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By Caitlin Zaino

What is


Guide to Urban Eating? The Urban Grocer’s Guide to Urban Eating is a collection of foodfocused city guides for the dynamic urban foodie. From Sydney’s knockout food scene to London’s hip eats, we’re on a hungry quest to uncover the most innovative fare in the world’s trendiest cities. Each guide will focus on exceptional, stylish, sometimes offthe-beaten path – but always stellar – food-related must do’s from the perspective of a foodie. Our aim is to handpick a selection of our favorite places to eat and drink not easily found in your typical travel guide. So whether it’s munching on sugary masterpieces, sneaking into underground joints, or hanging out in chic food boutiques, The Urban Grocer’s Guide to Urban Eating is like your own private foodie friend with insight into the freshest urban food spots. 2

Caitlin Zaino launched The Urban Grocer in 2010. Her lifelong love affair with food began in her Italian grandmother’s kitchen two decades earlier and she’s been enthusiastically chasing food ever since. Today, she is a food writer, editor, television host and producer, on a quest to uncover the most cuttingedge food discoveries in the world’s hippest cities.



Guide to Urban Eating

New Yorkers are lucky. This city is one of the best in the world for eating. From the Bronx to Brooklyn, Manhattan to Queens, hidden gems abound. But in the interest of keeping this a pocket-sized guide, we’ve stayed almost exclusively in Manhattan. An entire book can – and probably will – be reserved for Brooklyn alone with its boundarypushing food scene (though we couldn’t resist giving it just a little love here too…). From Harlem to the Lower East Side, Manhattan is saturated with incredible, creative, well-executed, out-of-this world eateries and food spots. We couldn’t possibly cover them all. And that’s not what we’re here for. Instead, we’ve aimed to handpick a selection of spots specific to the urban foodie, whether native to New York or visiting. And so, without further ado, The Urban Grocer proudly presents its first-ever Guide to Urban Eating, New York. 4

Contents 06. Eat 22. Drink 34. Sweet 44. Shop 52. Take Away 58. Markets 66. Food Pilgrimages 76. Events 80. Directory





10. Empellón Cocina

14. Burger Joint

11. Bohemian

15. Momofuku’s Pork Buns

12. Co.

16. Hecho en Dumbo

17. Red Rooster Harlem

21. Jeepney

18. The Breslin

20. Crif Dogs 9

Empellón Cocina

Barrio Latino

105 1st Ave | Between E 6th & E 7th St | NY, NY 10003 +1.212.679.1939 Chef Alex Stupak left his old gig as a pastry chef at molecular powerhouse WD~50 to open both this fashionable space and Empellón Taqueria. Unlike its older sister in Greenwich Village, Empellón Cocina is decidedly more upscale and sophisticated. Here, Stupak employs inventive riffs


on Mexican cuisine and fuses contemporary flavors to create exciting dishes like grilled wagyu flat iron steak with creamed corn and tamal fries, or spaetzle, sweet breads and duck egg with green chorizo gravy. Even the guacamole is (successfully) made with a  touch of pistachio.


Hidden G em

57 Great Jones St | Between Bowery & Lafayette St | NY, NY 10012 Reservations at Bohemian are a must but scoring them is a challenge. As their website reads: “the location and contact info is not open to the public.” The concept is word-ofmouth and reservations are granted mostly through a referral. After you’ve snagged a coveted spot, enter butcher shop Japan Premium Beef and walk through a narrow

hallway before happening upon frosted glass doors. Ring the buzzer then step into what looks like a retro living room. Once inside, feast on delights like uni croquettes, short rib sashimi, and Washugyu beef sliders. At $58 a pop, the tasting menu is a steal though a la carte is also an option. The food is brilliant made even more so by its secrecy.


