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My Favorite NYC Restaurants

In NYC, these are the restaurants I recommend without hesitation to all my friends and family.

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Leonti

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Leonti opened and has become our favorite restaurant on the Upper West Side. It's elegant, you can have a conversation with someone without yelling, and the food is consistently great. It is perhaps the perfect spot before or after you see Jerry Seinfeld at the Beacon Theater?

Upper West Side | 103 W 77th St (nr. Columbus Ave) NYC

Pastis

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Pastis is a triumph. This legend just reopened in a new location in the Meatpacking District. I am in awe of Keith McNally and Stephen Starr, who were able to perfectly recapture the true essence of the original. The menu is french bistro, and nobody does it better than this team.

Meatpacking District | 52 Gansevoort St (nr. 9th Ave), NYC

Princi

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If you work, live or are anywhere near midtown, you must go to Princi. They serve the freshest sandwiches, salads, soup, hot pastas like rigatoni, breads, pastries and dessert. They are backed by Starbucks, so everything is done right and they have a nice coffee menu. Most of all, the service and the people who work there give me hope for the future.

Midtown | 1633 Broadway (nr. W 51st St), NYC

Chelsea | 61 9th Ave (at 15th St; in Starbucks Roastery), NYC

Decoy

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If you like Peking Duck, this is your place. Decoy is downstairs from Red Farm in the West Village, and hard to get into. So do what I did, and eat upstairs at Red Farm, but order from the Decoy menu. There are many other highlights if you are not a Peking Duck person. I love the different types of dumplings (shrimp and chicken) and the crab and scallop fried rice.

West Village | 529½ Hudson St (nr. Charles St), NYC

Mama’s Too!

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Everything is perfect at Mama’s Too!. The crunch of the crust, the just-right tomato sauce, the smart Upper West Side crowd, with Frank, the owner, at the helm. Our heavy usage may need some calibrating soon.

Upper West Side | 2750 Broadway (nr. W 106th St), NYC

Rubirosa

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Rubirosa is a crowd pleaser. It has good pizza and an all around easy menu where everyone will find something. It is fun, young, delicious and welcoming to all. Their gluten-free pizza is nice. It is always crowded - be prepared.

NoLita | 235 Mulberry St (nr. Prince St), NYC

Salumeria Rosi

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Some of the best Italian meats, cheeses, panini, and definitely lasagna in NYC is here. We take-out or eat-in, often.

Upper West Side | 283 Amsterdam Ave (nr. W 73rd St), NYC

Indian Accent

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I would call this one of the best meals in Manhattan from beginning to end. The outstanding food and elegant service makes for an A+ experience every time.

Midtown | 123 W 56th St (nr. 6th Ave), NYC

Frenchette

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I love the food at this vibrant brasserie. They have lots of natural and biodynamic wines, too. The french fries are not to be missed.

TriBeCa | 241 W Broadway (nr. Walker St), NYC

Cosme

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Upscale Mexican. The menu is thoughtful but not pretentious or intimidating. It is an especially great place for a special occasion.

Flatiron | 35 E 21st St (nr. Park Ave S), NYC

Olmsted

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Every meal here is made from the freshest ingredients and prepared in the most unique and thoughtful way. Chef Greg Baxtrom is one of nicest people in the business. Olmsted is full of smart, interesting, young people. Their outdoor space has to be seen to be believed.

Prospect Heights | 659 Vanderbilt Ave (nr. Park Pl), Brooklyn

Misi

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Missy Robbins cuts right to the chase with perfect pastas you fantasize about the most. There is no meat course and gelato only for dessert, so you leave wanting to go back as soon as possible.

Williamsburg | 329 Kent Ave (nr. S 3rd St), Brooklyn

Miss Ada

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Great middle eastern food: Hummus. Pita. Falafel. Salads. Kebabs. And a backyard space in the warmer months.

Fort Greene | 184 Dekalb Ave (nr. Carlton Ave), Brooklyn

Sant Ambroeus

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An Italian spot with an upscale European vibe. Here, it is more about the people watching. With a few locations around the city, I often end up at one of them with my ladies.

Upper East Side | 1000 Madison Ave (nr. E 77th St), NYC

West Village | 259 W 4th St (at Perry St), NYC

SoHo | 265 Lafayette St (nr. Prince St), NYC

Legacy Records

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The pastas are phenomenal, the bread and butter divine, and the duck is ridiculously good. I always eat here, but especially convenient after concerts at MSG. The bars and private rooms make this a great place for a party.

Hudson Yards | 517 W 38th St (nr. 10th Ave), NYC

Charlie Bird

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Charlie Bird is one of my favorites. They have the best pastas, great service and excellent music. The crowd is very fun, too.

SoHo | 5 King St (at 6th Ave), NYC

I Sodi

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I Sodi is a neighborhood spot that feels cozy and familiar. The lasagne is a must. As is everything else.

West Village | 105 Christopher St (nr. Bleecker St), NYC

Sushi of Gari

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Perfectly good neighborhood sushi, with a few locations in the city.

Upper West Side | 370 Columbus Ave (nr. W 78th St), NYC

Upper East Side | 402 E 78th St (nr. 1st Ave), NYC

Midtown | 347 W 46th St (nr. 9th Ave), NYC

Sushi Seki

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Inventive sushi but also covers the basics beautifully.

Upper East Side | 1143 1st Ave (nr. E 63rd St), NYC

Midtown | 365 West 46th St (nr. 9th Ave), NYC

Chelsea | 208 West 23rd St (nr. 7th Ave), NYC

Miznon

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This is a must if you have any Jewish or middle eastern blood, or happen to like food from that region. Their whole roasted cauliflower is famous the world over. Their original locations in Paris and Tel Aviv are beloved, if you happen to be visiting those cities.

Chelsea | 435 W 15th St (nr. 9th Ave; Chelsea Market), NYC

Hao Noodle

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I struggle to name a favorite Chinese restaurant in this city. This one is high up on my very short list.

West Village | 401 6th Ave (nr. Greenwich Ave), NYC

Chelsea | 343 W 14th St (nr. 9th Ave), NYC

Cafe Altro Paradiso

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Cafe Altro Paradiso is my favorite all-around restaurant on this list. Perfect, simple Italian food served all day in a beautiful room, with a stunning bar.

SoHo | 234 Spring St (at 6th Ave), NYC

Pizza

Mama’s Too!

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This is my pick for the best pizza in NYC. The Neapolitan (round) crust has a truly memorable crunchy, thin(ish) crust. The square pies are deep dish. My favorite is the classic House pie, but try as much as possible on the menu. This is a stand (and wait) spot, and completely worth the trip, even if you live downtown.

Upper West Side | 2750 Broadway (nr. W 106th St), NYC

Lucali

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We love the ambiance, the owner Mark, the open kitchen, and of course, the pizza. But don't leave without trying the calzone and meatballs.

Carroll Gardens | 575 Henry St (nr. Carroll St), Brooklyn

Joe’s

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Joe’s on 6th is a NYC experience one must have at least once in their life. It is always busy and full of NYC’s human treasures. Little else compares to the moment you take that first bite of the triangle in a late-night slice of Joe’s.

Greenwich Village | 7 Carmine St (nr. 6th Ave), NYC

Motorino

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Motorino is a nice, reliable pizza. The ambiance is cool and feels like the local neighborhood spot. The chewy, thin crust fresh out of a wood-burning oven makes Motorino a no-brainer.

East Village | 349 East 12th St (nr. 1st Ave), NYC

Upper West Side | 510 Columbus Ave (nr. W 84th St), NYC

Williamsburg | 139 Broadway (nr. Bedford Ave), Brooklyn

Lombardi’s

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Lombardi’s is a New York City institution that holds up. Their thin-crusted slightly charred coal-oven pizza is a NYC must. Try to sit in the original part of the restaurant.

