My Favorite New York Eats
I seldom say I love everything on a menu, but there have been multiple occasions where I've gone back to a restaurant/bar to have the same item again and again. Not because it's addicting or like I have some sort of disease, but because it's genuinely good. Luckily for you, I'm generous and like to share. I can't promise that you'll have the same experience as me or if you'll love it, so go as you please. This post will be updated every so often!
September 7th | A Heaping Pile of Tots @ Crif Dogs/PDT
If you know me, you know that I love tater tots! If there were an option between fries and tots, just hand me the tots. We went to Please Don’t Tell to grab drinks with friends in East Village and they just to happen to have food from Crif Dogs on the menu. We ordered tater tots w/ queso and we all agreed this was the best $6 we spent. For $6 (I repeat), you get a heaping pile of tater tots in a tin foil makeshift bowl and it comes with a pool of queso and pickled jalapenos. Bravo!
May 4th | Escargot @ Maison Yaki
I already love Olmsted as is, so when I heard that they opened a sister restaurant across the street, I immediately tried to make a reservation. Just like Olmsted, it was not easy but we were able to snag a 8pm reservation. Everything on the menu is under $10 and everything is meant to be a single serving. We tried a little bit of everything on the menu but my favorite had to be the hot, buttery and earthy escargot.
February 9th | Fish Sauce Wings @ KROK
If you love fish sauce and you love wings, you will love this. Okay wait, let’s back up a little because some of you may read fish sauce and get turned off immediately but no, fish sauce is one of my favorite condiments. It’s a staple to many Southeast Asian cuisines (ie. Vietnamese food). Yes, it has an unusual smell but it brings so much flavor to a dish. I feel like these wings are thrice cooked because they are extremely crispy and the skin is super thin. Note, there isn’t a thick batter so it’s not like you’re eating fried batter only. An order comes with eight but no one will judge if you finish it alone.
December 15th | Stuffed Garlic Flatbread @ Don Angie
“Flatbread”. It sounded so boring on the menu. I doubted it so much, but my best friend really wanted to try it and we were celebrating her birthday. Never have I ever been so wrong to judge bread before. The moment it came to our table, I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. It was so flaky, with a crispy crust and had a pile of melted ooey-gooey cheese in the middle and specks of green, which I automatically assume to be spinach. This really sets the bar high for any basic garlic bread. Whenever anyone asks if I want garlic bread, my response will be “only if it’s the Stuffed Garlic Flatbread from Don Angie!”
October 6th | Lucali’s
I’m honestly not sure why it took me so long to try Lucali’s, given that I love pizza so much. I’ve read many reviews about it and I’ve watched food documentaries featuring them but still no urge to go. Honestly, we only went because Will was able to make a reservation. Wait what? Did you say reservation? Many people don’t know but Lucali sells a limited number of reservations a night on Resy and they are $5 a seat. All the reviews and articles we’ve read didn’t mention this, so you’re welcome! With only two things on the menu, there’s very little room for error. It’s hard to find a crust so thin, fluffy, crispy and holds up without dropping all the sauce and toppings! The best thin crust pizza we’ve ever had. PS. Do not skip the calzone!
September 16th | Agnolotti @ Blanca
Hidden behind the best hip pizza joint Roberta’s, is a phenomenal kitchen that belongs to Blanca. This is a reservation-only restaurant and it’s so worth the panic and anxiety when trying to reserve one of the 12 counter seats available. The Agnolotti was the most memorable bite among the 18 course meal. It was literally fireworks in my mouth. The moment you bite into the pillowy pocket, you’re met with a burst of warm melted goat’s milk cheese. Could’ve sworn tears were coming down and I asked Will, “can I pay for an extra portion?”
June 21st | Egg Rolls @ Olmsted (Brunch)
I was so impressed and shocked at the same time when the Egg Rolls arrived at the table. My expectations were already high, given that it was so hard to get a reservation. This was no ordinary Chinese food take out Egg Rolls, they were filled with scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese! An order comes with 4 pieces, packed in a custom green box, similar to McDonald's. It's also accompanied by custom bottle green ketchup and housemade sweet and sour sauce! I was so overwhelmed, I don't know if I enjoyed the egg rolls more or the cute aesthetics.
June 10th | Panna Cotta @ Osteria Morini
I had my first Panna Cotta on my first date with Will at Virginia's in Alphabet City. Ever since then, I always look for Panna Cotta on every dessert menu. It's a very simple dessert that consists of light creamy gelatin, complimented with a tart topping (ie. berries/citrus). The topping usually helps cut through the creamy base. We came here for our anniversary and they happened to have it on the menu and it met our high expecations (haha). Osteria Morini doesn't always serve this on their menu, so if you see it on the menu - go for it!
April 30th | Pea Shoots @ Uncle Boons
Guys, this is a simple side dish and somehow they've managed to perfect it. If you're vegetarian, you'll love it. If you're not, you'll still love it! It pairs so well with anything else you order on the menu. Will says that he can eat 3 orders of it with just rice. That's how good it is. Pea shoots are common on an Asian menu, but if you don't know what that is, you're in for a treat! It's sautéed in a sweet/salty bean sauce. I promise it's not boring. Honestly, you can make this at home yourself if you wanted to but if you can't, go here. Uncle Boons is one of the rare affordable Michelin Starred restaurants in NYC and yes they take reservations. If you're lucky enough you can snag a table two weeks out!