Co. 230 9th Ave | At 24th St | NY, NY 10001 +Â


Iconic New York

If you’re expecting a super thin, bare bones pizza, this isn’t it. But if it’s the creative variety you’re after, then you’re in the right place. The masterpiece of Sullivan Street Bakery owner, Jim Lahey, Co.’s Roman-style pizzas range from the classic to the creative. Take the Popeye, a tasty combination of pecorino, gruyère, mozzarella, spinach, black pepper, and garlic. Our favorite? Meatball, made of crushed tomatoes, mozzarella, veal meatballs, caramelized

onions, olives, aged pecorino, and oregano. The food at Co. is meant to be shared, a concept reinforced by the long, wooden communal tables that dominate the very cool dining room. The wine list too offers an eclectic selection of boutique and garage favorites from around the world.


Burger Joint

Iconic New York

119 West 56th St | Between 7th & Ave of the Americas | NY, NY 10019 +1.212.708.7414 The secret is well out on this one. The lines are long and the tourists are here, but man-oh-man it is one of the best burgers in town. Hidden safely behind plunging brown curtains, the Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien hotel is worth unveiling. Enter the lobby, walk behind the reception, pull the curtain, and slip just under the neon sign. Inside, dark lighting is matched with walls 14

covered in tags, Madonna posters, and faded reviews. There is no wait staff to serve the handful of tables and, more or less, the only thing to order is hamburger, cheeseburger, fries. Wrapped in wax paper and served in brown bags, the burgers are simple but well-executed and some of the best this city offers. Pair it with a milkshake for an iconic New York experience.

Momofuku’s Pork Buns

Iconic New York

Ssäm Bar: 207 2nd Ave | Corner of 2nd Ave & 13th St | NY, NY 10003 Noodle Bar: 171 1st Ave | Between 10th & 11th St | NY, NY 10003 Chef David Chang is an iconic New York player in the food industry in his own right. And any one of his NYC eateries is well worth a visit for their imaginative and inspired cooking. Wherever you land in his empire, be sure to order the infamous pork buns. Light-as-air

steamed buns with a schmear of hoisin and slices of cucumber hug rich pork belly that’s dripping with flavor and not to be missed. For the buns (and so much more) our choice Chang spots are Ssäm Bar and Noodle Bar, both of which are walk-in only.


Hecho en Dumbo

Barrio Latino

354 Bowery | Between 4th St & Great Jones St | NY, NY 10012 +1.212.937.4245 Uber hip Hecho en Dumbo serves what many consider the best tacos in town. What began as a pop-up is now a thriving permanent space in the Bowery where dedicated diners come time and again for contemporary Mexican 16

eats. Exposed brick, vintage furniture, and a ceiling covered with barn wood from Montreal make up the stylish interior. Book the Chef’s Table for a five-course tasting menu enjoyed while overlooking the kitchen.

Red Rooster Harlem

Iconic New York

310 Lenox Ave | Between 125th & 126th St | NY, NY 10027 +1.212.792.9001 Walk the streets on a Sunday in New York and you’ll see strollers blocking sidewalks and lines of couples, friends, and families pouring out from restaurants. It’s brunch time in Manhattan. For something different, head to Harlem where Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised, NY-based chef Marcus

Samuelsson celebrates American comfort food and the neighborhood’s diverse culinary traditions. Sunday’s brunch “comes with a side of Gospel.” The dynamic scene alone is worth the trip but the cooking sings too, full of unexpected slices of Samuelsson’s Scandinavian heritage.


The Breslin Bar and Dining Room

Editor’s Pick

16 West 29th St | Between 5th & 6th Ave | NY, NY 10001 +1.212.679.1939 18

If swine makes you swoon and carnivore is your middle name, this nose-to-tail, gastropub is calling. The interior is dark, the ceilings high, and the tables covered with butcher paper. Start your meal with the Scotch Egg – a whole egg wrapped in sausage, breaded, and fried. One cut into the spherical deep-friedness and the oozing, creamy yolk it produces will certainly seduce. Seared sweetbreads also standout and the pig’s foot for two with creamy shallots is said to be dreamy (we’ve yet to find a partner who will take it on). All this

meaty goodness is courtesy of Britishborn April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman of The Spotted Pig fame. If you’re pining for ale to wash down that bone marrow slathered toast, you will not be disappointed by the extensive list of craft brews on offer. But if you’re still wanting for a drink or two (or three) to nurse you through your food coma, the Ace Hotel’s lobby bar next door serves up stellar cocktails amongst hipsters and big, leather couches that beckon to be lounged 19 in – if, of course, you can snag one.

