I spent 12 weeks in the city, summer of 2018. A good way to explore the city and get to know it is to walk or skate around to different restaurants. I ate at some random places, NYC iconic food stops, neighborhood specialties, internet recommended places, and stuff that looked good from the street. I am by no means an accurate reviewer of food since I grew up in white people land and the white people memes about food are so true it hurtrs sometimes, but I will review the places to the best of my ability. I will use categories of how good the food is, a cost to taste ratio, the atmosphere of the restaurant because some places are just cool to eat at, and also how I felt about place as a whole. For each category, I will give it 1 to 4 stars.
Food ⭐️⭐ - I am not the biggest taco fan, these also were not the No 1 tacos I have had either.
Price/Taste ⭐️ - These are pretty expensive for average tasting tacos.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - It is a nice looking little taco shop. It is situated inside Chelsea Market, which has little seating.
Overall ⭐️⭐️ - They had a lot of options, were really quick as well. They are able to get you ordered and served in a few minutes despite how long the lines are. I am not the best taco taster, but I wouldn’t recommend you go here for a meal, maybe just to try one taco is enough.
Food ⭐️⭐️ - What in the fuck is up with New Yorkers and cream cheese. It is good, but I want a bagel with cream cheese, not cream cheese with a bagel.
Price/Taste ⭐️ - This is an expensive ass bagel place.
Atmosphere ⭐️ - Its just a regular shop, nothing special. I assume its because most people get them to-go or catered.
Overall ⭐️⭐️ - They have some good bagels, an insane amount of options. The orange juice was room temp, mediocre, and cost too much. Was a little dissapointed.
Food ⭐️⭐️ - It was pretty decent. The hot sauce was by far the hottest hot sauce I have had in my life considering they only had one option of hot sauce.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - You get a decent amount of food for the price you pay, considering it is a food truck. If it was a brick and mortar restaurant, would be ⭐️⭐️.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️ - Food trucks are pretty cool in my opinion, and when they set up shop at a certain corner over and over, they kinda claim that area and add to the uniqueness.
Overall ⭐️⭐️ - Its pretty solid. Cheap eat, decent food, and you get a good amount.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - I absolutely loved the ice cream. The cereal milk ice cream is such a simple idea and it combines the best of both worlds, ice cream and the nostalgic taste of drinking that milk leftover from some sugary cereal that probably causes a sugar addictions in the US.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - It is pretty cheap for some of the tastiest and most unique ice cream I have had.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Each of the locations have this cool like modern-diner feel, with the neon and fun colors.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - There is a reason why on aNYC given summer evening and night that these locations are packed. They are a NYC staple and deserve it. One of the few places I have been to multiple times this summer because once was not enough.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - This was a really solid burger. The pretzel bun was the best part, it did not have that weird texture that most do and it did not taste too pretzel-y. The sauce combined really well with the bun as well. The fries I am pretty sure they bought at Wal-Mart and just tossed em in a fryer and called it a day.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️ - IT COSTS $26 BEFORE TAX/TIP.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The restaurant is really nice, and in West Village, which is also a really nice place. I sat at the bar, but the dining area was really cool.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - I have heard they have really good pizza as well (look at website name). As a self-proclaimed burger connoisseur, it is not better than the burger at Au Cheval, which is so far the best I have had. The burger was heavily carried by the sauce/bun combo as well, the other ingredients need more work. Also, $26 is a steep price to pay for a burger that is lacking in some core areas.
Food ⭐️⭐️ - This was a solid BBQ sandwich. Not anything special meat-wise, but the bread was above average.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Relative to NYC prices, I was able to get a pretty decent sandwich for less than $10.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I liked it because it was a hidden little spot, with some little areas for standing and eating. There was just one worker holding down the fort as well.
Overall ⭐️⭐️ - For a quick bite and a decent sandwich it was good. I mean was because it is no longer open, #rip.
Food ⭐️⭐️ - It was pretty standard Indian food. The naan bread was slighlty better than most places, and the kheer was slightly worse than most places I have been.
