9 must-eats in New York

This week I am proud to be a featured author on Steller, a great – and free! – visual storytelling app that’s very inspirational and gorgeously designed. One of the stories I have shared there (@thelittlethings) is for my ‘9 must-eats in New York’.

I am a huge New York fan and try to visit the city as often as possible. It’s a city that always inspires, that’s full of positive energy and the place where many food trends are born and made. Over the years I’ve collected a long list of favorite eat addresses that continues to grow after each new visit. This is just a start; it’s a list of my 9 definite must-eats in New York:

1. Taco’s at Otto’s Tacos
I wrote about the taco trend before and you definitely have to try one of those “new tacos” in New York. I love Otto’s Tacos (141 Second Avenue): with their homemade corn tortillas, spicy marinade and creamy guacamole. My personal favorite is the shrimp taco.


2. Donuts from Dough (plural, yes!)
The donuts from Dough (305 Franklin Avenue) are the best in the world. Well, at least that’s what I think. You can find them at the Smorgasburg market in Brooklyn, in their own place in Bedford Stuyvesant and at Culture Espresso Bar. My favorite? The pink hibiscus.

3. Pancakes at Clinton St. Baking Company
For the best pancakes in the city, you have to visit this place on 4 Clinton Street. It’s always busy – so try to make a reservation – but the fluffy pancakes are definitely worth the wait. ‘Made with love and butter’. That says it all.


4. Pizza from Joe’s
Every New Yorker has a favorite pizza place, but Joe’s on Carmine is one of the best. The celebrities you see on the pictures on the wall apparently think so too. This small place is always packed, doesn’t have much seating and doesn’t offer much choice either. But that all totally doesn’t matter when you taste their amazing pizza slices.

5. Brunch at Fat Radish
Most New Yorkers go out for brunch in the weekend and one of my favorite places to do this is Fat Radish (17 Orchard Street). Fat Radish is known for its elegant feel, effortlessly combined with raw industrial accents and is a popular place in the Lower East Side. I love their famous avocado toast with spicy eggs, but the lemon ricotta pancakes are just as good.


6. Everything BBQ at Mighty Quinns
This place is always packed with hungry guys and offers amazing (and very reasonably priced) BBQ dishes. Incredibly good pulled pork, brisket and spareribs. A must!

7. Lobster at the Chelsea Market
The Chelsea Market is a great place to buy food gifts and lunch to take upstairs to the High Line. I love Lobster Place, where they sell freshly rolled sushi and lobster with melted butter and a glass of wine.


8. Coffee at Blue Bottle
For those who are tired of the large nonfat-soymilk-latte-frappucinos from Starbucks, I can highly recommend the single origin coffee from Blue Bottle. Make sure to grab one of their baked sweets as well, the almond biscotti is great!


9. Fresh vegetables from the Union Square Market
A lovely farmer’s market in the middle of the bustling city is always worth a visit. Buy as much fresh and seasonal produce as you can, and make use of the advice from the passionate vendors.


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  • erin @ yummysupper

    So fun Denise! I adore Fat Radish, Blue Bottle and the green market, but I’ve never been to your other NY picks. I’m going to take your advice… I’m especially drooling over that taco!

  • Emilie@TheCleverCarrot

    I was so excited when I saw the title of this post! My hometown! Great choices, Denise. You could eat for days in NY… If you ever find yourself back here again, definitely try Pearl Oyster Bar for the best lobster roll of your life. Nothing compares to it! PS- love Fat Radish 🙂

    • Denise_TLT

      Noted! I’m a huge lobster roll fan, so will definitely check it out next time. Good reason for a new trip, I say!