Crif Dogs

Iconic New York

113 Saint Marks Place #2 | Between Ave A & 1st St | NY, NY 10009 +1.212.937.4245 Talk about a hot dog. At Crif Dogs on St. Mark’s place, the frankfurters are deep-fried then topped with an array of unexpected ingredients. Try the Tsunami, a bacon-wrapped dog with teriyaki, pineapple and green onions. Or merge two NY institutions into one with the Jon-jon


deragon, made with cream cheese, scallions, and “everything bagel” seeds. Located above the speakeasy, Please Don’t Tell, Crif Dogs is a place for loud music and way too many NYU students. But the hot dogs are tasty, cheap, and the perfect hangover cure – which you may need considering the bar downstairs…


One to Watch

201 1st Ave | Between 13th St & 12th St | NY, NY 10003 As of October 2012, Jeepney has only had its “soft opening” but it is one to watch. This over-the-top gastropub serves-up familystyle eats that flip traditional Filipino cuisine on its head. From the same owners as Maharlika – also Filipino and also in the East Village – Jeepney rocks flash-fried pork belly, a Chori burger topped with longanisa

sausage, and Luzon Tamales amongst other innovative Philippine-influenced plates meant to be shared. Wash it down with their tropical drinks and Asian beers, while trying to not stare at the scantily clad pin-up girls that stand out amongst the colorful, if not overtly kitsch, interior.





26. Pouring Ribbons

29. ABC Beer Co.

27. Yopparai

30. Everyman Espresso

28. Terroir Tribeca

31. Stumptown Coffee Roasters

32. Abraço

33. O Café


Pouring Ribbons

Booze Worthy

225 Avenue B, 2nd Floor | Between 13th & 14th St | NY, NY 10009 +1.917.656.6788 Cocktail fiends make a beeline to Pouring Ribbons. Run by a group of in-the-know barmen – including 2012 bartender of the year Joaquín Simó – this 88-seat second floor cocktail space sits appropriately above a liquor store. Inside, the seasonally changing menu is brief and simple, divided into two sections: classics and house cocktails. Go for “Death & Taxes” made of


gin, lemon, plum brandy, lavender-infused Cinzano Bianco, honey syrup, and grapefruit bitters. Or try their take on classics like the Manhattan. Bitters are made in house, ice is shaped for its glassware, and the menu is plotted on a cocktail matrix of refreshing versus spirituous and comforting versus adventurous.


Booze Worthy

151 Rivington St | Between Suffolk & Clinton St | NY, NY 10002 +1.212.777.7253 Izakaya are on the rise and Yopparai is one of our favorites to hit the scene. The intimate space is hidden away on the Lower East Side, up a narrow flight of stairs. Press the buzzer, make your way into this repurposed apartment (reservations help), and get ready to spend the night sipping ceramic cups full of hot and cold sakes. With over 50 bottles on offer, the well-executed sake list will beckon

an impromptu tasting. To soak up the alcohol, Yopparai dishes out small plates of Japanese pub snacks, like squid sashimi with sea urchin or a rock shrimp and black cod pancake. This hidden space is one of the most serious sake-drinking spots in the city leaving you momentarily transported to Tokyo – a Lower East Side version of Tokyo, that is.


Terroir Tribeca

Booze Worthy

24 Harrison Street | At Greenwich St | NY, NY 10013 +1.917.656.6788 Wine bars can be a tough sell. The crowd doesn’t always work, the food doesn’t always work, and selling glasses of Pinot Noir for $15 a pop doesn’t always work. Terroir Tribeca is a wine bar that does, however, work. Housed in a stylish, repurposed industrial space Terroir Tribeca boasts an extensive range of unique wines and tasty food to


boot (think, Bone Marrow Bruschetta and crispy duck frisée salad). Wines are from all over the map from Long Island to Puglia, Loire Valley to Mendoza – and everything in between – keeping oenophiles (very) happy. In warmer months, Terroir runs a pop-up space on the High Line perfect for lingering on a summer night.