Price/Taste ⭐️ - I am giving this a 1 because there is an Indian restaurant back in Champaign that tastes pretty similar for a couple dollars less.
Atmosphere ⭐️ - It was not anything special.
Overall ⭐️⭐️ - The staff was pretty top notch and the food was up to standard, but it was not anything too special. They also had pretty neat dinnerware.
Food ⭐️⭐️ - It was pretty standard breakfast food, nothing out of the ordinary.
Price/Taste ⭐️ - I would not consider this a bargain buy.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Was really nice. They had a dumbwaiter bring food up from the kitchen downstairs.
Overall ⭐️⭐️ - Good spot for breakfast every once in awhile. Funny story, I was recording the dumbwaiter bringing food up, and this older dude behind me told me to turn my camera off, which confused me considering if he could see it was on he could see it was not at him. Only reason it made sense was because he was out to eat with some young 20 something model looking blonde girl, and it felt very secret mistress like from what I could hear on their convo.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - This was pretty good pasta, with a lot of different options of noodles for each dish.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - You can get a plate of pasta and bread(I know it is usually free, but still) for around $10 before tax/tip.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - It is a really cute restaurant with outdoor seating on 2nd Ave in East Village, which is one of the nicest looking areas.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - For a pretty cheap eat, you can get some good food at a nice looking restaurant.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - That ramen was fantastic. They used all the ingredients really well. I did not want to drink the broth at the end since I knew how fatty and salty it was, but when at Momofuku, you eat everything. I ended up downing the whole massive bowl. The broth was my favorite part, they could bottle that shit up and sell it in the winter and I would drink it on the way to work. The only complaint was that the yolk in the egg was too runny for my ramen preference.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - This is 3 stars since eating by yourself would cost a lot, but I went with a friend (Kyle “beep beep” Begovich) and we were able to split the cost for the pork buns, since we just wanted to try one each.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - It is a really nice restaurant that sits you pretty fast, with some of the unique design that Momofuku stores have.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The wait staff is really good. You get free refills on your drinks (which are pretty good too). The cooks are very quick as well, given that it is a noodle shop they have to pump out a lot orders.
Food ⭐️ - You do not go here to eat good food.
Price/Taste ⭐️ - You are paying for the fact that you have a great ass view on a floating boat bar.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Parties and meals here are really fun.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The staff is really good and they have a nice system for ordering food. Everything except the food is good.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - I have been to a lot of NYC pizza joints so far, and this was my favorite. This place is the definition of a good NYC slice.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - $3 for a slice of hefty cheese pizza is unbeatable.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The place just bleeds culture and history, with pictures of famous people all along the walls and in a prime location.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - You go here if you are craving NY pizza.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Get a couple hot dogs for pretty cheap. They are above average hot dogs.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️ - The taste was pretty reasonable for how much they cost.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The restaurant is retro and is on the intersection of two diagonal streets with wide entrances, pretty neat.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Compared to Chicago hot dogs and Crif Dogs, this is pretty good, but not the best.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - At first it seemed lacking in flavor, but I think it was just because I had to readjust taste buds, but it was refreshing and pretty tasty, unique flavor too.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️ - They were a little bit pricey, not something I would get frequently, but once in awhile.
Atmosphere ⭐️ - It was just a little shop, the only atmosphere it had was the food itself.
