75 Amazing NYC Restaurants I Ate At Last Year

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I made a pretty huge resolution last year: I would not eat at a single restaurant more than once!  And while I didn’t stay 100% true to this (especially the last trimester of pregnancy, I tended to go to local tried and true spots in the neighborhood rather than trek elsewhere), the basic goal was accomplished: get out of my normal eating routine and explore the city via its fabulous food!

I’m proud to say that in 2015 I went to a total of 75 different restaurants, all documented below.  One of the biggest questions I get from people both living  in and visiting NYC is “Where should we eat?”  While all of the spots listed below have merit (I wouldn’t have listed them if they didn’t, promise!), there were a few that I would absolutely return to (and thus recommend) in a heartbeat.  

Here are my best-of’s from dining out in 2015:

Best Brunch: The Rooftop at Hotel Chantelle

Best Fine Dining: Jean-Georges

Best Cheap EatMelt Shop

Best Fast Food (well, not exactly “fast” because the line is always ridiculous;-): Shake Shack

Best Quiet Spot To Sit Solo For Hours With A Book And A Cup Of Tea: Radiance Tea House, Midtown West Location

Best Spot For A Fun Night Out With Friends: Nai Tapas Bar

Best Date Spot: Joseph Leonard

Best Dessert: Junior’s Cheesecake

Thanks so much for following along on our No Restaurant Repeats journey!  My dining-out resolution this year is to venture out to more ethnic hole-in-the-wall spots, which I’m really excited about!  I’ll be sharing best-of’s here, but for more foodie adventures in the meantime, be sure to follow us on Instagram!

And share below…what’s the best restaurant you ate at last year?!

December 2015

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Bubby’s : This mac-n-cheese was AMAZING, as was their teeny tiny hot chocolate.  Super kid friendly spot, great to grab brunch at after a walk on the Highline.

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Laudree: I would recommend going here for their dessert and tea, but their savory food items were a bit underwhelming.  The Soho location has gorgeous covered garden seating, too.

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Heartland Brewery: This was actually us sneaking away on Christmas Day for a breather!  Typically a SUPER touristy spot, we actually had the place mostly to ourselves.  Get the giant pretzel with the cheese.

November 2015

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Harding’s: We spent Thanksgiving here this year, such a delicious spot, and also equally good for an afterwork drink!  The bartender is a true mixologist and will whip you up something truly special.

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Le District: This was my last meal out before I went into labor (and yep, I ate every last french fry AND went to Sprinkles afterwards and legit bought and devoured 4 cupcakes!  I think my body was gearing up for go time;-)  Love this French inspired hall, they have different stations for everything from cheese to crepes to traditional bar fare.

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Jacob’s Pickles: Usually this crafty little place on the UWS has a line out the door, but I snuck in on a random weekday and ate myself silly.  I totally get what all the hype is about–those fried pickles are EVERYTHING!  The egg sammies on biscuits are also sublime.

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Sadelle’s: A Soho hotspot, this place is notorious for their bagels.  Because, when you order anything on the menu, you get unlimited bagels brought to you for FREE.  Hot, fragrant, and right from the oven!

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Cookshop: Another great spot to hit up if you’re walking the Highline.  Their menu is packed with traditional American dishes that are cooked with seasonal availability.  Hence, you’re eating with the seasons…something I think we all can get behind.

October 2015

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{Aubergine Cafe: Queens // $ // Reasonably priced and the picture perfect French inspired cafe, this is a spot I would totally frequent regularly if I lived in the hood!  They got me hooked on beans in tomato sauce on toast (what a combo!), but their seasonal pumpkin waffle was also a total winner!}

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{Station: Brooklyn // $$ // Ok, let’s be honest about the original draw of this restaurant.  We were spending a leisurely Sunday in Williamsburg–coffee, art fair, neighborhood stroll–when one of the waiters from this restaurant came out on the street with a giant plate of fresh-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies and offered us some…for free!  Now, we were up in the air of where to have brunch before that, but the cookies were delicious and pretty much sealed the deal!  If you go, this stuffed French toast is golden!}

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{Murray Hill Diner: Murray Hill // $ // As fun as this no-restaurant-repeat challenge has been, solid, affordable comfort food that can be found at every NYC diner is still one of my favorite ways to eat out.  I just feel like one can never go wrong on a rainy day with a grilled cheese on a croissant and egg cream…plus there’s just something so quintessentially New York about a diner, right?}