ABC Beer Co.

Booze Worthy

96 Ave C | Between 6th & 7th St | NY, NY 10009 +1.646.422.7103 Alphabet City Beer Co. (ABC Beer Co., for short) is a craft-beer-shop-cum-bar nestled in the East Village. This artisan brew haven has twelve rotating beers on tap and over 350 craft beer bottles on their menu, offering everything from blonds and ciders to oatmeal stouts and pale ales. The price is nice,

the selection is stellar, and the vibe is laidback and inviting. Grab a pint, or sample several half pints, while noshing on meat, cheeses, and fresh bread at large wooden communal tables. If lingering isn’t what you had in mind, ABC Beer Co. also offers all beers to go.


Everyman Espresso SoHo: 301 West Broadway | Between Canal St & Grand St | NY, NY 10013

Buzz Worthy

Union Square: 136 East 13th St | Between 3rd & 4th Ave | NY, NY 10003 +1.212.533.0524 Everyman Espresso is often touted as serving the best espresso in New York. Owned by one of the city’s star baristas, Sam Penix, this top-notch spot is “dedicated to perfecting the craft of coffee.” Everyman serves Counter Culture Coffee roasted in North Carolina, and sources its milk from a creamery in upstate


New York. Coffees are brewed to order and everything from the espressos to cappuccinos to cold-brewed Americanos promise to deliver. Everyman Espresso has two locations, one in Union Square and another in SoHo. Neither disappoints.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Buzz Worthy

18 West 29th St | At Broadway | NY, NY 10016 Admittedly Stumptown Coffee Roasters is not native to New York nor is it a hidden gem, but their stellar brews are too good to overlook. Tucked beside the Ace Hotel, this Portland-born artisanal coffee roaster has a massive reputation for pushing out copious

amounts of top-notch espresso-based drinks as well as French press and cold brew coffees. While traipsing around Manhattan, the cashonly Stumptown, with its friendly baristas and smooth brew, is the jam for true coffee nerds.



Buzz Worthy

86 E. 7th St | Between 2nd Ave & 1st Ave | New York, NY 10003 +1.212.388.9731 Join the hipsters at Abraço for legendary olive oil cake served alongside knockout espressos and drip brews. This tiny space, which is little more than a storefront window, serves addictive cortados and macchiatos from a countertop, as well as savory plates and


pastries too. These guys know their stuff and the community is in on their secret. Brave the line, especially in the morning – it’s well worth the wait for some of the best java in town.

O Café

Buzz Worthy

96 Ave C | Between 6th & 7th St | NY, NY 10009 +1.646.422.7103 When you’ve reached your limit with all those Americanos, hoof it over to Brazilianinspired O Café. Hand-selected beans and responsibly sourced quality coffees fill their menu, which focuses on celebrating the flavors of Brazil. Go for the chocolateinfused latte, Latte Bahia, paired with Brazilian-inspired sweets like honey

cakes with almond, cinnamon, and clove. Discussion are held in-house weekly on everything from sustainable agriculture to French press techniques. Like its coffee, the interior too was sustainably designed using reclaimed materials and recycled lamps. 33



38. Momofuku Milk Bar

39. La Churreria

40. Doughnut Plant 36

41. Papabubble

42. Mast Brothers Chocolate


Momofuku Milk Bar

Editor’s Pick

251 East 13th St | Between 2nd & 3rd Ave | NY, NY 10003 15 West 56th St | Between 5th & 6th Ave | NY, NY 10019 561 Columbus Ave | Between W 87th & W 88th St | NY, NY 10024 Two words: Crack Pie. This legendary dessert from David Chang’s bakery-inspired Momofuku Milk Bar, is as addictive as the name suggests. A super sweet buttery filling gives way to rich oatmeal crust that will keep you coming back for more (and


more). Milk Bar’s three locations in Manhattan (and two in Brooklyn) feature evolving menus that take a playful approach to familiar favorites. Think, cereal milk soft serve ice cream and cereal milkshakes that taste like the bottom of your morning breakfast bowl.

