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in the city

I’ve been living in the City for 3 years now. What city you ask? Well there’s only one city – New York City!

Since 2008 I’ve lived in my share of neighborhoods, including midtown East, Murray Hill, Williamsburg, the West Village and Soho, and have developed quite a list of favorites as a result. Here’s a list of reviews and some some ofof my top picks:

Reviews

Abe & Arthur’s
Kenmare
Pala Pizza
Souen
Trattoria Dell’Arte
The Smith

Restaurants

Bianca’s – Italian, NoHo

  • Like having dinner at your Italian Grandma’s, right down to the floral wall paper. Good for dinner with friends, family or a significant other. Super affordable.
  • Must try: Carciofini, Lasagnette, Spiedeno, Tagliolini ai Frutti di Mare, Gramigna con Salciccia e Peperoni, Tortino di Cioccolata

La Esquina – Mexican, SoHo

  • Taqueria, restaurant and speakeasy on one corner location. The ambiance is killer, the food as authentic as you can get in NYC and the drinks to die for. Pretty affordable, but it can get pricey with drinks.
  • Must try: Pollo Rostizado Torta, Pescado Tacos, Carne Enchilada, Yucca Fritas, Blood Orange Margarita, Michelada

Thai Son – Vietnamese, Chinatown

  • Hole in the wall restaurant in the heart of Chinatown. Fast service and fresh food, with an emphasis on herbs. The most bang for your buck (at least on my list)
  • Must try: Xe Lua Pho, Summer rolls (Goi Cuon), Goi Tom, Bun Thit Nuong

The Mermaid Inn – Seafood, East Village

  • Fancy Seafood Shack, what you’d expect to see in Nantucket (or any East Coast shore town). Fresh, fresh fish, low-key vibe, excellent service.
  • Must try: Grand Platter, Steamed Pei Mussels, Lobster Sandwich, Sauteed Skate Wing, Old Bay fries, Beet Salad

Pipa – Tapas, Flatiron

  • Dinner in a castle. Seriously. You should go just to checkout the decor. The restaurant is situated in ABC Carpet, with fancy chandeliers, and beautiful tapestries adorning all the walls. Did I mention these are all for sale? Plus the tapas rock!
  • Must try: Pincho de Carne, Goat Cheese Croquettes, Stuffed Piquillos, Scallops A La Plancha, Piggy Back Dates, Española Ensalada

Sushi Yasuda – Sushi, Midtown East

  • Elegant, clean decor. Elegant, clean flavors. Love this sushi restaurant. The fish is fresh and the classics done right and full out. The menu will blow your mind.
  • Must try: You can’t go wrong with anything and since sushi is so personal I’m not going to attempt recommendations in that genre. For the apps you have to try the Kaisou salad and the Maguro Tatsuta-Age.

Pala – Pizza, Lower East Side

  • The urban, industrial space contradicts and at the same time complements this pizza. The crusts are light and fluffy and organic! And gluten-free if your heart desires. The pizzaria is focused on pleasing its customers and churns out some of the best pizzas on the Lower East Side.
  • Must try: Caponata, Belga salad, Zucchina pizza, Bufala Cruda pizza, Arrabiatta pizza

Bars

  • Sway – West SoHo
  • Turks and Frogs – Wine bar, West Village
  • Baby Grand – Tiny Karaoke bar for those who are a little bit timid (like me), SoHo
  • Lelabar – Wine bar, West Village
  • Mayaheul – One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor. Tat’s right, this bar focuses on tequila, my beverage of choice. Located in the East Village.