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{Claret Wine Bar: Sunnyside, Queens // $$ // My mother-in-law introduced me to this Queens gem–live jazz, sidewalk seating, all accompanied by a relaxed, candle-lit vibe.  The food was delicious, perfect for sharing small plates and tasting a bit of everything!  By the clientele, you can tell it’s a real neighborhood hotspot with the locals!}

September 2015

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{Medi: Hell’s Kitchen // $$ // Delicious Mediterranean inspired tapas, perfect for sharing with a glass from their extensive wine list.}

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{The East Pole: Upper East Side // $$$ // Locally sourced food from upstate New York–totally dig how they tell you where each ingredient comes from!}

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{Madison & Vine: Midtown East // $$$ // A nice place to drop in for a glass of wine and a cheese plate.}

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{Clement: Midtown // $$$$ // On the pricier side, but the food is delicious.  They even elevated a basic casear salad to the next level.}

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{Asiate: Columbus Circle// $$$$ // This mango drenched french toast?  TO DIE FOR.  The view isn’t too shabby either, eh?}

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{Donut Plant: Chelsea // $ // Fun spot to pop into with a friend for some funky donut flavors!  Oh, and Vietnamese Coffee for the win!}

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{Jack’s Wife Freda: West Village // $$ // Their brunch is everything you could ever want from a NYC brunch.  Make a rezzie though, it fills up quickly.}

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{My Most Favorite Food: Upper West Side // $$$ // Eating kosher?  This is the BEST kosher restaurant in all of NYC, promise.}

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{The King Cole Bar: Midtown // $$$$ // A fun and swanky atmosphere, but the overpriced food didn’t quite do it justice.  Next time, will most likely just go for the drinks.}

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{Yum Yum: Woodside, Queens // $ // Until I’m proven otherwise, will go ahead and stamp this the best Thai food in all of NYC.  Further suggestions?  Leave them in the comments below, please!}

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{Jane: Soho // $$ // Wonderful and laid back service, on-point desserts, and the perfect place to celebrate a good friend’s birthday!}

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{ABC Kitchen: Flatiron // $$$ // Another Jean-Georges masterpiece, guys!  Locally sourced, organic foods, everything on the menu has been a total home run.  If you don’t have a rezzie, you can try to squeeze for a seat at the bar.}

August 2015

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{Nerai: Midtown // $$$ // I was racking my brain to think of better Greek food that I’ve had outside of Greece, and honestly nothing comes to mind!  This centrally located restaurant is filled with such ridiculously fresh dishes, you’ll feel like you’re sitting at an ocean-side table on the island of Crete.  Order the spinach pies, you’ll be thanking me.}

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{Mozzarella & Vino: Midtown // $$$ // I LOVE that it’s never an issue getting a table or finding a cozy seat at the bar in this place…although I can’t understand why it’s not as packed as some Manhattan restaurants (but definitely not complaining!)  There’s also a lovely covered garden/patio area out back, which lets you dine outside anytime of year…glass of Chianti in one hand and spoonful of pasta in the other.}

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{House of Vegetarian: Chinatown // $ // After getting a cheapo C-Town massage one afternoon, I did a quick Yelp search for veggie friendly restaurants in the area and came across this place.  The price is definitely right for budget eats, and the portions large.  The spring rolls were definitely on point, and I also liked that they gave free hot tea with the meal.}

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{Palma: West Village // $$ // Go for the romance, stay for the pasta!  What a sweet little find in the West Village, perfect for a romantic night out filled with vino and all the wrong kind of carbs.  Sit in the garden if you can, the twinkle lights cast a magic glow.}

July 2015

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{Melt BakeryHigh Line // $ // While taking a stroll on the High Line, make sure to stop by this ice cream cart for the tastiest ice cream sammies!  They’ll bring you back to your childhood, but with more elevated “adult” flavors such as the red velvet meltcake and cream cheese ice cream shown here! }

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{Egg Shop: SoHo // $ // A casual eatery dedicated to the art of the perfect egg sandwich.  Obviously, my feta + egg on a buttermilk biscuit turned out just perfectly.}

