paname is French slang for Paris, and could not be more fitting for this cozy bistro on the Upper East Side. Chef and owner Bernard Ros has created a dining room that acts as an extension of his living room, from the nibbles of amuse bouche sent to each table, to the carefully chosen art…

Sushi by Bou’s Second Location Soars – 7.2

A sophomore outpost of this speakeasy-style sushi restaurant has opened up in the labyrinth beneath the Jue Lan Club restaurant in Chelsea, and it’s just as big of a success as the Time Square flagship.  Neon lights point the way down a few steps and through a funky yet ominous stairwell covered from ceiling to…

Cibo e Vino – 6.6

When you first walk into Cibo e Vino, an Italian restaurant and wine bar on the Upper West Side, you can’t help but be struck by the warmth that exudes from every corner of the dining room.  High ceilings filled with orb-like lighting fixtures emit a gentle glow, and lush potted plants make you feel…

Chimichurri Grill – 7.1

Chimichurri Grill East is a stone’s throw away from Bloomingdale’s, but this peaceful stretch of 61st Street couldn’t feel farther away from the hustle and bustle of midtown shopping. Soft lighting welcomes you into the bar at the base of this classic Upper East Side triplex townhouse, where you have the option of dining in…

Are Cream Cheese bites the New “It” Dessert?

If you ask Becky with the Good Bites, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’.  With humble beginnings in her Manhattan kitchen, Becky channeled a weeknight sweet tooth into a business of more than snack-able proportions.  Using cheesecake as a jumping off point of inspiration, Becky’s OG chocolate bites boast 6 different flavors, are hand dipped…

Alice’s Arbor – 5.9

You’d have to live under a rock not to recognize that the Bed Stuy section of Brooklyn is taking off as an it-neighborhood to live and play.  Alice’s Arbor, a five-year veteran of the hood, was an early adopter of the desirability of this neighborhood, and has maintained its presence by producing solid food in…

Lilia – 9.7

Though I’m late to the party on this one, I am pleased to report that the hype surrounding Missy Robbins’ (formerly of A Voce) buzzy Williamsburg restaurant, Lilia is as outstanding as everyone says.  From the gorgeous, sun drenched space to the first rate service to the absolutely spectacular food, this was one of the…