February 20, 2012


I put together a list of some of my favorite eats in New York and San Francisco. While I haven't even begun to scratch the surface, these are currently the top places in my book.

Have you been to any of these? Have any suggestions? I'd love to hear them!

{The list can be see under Favorites tab at top of page}

New York City
Favorite PizzaKeste (West Village)
Honorable Mentions: Artichoke Pizza at Artichoke Basille (Chelsea), Cheese Pizza at Sal and Carmine's (Upper West Side)
Favorite Bagel: Lenny's (Upper West Side)
Favorite Sushi: Still Searching
Favorite Korean BBQ: Bulgogi at Do Hwa (West Village)
Favorite Calamari: Jane (West Village)
Favorite Fish: The Mermaid Inn (Upper West Side)
Honorable Mention: Extra Virgin (West Village)
Favorite Dim Sum: Golden Unicorn (Chinatown)
Favorite Custom Cocktail: Mulberry Project (Lower East Side)
Favorite Brunch: Bubby's (Tribeca)
Honorable Mention: Blue Ribbon (West Village), Aquavit (for Easter Brunch) (Midtown)
Favorite Salad: Chop't (Multiple Locations)
Honorable Mention: Greek Salad with Chicken at Westville (Multiple Locations)
Favorite Food TruckWaffles & Dinges
Favorite 'Healthy' Place: Energy Kitchen (Multiple Locations)
Favorite Noodles: Bun Xao at Saigon Grill (Upper West Side)
Honorable Mentions: Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodles at Xi'an Famous Foods (Chinatown)
Favorite Chinese: Sesame Spinach at Sammy's Noodle Shop (West Village)
Favorite Ramen: Ippudo (East Village)
Favorite Cookie: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie at Levain Bakery (Upper West Side)
Favorite Donuts: Coconut Cream Donut at Donut Plant (Chelsea)
Favorite Cupcakes: Baked By Melissa (Multiple Locations)
Favorite Sandwich: Pastrami on Rye at Katz's Deli (Lower East Side)
Honorable Mention: Sergimmo Salumeria (Hell's Kitchen)
Favorite TacosFonda Nolita (Nolita)
Favorite Hot Dog: Jon-Jon Deragon at Crif Dogs (East Village)
Honorable Mention: Recession Special at Gray's Papaya (Upper West Side)
Favorite BBQ: Ribs at Dinosaur BBQ (Harlem)
Favorite Crossiant: Balthazar (Soho)
Favorite Ice Cream: 16 Handles (Multiple Locations)
Favorite Pork Buns: Fatty Crab (Multiple Locations)
Favorite Family Style Italian: Carmine's (Multiple Locations)
Favorite Dosa: Hampton Chutney Co. (Upper West Side)
Favorite Cake: Creme Brulee Mille Crepe Cake at Ayza (West Village)
Honorable Mentions: Junior's (Multiple Locations), Nutella Banana Chocolate Chip Cake at Little Cupcake Bakeshop (Nolita)
Favorite Pie: Crack Pie at Momofuku Milk Bar (Multiple Locations)
Favorite Burrito: Dos Toros (West Village)
Favorite Chicken: BLT Market (Central Park South)
Favorite Burger: Original Five Napkin Burger at Five Napkin Burger (Multiple Locations)
Honorable Mentions: Spotted Pig (West Village), Shake Shack (Multiple Locations)

San Francisco Bay Area
Favorite Pizza: Cheeseboard (Berkeley)
Honorable Mention:  Goat Hill Pizza (Potrero Hill)
Favorite Bagel: The Bagelry (Russian Hill)
Favorite Side Dish: Crispy Potato Puffs at Gregoire (Berkeley)
Favorite Sushi: Joshuya (Berkeley)
Favorite SandwichIke's Place (Castro)
Honorable Mentions: Lucca's Delicatessen (Marina), Saigon Roast Pork Sandwich at Out the Door (Ferry Building)
Favorite Ice Cream: Loving Cup (Russian Hill)
Honorable Mention: Salted Caramel Ice Cream at Bi-Rite Creamery (Mission)
Favorite Bakery: Morning Bun at Tartine (Mission) 
Honorable Mention: Miette (Ferry Building)
Favorite Tacos: Pancho's (Nob Hill)
Favorite BrunchForeign Cinema (Mission)
Honorable Mention: Just For You Cafe (Dogpatch)
Favorite Mussels: Coconut Broth Mussels and Truffle Fries at Plouf (Financial)
Favorite Calamari: Crow's Nest (Santa Cruz)
Favorite Hot Dog: Street Carts (Mission)
Honorable Mention: Top Dog (Berkeley)
Favorite Cocktail: Rickhouse (Financial)
Favorite Burrito: Papalote (Mission)
Favorite Salsa: Cactus (Berkeley)
Favorite Salad: Cafe Milano (Berkeley)
Favorite Garlic FriesTaylor's Automatic Refresher (Ferry Building)
Favorite Oysters: Hog Island Oyster Co. (Ferry Building)
Favorite Fish Tacos: Fish (Sausalito)
Favorite Gnocchi: Julius' Castle (Now Closed)
Favorite Chinese: Dry Fried Chicken Wings at San Tung (Sunset)
Favorite Crab: Singapore Chili Crab at Strait's (Burlingame)
Favorite Dim Sum: Yank Sing (Financial)
Favorite Ramen: Katana-ya (Union Square)
Favorite Donuts: Apple Fritters at Bob's Donuts (Nob Hill)


  1. we have so many of the same favorites! did you see that a 16 handles is opening up across the street from lenny's?! it is going to be the best intersection. also, have you tried the minetta tavern black label burger? it is my absolute favorite (and favorite way to spend too much money).

    1. I'm waaay too excited about that opening up! Do you like Westside Market? They're opening another one up near there too. I've never tried that burger but now I need to! I'm sure its amazing

  2. Wow you know a lot of places! I will definitely check some of these out. I am moving back to NYC soon and looking forward to making new friends, going for runs, getting a job and eating at the cool food spots :)

    1. Let me know if you check any of them out. NYC is one of my favorite places I've lived, so much to do...and eat! :)


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