La Churreria

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284 Mulberry St | Between E. Houston & Jersey St | NY, NY 10012 + Step inside this tiny storefront and emerge with a bouquet of paper cones, piled high with curvy churros, warm and sweet. At one of New York’s first authentic Spanish churros spot, La Churreria, this traditional breakfast beauty is served by the cone-full. Made of fried dough lightly dusted with sugar, the churros are brilliant on their own, dipped

in a thick cup of hot chocolate, or filled with dulce de leche. Take them away or enjoy them at one of Le Churreria’s tables and stools – of which there are not many – while soaking in the Spanish tiled interior. If sweets aren’t your thing, their Iberian-influenced sandwiches have a cult-like following. 39

Doughnut Plant

Iconic New York

379 Grand St | Between Essex & Norfolk | NY, NY 10002 +1.212.505.3700 What Magnolia Bakery was to cupcakes, Doughnut Plant is to doughnuts. This Lower East Side spot has transformed the seemingly simple doughnut into imaginative and yeasty masterpieces that incited a citywide trend. Inspired by the owner’s grandfather’s recipes, Doughnut Plant marries old-school techniques


with inventive flavors. Fresh fruits and nuts, herbs and flowers, create unexpected doughnuts and glazes, like rose, matcha green tea, ginger, and pumpkin. Favorites include crème brûlée and their trademarked (literally) filled square doughnuts in flavors like Peanut Butter with Blackberry Jam.


Editor’s Pick

380 Broome St | Between Mulberry St & Mott St | NY, NY 10013 +1.212.966.2599 Stepping into Papabubble is a treat to be devoured in itself. The scent of homemade candy saturates the minimalist boutique and curvaceous glass jars packed with kaleidoscopic sweets line the shelves, next to hanging silver bags of bright lollypops. All candy is made on the premises and at almost any given time you can watch Papabubble’s candymakers pour sugar onto the

bare countertops and use their color-stained gloves to pull, turn, twist, and roll massive strands into delicious artisanal candies. Better yet is the offer to sample the just-made, stillwarm sweets. Try their classic and inventive flavors from lavender and passion fruit, to chili mango and mint. And be sure to buy extra – one jar is never enough. 41

Mast Brothers Chocolate

Artisan Chocolati er

215 Water St | Between Beekman St & Fulton St | New York, NY 10038 +1.212.766.2266 42

Mast Brothers Chocolate is a Brooklyn born-and-bred chocolatier and a staple of that borough’s artisanal food movement. And though their factory and original shop remain in Brooklyn, their retail space on Water St demands a visit to sample some of the finest bean-to-bar products anywhere. Combining responsibly sourced cacao from small farms in Latin America and Madagascar with old techniques employed in new ways, the brothers behind the company are churning out stunning bars in a range of flavors.

Their handsome Manhattan boutique boasts a rustic interior with exposed brick walls and wooden shelves lined with chocolates, all hand-wrapped in gold foil and locally designed and printed paper.




48. La Boîte á Epice

49. Kitchen Arts & Letters


50. Harlem Shambles

51. Saxelby Cheesemongers


La Boîte á Epice


724 11th Ave | Between 51st & 52nd St | NY, NY 10019 + La Boîte á Epice is a peculiar shop with a storefront that consists mainly of open space and artwork. But it is here that spice maestro Lior Lev Sercarz sells magical blends of meticulously sourced and painstakingly paired spices. You’re invited to treat the unobstructed boutique like an open-air market where you’d converse and visit,


allowing Sercarz to discover your tastes and guide you through his 40+ unique spice blends. Whether it’s as exotic as orchid root or as comfortable as smoked cinnamon, La Boîte á Epice blends flavors with narratives, just subsistence.

Kitchen Arts & Letters


1435 Lexington Ave | Between 93rd & 94th St | NY, NY 10128 +1.212.876.5550 This is the ultimate foodie’s bookstore. Over 13,000 food-loving titles line its shelves with everything from cookbooks to foodfocused fictions to food history books, not to mention rare, hard-to-find, and out-of-print

specialties from around the world. Kitchen Arts & Letters is definitely for true food nerds and professionals. Step in, chat with the very devoted staff, and try to not buy the entire store.


