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Nadia El Ferdaoussi
3 October 2019
While there’s certainly no shortage of great places to eat and drink in NYC, the sheer variety can be overwhelming - and there’s nothing worse than food FOMO. So let’s delve straight in with some of the best spots to consume some calories.
 New York City skyline

Beauty and Essex $$$
Situated in the trendy Lower East Side, you’ll enter from the street through a pawn shop before reaching the venue (much more than just a restaurant). There’s an energetic vibe in this neighbourhood which spills inside, it feels like the weekend every day here.
It’s hard to choose favourites from the menu because everything is so good, but the seafood and pasta options are real table-pleasers. Try the Thai style deep-fried shrimp with papaya and mango slaw, crispy fish tacos or go for the garganelli spicy veal bolognese. Ladies, enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbles in the beauty salon-style bathroom, just don’t forget to go back to your table for dessert afterwards.

Garfunkel’s Speakeasy $$
Enter this 20s style speakeasy bar through the bank vault door in The Burgary (while enjoying that the theme is followed through) named after criminal bankers Garfunkel and Tauster. Try the TNT cocktail, a spicy tequila-based drink with tamarind, habanero bitters and fresh lemon or go for a Chicago fizz - aged rum, Tawny Port, lemon, egg white and club soda. The bar is in the gritty/glam Lower East Side, famed for its hip nightlife. They also serve afternoon tea Wed-Sun 12-5pm for $35pp
Katz’s Delicatessen $$
Serving “The ultimate NYC sandwich” (says Irish travel blogger @aislingh28) since 1888, Katz’s has been a favourite of locals and tourists alike for decades. If you haven’t heard of their sandwiches, you’ll at least know this place from the infamous Meg Ryan scene in When Harry Met Sally. Try the legendary pastrami on rye or order a Rueben hot sandwich - corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut. Either go very hungry, be prepared to share or take away your leftovers because they pile the meat sky high!

Egg $-$$
For a wholesome, Southern style breakfast or lunch head to farm-to-table restaurant Egg in Brooklyn. Fashionable Williamsburg might be best described as hipster-chic and is a mecca for vintage-lovers or those who love to shop in local boutiques. It’s definitely worth crossing the East River to what is probably one of the coolest neighbourhoods in all of NYC.
Back to the food though, from organic home-grown goodies, to locally and ethically sourced ingredients, the quality will shine through. Try the hot ham and pimiento cheese baguette with french fries or salad for only $14. 

Cosmic Diner $$
Recommended by Irish travel writer, Melanie May, this true American-style 24 hour diner is slap bang in the heart of Manhattan, close to Times Square.
“I adore American diners”, Melanie says. “I hit as many up as I can when I visit The States. The Cosmic Diner on 8th Avenue is a really great traditional American diner and there is no better place to chow down on a stack of fluffy pancakes than at the counter where you can listen to the native New Yorkers trade friendly insults with each other. It's a really fun place and best yet, it's open 24hours”.
My order would have to be the classic buttermilk pancakes with butter and syrup and of course a side of crispy bacon. The menu has a bit of everything though, I’d be equally as happy with a turkey roast - it screams hangover food.
Hop Kee $-$$
In NYC’s Chinatown, where you’ll find the best Asian restaurants along Mott Street and Canal St. Instagram foodie @larrydoesntsharefood loves this place, saying it’s great value. The pork dumplings are one of his favourites and I’d be included to agree.  Anthony Bourdain called it “old school Cantonese food” in a NYC episode of No Reservations where you can watch him feast on his childhood favourites of wonton soup, egg rolls and sweet and sour pork but also tucks into more traditional dishes like crab Cantonese style and pan fried flounder. However ambitious your order, this no frills Chinese restaurant will satisfy your cravings, plus it’s open until 4am Friday and Saturday.
Tutto il Giorno $$$
Hugely popular in The Hamptons, this sophisticated Italian would suit a special occasion. The tortelli with lamb ragu and linguine with clams are two firm favourites in the TriBeCa branch. The area is home to lots of celebrity lofts, gorgeous brick buildings, cobblestone streets and of course the Tribeca Film Festival.
Joe’s Pizza $
It would be a sin to visit New York without having at least one classic slice, and Joe’s Pizza in Greenwich Village is one of the best places to do just that. Order a standard pepperoni for only $3.50, making it one of the cheapest things to eat in New York. This bohemian area is home to Washington Square Park, plenty of comedy clubs, performance art and live music.

Bonus entry:
Newly reopened historic Essex Market and food hall caters to everyone, from vegan goods at Riverdel to Ni Japanese Deli, L.E.S. Ice Cream Factory, Shopsin’s new location and Don Ceviche’s Peruvian classics. Round off your trip with a visit to Top Hops beer shop and tasting bar. It’s the perfect way to wile away a few hours on a rainy NYC day in the Lower East Side.
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