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{The Rooftop at Hotel Chantelle: Lower East Side // $$ // Is it a big statement to call this place my favorite spot in the city for brunch?  Probably, but really, it’s just that delicious.  Combined with the fact that the covered rooftop has live jazz on the weekends and bubbly $.92 cocktails, and food that is nothing short of sensational…well.  If there’s a better spot to brunch, do leave it in the comments below, and we’ll check it out! p.s. for those of you turned off by the “Hotel” in the name, please note it’s not really a hotel, just named that.}

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{Beyond Sushi: Midtown// $ // Vegan sushi, ya’ll!  The display is as innovative as the flavor combinations, a great spot to go if you’re trying to eat out healthy on a dime.}

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{NYYSteak: Midtown// $$$ // Okay, if you’re a fan of both the Yankees and an amazing steak, this is the place for you!  And let’s be real, you don’t even really have to be a baseball fan…although it’s a themed restaurant, the food and service stand alone as exceptional.  My veggie options were even packed with flavor.}

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{Junior’s Cheesecake: Midtown// $$ // Whenever I’m in Times Square for a show, I love to treat myself to a slice of the best. cheesecake. EVER.  Yep, the Devil’s Food Cheesecake, pictured here, is totally my dessert of choice.  Luckily I’m not in Times Square TOO often, or else that could really present a problem.}

June 2015

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{Max Brenner: Union Square // $$ // The main draw to this place is, you guessed it, dessert!  And not just any dessert, but chocolatey dessert!  I’m talking chocolate fondu, chocolate cake, chocolate cheesecake…it’s phenomenal, people.  Keeping on the “lighter” side, I went with the traditional Swiss Hot Chocolate, highly recommend to those of you with a sweet tooth!}

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{Uncle Jacks: Midtown // $$$ // The hubby was craving steak, so we decided to give “NY’s Best Steakhouse!” a try.  Massive portions, as you can see!  For a traditional steakhouse with friendly, personal service, I’d recommend it (the bartender is a gem!)–but vegetarians, beware.  There’s not much on the menu to pique your interest other than a handful of veggie sides…soaked in butter, naturally.}

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{Radiance Tea House & Books: Midtown // $$ // Absolutely love this place!  The service is attentive, but they will also happily leave you alone for an hour with your book and tea, so you don’t feel pressured to leave.  There’s tons of healthy fare on the menu, and plenty of options for my vegetarian/vegan friends.}

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{ABC Cocina: Union Square // $$$ // Another Jean-George restaurant down!  With Spanish/Mexican flare–think small tapas style plates–this is a great spot if healthy, gourmet Mexican is what you have your eye on.  Personally, if I were to recommend between this and the sister restaurant (literally right behind it), ABC Kitchen, I’d choose the latter.  But regardless, you can’t go wrong with Jean-George!}

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{S’Mac: East Village // $ // I love specialty restaurants that offer one thing that they do REALLY well.  If you’re a mac-n-cheese fan, totally stop by this cute orange-and-yellow eatery for some feel-good food!  It’s super friendly to gluten-free and vegans, too!  Worth noting they also have an online special for 25% off your next order, just enter your phone number to receive the offer via text.}

May 2015

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{Nougatine: Columbus Circle // $$$ // The more Jean-George restaurants I try, the harder in love I fall with his food.  Seriously–for the lunch menu price point of 3 courses for $38, it’s truly the best fine dining experience you can get in the city.}

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{The Peninsula Hotel: Midtown // $$$ // As a fun surprise date, the hubs took us for couple’s massages at The Peninsula, complete with a poolside lunch afterwards.  Something about massages always leaves me famished, so I pretty much inhaled this veggie panini. }

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{Il Gattopardo: Midtown // $$$ // Nestled in the most charming townhouse and boasting the motto “passion is our main ingredient”, I had no doubt I was going to love this place.  If you go, request to sit downstairs–they have the most amazing high glass ceiling looking up onto Midtown.  The cucumber + tomato salad and simple spaghetti are the best I’ve tasted in NYC.}

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{Shake Shack: Various Locations // $ // Ok–I had the brilliant idea to go to my favorite chain on Memorial Day–along with every other New Yorker and tourist, it felt like!  I mean, it’s the New York answer to BBQing, right?!  The line literally wrapped around the block, taking a solid hour to get through.  But by that time I was determined that nothing was coming between me and my shroom burger.  Totally worth it!}