Harlem Shambles 2141 Frederick Douglass Blvd | Between W 115 & W 116 St | NY, NY 10026

Boutique Butcher

+1.646.476.4650 Boutique butcher shops are very on trend and for one of the best New York has to offer, make your way to Harlem Shambles. This artisanal shop, owned by two brothers, exclusively sells humanely raised, grass-fed, hormone and antibiotic free meats sourced directly from local New York farms. Cuts are


butchered on the premises and if you’d like something custom, they’re all too happy to oblige. If you’re visiting New York and do not have access to a kitchen, Harlem Shambles sells ready-to-eat Cornish pasties, Australian meat pies, and steak & kidney pies too.

Saxelby Cheesemongers

Local Cheeses

Essex Street Market | 120 Essex St | NY, NY 10002 + Saxelby Cheesemongers is a small booth crammed from floor-to-ceiling with a plethora of regional cheeses and fresh dairy products. Located in the Essex Market – one of four remaining public markets in New York – Saxelby’s serves American-only artisanal

and farmstead cheeses from 40-plus small producers around the Northeast. The owner’s close relationship with the dairies results in a unique and wide-ranging selection of beautiful cheeses sold with an expert and personal touch.




1 1. Chozen Ice Cream

2. Anarchy in a Jar

When in New York, reach for an ice cream with chutzpah. Created by Manhattanite Ronne Fisher and her two daughters, Chozen is all-natural ice cream inspired by the sweets and desserts of their favorite Jewish holidays. Think, coconut macaroon, chocolate babka, and apples and honey. Ingredients are sourced from local dairy farms and authentic Brooklyn bakers – now that’s kosher.

Anarchy in a Jar creates handmade jams, jellies, marmalades, and chutney in a range of luscious flavors using nothing but seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. A sampling of the sweet and sticky goodies on tap includes ginger pear jam, strawberry balsamic jam, and grapefruit marmalade with smoked salt.

Purchase pints at groceries and the occasional bodega. Zabar’s and Dean & Deluca are a sure bet. 54

Anarchy in a Jar is purchasable at specialty shops and markets, including Murray’s Cheese, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, and Whole Foods.


3 3. Brooklyn Brine If you have an affinity for all things pickled then Brooklyn Brine is an absolute must. Based out of, well, Brooklyn, this budding company is a labor of love with a simple mission: Damn fine pickles. Mouth-watering seasonal delights are handcrafted with the aid of local and organic produce. Pick up a jar (or two) of their Curried Squash, Minted Eggplant, Hop-Pickle, and the obligatory, NYC Deli Pickle. Eli’s Manhattan, Dean & Deluca, and Northern Spy Food Co. are among the dozens of gourmet shops to sell Brooklyn Brine around Manhattan. 55

4 4. Empire Mayonnaise

5. Andrew’s Local Honey

Think mayonnaise is Plain Jane? Think again. Enter Empire Mayonnaise. Launched by a chef and a designer, these small jars contain “luxury” mayo in exotic flavors. Often inspired by the seasons, Empire Mayonnaise boasts an impressive catalogue of mayo from black garlic to pistachio, and smoked paprika to lime pickle. Better yet, the rad label elevates this unexpected mayonnaise into a gift-worthy condiment.

Urban beekeeping is thriving and since New York legalized the practice in 2010, hives have popped up all over the city’s rooftops. One of the local pioneers of the movement is Andrew Coté of Andrew’s Local Honey, who hosts hives throughout Manhattan and the boroughs. From the Upper East Side to the High Line – and rooftops and hideaways in between – Andrew tends to bees on the daily. The result is a rich honey with smooth flavors that varies in taste, texture, and color from location to location.

Pick up your own jars at Murray’s Cheese and Beecher’s Cheese.

