Foodie Finds: The 7 Best Places to Eat in New York City
My Seven Favorite Restaurants in New York
Photo wikimedia commons: Javier Gil, adapted by Wandering Educators
1. B&H Dairy
B&H on the west side of Second Avenue between St. Mark's Place and 7th St. in the East Village is set up like a little luncheonette with a long counter and six tables along the wall.
They serve delicious soups, split pea, mushroom barley, hot borscht, cold borscht, potato leek, all vegetarian with a side of bread and butter. The Polish woman in the kitchen bakes a challah, an egg bread, in a loaf pan that with butter spread on it is like eating cake. You can get other dairy dishes there like pirogi, which are Polish dumplings filled with potatoes or cheese; blintzes, a Polish peasant crepe, which are thin dough wrappers around a slightly sweet pot cheese filling or blueberry and cheese filling.
Photo: Ken Goldstein
127 2nd Ave # 2
New York, NY 10003
2. Metro Diner
Metro Diner is a very busy classic Greek diner on the NW corner of Broadway and 100th Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Breakfast is eggs and homefries, lunch or dinner might be spinach pie with a small greek salad. They have an eight page menu, but it is better to order things that they know how to cook. The Mediterannean (sic?) plate has hummous, a chick pea spread; baba ghannough, an eggplant spread; tabouleh, Bulghar wheat dish; a few stuffed grape leaves and some pita to mop it up.
Photo: Melanie Purcell
2641 Broadway, New York 10025
At 100th St
3. Flor de Mayo
Just up the street (Broadway between 100th and 101st) is Flor de Mayo, one of the first Chinese Cuban restaurants in NY. They were Chinese that left Cuba after Castro took over. Recently they added a very good ceviche to the menu. You order each item individually. So when I was young and poor, I would just have white rice and black beans with sweet fried plantains as a treat. Now that I am a little more prosperous, I can add shredded beef or beef liver Cuban style. I have never tried their Chinese offerings.
Photo: Go Tell Your Mom
Flor de Mayo
New York, NY 10025
Souen at 28 E 13th St, near to NYU, is a very good macrobiotic restaurant. You won't get tomatoes or potatoes there since they have too much Yin or Yang, but the fish and vegetables are fresh and tasty. Their cornbread is very good too, not dry at all. The menu changes every day to keep the food fresh.
28 East 13th Street
bet. University Pl and 5th Ave
5. Mexicana Mama
Mexicana Mama in the West Village is a very creative Mexican restaurant. It has maybe a ten foot storefront with a banquette along the wall and six tables near each other in a row. So you have to get there early if you don't want to wait. They make a different type of guacamole, avocado dip, every day. Typically they have four entree specials each day, interesting dishes with tasty sauces.
Photo: Single Platform
525 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014
6. Shun Lee Palace/Shun Lee West/Shun Lee Cafe
Shun Lee Palace 155 E. 55th St down the street from the St. Regis Hotel and its sister restaurant, Shun Lee West and Shun Lee Cafe both at 43 W. 65th St across from Lincoln Center, are the best Chinese restaurants in NY. They are expensive, main dishes are $30 - $50 but the food is superb. They serve sea bass several different ways and prawns several different ways, along with a full menu of beef and chicken dishes.
Shun Lee Palace. Photo: Single Platform
Shun Lee Palace East
155 E 55th St
New York, NY 10022
Dim Sum, Shun Lee West. Photo: lilo
Shun Lee Cafe & Shun Lee West
43 W 65th St
New York, NY 10023
7. Five Points Restaurant
Five Points at 31 Great Jones St. (one block south of West 4th St and just east of Broadway), is a very beautiful room. There are tables along two long walls with a log running down the middle of the room with a stream running down the center of the log. There are no windows in the room, but the upward lighting gives an airy feel to the room so that you don't notice that there are no windows. The food is expensive, but the service is very unpretentious. The salads are $8 - $10, the heirloom tomato salad is delicious, juicy tasty tomoatoes unlike the store bought inedible beefsteak tomatoes grown to transport, not to eat. Main dishes are $18 - $25 pasta at the low end and fish or steak at the high. The food is always tasty, juicy, never dry. Not large portions, but enough. You need room for dessert.
Photo: Doug Rogers
5 Points Restaurant
31 Great Jones St
New York, NY 10012
New York has thousands of restaurants and hundreds of good ones. Any neighborhood you visit will have an interesting place to eat. Enjoy!
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