NoLita | 32 Spring St (at Mott St), NYC

Chelsea | 290 8th Ave (nr. W 25th St), NYC

Rubirosa

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Rubirosa is a crowd pleaser. It has good pizza and an all around easy menu where everyone will find something. It is fun, young, delicious and welcoming to all. Their gluten-free pizza is nice. It is always crowded - be prepared.

NoLita | 235 Mulberry St (nr. Prince St), NYC

Emily

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Emily has multiple locations. You can get pizza and a burger at the same time - both excellent.

West Village | 35 Downing St (at Bedford St), NYC

Clinton Hill | 919 Fulton St (nr. Clinton Ave), Brooklyn

Capizzi

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Don’t be put off by its location near Port Authority – it’s all part of Capizzi’s charm and authenticity. And makes it a perfect spot, post-theater.

Hell's Kitchen | 547 9th Ave (nr. W 40th St), NYC

Staten Island | 4126 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island

Luzzo’s

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The original Luzzo's is a popular spot in the East Village and a favorite of my kids.

East Village | 211 1st Ave (nr. E 13th St, NYC

Pasquale Jones

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The pizzas and pastas are heavenly. Everyone has fun at Pasquale Jones.

Little Italy | 187 Mulberry St (at Kenmare St), NYC

Unforgettable (Fancy) Meals

HaSalon

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HaSalon is the new spot from Israeli Chef Eyal Shani, of Miznon in NYC/Paris/TLV. It is a lively room full of his fans there to enjoy fresh, gorgeous meats, fish and veggies. There are two seatings a night - I went to the later one, but learned I am not that fun (DJ/some dancing) and would do the earlier seating next time, where they play loud classical music. This place is terrific for big groups.

Hell's Kitchen | 735 10th Ave (nr. W 50th St), NYC

Indian Accent

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I would call this one of the best meals in Manhattan from beginning to end. The outstanding food and elegant service makes for an A+ experience every time.

Midtown | 123 W 56th St (nr. 6th Ave), NYC

Shuko

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A brilliant sushi experience. A meal so special you save it for the best of nights. The room feels intimate, calm and private.

East Village | 47 E 12th St (nr. Broadway), NYC

Milos

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Milos has some of the best, freshest fish in NYC. Lots of business people and tourists pack this place for lunch and dinner. They have a new café I need to try. Expensive as hell.

Midtown | 125 W 55th St (nr. 6th Ave), NYC

The Polo Bar

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Jerry and I ride our bikes through Central Park at night to get to the Polo Bar. This is our idea of a romantic date. The food here is relaxed and comfy, and the scene is well-heeled. The popovers served at the beginning of the meal almost makes you forget you are so close to Trump Tower.

Midtown | 1 E 55th St (nr. 5th Ave), NYC

The Grill

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Probably the most glamorous room in New York City. Every detail of the meal is choreographed and theatrical. Everyone – the staff and guests – are polished to the shiniest shine. The servers work hard to make their diners feel special, which makes it a great choice for important occasions.

Midtown | 99 E 52nd St (nr. Park Ave; The Seagram Building), NYC

The NoMad Restaurant

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The room is cozy, romantic and plush. This place will impress your most jaded friend. The food is superb. The roast chicken is especially popular.

NoMad | 1170 Broadway (nr. W 28th St; Nomad Hotel), NYC

Marea

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Marea is smart, sophisticated and first-class all the way. Important people and things are happening in this room. The food and service are always outstanding.

Midtown | 240 Central Park South (nr. Columbus Cir), NYC

Rahi

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A truly memorable, authentic Indian meal.

West Village | 60 Greenwich Ave (nr. Perry St), NYC

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The Palm

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The Palm may have locations all over America, making it a chain of restaurants, but each location feels distinct and welcoming. The Palm is a standby in our life and a great place to celebrate over meat, fried onions, and a massive slice of chocolate cake.

TriBeCa | 206 West St (nr. Warren St), NYC

Midtown | 250 W 50th St (nr. 8th Ave), NYC

Midtown | 840 2nd Ave (nr. E 45th St), NYC

St. Anselm

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This is one of our favorite cozy winter spots. Watching gorgeous people eating large cuts of meat makes for a very fun night.

Williamsburg | 355 Metropolitan Ave (nr. N 4th St), Brooklyn

4 Charles Prime Rib

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Arguably the best burger in NYC.

West Village | 4 Charles St (nr. Greenwich Ave), NYC

Porter House

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A nice steak dinner overlooking Central Park.

Columbus Circle | 10 Columbus Circle (Time Warner Center), NYC

Balthazar

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Jerry and I became engaged here, so, obviously, we love this place. Equally as important are the steak frites, bread and butter, and seafood tower. Brunch is also a lively scene. This institution is an excellent place to bring out of towners.

SoHo | 80 Spring St (nr. Crosby St), NYC

Quick Bites

Le Pain Quotidien

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Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ) is a dependable place to either grab and go or sit and chat. This is a great spot for coffee, breakfast or casual lunch meetings.

Multiple locations

Maison Kayser

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With locations all over NYC, MK is a reliable place for a slightly upscale quick meal, sandwich, coffee or pastry.

Multiple locations

Loco Coco

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I love their acai bowls, especially when I am on some kind of short-lived health kick.

Upper East Side | 835 Lexington Ave (nr. E 64th St), NYC

Brodo

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They make chicken, turkey, and beef broth with many delicious additions and varieties. A mainstay, especially during the winter months to keep healthy and strong.

East Village | 200 1st Ave (nr. E 12th St), NYC

West Village | 496 Hudson St (nr. Christopher St), NYC

SoHo | 236 Lafayette St (nr. Spring St), NYC

Upper West Side | 2144 Broadway (nr. W 75th St), NYC

Chalait

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A great matcha tea and coffee spot with a cafe that serves healthful breakfast and lunch bowls, salads and treats.

SoHo | 299 W Houston St (nr. Hudson St), NYC

Upper West Side | 461 Amsterdam Ave (nr. W 82nd St), NYC

NoMad | 1216 Broadway (nr. W 30th St), NYC

Chelsea | 75 9th Ave (at W 15th St; in Chelsea Market)

Chopt

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Healthy salads to go (or eat in) made with ingredients from local farmers. The best thing to happen to fast food.

Multiple locations

Vive La Crêpe!

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A family-friendly quick bite. They have traditional and buckwheat (gluten-free) crêpes in sweet and savory varieties.

NoLita | 51 Spring St (nr. Mulberry St), NYC

Upper West Side | 189 Columbus Ave (nr. W 68th St), NYC

Upper West Side | 532 Columbus Ave (nr. W 86th St), NYC

Midtown | 1 W 59th St (at 5th Ave; Plaza Food Hall), NYC

Sweetgreen

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An upscale, seasonal salad (and bowls) chain that is growing fast.

Multiple locations

Shake Shack

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We are huge fans. Don’t kid yourself that it’s healthy fast food, but it is more thoughtful than mainstream fast food.

Multiple locations

Breakfast / Brunch / Lunch

Le Gamin

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A lovely, transportive French cafe serving crepes, salads, eggs, burgers and pastries.

Greenpoint | 108 Franklin St (nr. Noble St), Brooklyn

Sadelle’s

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A lively upscale brunch, serving Jewish-inspired fare. Fun for a big group of noisy relatives who want a glamorous, downtown New York experience. We go for the sticky buns, which often sell out.

SoHo | 463 West Broadway (nr. Prince St), NYC

Barney Greengrass

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A classic. The original Jewish “diner”. An institution we cannot imagine life without.

Upper West Side | 541 Amsterdam Ave (at W 86th St), NYC

Russ & Daughters

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A New York gem. Lox, bagels, eggs, homemade sodas, and, interestingly, the best dried fruit.

Lower East Side | 127 Orchard St (nr. Delancey St), NYC

Upper East Side | 1109 5th Ave (at E 92nd St; Jewish Museum), NYC

Le Pain Quotidien

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Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ) is a dependable place to either grab and go or sit and chat. This is a great spot for coffee, breakfast or casual lunch meetings.