Andrew’s Local Honey is on sale at the Greenmarket in Union Square on Monday’s (March until December) and Wednesday (year long). 56





62. Chelsea Market

64. Fulton Stall Market


64. New Amsterdam Market



Chelsea Market 75 9th Ave | Between 15th & 16th Streets | NY, NY 10011 It’s the place where the Oreo cookie was invented. Back in 1912, Chelsea Market was better known as the Nabisco factory and as you walk on the original factory floor through exposed brick passageways, it’s easy to imagine its industrial past. Having food in its heritage has stayed with this space. Today it’s a thriving urban market that stretches two entire blocks bound by 9th and 11th Avenues. Here, bakeries, produce vendors, and fish markets stand beside stellar restaurants and creative sweet shops. For excellent farm-to-table plates, visit The Green Table. For imaginative gelatos, popsicles, and shaved ice, hoof it over to People’s Pops and L’Arte del Gelato. Artisanal olive oils and salts? The Filling Station is your stop. If it’s traditional Aussie eats, check out Tuck Shop for their handmade pies made fresh on the daily in flavors like BBQ Pork and Thai Green Chook Curry. Yes, it is crowded and, yes, the line for the bathroom is insanely long almost always. But with over 30 indoor shops and restaurants, Chelsea Market is the ultimate food mecca. Come for lunch, stay for dinner, then take away dessert to nosh on while strolling Chelsea’s High Line, the elevated railroad track turned urban greenway.



Fulton Stall Market + New Amsterdam Market Fulton Stall Market Under the Fulton Market Building at the South Street Seaport | Between Fulton & Beekman St | NY, NY 10038 New Amsterdam Market South Street | Between Beekman St & Peck Slip | NY, NY 10038

On the weekends, downtown Manhattan hosts a handful of noteworthy food markets. Trek down to Fulton Stall Market at the South Street Seaport housed in a covered outdoor space that once served as the legendary fish stalls. Today, permanent and rotating vendors serve a range of inventive food products and fresh produce. Next door is New Amsterdam Market, opened on Sundays and home to some very cool food-related events (think, Pickle Festivals).




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1. Chef’s Table Brooklyn Fare 200 Schermerhorn St | Brooklyn, NY 11201 +1.718.243.0050



The Michelin-starred Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare is a good place to start a Brooklyn tour. With room for only 18, the tasting menu here is phenomenal. Outside its intimate walls, Brooklyn Fare is a café, grocery store, and cooking school dynamo.


2. Brooklyn Brewery 1 Brewers Row | Brooklyn, NY 11249 +1.718.486.7422

When in Williamsburg or Greenpoint, book a visit to the legendary Brooklyn Brewery to taste their small batch craft brew. On Sunday’s their minifood festival, SmorgasBrewery, is a must for beer tastings and exploring the borough’s best garage gourmets.



3. Rye 247 S 1st St | Between Havemeyer & Roebling St | Brooklyn, NY 11211 +1.718.218.8047


Staying in uber trendy Williamsburg, you’ll find Rye: a speakeasy-style restaurant that’s gained accolades from the city’s food critics for its creative and locally-focused play on New American culinary classics.


4. Nitehawk 136 Metropolitan Ave | Between Wythe Ave & Berry St | Brooklyn, NYÂ 11211 +1.718.384.3980

Nitehawk is a cinema-cum-supper-club where you can forget your typical movie theater fare and get ready for unique eats like spiced pumpkin popcorn and homemade jerky made with lime leaf, Thai chili, and ginger, or poutine, sliders, and pork belly skewers. Wash it down with craft beer and cocktails while watching your favorite flicks. 73


5. Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain 513 Henry St | Between Sackett St & Union St | Brooklyn, NY 11231 +1.718.522.6260


In Carroll Gardens, The Farmacy, housed in a restored 1920s pharmacy, serves old-school fountain sodas and Brooklyn’s famous egg creams, perfect for a nostalgic Saturday morning.

6 6. Smorgasburg Smorgasburg DUMBO: 30 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Smorgasburg Williamsburg: 27 N 6th St | Between N 6 & N 7 St | Brooklyn, NY 11211

On Sunday’s through November, Smorgasburg is held on the DUMBO waterfront. Housed at the historic Tobacco Warehouse, vendors, farmers, and food entrepreneurs sell fresh and prepared eats for happy and hungry Brooklynites.