April 2015

unnamed{Plaza Food Hall: Midtown// $$ // In the basement of the Plaza Hotel sits a feast for every sort of diner–from sushi, to salads, to steak–this place has it all and does it all exquisitely, too.}

unnamed-2{Nobu: Midtown // $$$ // The famed Japanese restaurant really needs no introduction, but here’s a hint my husband (the real foodie of this relationship!) taught me: always ask them what “off-menu” items they have–because they always have some for the adventurous palate, and they’re always done to perfection.  Also–dinner rezzies go fast, but if you walk in at lunch time you can usually get seated without a reservation.}

unnamed-3{BG Restaurant: Midtown // $$$ // Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the food at this place.  Nestled on the 7th floor of Bergdorf Goodman, you know straight from the get-go that they won’t think twice about charging you $35 for a salad (a salad that is just okay in my view.)  BUT–for a special girlfriend treat, do go for their afternoon tea.  It’s no more expensive than anywhere else in the city–and make sure to ask for a table by the window so you can overlook Central Park while you sip your tea.}

unnamed-4{The Smith: Upper West Side // $$ // You guys know I love this comfort food staple–from their cheesy jalapeno grits at brunch to their avocado sammy at dinner, this place makes all the good stuff just right.}

unnamed-5{Melt Shop: Hell’s Kitchen // $ // Grilled Cheese.  Tomato Soup.  And TOTS.  I needn’t speak more.}

unnamed-6{Cafe El Presidente: Flatiron // $$ // I was having THE BIGGEST craving for veggie tacos when I stumbled by this place on an early Friday evening.  It was PACKED, but they quickly squeezed me into the bar.  The vibe is hip, drinks strong, food solid–and Mexican cuisine is one of those I don’t play around with–in my book there’s only good and bad–and this place is muy buen.}

unnamed-7{Il Buco Vineria: East Village // $$ // The rustic vibe and wine wins all the points for this downtown Italian joint–and you’ll probably adore the food if you’re a meat eater–but veggies, beware.  Your pickings are slim, and if you’re anything like me you’ll hold a bit of a grudge against the place for charging you a stupid amount of money for noodles in a butter/garlic sauce.}

unnamed-8{The Little Beet Table: NoMad // $$ // When my sister, the celiac, came to visit last weekend, I researched “best gluten-free restaurants in NYC” and this place popped up, right at the top.  It’s 100% gluten-free, but the dishes all tasted really good–also a good place to go if you’re trying to eat healthy, I’d imagine.}

unnamed-11{Benoit: Midtown // $$ // Featuring authentic Parisian bistro fare, I was so pleasantly surprised by this French gem, nestled on an unexpected street in Midtown.  The front bar area is perfect for grabbing some apps and a glass of wine, if you’re not up for a whole sit down dinner.}

March 2015

unnamed-26{Bar Pleiades: Upper East Side // $$$ // Nestled in the Surrey Hotel, this spot can do no wrong in my book.  Top notch service, artfully displayed meals that are as tasty as they are pretty, it makes for a wonderful date spot…and who knows? It may even inspire you to elope on the rooftop as we did in the summer of 2013!}

unnamed-25{Urbo Grind: Times Square // $ // I swear, this place is a hidden gem on what is probably the busiest street in all of America. We were looking for a quick spot to grab coffee before a show, and stumbled on in–shockingly, there was no wait, and we pretty much had the cafe to ourselves!}

unnamed-23{Sigmund’s Pretzels: East Village // $ // After reading Sarah’s zest for these pretzels at the Choice Eats Food Festival, I knew I had to check it out. I ordered an egg sammie on a pretzel bun, which was phenomenal, and the hubs went for the burger on a pretzel bun. Little secret: we liked this place so much (and the price point!) that we broke our little “no repeat” rule and came back again.}

unnamed-16{Prohibition Bakery: Lower East Side // $ // Okay, while this definitely won’t be taking the place of my favorite cupcake bakeries, I needed to include it because a boozy bakery is something you should for sure try…once.  The tiny bite sized cupcakes are packed with alcohol infusions that create such intense flavors your tastebuds will do little cartwheels in your mouth–beer and pretzel was my favorite.}

unnamed-18{Benihana: Midtown // $$ // Is now a good time to admit that hibachi is one of my foodie guilty pleasures?  Okay then.  If you have a weakness for rice with garlic butter fried and smothered with ginger dipping sauces, all made with fire and fanfare in front of you, this is your spot.}