Multiple locations

Jack’s Wife Freda

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All day comfort food with a cozy neighborhood vibe. Good for all ages. The owners are great people.

SoHo | 224 Lafayette St (nr. Spring St), NYC

Chelsea | 116 8th Ave (at W 16th St), NYC

Greenwich Village | 50 Carmine St (nr. Bedford St), NYC

Flora Bar

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Situated on the lowest level of the Met Breuer, the bright room, intelligent, artsy crowd, and delightful menu makes this a splendid choice, for brunch, lunch or dinner.

Upper East Side | 945 Madison Ave (nr. E 75th St; Met Breuer), NYC

Parm

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This is an easy, casual family lunch/dinner place where kids and parents will all find something they want.

Upper West Side | 235 Columbus Ave ((nr. W 71st St), NYC

NoLita | 248 Mulberry St (nr. Prince St), NYC

Battery Park City | 250 Vesey St (Brookfield Place), NYC

Places to meet a friend for coffee (or juice)

Felix Roasting Co.

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Felix is the place to go for the most glamorous, splendiferous, quality-driven coffee experience you’ve probably ever had. It was designed by Ken Fulk, who elevates the interiors of some of the most sumptuous places to drink and dine in this country.

Park Ave South | 450 Park Ave S (nr. E 31st St), NYC

Café Grumpy

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I love the name. It is a charming and steady caffeine source for the many neighborhoods into which it has expanded.

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Starbucks Reserve Roastery

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Obviously, I recommend you go to small, local coffee shops. However, the Starbucks Reserve Roastery is an EXPERIENCE. A chic coffee theme park. Aside from every coffee creation and iteration, you can sit and dine on pizza, panini, and delicious Italian desserts like tiramisu, affogato and cannoli. There is also a full bar. I can’t explain it well. You have to see it.

Chelsea | 61 9th Ave (at W 15th St), NYC

Via Quadronno

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Pop in for a quick espresso or panini at the bar. We go during off hours when it isn’t so busy.

Upper East Side | 25 E 73rd St (nr. Madison Ave), NYC

Upper East Side | 1228 Madison Ave (nr. E 89th St), NYC

The Smile

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The perfect downtown spot to meet for a great coffee, breakfast or lunch.

NoHo | 26 Bond St (nr. Lafayette St), NYC

Café Sabarsky

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This is a favorite place to meet a friend for an elegant, uptown coffee date. They serve authentic Austrian pastries and strong coffee. A great stop after a day at the Met.

Upper East Side | 1048 5th Ave (at E 86th St; Neue Gallery), NYC

Irving Farm

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Great coffee drinks. They have interesting breakfast and salad options all day, with an emphasis on organic ingredients. There are multiple locations around the city.

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Juice Press

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Juice Press is one of the best things to happen to fast, healthy eating in NYC. A great take-out lunch option, with locations all over the city. I eat their soups all winter. When you are getting sick, the ginger shots and fireballs will blast you back to life.

Multiple locations

Bluestone Lane

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Delicious coffee and wholesome snacky items. A nice stop uptown after a walk in Central Park, though there are other locations, too.

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Doughnuts

Balthazar

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The cake doughnuts.

SoHo | 80 Spring St (nr. Crosby St), NYC

Doughnut Plant

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The Tres Leches doughnut is a favorite. Also try the Vanilla Bean and the Crème Brûlée.

Lower East Side | 379 Grand St (nr. Norfolk St), NYC

Chelsea | 220 W 23rd St (nr. 7th Ave), NYC

Prospect Heights | 245 Flatbush Ave (nr. Bergen St), Brooklyn

Long Island City | 31 47th Ave , Queens

Dough

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Dough makes a heavenly lemon poppy seed doughnut. The rest of my family swears by their glazed.

Flatiron | 14 W 19th St (nr. 5th Ave), NYC

Midtown | 700 8th Ave (nr. W 44th St; in City Kitchen), NYC

Midtown | 230 Park Ave (at E 45th St; in Urban Space)

Bed Stuy | 448 Lafayette Ave (at Franklin Ave), Brooklyn

Bread, Bagels and Pastries

Fabrique

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This Swedish bakery is new to the United States but wildly popular in Sweden and London. Fabrique offers delicious croissants, cardamom buns, cinnamon buns, gorgeous breads, and delicious coffee with many alternative milk options. This place is already a problem for me, as its located across from my office. Make sure to try the apricot bread and the Swedish chocolate ball (chocladboll).

Meat Packing | 348 W 14th St (nr. Hudson St), NYC

Levain Bakery

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This is a legendary NYC cookie. Big, bold, audacious, rich, and delectable. The ultimate gift. My favorite is the chocolate chip.

Upper West Side | 167 W 74th St (nr. Amsterdam Ave), NYC

Upper West Side | 351 Amsterdam Ave (nr. W 77th St), NYC

Harlem | 2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd (nr. W 117th St), NYC

Black Seed Bagels

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Black Seed's bagels are "honey-boiled" and then "wood-roasted", which makes them distinct in a bagel-centric city. They offer interesting varieties and sandwiches.

NoLita | 170 Elizabeth St (nr. Spring St), NYC

East Village | 176 1st Ave (nr. E 11th St), NYC

Battery Park City | 200 Vesey St (Brookfield Place), NYC

NoMad | 1188 Broadway (nr. W 29th St), NYC

Kossar’s

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Lower East Side | 367 Grand St (nr. Essex St), NYC

Orwasher’s

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I can’t decide which bagel in NYC to name as my favorite. Orwasher’s does make a scrumptious “Everything”.

Upper East Side | 308 E 78th St (nr. 2nd Ave), NYC

Upper West Side | 440 Amsterdam Ave (at 81st St), NYC

Brooklyn | 292 Ashland Place (nr. Lafayette Ave), Brooklyn

Breads Bakery

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Their rugelach, babka and challah are staples at our house.

Union Square | 18 E 16th St (nr. Union Sq. W), NYC

Midtown | Bryant Park Kiosk (42nd St & 6th Ave), NYC

Upper West Side | 1890 Broadway (nr. Sesame St), NYC

Bien Cuit

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All of their breads, but Raisin Walnut, Challah, and Miche are favorites.

Brooklyn | 120 Smith St (nr. Dean St), Brooklyn

Midtown | 89 E 42nd St (Grand Central Market), NYC

Markets With Take Away Food

Hu Kitchen

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This is one of the my favorite places to eat a quick and healthy bite. They are one of the original and best organic and healthy food eateries in NYC. They make excellent smoothies, bowls and coffee drinks. I am addicted to their roasted pineapple. Their chocolate bars are also delicious.

Union Square | 78 5th Ave (nr. W 14th St), NYC

Foragers

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A market for the latest in healthy foods and wines.

Chelsea | 233 8th Ave (at W 22nd St), NYC

DUMBO | 56 Adams St (nr. Front St), Brooklyn

Eataly

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You can eat lunch or dinner there, shop for Italian provisions, buy gifts, wine, and top quality meat and fish. They also have a Lavazza coffee shop.

Flatiron | 200 5th Ave (nr. W 23rd St), NYC

World Trade Center | 4 World Trade Center (Oculus), NYC

Zabar’s

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I have been shopping here since birth. The lox is legendary. Zabar’s is an essential stop on your NYC food tour.

Upper West Side | 2245 Broadway (at W 80th St), NYC

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Red Farm

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When we order Chinese by delivery, we usually order from Red Farm.

West Village | 529 Hudson St (nr. Charles St), NYC

Upper West Side | 2170 Broadway (nr. W 77th St), NYC

Motorino

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We have a Motorino near our apartment, so we order frequently. We usually stick to pizza but people love their meatballs.

