The Cardinal (Ave B & East 4th St)
Great southern food with a Carolina flair.
Les Enfants Terribles (Ludlow & Canal)
Get away from the craziness of Rivington Street and relax in this hip, cool Afro-French neighborhood favorite. Sit at the bar for some of the best people watching in the city. The bartenders are nice too.
Cheeky Sandwiches (Hester & Orchard)
The breakfast sandwiches are pure genius. Best homemade biscuit in the city in my humble opinion.
Barrio Chino (Broome & Orchard)
Go here for brunch or late afternoon snack before it gets too busy around dinner time. Nearly the same menu and more space to hang out while enjoying a delicious margarita + guacamole & chips.
Ten Bells (Orchard & Broome)
Sexy spot to have a cocktail while you wait for a seat at Barrio Chino. Or you might just stay all night.
Bianca (Bleeker & Bowery)
Best Italian food in the area. Be prepared to wait a good two hours for a table though. Also, it is cash only, but that doesn’t really matter when most of the plates are $10 each.
The Bowery Hotel (Bowery & East 3rd)
When you need a place to meet during the day or night, the lobby & bar at this place always delivers. Also, try to sneak up on the roof if you can.
Jeffery’s Grocery (Waverly Pl & Christopher Street)
Martini’s and oysters. One of my favorite combinations.
Spotted Pig (West 11th and Greenwich)
Worth the wait. Take your appetite with you.
The Waverly Inn (Bank St & Waverly Pl)
The off-the-menu truffle macaroni and cheese is ridiculous. But be ready to pay for it. No longer is this spot the super exclusive club it used to be - you can make reservations on Open Table - but don’t plan on taking any photos once you sit down.
Paprika (St. Marks Place & 1st)
One of the best brunch deals in the city. $13 for a great meal, coffee & mimosa. Try the green eggs, you won’t regret it.
Nuyorican Poets Cafe (3rd & Ave C)
Get your local lit fix.
Elsa (East 3rd and Ave B)
Cozy spot for cocktails with great, sexy lightning.
Super Linda (Broadway & Reade)
Food is just fine, but the downstairs decor is definitely worth a visit.
Tinys Giant (Norfolk & Rivington)
Wd 50 (Clinton & Rivington)
Fancy spot on Clinton Street.
The Randolph (Broome & Bowery)
These bartenders know what they are doing when it comes to cocktails. Plus, if you ask nicely they will let you throw a party.
Taka Taka (West Broadway and Grand St)
Japanese & Mexican food. I mean, really, what more could you ask for?
Pera (Thompson & Broome)
Mediterranean food with spacious outdoor seating for that summer hummus craving.
Red Egg (Centre St & Lafayette)
Dim Sum & Disco.
ACME (Great Jones & Lafayette)
Haven’t been here yet, but apparently, there is a nice private room if you need a spot to do some entertaining.
Vanessa’s Dumpling House (Eldridge & Grand St)
Cheap & cheerful. Buy a bag of dumplings for your next party and be the most popular person there.
An Choi (Orchard & Broome)
If you’re fighting the flu, make sure to stop by for some soulful pho. The good people of An Choi will help nurse you back to health.
Osteria Morini (Lafayatte & Spring)
Love the plates they use. Great for family-style dining. The lights are a little too bright though for my taste.
Spring Street Natural (Spring & Lafayette)
Good for groups, not usually a wait. That is about it though.
Jack’s Wife Freda (Spring & Lafayette)
Adorable restaurant-cafe. Get the seat by the window.