unnamed-27{Joseph Leonard: West Village // $$$ // Intimate, small, cozy, and food cooked to perfection. Just trust me on this–go–and send my compliments to Chef Pablo. The ONLY downfall is they don’t take rezzies–so go at an off time or be prepared to squish into the bar and wait.}

unnamed-19{Treat House: Upper West Side // $ // A five year old’s dream–and mine too, apparently. This place specializes in one thing, rice crispy treats, and boy have they perfected them.  The sugar cookie treat (with the little duck on it) was my favorite.}

unnamed-17{Saffron Garden: Sunnyside // $ // When Indian is done right, it can be one of my favorite cuisines. I loved how everything on the menu was clearly labeled as veggie or vegan friendly, and the aromatic spices in the food really created a lovely experience for all the senses.}

February 2015

unnamed-1{Le Pain Quotidien: Various Locations // $ // While not quite as popular as Starbucks, you can pretty much find an LPQ in any neighborhood.  The food is healthy and fresh, and I think it’s adorable (and very French) how they serve their coffee out of bowls.}

unnamed-2{Jean-Georges: Columbus Circle // $$$$ // Without a doubt, one of the top 3 dining experiences I’ve ever had in NYC.  The vegetarian tasting menu was out of this world (I finished EVERYTHING), truly deserves a post of its own. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, skip the gift and come here instead–an experience you and your tastebuds will not soon forget.}

unnamed-3{Chez Napoleon: Hell’s Kitchen // $$ // This has long been my favorite “hidden gem” French comfort food restaurant–owned by the most delightful French family, you can expect warm service and the most delicious house-made vinaigrette that you’ve ever tasted–slather it over everything!}

unnamed-4{Bouchon Bakery: Inside the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle // $ // Perfect place to catch your breath after a walk in the park or a morning of shopping–large size vanilla macaroons are my go-to order.}

unnamed-5{Tavern On The Green: Central Park West // $$$ // I always assumed this was a tourist destination so steered clear until recently (it’s where our out of town guests picked, go figure), but was really pleasantly surprised! The food was delicious, and there’s a toasty fireplace you can warm up next to! I got the soup for brunch, but the french toast was clearly the way to go.}

unnamed-6{1 Dollar Pizza: Hell’s Kitchen // $ // Dollar pizza, folks. Love it or you hate it, but I’m SUCH a lover.}

unnamed-7{Nai Tapas Bar: East Village // $$ // Feel like transporting to Spain for the evening? This hole-in-the-wall tapas joint will get you there. Along with the small plates, we were so pleased with the entertainment–live music and gorgeous flamenco dancing, and no cover charge to boot!}

unnamed-8{Dominique Ansel Bakery: Soho // $ // Meh, ok so were got here early in the morning for the cronuts (but nope, not early enough).  After waiting we figured we may as well order something, so we grabbed a few croissants and this Nutella bread.  It was okay, but just okay.  It left me a little confused as to the popularity of the place?}

unnamed-9{Circo: Midtown // $$$ // We stumbled on this circus-themed joint during restaurant week, and while I was impressed with my appetizer (cauliflower flan, now that’s fun!), the main course and dessert course were just so-so.  Because it was Restaurant Week?  Maybe.  But it wiped out any chances of becoming regulars–which I guess is good for this No Restaurant Repeat Challenge!}

unnamed-10{The Four Seasons: Midtown East // $$$$ // Ok, you know how I said before Jean-Georges was one of the three best restaurants I’ve experienced? Well, this is on that list, too!  Seriously, BEST SERVICE I’ve ever received in NYC…not to mention such playful and innovative dishes–besides that cotton candy, I was over-the-moon thrilled with their veggie lunch option (a delightful farro salad) and miniature house-made croissants, still warm from the oven.}

January 2015

unnamed-1{The Modern: Midtown // $$$ // Perfect for a classy date night.  Wear your favorite dress.}

unnamed-5{Bibble & Sip: Midtown // $ // Their  lavender latte is everything you’d ever dream it could be. Small cafe, but nice for catching up with a book or friend…tends to be my post-yoga class spot.}

unnamed-3{Prune: Lower East Side // $$$ // Great for meat lovers–the vibe is leaning towards the side of hipster for a casual, yet pricy, night out.  Probably not the best place if you have any food concerns (gluten-free, vegan), but they will produce this lovely off-menu veggie platter if you ask nicely–you must not be afraid of butter, though.  It’s on the cozy (read: small) side, so claustrophobics need not come.}

unnamed-4{The Bar Room: Upper East Side // $$ // They won me over with peacock wallpapering, and then locked it down with those extra crispy french fries–nice spot for a casual lunch or dinner.  You can also catch the game at the bar.}

unnamed-6{BluePrint: Whole Foods // $ // Well, it’s not a martini on the rocks or anything, but certainly the most efficient way to get in all your leafy greens in one swig. The taste is not nearly as terribly as one must think, promise!}