Upper West Side | 510 Columbus Ave (nr. W 85th St), NYC

East Village | 349 E 12th St (nr. 1st Ave), NYC

Williamsburg | 139 Broadway (nr. Bedford Ave), Brooklyn

The Ribbon

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We order in their comforting American fare like burgers, steaks, roasted chicken and salads.

Upper West Side | 20 W 72nd St (nr. CPW), NYC

Midtown | 220 W 44th St (nr. 7th Ave), NYC

Hao Noodle

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Lucky you, if you are in their delivery range.

West Village | 401 6th Ave (Greenwich Ave), NYC

Chelsea | 343 W. 14th St (nr. Hudson St), NYC

Parm

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Chicken parm platter and eggplant parm sandwich are our standard order. Great family food. A few locations all over the city makes it a solid place to eat in or order out.

Upper West Side | 235 Columbus Ave (nr. W 71st St), NYC

NoLita | 248 Mulberry St (nr. Prince St), NYC

Battery Park City | 250 Vesey St (Brookfield Place), NYC

Sushi Seki

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Inventive sushi but also covers the basics beautifully.

Upper East Side | 1143 1st Ave (nr. E 63rd St), NYC

Midtown | 365 West 46th St (nr. 9th Ave), NYC

Chelsea | 208 West 23rd St (nr. 7th Ave), NYC

Uptown

Leonti

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Leonti opened and has become our favorite restaurant on the Upper West Side. It's elegant, you can have a conversation with someone without yelling, and the food is consistently great. It is perhaps the perfect spot before or after you see Jerry Seinfeld at the Beacon Theater?

Upper West Side | 103 W 77th St (nr. Columbus Ave) NYC

Le Pain Quotidien

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Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ) is a dependable place to either grab and go or sit and chat. This is a great spot for coffee, breakfast or casual lunch meetings.

Multiple locations

Red Farm

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When we order Chinese by delivery, we usually order from Red Farm.

West Village | 529 Hudson St (nr. Charles St), NYC

Upper West Side | 2170 Broadway (nr. W 77th St), NYC

Motorino

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We have a Motorino near our apartment, so we order frequently. We usually stick to pizza but people love their meatballs.

Upper West Side | 510 Columbus Ave (nr. W 85th St), NYC

East Village | 349 E 12th St (nr. 1st Ave), NYC

Williamsburg | 139 Broadway (nr. Bedford Ave), Brooklyn

Mama’s Too!

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Everything is perfect at Mama’s Too!. The crunch of the crust, the just-right tomato sauce, the smart Upper West Side crowd, with Frank, the owner, at the helm. Our heavy usage may need some calibrating soon.

Upper West Side | 2750 Broadway (nr. W 106th St), NYC

Levain Bakery

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This is a legendary NYC cookie. Big, bold, audacious, rich, and delectable. The ultimate gift. My favorite is the chocolate chip.

Upper West Side | 167 W 74th St (nr. Amsterdam Ave), NYC

Upper West Side | 351 Amsterdam Ave (nr. W 77th St), NYC

Harlem | 2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd (nr. W 117th St), NYC

Salumeria Rosi

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Some of the best Italian meats, cheeses, panini, and definitely lasagna in NYC is here. We take-out or eat-in, often.

Upper West Side | 283 Amsterdam Ave (nr. W 73rd St), NYC

The Ribbon

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We order in their comforting American fare like burgers, steaks, roasted chicken and salads.

Upper West Side | 20 W 72nd St (nr. CPW), NYC

Midtown | 220 W 44th St (nr. 7th Ave), NYC

Mama’s Too!

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This is my pick for the best pizza in NYC. The Neapolitan (round) crust has a truly memorable crunchy, thin(ish) crust. The square pies are deep dish. My favorite is the classic House pie, but try as much as possible on the menu. This is a stand (and wait) spot, and completely worth the trip, even if you live downtown.

Upper West Side | 2750 Broadway (nr. W 106th St), NYC

Loco Coco

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I love their acai bowls, especially when I am on some kind of short-lived health kick.

Upper East Side | 835 Lexington Ave (nr. E 64th St), NYC

Parm

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Chicken parm platter and eggplant parm sandwich are our standard order. Great family food. A few locations all over the city makes it a solid place to eat in or order out.

Upper West Side | 235 Columbus Ave (nr. W 71st St), NYC

NoLita | 248 Mulberry St (nr. Prince St), NYC

Battery Park City | 250 Vesey St (Brookfield Place), NYC

Via Quadronno

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Pop in for a quick espresso or panini at the bar. We go during off hours when it isn’t so busy.

Upper East Side | 25 E 73rd St (nr. Madison Ave), NYC

Upper East Side | 1228 Madison Ave (nr. E 89th St), NYC

Café Sabarsky

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This is a favorite place to meet a friend for an elegant, uptown coffee date. They serve authentic Austrian pastries and strong coffee. A great stop after a day at the Met.

Upper East Side | 1048 5th Ave (at E 86th St; Neue Gallery), NYC

Irving Farm

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Great coffee drinks. They have interesting breakfast and salad options all day, with an emphasis on organic ingredients. There are multiple locations around the city.

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Juice Press

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Juice Press is one of the best things to happen to fast, healthy eating in NYC. A great take-out lunch option, with locations all over the city. I eat their soups all winter. When you are getting sick, the ginger shots and fireballs will blast you back to life.

Multiple locations

Bluestone Lane

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Delicious coffee and wholesome snacky items. A nice stop uptown after a walk in Central Park, though there are other locations, too.

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Zabar’s

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I have been shopping here since birth. The lox is legendary. Zabar’s is an essential stop on your NYC food tour.

Upper West Side | 2245 Broadway (at W 80th St), NYC

Orwasher’s

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I can’t decide which bagel in NYC to name as my favorite. Orwasher’s does make a scrumptious “Everything”.

Upper East Side | 308 E 78th St (nr. 2nd Ave), NYC

Upper West Side | 440 Amsterdam Ave (at 81st St), NYC

Brooklyn | 292 Ashland Place (nr. Lafayette Ave), Brooklyn

Brodo

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They make chicken, turkey, and beef broth with many delicious additions and varieties. A mainstay, especially during the winter months to keep healthy and strong.

East Village | 200 1st Ave (nr. E 12th St), NYC

West Village | 496 Hudson St (nr. Christopher St), NYC

SoHo | 236 Lafayette St (nr. Spring St), NYC

Upper West Side | 2144 Broadway (nr. W 75th St), NYC

Chalait

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A great matcha tea and coffee spot with a cafe that serves healthful breakfast and lunch bowls, salads and treats.

SoHo | 299 W Houston St (nr. Hudson St), NYC

Upper West Side | 461 Amsterdam Ave (nr. W 82nd St), NYC

NoMad | 1216 Broadway (nr. W 30th St), NYC

Chelsea | 75 9th Ave (at W 15th St; in Chelsea Market)

Barney Greengrass

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A classic. The original Jewish “diner”. An institution we cannot imagine life without.

Upper West Side | 541 Amsterdam Ave (at W 86th St), NYC

Russ & Daughters

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A New York gem. Lox, bagels, eggs, homemade sodas, and, interestingly, the best dried fruit.

Lower East Side | 127 Orchard St (nr. Delancey St), NYC

Upper East Side | 1109 5th Ave (at E 92nd St; Jewish Museum), NYC

Le Pain Quotidien

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Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ) is a dependable place to either grab and go or sit and chat. This is a great spot for coffee, breakfast or casual lunch meetings.

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Flora Bar

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Situated on the lowest level of the Met Breuer, the bright room, intelligent, artsy crowd, and delightful menu makes this a splendid choice, for brunch, lunch or dinner.

Upper East Side | 945 Madison Ave (nr. E 75th St; Met Breuer), NYC

Sant Ambroeus

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An Italian spot with an upscale European vibe. Here, it is more about the people watching. With a few locations around the city, I often end up at one of them with my ladies.