Overall ⭐️⭐️ - I could see myself going here a few times a year, getting one of the insane amount of combinations of flavors you could get. Very fast eat. This would be somewhere inbetween 2 and 3 stars, but its closer to a 2.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The burger itself is standard, but the bun innovation is cluch as fuck. You do not have to worry about grease dripping since half of the bun is enclosed, like a little pocket.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️ - It is a very reasonable price for the burgers. Nothing to really complain about.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️ - They have their own unique vibe to each location which is good, but nothing too exciting.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - I give it 3 stars just because of the bun. I wish more places focused on keeping your food not messy and easy to it. The burgers themselves are a pretty standard. These are only second to Culver’s for chain burgers. They also have a pretty good system for ordering food and have some of the coolest staff. They were actually behind my company for the Pride Parade and they had a really cool work culture and hired a lot of fun people it seemed.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - This is some really well done food, lots of different options. I could eat here multiple times a week.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - One of the more affordable places to eat at. It technically can be a takeout food restaurant, but they are also a sit down restaurant, like a hybrid.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The newer restaurants they are opening up are nice, and the older ones have a nice feel to them, hole in the wall and very NYC like.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The owners of the restaurant are very cool. They know how to be a good NYC restaurant. I heard about them when Anthony Bourdain passed away. He visited the restaurant and had a lamb burger and praised it, put it on his show “No Reservations”, and they blew up. Instagram Post about it. They posted a really cool 8 mile reference to their new location as well, and also offered a free meal if you shared it on social media. Definitely a NYC staple.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - I got two different scoops with 2 pocky sticks on top, and it was fantastic. The flavors I got were lychee and egg custard, one unique and one regular flavor. The ice cream had a nice elasticity to it with a lot of great flavor.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Very affordable and very good, like most Chinatown places.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - They have a lot of colors and uniqueness in the shop. Its a small shop with half ice cream counter and half people in it at all times.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The people that work there are really nice and patient, given that it is crowded and there are so many options that people take a long time. They have an insane amount of flavors and it seems like they have a lot of seasonal flavors as well.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Very good Ukranian food. It is a family run restaurant that has been around forever, an East village staple, and you can feel that in how the food is cooked.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - A full dinner is around $30 if you tip them appropriately, but it tastes really good.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Great outdoor seating with a really unique inside area.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - It is open 24 hours, the wait staff is really great. I was reading a book and the waiter knew I did not want to really be bothered, and just came by to refill the water. They have a lot of options on their menu as well. Another NYC icon.
Food ⭐️⭐️ - The food is regular, lots of different options, but tastes just about what you would expect.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️ - Pretty standard, $15 to $20 lunch or breakfast.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The outdoor seating is super nice for an early breakfast or lunch on a nice day. Has a very retro feel and exactly what a diner would look like in the movies.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - This place is movies for a reason, because of the location and its looks. Cannot complain about the food, and the staff is pretty good.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The dish I had was served in a really nice way that you can experience all the flavors or a subset of the flavors at once. The food was all above average.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️ - Cost just about what you would expect for the price, however mine was a staple dish it seemed and might have been cheaper than others it seemed. Like they had a chocolate milk for $6, seems a bit steep for one glass.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The restaurant was super lively and designed to have some sort of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory vibe.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - This place is great and I would go here again with someone else to split some desserts, there are also almost too many options. They also make some unique desserts like individual chocolate fondues and chocolate marshmallow pizza.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - You may not like it, but this is peak Neapolitan pizza. Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - It did not cost as much as I would expect for such a famous pizza joint.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - This is exactly what you would expect a pizza place to look like. I do not think that they can switch it up a lot considering it is basically a landmark.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - This is the first pizza place in America, it lives up to its history. They must also have a great system for cooking because everyone gets their food really fast. I ended up eating this whole pizza as well, did not dissapoint.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The gelato was really good, the best gelato I have had so far.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️ - Reasonable given the history and taste, but not cheap.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Sits on Little Italy’s trendy little street with a nice bakery feel inside.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Many options, been around forever, and has an authentical feel.
Food ⭐️ - I was really dissappointed, it was not very good, nothing special.
Price/Taste ⭐️ - It costs way too much for the taste.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️ - The inside was nice, hole in the wall with a cool looking kitchen.
Overall ⭐️ - I did not finish the food, was not worth it.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Really great sandwiches, especially the bread.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Really affordable, can eat here multiple times a week.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️ - Nice deli, the bread sitting above the sandwich station is nice.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - This is the takeout location for the main restaurant. Been here a couple times, they have many different sandwich options for around $10. They also have some pretty good desserts.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Pretty above average dumplings. I was not a fan of their dipping sauce, it tasted a little off, like one ingredient was used too much in it. The dumplings were pretty good.