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{please note: this article will be updated monthly throughout 2015 to reflect the best of the best of what we’re noshing + sipping on around town}

Perhaps the #1 question I get from both tourists and locals alike is, “well, where are the BEST places we should we eat?”  Such a personalized question that I truly hate answering because, truth be told, my favorite foods and restaurant vibes are probably going to wildly vary from the ones you enjoy…and I’d hate to steer you down the wrong path!

That being said, I decided to take a new approach on the blog when it comes to documenting real food at real places.  As I may have mentioned to you before, the hubs and I are trying this 2015 no-restaurant repeat year!  Easier said than done, cause we do adore our tried and trues, but we’ve also discovered quite a lot of unexpected gems that we never would have found otherwise! 

So my friends, I’ll post a single photo from each meal that we eat out throughout 2015, along with the restaurant link and part of town it’s in, with just a teeny bit of restaurant background…the rest is up to you!  Just remember, the mantra of our site is “best of new york, as used by new yorkers”, so if something is truly awful, it won’t be making the list.  Keeping it real for ya, my friends.

I’ll be updating the page monthly, both for your food porn pleasure and also for some inspiration of where to catch your next date night without being overwhelmed by so many options.  And as always, if there’s a place you’re curious about, leave it in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer your question!

90 Comments

  • boy cat M says:

    Consult our comprehensive guide to the best brunch NYC has to offer and enjoy the perfect late breakfast this weekend

  • Maddy says:

    Thank God I was eating while reading this, otherwise I would’ve been crying. All of this food looks incredible. Gosh, that’s why you gotta love NYC. I’ve dined at a few of these, but just added a few more to my must-try list. I especially want to try brunch at Jack’s Wife Freda. I’ve heard lots of great stuff about their brunch! Thank you for this amazing list! :)

  • Gabrielle says:

    Oh my gosh, this has to be one of the most impressive foodie-blog-posts I’ve ever read. 75 restaurants in a year is incredible, and even more so as you’ve tried so many unusual and tasty-looking foods!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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  • Courtney says:

    I LOVE this list!! Jack’s Wife Frieda is a favorite of mine for breakfast, Rosie’s has amazing margaritas, and I love Bar Pimi for a date night!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

  • As I read this I thought, “Wow, Jess sure has been to a lot of restaurants this month!” And then I realized that this is an updated post – lol! Whenever Jave suggests the same ‘ole restaurants for our date nights, I remind myself of your no restaurants repeats challenge. I’m going to tell him about it. Glad to see that you’ve been sticking to it!! The French toast at Station looks sooo good. I’ve never seen French toast quite like it before.

    • Used York City says:

      Haha, yes that would be A LOT of restaurants!;-) It seems like a lot of our socializing in NYC takes place at restaurants (apartments are small so there’s not a lot of at home entertaining going on!), so eating out is a pretty regular occurance.

  • Agness says:

    Wow, what a list of places and there are so many yummy looking foods. Mniam mniam! The Donut place rocks! Love its design. How often do you eat there?

    • Used York City says:

      Oh, not too often–as delicious as it is, there’s nothing super nutritional about donuts, so it’s more of a treat kinda place;-)

  • Ah! All this food looks so delicious, definitely made me hungry!

  • How cool is Donut Plant! Even though I’m not a doughnut fan I love the decor

  • Travelsito says:

    This has really made us hungry now.

  • My restaurant hit list has just got so much bigger. These places look amazing and now I’m starving.

    https://theeighthours.wordpress.com/

  • Gabrielle says:

    Oh my GOSH! This is undoubtedly the best food blog post I’ve ever come across – you’ve featured so many tasty-looking meals, many of which I have to admit to have never having seen before. I’m not too adventurous when it comes to dining out, though this post certainly makes me want to change things on that front!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
    x

    • Used York City says:

      Thanks so much, Gabrielle! This year I have definitely gotten more adventurous with my eating…(perhaps it’s also the pregnancy?;-), but really have enjoyed incorporating some new cuisines and dishes to my food rotation!