Upper East Side | 1000 Madison Ave (nr. E 77th St), NYC

West Village | 259 W 4th St (at Perry St), NYC

SoHo | 265 Lafayette St (nr. Prince St), NYC

Sushi of Gari

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Perfectly good neighborhood sushi, with a few locations in the city.

Upper West Side | 370 Columbus Ave (nr. W 78th St), NYC

Upper East Side | 402 E 78th St (nr. 1st Ave), NYC

Midtown | 347 W 46th St (nr. 9th Ave), NYC

Sushi Seki

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Inventive sushi but also covers the basics beautifully.

Upper East Side | 1143 1st Ave (nr. E 63rd St), NYC

Midtown | 365 West 46th St (nr. 9th Ave), NYC

Chelsea | 208 West 23rd St (nr. 7th Ave), NYC

Motorino

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Motorino is a nice, reliable pizza. The ambiance is cool and feels like the local neighborhood spot. The chewy, thin crust fresh out of a wood-burning oven makes Motorino a no-brainer.

East Village | 349 East 12th St (nr. 1st Ave), NYC

Upper West Side | 510 Columbus Ave (nr. W 84th St), NYC

Williamsburg | 139 Broadway (nr. Bedford Ave), Brooklyn

Parm

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This is an easy, casual family lunch/dinner place where kids and parents will all find something they want.

Upper West Side | 235 Columbus Ave ((nr. W 71st St), NYC

NoLita | 248 Mulberry St (nr. Prince St), NYC

Battery Park City | 250 Vesey St (Brookfield Place), NYC

Chopt

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Healthy salads to go (or eat in) made with ingredients from local farmers. The best thing to happen to fast food.

Multiple locations

Vive La Crêpe!

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A family-friendly quick bite. They have traditional and buckwheat (gluten-free) crêpes in sweet and savory varieties.

NoLita | 51 Spring St (nr. Mulberry St), NYC

Upper West Side | 189 Columbus Ave (nr. W 68th St), NYC

Upper West Side | 532 Columbus Ave (nr. W 86th St), NYC

Midtown | 1 W 59th St (at 5th Ave; Plaza Food Hall), NYC

Sweetgreen

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An upscale, seasonal salad (and bowls) chain that is growing fast.

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Shake Shack

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We are huge fans. Don’t kid yourself that it’s healthy fast food, but it is more thoughtful than mainstream fast food.

Multiple locations

Midtown

HaSalon

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HaSalon is the new spot from Israeli Chef Eyal Shani, of Miznon in NYC/Paris/TLV. It is a lively room full of his fans there to enjoy fresh, gorgeous meats, fish and veggies. There are two seatings a night - I went to the later one, but learned I am not that fun (DJ/some dancing) and would do the earlier seating next time, where they play loud classical music. This place is terrific for big groups.

Hell's Kitchen | 735 10th Ave (nr. W 50th St), NYC

Princi

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If you work, live or are anywhere near midtown, you must go to Princi. They serve the freshest sandwiches, salads, soup, hot pastas like rigatoni, breads, pastries and dessert. They are backed by Starbucks, so everything is done right and they have a nice coffee menu. Most of all, the service and the people who work there give me hope for the future.

Midtown | 1633 Broadway (nr. W 51st St), NYC

Chelsea | 61 9th Ave (at 15th St; in Starbucks Roastery), NYC

Le Pain Quotidien

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Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ) is a dependable place to either grab and go or sit and chat. This is a great spot for coffee, breakfast or casual lunch meetings.

Multiple locations

The Palm

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The Palm may have locations all over America, making it a chain of restaurants, but each location feels distinct and welcoming. The Palm is a standby in our life and a great place to celebrate over meat, fried onions, and a massive slice of chocolate cake.

TriBeCa | 206 West St (nr. Warren St), NYC

Midtown | 250 W 50th St (nr. 8th Ave), NYC

Midtown | 840 2nd Ave (nr. E 45th St), NYC

Café Grumpy

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I love the name. It is a charming and steady caffeine source for the many neighborhoods into which it has expanded.

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Indian Accent

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I would call this one of the best meals in Manhattan from beginning to end. The outstanding food and elegant service makes for an A+ experience every time.

Midtown | 123 W 56th St (nr. 6th Ave), NYC

The Ribbon

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We order in their comforting American fare like burgers, steaks, roasted chicken and salads.

Upper West Side | 20 W 72nd St (nr. CPW), NYC

Midtown | 220 W 44th St (nr. 7th Ave), NYC

Porter House

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A nice steak dinner overlooking Central Park.

Columbus Circle | 10 Columbus Circle (Time Warner Center), NYC

Irving Farm

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Great coffee drinks. They have interesting breakfast and salad options all day, with an emphasis on organic ingredients. There are multiple locations around the city.

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Juice Press

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Juice Press is one of the best things to happen to fast, healthy eating in NYC. A great take-out lunch option, with locations all over the city. I eat their soups all winter. When you are getting sick, the ginger shots and fireballs will blast you back to life.

Multiple locations

Bluestone Lane

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Delicious coffee and wholesome snacky items. A nice stop uptown after a walk in Central Park, though there are other locations, too.

Multiple locations

Dough

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Dough makes a heavenly lemon poppy seed doughnut. The rest of my family swears by their glazed.

Flatiron | 14 W 19th St (nr. 5th Ave), NYC

Midtown | 700 8th Ave (nr. W 44th St; in City Kitchen), NYC

Midtown | 230 Park Ave (at E 45th St; in Urban Space)

Bed Stuy | 448 Lafayette Ave (at Franklin Ave), Brooklyn

Le Pain Quotidien

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Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ) is a dependable place to either grab and go or sit and chat. This is a great spot for coffee, breakfast or casual lunch meetings.

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Milos

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Milos has some of the best, freshest fish in NYC. Lots of business people and tourists pack this place for lunch and dinner. They have a new café I need to try. Expensive as hell.

Midtown | 125 W 55th St (nr. 6th Ave), NYC

The Polo Bar

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Jerry and I ride our bikes through Central Park at night to get to the Polo Bar. This is our idea of a romantic date. The food here is relaxed and comfy, and the scene is well-heeled. The popovers served at the beginning of the meal almost makes you forget you are so close to Trump Tower.

Midtown | 1 E 55th St (nr. 5th Ave), NYC

The Grill

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Probably the most glamorous room in New York City. Every detail of the meal is choreographed and theatrical. Everyone – the staff and guests – are polished to the shiniest shine. The servers work hard to make their diners feel special, which makes it a great choice for important occasions.

Midtown | 99 E 52nd St (nr. Park Ave; The Seagram Building), NYC

Marea

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Marea is smart, sophisticated and first-class all the way. Important people and things are happening in this room. The food and service are always outstanding.

Midtown | 240 Central Park South (nr. Columbus Cir), NYC

Indian Accent

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I would call this one of the best meals in Manhattan from beginning to end. The outstanding food and elegant service makes for an A+ experience every time.

Midtown | 123 W 56th St (nr. 6th Ave), NYC

Legacy Records

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The pastas are phenomenal, the bread and butter divine, and the duck is ridiculously good. I always eat here, but especially convenient after concerts at MSG. The bars and private rooms make this a great place for a party.

Hudson Yards | 517 W 38th St (nr. 10th Ave), NYC

Sushi of Gari

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Perfectly good neighborhood sushi, with a few locations in the city.

Upper West Side | 370 Columbus Ave (nr. W 78th St), NYC

Upper East Side | 402 E 78th St (nr. 1st Ave), NYC

Midtown | 347 W 46th St (nr. 9th Ave), NYC

Sushi Seki

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Inventive sushi but also covers the basics beautifully.

Upper East Side | 1143 1st Ave (nr. E 63rd St), NYC

Midtown | 365 West 46th St (nr. 9th Ave), NYC

Chelsea | 208 West 23rd St (nr. 7th Ave), NYC

Chopt

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Healthy salads to go (or eat in) made with ingredients from local farmers. The best thing to happen to fast food.

