Paris Cafe

I will preface this review by saying that I do not suggest shleping yourself all the way out to JFK for the sake of a meal. However, if you happen to find yourself stuck at JFK, going to JFK, or very very near to JFK (and extremely hungry), the Paris Cafe is certainly your best…

Van Leeuwen’s

To the dismay of many of the people in my life, I do not have a sweet tooth, and I do not get excited about the prospect of eating dessert. Van Leeuwen’s is the exception. I could eat this ice cream everyday and look forward to it. Arguably the best ice cream in Manhattan, any…

Sushi Ishikawa

This place is certainly an experience. Not your average Omakase. I couldn’t help feelings like eating at Sushi Ishikawa is dinner and a show. Watching Chef Pham concoct each dish is truly stimulating. Between shaving fresh truffles, extracting wasabi straight from the fruit, and delicately placing flecks of gold (yes, gold) as the cherry on…

Jeffrey’s Grocery

If this restaurant were a dog, it would be a golden retriever puppy. It does not get much cuter. Adorable, classic West Village. The smoked salmon latkes were out of this world and one of my more favorite brunch dishes I’ve ever ordered. Very busy on weekends, but perfect for mid-week lunch. They also serve…

Ines

A hidden gem of the UES. This place looks and feels like it should be downtown, and has the menu to back it up. Let me start by saying that they have the best chai tea latte I’ve ever had – and no matter your usual milk preference, get it with oat milk. The menu…

Buddakan

Ever since Carrie and Big had their rehearsal dinner at Buddakan, the restaurant has been on my *list*. However, I was prepared to be disappointed. Normally, I proceed with caution in places like Buddakan, because sometimes they get hyped up from movies and Instagram to a point where it looks like a much cooler experience…

Mission Chinese

“Or you’re just gifted and you’re expressing what you want to do. I think Mission Chinese is probably the purest example of that. Danny [Bowein] is Korean by birth but in no other way Korean. Cooking kind of Chinese food with a Filipina chef, with pizza and roast beef on the menu, and all of it is…

Buvette

Only been for brunch but it was AWESOME. So french, so tasty, so West Village. There is nothing better on a lazy, warm, spring/fall/summer/(okay, winter too honestly) morning than a Buvette breakfast. The eggs are unparalleled, and the eclectic, homey, curated vibes, paired with the wonderful food, transport you to Paris in the middle of…

Harry’s

Maybe one of the best brunch deals in Manhattan, which is pretty comical considering it’s a steakhouse located in FiDi. Go to get fucked up. Food is decent, but you go for the free flowing mimosas! If you want to pay homage to the steakhouse roots, get the steak and eggs. Pro tip: they charge…

Ivan Ramen

You’ve seen it on Chef’s Table, and if you haven’t, you probably should have. Ivan Ramen is one the better ramen options in the entire city (which is saying something). Located on the Lower East Side, the tiny spot feels like you’ve ducked into a little noodle bar in Tokyo, or so I can imagine….