Price/Taste ⭐️ - They did not taste like the price they were at. I think the reason is that it is an offshoot of 11 Madison Park.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️ - Nice outdoor seating and average indoor seating.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - 3 stars mainly for how nice the wait staff was and how quick the cooks were considering it was busy. The food definitely has some room to grow.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The pizza was one of the better ones I have had. They had these chicken wing appetizers that were some of the tastiest chicken wings I have had, but the appetizer I got was this like baged egg dish in the first pic that was not cooked correctly according to my coworkers, was mediocre.
Price/Taste ⭐️ - It seemed a little pricey for the taste to me, compared to some of the Manhattan pizza I have had and considering I had a whole appetizer I barely touched.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️ - It was a little lowkey with a nice interior.
Overall ⭐️⭐️ - Not a bad pizza joint, they have a lot of different menu options. The food I got was ok, but nothing I would rave about. My coworkers apparently like it a lot, so I assume some of the other menu items or pizzas are a little tasier.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The dish I got was really solid, came coworker recommended. The chicken was fantastic, it was traditional friend chicken with some Thai flavorings. The rice tasted a little too fishy to me, but I think that is because of cultural differences and I am not used to that level of fish taste in the fish oil.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Extremely reasonable for a nice dining out.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - I was really surprised to see the Thai food place to have a such rustic interior, but I think that is what you get when you are on NYU main campus area.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - I did not eat in, but the restaurant would be nice to eat at with a large drink menu and some pretty good Thai food.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - I got 4 different types of tea, 3 black and 1 oolong. All of them were served at a good temperature and tasted really good. This was my first time really trying actual tea, so I am tentatively giving them 3 stars, but will bump it up to 4 after tasting other teas probably.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Extremely reasonable pricing for a pot of tea. I was used to NYC being NYC and saw like $8 to $15 dollars for tea and thought it was just going to be like one cup, but it was one pot.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - I was lucky and came around 1 p.m. and stayed till like 5 p.m. so I experienced the two different kinds of vibes. You walk in off the street and go up some stairs and it has a very zen like feel to it with incense in the air. You can just hear the tea being brewed and served or dishes served and people were quiet. Then the dinner rush came in and it was like a dull roar. If I lived in NYC full time I would come here more often to study and read. The tea house was also designed very nice, felt like you were not in NYC.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The tea was good, atmosphere was amazing, and wait staff was really really good. I was there for awhile and they were super good at like getting me my next pot of tea at good times.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - This was a veggie burger that was not trying to be imitation meat, but actually the vegetarian version of a burger. The head chef is also a pastry chef, so his gelato sorbet dish was amazing. The top was gelato and had this like, buttery flavor kind of, and the sorbet was about as tasty as fruit in sorbet form can possibly get. It was also like 95 and humid out, so it was super refreshing.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Super reasonable, could go here once a week.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Hole in the wall in the ground restaurant, they own the vegan/vegetarian lifestyle. They have a stand up counter, a window seat, and sit down seating in this restaurant with the ability for their to be an order and pick up line, I think they had some mathematician come in an optimize space in this restaurant.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The staff was great, the people at the restaurant were really nice as well. I still love my red meat, but it is nice to know that there is a vegetarian/vegan place with amazing meat alternatives without sacrificing flavor since America is a little obnoxious with meat in dishes.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Food was really tasty. Never had it before, but the sour bread and different flavors and usage of meats and vegetables was unique and tasty.
Price/Taste ⭐️ - It was a little pricy, but they can get away with that being on NYU campus.
Atmosphere ⭐️ - Just a little hole in the wall in the ground restaurant, they do not really care it seems about any sort of restaurant style.
Overall ⭐️⭐️ - The food is good, staff was not the best, a little slow and sometimes preoccupied and not the most helpful in people ordering Ethiopian food for the first time.