  • Agness says:

    That’s a real foodgasm if you ask me! Mniam mniam! I feel like having some vegan donuts right now!

    • Used York City says:

      Mmm, you should definitely do a post on vegan donuts, Agness, I would love to duplicate!:-)

  • Mango drenched french toast – Oh yes please.

  • Brilliant idea and what a fabulous month it looks like you’ve had! Those shots are making me very hungry!

  • Ah gosh! All this food looks absolutely delicious!

  • The avocado on toast looks yummy, the best dish that I have had lately is in Italy

  • Kemkem says:

    Yes please!!! On each and everything :-).

  • Tamara says:

    Scarlet went to Melt last winter. Now I really want to go!
    And as usual, so much of this is like a kid in a candy store for me. I appreciate these food posts!

  • Valentina says:

    Great tips and sooo many choices. :-)
    Thanks for sharing.

    XoXo
    Valentina | DAILY SUIT

  • I was just in the city last weekend, I wish I would of seen your post then. One of my favorite things about New York City is the food. In every corner you can find something to eat. We had one of the best meals at BLT Steak, the PopOver bread was out of this world. If you like Spanish food, go check out Despana in Soho.

    • Used York City says:

      I love the popovers at BLT, so agree! And I’ve heard great things about Despana, will have to check it out! Thanks for the recommendation, Carmen!:-)

  • I love watching this post grow and grow. I hope the challenge isn’t made harder by pregnancy cravings (I vote you allow yourself a free pass in that case)!

    • Used York City says:

      Hehe, right?! The first 3 months I was pretty much only consuming french fries and bread (oh, starches!), but my appetite is back with a vengeance now!;-)

  • Agness says:

    What a food porn, girl! All of these places serve such amazing food! Yum! What’s your favourite one?

    • Used York City says:

      They sure do! Gah, I’d probably have to say Jean-Georges has been my favorite so far, a true foodie experience!

  • Kemkem says:

    Oh Jess.. I keep telling you how wicked you are !!! YOU ARE KILLING ME wih all these food :-). They all look delicious, and l am so hungry right now.. Thank God it’s lunch time..

  • I was lucky enough to go to Tours (France) on a trip recently and ate some of the best food I have ever had. I need to find more restaurants like that in my local area.

  • Lydia says:

    Oh man, Shake Shack is so, so good but the last time I went was more than a year ago because I just cannot face the queues. Or the evil squirrels in Madison Square Park that charge at you while you’re eating your burgers on the grass. Terrifying!

    Also thanks for the reminder about the Plaza Food Court – I neeed to check it out.

    • Used York City says:

      There’s a location in Brooklyn that has much shorter lines, you may want to check that out!:-) Enjoy the Food Court, everything (and I do mean everything!) is delicious!

  • Nougatine sounds fabulous and what a bargain lunch! My favourite recent discovery is Nuno Mendes’ new Portugese place in Spitalfields, London

    • Used York City says:

      You would LOVE it, Suze! Mmm, I’m such a fan of Portugese wines, I’m sure I’d love that!

  • I’m a big cheese fan too! I love the idea of no restauant repeats. Actually had a fantastic lunch today at Michelin starred William Drabble in the St James Hotel. Loved reading about all the places that you have been and Jean-Georges sounds amazing

    • Used York City says:

      Mmm, that sounds fantastic, Suze! I’m pretty sure you would LOVE Jean-Georges!;-)

  • Sarah says:

    Yay you made it to Sigmund’s! Glad you enjoyed.

  • Ha, I didn’t know pretzels were a food trend, but this post suggests that’s the case! Also, who hates $1 pizza??? WHO?? And now I need to go splurge at the Four Seasons- that picture is impressive.

    • Used York City says:

      I’m SO happy pretzels are a thing right now, I’ve been a huge Auntie Anne’s fan since I was a child, and still make the trek into Times Square JUST to get one–seriously so yummy!;-)

  • Tracy Kaler says:

    Love this idea, Jess! What great choices. So many fantastic spots to eat in this town. We’ll never get to them all. 😉

    • Used York City says:

      That’s so true! Especially since new spots open almost daily, one of the true joys of living in the city!:-)

  • Lydia says:

    Sooo impressed you’re keeping this up (it’s such a great idea). I also looove Prohibition Bakery… And it looks like I’ll be visiting Treat House too 😉

    • Used York City says:

      Oh you MUST do Treat House, it really deserves its own post!;-) There’s a cute little treehouse area in the back you can sit in with your goodies, perfect for kids or adults who love rice crispies!