Multiple locations

Vive La Crêpe!

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A family-friendly quick bite. They have traditional and buckwheat (gluten-free) crêpes in sweet and savory varieties.

NoLita | 51 Spring St (nr. Mulberry St), NYC

Upper West Side | 189 Columbus Ave (nr. W 68th St), NYC

Upper West Side | 532 Columbus Ave (nr. W 86th St), NYC

Midtown | 1 W 59th St (at 5th Ave; Plaza Food Hall), NYC

Sweetgreen

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An upscale, seasonal salad (and bowls) chain that is growing fast.

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Shake Shack

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We are huge fans. Don’t kid yourself that it’s healthy fast food, but it is more thoughtful than mainstream fast food.

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Capizzi

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Don’t be put off by its location near Port Authority – it’s all part of Capizzi’s charm and authenticity. And makes it a perfect spot, post-theater.

Hell's Kitchen | 547 9th Ave (nr. W 40th St), NYC

Staten Island | 4126 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island

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Princi

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If you work, live or are anywhere near midtown, you must go to Princi. They serve the freshest sandwiches, salads, soup, hot pastas like rigatoni, breads, pastries and dessert. They are backed by Starbucks, so everything is done right and they have a nice coffee menu. Most of all, the service and the people who work there give me hope for the future.

Midtown | 1633 Broadway (nr. W 51st St), NYC

Chelsea | 61 9th Ave (at 15th St; in Starbucks Roastery), NYC

Le Pain Quotidien

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Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ) is a dependable place to either grab and go or sit and chat. This is a great spot for coffee, breakfast or casual lunch meetings.

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Felix Roasting Co.

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Felix is the place to go for the most glamorous, splendiferous, quality-driven coffee experience you’ve probably ever had. It was designed by Ken Fulk, who elevates the interiors of some of the most sumptuous places to drink and dine in this country.

Park Ave South | 450 Park Ave S (nr. E 31st St), NYC

Café Grumpy

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I love the name. It is a charming and steady caffeine source for the many neighborhoods into which it has expanded.

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Hao Noodle

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Lucky you, if you are in their delivery range.

West Village | 401 6th Ave (Greenwich Ave), NYC

Chelsea | 343 W. 14th St (nr. Hudson St), NYC

Irving Farm

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Great coffee drinks. They have interesting breakfast and salad options all day, with an emphasis on organic ingredients. There are multiple locations around the city.

Multiple locations

Juice Press

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Juice Press is one of the best things to happen to fast, healthy eating in NYC. A great take-out lunch option, with locations all over the city. I eat their soups all winter. When you are getting sick, the ginger shots and fireballs will blast you back to life.

Multiple locations

Bluestone Lane

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Delicious coffee and wholesome snacky items. A nice stop uptown after a walk in Central Park, though there are other locations, too.

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Foragers

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A market for the latest in healthy foods and wines.

Chelsea | 233 8th Ave (at W 22nd St), NYC

DUMBO | 56 Adams St (nr. Front St), Brooklyn

Doughnut Plant

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The Tres Leches doughnut is a favorite. Also try the Vanilla Bean and the Crème Brûlée.

Lower East Side | 379 Grand St (nr. Norfolk St), NYC

Chelsea | 220 W 23rd St (nr. 7th Ave), NYC

Prospect Heights | 245 Flatbush Ave (nr. Bergen St), Brooklyn

Long Island City | 31 47th Ave , Queens

Dough

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Dough makes a heavenly lemon poppy seed doughnut. The rest of my family swears by their glazed.

Flatiron | 14 W 19th St (nr. 5th Ave), NYC

Midtown | 700 8th Ave (nr. W 44th St; in City Kitchen), NYC

Midtown | 230 Park Ave (at E 45th St; in Urban Space)

Bed Stuy | 448 Lafayette Ave (at Franklin Ave), Brooklyn

Chalait

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A great matcha tea and coffee spot with a cafe that serves healthful breakfast and lunch bowls, salads and treats.

SoHo | 299 W Houston St (nr. Hudson St), NYC

Upper West Side | 461 Amsterdam Ave (nr. W 82nd St), NYC

NoMad | 1216 Broadway (nr. W 30th St), NYC

Chelsea | 75 9th Ave (at W 15th St; in Chelsea Market)

The NoMad Restaurant

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The room is cozy, romantic and plush. This place will impress your most jaded friend. The food is superb. The roast chicken is especially popular.

NoMad | 1170 Broadway (nr. W 28th St; Nomad Hotel), NYC

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Upscale Mexican. The menu is thoughtful but not pretentious or intimidating. It is an especially great place for a special occasion.

Flatiron | 35 E 21st St (nr. Park Ave S), NYC

Sushi Seki

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Inventive sushi but also covers the basics beautifully.

Upper East Side | 1143 1st Ave (nr. E 63rd St), NYC

Midtown | 365 West 46th St (nr. 9th Ave), NYC

Chelsea | 208 West 23rd St (nr. 7th Ave), NYC

Hao Noodle

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I struggle to name a favorite Chinese restaurant in this city. This one is high up on my very short list.

West Village | 401 6th Ave (nr. Greenwich Ave), NYC

Chelsea | 343 W 14th St (nr. 9th Ave), NYC

Lombardi’s

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Lombardi’s is a New York City institution that holds up. Their thin-crusted slightly charred coal-oven pizza is a NYC must. Try to sit in the original part of the restaurant.

NoLita | 32 Spring St (at Mott St), NYC

Chelsea | 290 8th Ave (nr. W 25th St), NYC

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Pastis

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Pastis is a triumph. This legend just reopened in a new location in the Meatpacking District. I am in awe of Keith McNally and Stephen Starr, who were able to perfectly recapture the true essence of the original. The menu is french bistro, and nobody does it better than this team.

Meatpacking District | 52 Gansevoort St (nr. 9th Ave), NYC

Fabrique

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This Swedish bakery is new to the United States but wildly popular in Sweden and London. Fabrique offers delicious croissants, cardamom buns, cinnamon buns, gorgeous breads, and delicious coffee with many alternative milk options. This place is already a problem for me, as its located across from my office. Make sure to try the apricot bread and the Swedish chocolate ball (chocladboll).

Meat Packing | 348 W 14th St (nr. Hudson St), NYC

Le Pain Quotidien

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Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ) is a dependable place to either grab and go or sit and chat. This is a great spot for coffee, breakfast or casual lunch meetings.

Multiple locations

The Palm

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The Palm may have locations all over America, making it a chain of restaurants, but each location feels distinct and welcoming. The Palm is a standby in our life and a great place to celebrate over meat, fried onions, and a massive slice of chocolate cake.

TriBeCa | 206 West St (nr. Warren St), NYC

Midtown | 250 W 50th St (nr. 8th Ave), NYC

Midtown | 840 2nd Ave (nr. E 45th St), NYC

Decoy

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If you like Peking Duck, this is your place. Decoy is downstairs from Red Farm in the West Village, and hard to get into. So do what I did, and eat upstairs at Red Farm, but order from the Decoy menu. There are many other highlights if you are not a Peking Duck person. I love the different types of dumplings (shrimp and chicken) and the crab and scallop fried rice.

West Village | 529½ Hudson St (nr. Charles St), NYC

Café Grumpy

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I love the name. It is a charming and steady caffeine source for the many neighborhoods into which it has expanded.

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Starbucks Reserve Roastery

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Obviously, I recommend you go to small, local coffee shops. However, the Starbucks Reserve Roastery is an EXPERIENCE. A chic coffee theme park. Aside from every coffee creation and iteration, you can sit and dine on pizza, panini, and delicious Italian desserts like tiramisu, affogato and cannoli. There is also a full bar. I can’t explain it well. You have to see it.