Food ⭐️⭐️ - Unique food, but pretty average.
Price/Taste ⭐️ - Given that most of the food is a crepe like dish, it should not cost as much as it does. Nutritional value is not high.
Atmosphere ⭐️ - Nothing of note.
Overall ⭐️⭐️ - I am not sure how good it is in terms of authenticity, but the food I had was solid.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The poutine was really solid and the smoked meat was a perfect combo with the classic poutine ingredients.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The dish was $9 before tax and tip, which is really reasonable.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - They had a nice blackboard menu, a lot of Candadian references, modern feel, and the same hipster water jugs everywhere.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - I would definitely go back here for lunch, and they had a lot of drink options as well it seemed. The menu was pretty large and diverse as well.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Some of the better dumplings I have had. They are above average, but not perfect.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Chinatown food is so cheap, this was $5.75 for a 12 dumplings.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️ - Pretty standard restaurant with some authentic feel to it.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - I really love Chinese food and love when it is this cheap too.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The best hot dogs I have ever had. The corn dog was a little iffy, was not a fan of the batter. But I am sure all their hot dogs are top notch.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️ - The dogs are a little pricey, but is totally justified for how tasty they are.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - There is a cool like 80s vibe to this restaurant, and I love the tables and arcade feel to it.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - They have so many unique hot dogs and they taste fantastic. Also they live on St. Marks Place in East Village which is my favorite street in NYC.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The boba I had was the best I have had so far, and the dessert was really good too. I am not the biggest dessert fan, but this was still really top notch even to me.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - I escaped spending less than $20, which was nice. It was cheaper than I expected.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️ - There was not anything special, just a modern clean looking store. This was the satellite one however.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - They have really good desserts, would definitely go again. I accidentally went to the satellite one which is 6 doors down from the main location, not knowing that there was a satellite one. The waiter told me as I was sitting down and I was like “welp, not gonna look like a dumbass, I’ll just eat here”.
Food ⭐️⭐️ - Good naan bread, but not too great overall. Rice was pretty fluffy too.
Price/Taste ⭐️ - Not good enough to be in the $20s.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️ - Was very quiet which I liked.
Overall ⭐️⭐️ - Nothing special, kind of just there by default. They had some hipster like water jug againt to pour water, and the manager looking guy came around and poured me some more water, spilled it on my phone, we locked eyes, and just left. Was pretty badass to be honest.
Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Everything I had was perfect. The toast was so fluffy, the different flavors from the salted hard boiled egg, sweet red bean paste on fluffy sweet bread, strawberry milk, and the bitter coffee jelly was a lot of flavors that mixed really well for me.
Price/Taste ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - I think this was a steal for a good amount of unique and extremely tasty food.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Very quiet little Japanese cafe, 2 people in the front, 1 server and 1 worker making the drinks and some people in the kitchen in the back. People in there talked softly, the loudest thing was the espresso machine steam. It also had a really nice looking bar and in a vintage building.
Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - This is definitely a place to go multiple times a year, but not too much to spoil the novelty of it. Everything about it was fantastic, and the best place I have been to this summer by far. Check out their instagram and especially this post, which gives them some street cred in the restaurant business. Also, just look at the food, it looks as good as it tastes.
Food ⭐️ - Holy SHIT this was mediocre. It was a good amount of pasta, but mama mia was the taste so off.
Price/Taste ⭐️ - HOLY SHIT IT WAS $25. I half wanted to just leave and be like “I have never left a yelp review but Im boutta drop a negative 8 out of 5 on your ass, Im not paying for this”, but society does not work like that.
Atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The bar was super cool, and the outdoor seating was nice too.
Overall ⭐️⭐ - They get 2 stars for a nice bar, and I will give them a little benefit of the doubt, maybe other dishes they do not fuck up, but who knows. Also, it was cash only, and I cannot imagine going with a party of 4 and dropping like $200 in cash. Get a credit card machine, I want my %4 cash back on dining at least to save something about that meal.