  • Om nom nom nom… macarons and pastries – yes please!!

    A year of no repeats… that sounds like quite a feat – I’d like to set myself that challenge one year!

  • Tamara says:

    No idea how I hadn’t already found you on Instagram! Remedied!
    My mom loves macarons so I always look for ones for her. Although I have to ship everything – Dana’s Bakery did a good job from NYC. I’d love to try one of the vanilla ones you had, though!

    The photo of NYC pizza is almost too much amazing for me right now.
    Mm.. I love this.

    • Used York City says:

      Yay, found you on Insta, too! Next time you’re in NYC we should meet for macaroons and coffee!:-)

  • Catherine says:

    Woah, I don’t know where to start! Candy floss at a restaurant?! That sounds like my sort of place! Anywhere with tapas is a winner in my book too! And dollar pizza slices…I just wish we had more of that in the UK! I am very jealous of your food adventures, but keep it up, can’t wait to hear more!

    • Used York City says:

      So glad you’re liking the column, Catherine! I really look at eating out as an experience (as well as the food!), so it’s been really fun to “travel” to different countries/regions via the food…without leaving NYC!;-)

  • Lydia says:

    What the! Is that cotton candy?! (Or candy floss, as we say in the UK). It looks so fun! Love the idea behind this challenge :)

    • Used York City says:

      Hehe, another blogger from the UK referred to it as candy floss, too, I love that!;-) Glad you love the challenge, Lydia, it’s really been so much fun checking out so many new places!

  • Agness says:

    This is just food paradise, I’m totally in loooooove! Especially with maracons :D!!

  • Sarah says:

    Wow, you went to quite a few in February. Jean Georges is at the top of my list! I’ve been dying to go there. I hear ya on the Cronut front. I’ve waited in that line twice waaaay to early in the morning, and while they were pretty darn tasty I won’ t be doing it again any time soon!

    • Used York City says:

      Jean-Georges is AMAZING!!! My friend just had a baby so we were having a really delicious lunch to celebrate;-) I think it should be your celebration dinner after passing those teacher tests–just a suggestion!;-)

  • I haven’t had breakfast yet, and I want to go to the gym. Looking through this post is really not helping though. My stomach is making all sorts of rumbling noises now! LOL. Thanks, thanks!

    • Used York City says:

      Haha, anytime, anytime!;-) I have a strict policy of eating healthy inside my house and enjoying life in restaurants…in case you couldn’t tell;-)

  • Freya says:

    That all looks delicious! I’ll definitely keep following these no restaurant repeats challenge, gives me some great ideas on where to eat next time I’m in New York.

  • Heather says:

    Whoa, no restaurant repeats for an entire year?! That would be tough! I have a hard enough time getting my hubs to try even one new place a month lol! Happy eating :-)

    • Used York City says:

      Hah thanks Heather! I’ve discovered a new fave this month, so can’t wait to share that on the roundup;-)

  • Tamara says:

    I’ve had that green drink and it was better than I expected! But not like.. a latte or anything.
    I love the idea of no repeats. Not sure I could manage that out here in the country, but it’s inspiring.

  • Mike says:

    That roasted veggie platter looks absolutely delicious, Jessica! It’s so ironic that you and your husband are going to set forth on the no-repeat journey. That is EXACTLY what I have been doing here in Reno. I have this huge long list and I’ve been checking them off one by one…but not returning to the same one twice. Ok, I did recently because I botched a couple of photos. Anyhoo, I’m still playing catchup and there will be many food posts coming soon :) I hope you are doing great! :)

    • Used York City says:

      That’s fantastic, Mike! Foodie posts are some of my favorite to read about, I find dining out such a fun experience, and love seeing the varying presentations of the dishes. Here’s to a delicious 2015!

  • No fear of butter here, lol! That veggie platter looks delicious. And the fries and salad at The Bar Room…yum! Thanks for these suggestions. So cool that you guys aren’t repeating any restaurants this year – what a challenge! Jave definitely wouldn’t survive this challenge because he has a rotation of like three restaurants that are his absolute faves. But I love this idea.

  • One day I will make it to NY and your list will be very handy then.

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