Restaurants:  There is simply no better place on Earth than NY to try a wide selection of foods.  The more you explore, the better the restaurants you will find. As you can see, most of my experiences around NY revolve around food. You can’t blame me, can you? Food makes the world go round and is one of the greatest things about NY.

  • Katz Deli – This is on the LES (Lower East Side) and is one of the most famous delis in all of NY. They have huge sandwiches – my personal favorite is the turkey! A bit of a tourist trap, but well worth it if you’re down in the LES.
  • Arturo’s – Located on Houston, this family style old-school Italian restaurant never ceases to amaze me. Their “Penne a la Vodka” is my personal favorite, but they are most famous for their coal oven pizza.
  • Dos Caminos – If you’re in the mood for some decent Mexican food, DC is the place to go. Although I never truly satisfied my cravings food wise and my pocket was hurting afterwards, Dos Caminos did offer the atmosphere that I missed from a typical Mexican restaurant.
  • 99 Miles to Philly – Looking for a delicious cheese steak but don’t have time to visit Philadelphia? Head over to 3rd and 14th to indulge yourself at this delicious joint. Just keep in mind they only take cash!
  • Veselka – Late night munchies? Weekend brunch? Just looking for some good polish food? Look no further than Veselka  – a 24-hour polish restaurant. Though it’s a bit pricey for the EV, it’s definitely a great stop after bar crawling your way down 2nd Avenue. Their pierogis are to die for!
  • Shake Shack – Though it doesn’t stack up to the West Coast’s In-n-Out, Shake Shack is known for their crinkly fries and custard, as well as their burgers. Colder weather means shorter lines, but lunchtime will always draw a crowd. Waiting times vary between 20 minutes – 1 hour. Is it worth it? That’s up to you.
  • Joes Shanghai – By far my favorite restaurant in China Town. They have soup dumplings that are a must try! Once again, a cash only place. Super crowded on weekends and nights, usually requiring a wait. Chinese style – lazy Susan, family sized tables.
  • Serafina –  Looking for a more modern Italian restaurant with locations around the city? Look no further than Serafina for your favorite Northern Italian cuisine. My freshmen roommate Blair took me here and we tried everything – I had the Filet of Bass Al Pinot Grigio and was not disappointed. We also tried the Tertufo Nero Pizza and Crostini Di Sofia – absolutely delicious.  I took my parents to the Meatpacking location and loved the intimate and cozy vibe!
  • Union Square Café – The Millers and Patten’s decided to celebrate Phebe’s and my senior day at this great restaurant tucked away on 16th street. A great place for a night dressed up on the town without having to venture all the way up or down town.
  • The Smith – Great brunch, great food, but sometimes too noisy for my liking. I love the various American classic options you can get at any of the three NYC locations.
  • Tommy Bahama Bar – If I could order a bite of every one of the appetizers for my meal, I would. I love the flavors and fresh foods at Tommy Bahama Bar (45th and 5th).


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