Chelsea | 61 9th Ave (at W 15th St), NYC

Red Farm

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When we order Chinese by delivery, we usually order from Red Farm.

West Village | 529 Hudson St (nr. Charles St), NYC

Upper West Side | 2170 Broadway (nr. W 77th St), NYC

Motorino

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We have a Motorino near our apartment, so we order frequently. We usually stick to pizza but people love their meatballs.

Upper West Side | 510 Columbus Ave (nr. W 85th St), NYC

East Village | 349 E 12th St (nr. 1st Ave), NYC

Williamsburg | 139 Broadway (nr. Bedford Ave), Brooklyn

Sadelle’s

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A lively upscale brunch, serving Jewish-inspired fare. Fun for a big group of noisy relatives who want a glamorous, downtown New York experience. We go for the sticky buns, which often sell out.

SoHo | 463 West Broadway (nr. Prince St), NYC

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Rubirosa is a crowd pleaser. It has good pizza and an all around easy menu where everyone will find something. It is fun, young, delicious and welcoming to all. Their gluten-free pizza is nice. It is always crowded - be prepared.

NoLita | 235 Mulberry St (nr. Prince St), NYC

Balthazar

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The cake doughnuts.

SoHo | 80 Spring St (nr. Crosby St), NYC

Joe’s

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Joe’s on 6th is a NYC experience one must have at least once in their life. It is always busy and full of NYC’s human treasures. Little else compares to the moment you take that first bite of the triangle in a late-night slice of Joe’s.

Greenwich Village | 7 Carmine St (nr. 6th Ave), NYC

Hao Noodle

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Lucky you, if you are in their delivery range.

West Village | 401 6th Ave (Greenwich Ave), NYC

Chelsea | 343 W. 14th St (nr. Hudson St), NYC

Parm

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Chicken parm platter and eggplant parm sandwich are our standard order. Great family food. A few locations all over the city makes it a solid place to eat in or order out.

Upper West Side | 235 Columbus Ave (nr. W 71st St), NYC

NoLita | 248 Mulberry St (nr. Prince St), NYC

Battery Park City | 250 Vesey St (Brookfield Place), NYC

4 Charles Prime Rib

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Arguably the best burger in NYC.

West Village | 4 Charles St (nr. Greenwich Ave), NYC

The Smile

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The perfect downtown spot to meet for a great coffee, breakfast or lunch.

NoHo | 26 Bond St (nr. Lafayette St), NYC

Irving Farm

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Great coffee drinks. They have interesting breakfast and salad options all day, with an emphasis on organic ingredients. There are multiple locations around the city.

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Juice Press

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Juice Press is one of the best things to happen to fast, healthy eating in NYC. A great take-out lunch option, with locations all over the city. I eat their soups all winter. When you are getting sick, the ginger shots and fireballs will blast you back to life.

Multiple locations

Bluestone Lane

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Delicious coffee and wholesome snacky items. A nice stop uptown after a walk in Central Park, though there are other locations, too.

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Hu Kitchen

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This is one of the my favorite places to eat a quick and healthy bite. They are one of the original and best organic and healthy food eateries in NYC. They make excellent smoothies, bowls and coffee drinks. I am addicted to their roasted pineapple. Their chocolate bars are also delicious.

Union Square | 78 5th Ave (nr. W 14th St), NYC

Eataly

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You can eat lunch or dinner there, shop for Italian provisions, buy gifts, wine, and top quality meat and fish. They also have a Lavazza coffee shop.

Flatiron | 200 5th Ave (nr. W 23rd St), NYC

World Trade Center | 4 World Trade Center (Oculus), NYC

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Black Seed's bagels are "honey-boiled" and then "wood-roasted", which makes them distinct in a bagel-centric city. They offer interesting varieties and sandwiches.

NoLita | 170 Elizabeth St (nr. Spring St), NYC

East Village | 176 1st Ave (nr. E 11th St), NYC

Battery Park City | 200 Vesey St (Brookfield Place), NYC

NoMad | 1188 Broadway (nr. W 29th St), NYC

Kossar’s

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Lower East Side | 367 Grand St (nr. Essex St), NYC

Breads Bakery

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Their rugelach, babka and challah are staples at our house.

Union Square | 18 E 16th St (nr. Union Sq. W), NYC

Midtown | Bryant Park Kiosk (42nd St & 6th Ave), NYC

Upper West Side | 1890 Broadway (nr. Sesame St), NYC

Doughnut Plant

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The Tres Leches doughnut is a favorite. Also try the Vanilla Bean and the Crème Brûlée.

Lower East Side | 379 Grand St (nr. Norfolk St), NYC

Chelsea | 220 W 23rd St (nr. 7th Ave), NYC

Prospect Heights | 245 Flatbush Ave (nr. Bergen St), Brooklyn

Long Island City | 31 47th Ave , Queens

Brodo

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They make chicken, turkey, and beef broth with many delicious additions and varieties. A mainstay, especially during the winter months to keep healthy and strong.

East Village | 200 1st Ave (nr. E 12th St), NYC

West Village | 496 Hudson St (nr. Christopher St), NYC

SoHo | 236 Lafayette St (nr. Spring St), NYC

Upper West Side | 2144 Broadway (nr. W 75th St), NYC

Chalait

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A great matcha tea and coffee spot with a cafe that serves healthful breakfast and lunch bowls, salads and treats.

SoHo | 299 W Houston St (nr. Hudson St), NYC

Upper West Side | 461 Amsterdam Ave (nr. W 82nd St), NYC

NoMad | 1216 Broadway (nr. W 30th St), NYC

Chelsea | 75 9th Ave (at W 15th St; in Chelsea Market)

Russ & Daughters

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A New York gem. Lox, bagels, eggs, homemade sodas, and, interestingly, the best dried fruit.

Lower East Side | 127 Orchard St (nr. Delancey St), NYC

Upper East Side | 1109 5th Ave (at E 92nd St; Jewish Museum), NYC

Le Pain Quotidien

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Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ) is a dependable place to either grab and go or sit and chat. This is a great spot for coffee, breakfast or casual lunch meetings.

Multiple locations

Jack’s Wife Freda

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All day comfort food with a cozy neighborhood vibe. Good for all ages. The owners are great people.

SoHo | 224 Lafayette St (nr. Spring St), NYC

Chelsea | 116 8th Ave (at W 16th St), NYC

Greenwich Village | 50 Carmine St (nr. Bedford St), NYC

Balthazar

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Jerry and I became engaged here, so, obviously, we love this place. Equally as important are the steak frites, bread and butter, and seafood tower. Brunch is also a lively scene. This institution is an excellent place to bring out of towners.

SoHo | 80 Spring St (nr. Crosby St), NYC

Shuko

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A brilliant sushi experience. A meal so special you save it for the best of nights. The room feels intimate, calm and private.

East Village | 47 E 12th St (nr. Broadway), NYC

Rahi

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A truly memorable, authentic Indian meal.

West Village | 60 Greenwich Ave (nr. Perry St), NYC

Frenchette

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I love the food at this vibrant brasserie. They have lots of natural and biodynamic wines, too. The french fries are not to be missed.

TriBeCa | 241 W Broadway (nr. Walker St), NYC

Sant Ambroeus

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An Italian spot with an upscale European vibe. Here, it is more about the people watching. With a few locations around the city, I often end up at one of them with my ladies.

Upper East Side | 1000 Madison Ave (nr. E 77th St), NYC

West Village | 259 W 4th St (at Perry St), NYC

SoHo | 265 Lafayette St (nr. Prince St), NYC

Charlie Bird

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Charlie Bird is one of my favorites. They have the best pastas, great service and excellent music. The crowd is very fun, too.

SoHo | 5 King St (at 6th Ave), NYC

I Sodi

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I Sodi is a neighborhood spot that feels cozy and familiar. The lasagne is a must. As is everything else.

West Village | 105 Christopher St (nr. Bleecker St), NYC

Hao Noodle

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I struggle to name a favorite Chinese restaurant in this city. This one is high up on my very short list.

West Village | 401 6th Ave (nr. Greenwich Ave), NYC

Chelsea | 343 W 14th St (nr. 9th Ave), NYC

Cafe Altro Paradiso

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Cafe Altro Paradiso is my favorite all-around restaurant on this list. Perfect, simple Italian food served all day in a beautiful room, with a stunning bar.

SoHo | 234 Spring St (at 6th Ave), NYC

Motorino

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Motorino is a nice, reliable pizza. The ambiance is cool and feels like the local neighborhood spot. The chewy, thin crust fresh out of a wood-burning oven makes Motorino a no-brainer.

East Village | 349 East 12th St (nr. 1st Ave), NYC

Upper West Side | 510 Columbus Ave (nr. W 84th St), NYC

Williamsburg | 139 Broadway (nr. Bedford Ave), Brooklyn

Lombardi’s

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Lombardi’s is a New York City institution that holds up. Their thin-crusted slightly charred coal-oven pizza is a NYC must. Try to sit in the original part of the restaurant.

NoLita | 32 Spring St (at Mott St), NYC

Chelsea | 290 8th Ave (nr. W 25th St), NYC

Rubirosa

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Rubirosa is a crowd pleaser. It has good pizza and an all around easy menu where everyone will find something. It is fun, young, delicious and welcoming to all. Their gluten-free pizza is nice. It is always crowded - be prepared.

NoLita | 235 Mulberry St (nr. Prince St), NYC

Emily

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Emily has multiple locations. You can get pizza and a burger at the same time - both excellent.

West Village | 35 Downing St (at Bedford St), NYC

Clinton Hill | 919 Fulton St (nr. Clinton Ave), Brooklyn

Parm

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This is an easy, casual family lunch/dinner place where kids and parents will all find something they want.

Upper West Side | 235 Columbus Ave ((nr. W 71st St), NYC

NoLita | 248 Mulberry St (nr. Prince St), NYC

Battery Park City | 250 Vesey St (Brookfield Place), NYC

Chopt

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Healthy salads to go (or eat in) made with ingredients from local farmers. The best thing to happen to fast food.

Multiple locations

Vive La Crêpe!

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A family-friendly quick bite. They have traditional and buckwheat (gluten-free) crêpes in sweet and savory varieties.

NoLita | 51 Spring St (nr. Mulberry St), NYC

Upper West Side | 189 Columbus Ave (nr. W 68th St), NYC

Upper West Side | 532 Columbus Ave (nr. W 86th St), NYC

Midtown | 1 W 59th St (at 5th Ave; Plaza Food Hall), NYC

Sweetgreen

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An upscale, seasonal salad (and bowls) chain that is growing fast.

Multiple locations

Shake Shack

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We are huge fans. Don’t kid yourself that it’s healthy fast food, but it is more thoughtful than mainstream fast food.

Multiple locations

Luzzo’s

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The original Luzzo's is a popular spot in the East Village and a favorite of my kids.

East Village | 211 1st Ave (nr. E 13th St, NYC

Pasquale Jones

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The pizzas and pastas are heavenly. Everyone has fun at Pasquale Jones.

Little Italy | 187 Mulberry St (at Kenmare St), NYC

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Café Grumpy

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I love the name. It is a charming and steady caffeine source for the many neighborhoods into which it has expanded.

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Motorino

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We have a Motorino near our apartment, so we order frequently. We usually stick to pizza but people love their meatballs.

Upper West Side | 510 Columbus Ave (nr. W 85th St), NYC

East Village | 349 E 12th St (nr. 1st Ave), NYC

Williamsburg | 139 Broadway (nr. Bedford Ave), Brooklyn

Le Gamin

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A lovely, transportive French cafe serving crepes, salads, eggs, burgers and pastries.

Greenpoint | 108 Franklin St (nr. Noble St), Brooklyn

Lucali

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We love the ambiance, the owner Mark, the open kitchen, and of course, the pizza. But don't leave without trying the calzone and meatballs.

Carroll Gardens | 575 Henry St (nr. Carroll St), Brooklyn

St. Anselm

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This is one of our favorite cozy winter spots. Watching gorgeous people eating large cuts of meat makes for a very fun night.

Williamsburg | 355 Metropolitan Ave (nr. N 4th St), Brooklyn

Juice Press

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Juice Press is one of the best things to happen to fast, healthy eating in NYC. A great take-out lunch option, with locations all over the city. I eat their soups all winter. When you are getting sick, the ginger shots and fireballs will blast you back to life.

Multiple locations

Foragers

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A market for the latest in healthy foods and wines.

Chelsea | 233 8th Ave (at W 22nd St), NYC

DUMBO | 56 Adams St (nr. Front St), Brooklyn

Orwasher’s

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I can’t decide which bagel in NYC to name as my favorite. Orwasher’s does make a scrumptious “Everything”.

Upper East Side | 308 E 78th St (nr. 2nd Ave), NYC

Upper West Side | 440 Amsterdam Ave (at 81st St), NYC

Brooklyn | 292 Ashland Place (nr. Lafayette Ave), Brooklyn

Bien Cuit

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All of their breads, but Raisin Walnut, Challah, and Miche are favorites.

Brooklyn | 120 Smith St (nr. Dean St), Brooklyn

Midtown | 89 E 42nd St (Grand Central Market), NYC

Doughnut Plant

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The Tres Leches doughnut is a favorite. Also try the Vanilla Bean and the Crème Brûlée.

Lower East Side | 379 Grand St (nr. Norfolk St), NYC

Chelsea | 220 W 23rd St (nr. 7th Ave), NYC

Prospect Heights | 245 Flatbush Ave (nr. Bergen St), Brooklyn

Long Island City | 31 47th Ave , Queens

Dough

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Dough makes a heavenly lemon poppy seed doughnut. The rest of my family swears by their glazed.

Flatiron | 14 W 19th St (nr. 5th Ave), NYC

Midtown | 700 8th Ave (nr. W 44th St; in City Kitchen), NYC

Midtown | 230 Park Ave (at E 45th St; in Urban Space)

Bed Stuy | 448 Lafayette Ave (at Franklin Ave), Brooklyn

Olmsted

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Every meal here is made from the freshest ingredients and prepared in the most unique and thoughtful way. Chef Greg Baxtrom is one of nicest people in the business. Olmsted is full of smart, interesting, young people. Their outdoor space has to be seen to be believed.

Prospect Heights | 659 Vanderbilt Ave (nr. Park Pl), Brooklyn

Misi

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Missy Robbins cuts right to the chase with perfect pastas you fantasize about the most. There is no meat course and gelato only for dessert, so you leave wanting to go back as soon as possible.

Williamsburg | 329 Kent Ave (nr. S 3rd St), Brooklyn

Miss Ada

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Great middle eastern food: Hummus. Pita. Falafel. Salads. Kebabs. And a backyard space in the warmer months.

Fort Greene | 184 Dekalb Ave (nr. Carlton Ave), Brooklyn

Motorino

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Motorino is a nice, reliable pizza. The ambiance is cool and feels like the local neighborhood spot. The chewy, thin crust fresh out of a wood-burning oven makes Motorino a no-brainer.

East Village | 349 East 12th St (nr. 1st Ave), NYC

Upper West Side | 510 Columbus Ave (nr. W 84th St), NYC

Williamsburg | 139 Broadway (nr. Bedford Ave), Brooklyn

Emily

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Emily has multiple locations. You can get pizza and a burger at the same time - both excellent.

West Village | 35 Downing St (at Bedford St), NYC

Clinton Hill | 919 Fulton St (nr. Clinton Ave), Brooklyn

Shake Shack

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We are huge fans. Don’t kid yourself that it’s healthy fast food, but it is more thoughtful than mainstream fast food.

Multiple locations

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