NYC Restaurant Week

February New York City Winter Wine Fest March

Village Voice Choice Eats

Time Out for Hunger Coffee and Tea Festival NYC


Ninth Avenue Food Festival

LUCKYRICE Asian Food Festival

Taste of Tribeca Taste of Hope NY

New Taste of the Upper West Side

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party


Plate by Plate Annual Tasting Benefit

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest


Taste of the Village

Vendy Awards Le Grand Fooding Feast of San Gennaro


YC Foom New York City Wine

Food Festival WhiskyFest New York


New York Taste

Lower East Side Pickle Day

** All events are annual and dates are approximate. Please check listings closer to presumed dates.

New York Culinary Experience





Bohemian 57 Great Jones St Between Bowery & Lafayette St New York, NY 10012

Burger Joint 119 West 56th St Between 7th & Ave of the Americas In Le Parker Meridien New York, NY 10019 +1.212.708.7414

The Breslin Bar and Dining Room 16 West 29th St Between 5th & 6th Ave New York, NY 10001 +1.212.679.1939

Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain 513 Henry St Between Sackett & Union St Brooklyn, NY 11231 +1.718.522.6260 82

Chef’s Table, Brooklyn Fare 200 Schermerhorn St Brooklyn, NY 11201 +1.718.243.0050

Co. 230 9th Ave At 24th St New York, NY 10001 +

Crif Dogs


113 Saint Marks Place #2 Between Ave A & 1st St New York, NY 10009

201 1st Ave Between 13th St & 12th St New York, NY 10003



Empell贸n Cocina 105 1st Ave Between East 6th & East 7th St New York, NY 10003

Noodle Bar 171 1st Ave Between 10th & 11th St New York, NY 10003


Hecho en Dumbo

Red Rooster Harlem

354 Bowery Between 4th & Great Jones St New York, NY 10012

310 Lenox Ave Between 125th & 126th Sts New York, NY 10027


+1.212.792.9001 83


Rye 247 S 1st St Between Havemeyer & Roebling Sts Brooklyn, NY 11211

Ssäm Bar 207 2nd Ave Corner of 2nd Ave & 13th St New York, NY 10003




Everyman Espresso

86 E. 7th St Between 2nd Ave & 1st Ave New York, NY 10003

301 West Broadway Between Canal & Grand St New York, NY 10013


2136 East 13th St Between 3rd & 4th Ave New York, NY 10003 +1.212.533.0524

O Café 482 6th Ave At 13th St New York, NY 10011 + 84

Stumptown Coffee Roasters 18 West 29th St At Broadway New York, NY 10016


Ace Hotel 20 W 29th St Between Broadway & 5th Ave New York, NY 10001

Pouring Ribbons 225 Avenue B, Second Floor Between 13th & 14th Sts New York, NY 10009 +1.917.656.6788

Alphabet City Beer Co.

Terroir Tribeca

96 Ave C Between 6th & 7th Sts New York, NY 10009

24 Harrison Street At Greenwich St New York, NY 10013



Brooklyn Brewery


1 Brewers Row 79 N 11th St Brooklyn, NY 11249

151 Rivington St Between Suffolk & Clinton Sts New York, NY 10002


+1.212.777.7253 85


Doughnut Plant 379 Grand St Between Essex & Norfolk New York, NY 10002


Chelsea Market 75 9th Ave Between 15th & 16th Sts New York, NY 10011


La Churreria NYC 284 Mulberry St Between E. Houston & Jersey St New York, NY 10012 +

Momofuku Milk Bar


Fulton Stall Market Under the Fulton Market Building at the South Street Seaport South Street Between Fulton & Beekman Sts New York, NY 10038

Harlem Shambles

251 East 13th St Between 2nd & 3rd Ave New York, NY 10003 | +1.347.577.9504

2141 Frederick Douglass Boulevard Between W 115 & W 116 Sts New York, NY 10026

15 West 56th St Between 5th & 6th Ave New York, NY 10019


Kitchen Arts & Letters 1435 Lexington Ave Between 93rd & 94th Sts New York, NY 10128

New Amsterdam Market South Street Between Beekman St & Peck Slip New York, NY 10038


La Boîte á Epice


724 11th Ave Between 51st & 52nd Sts New York, NY 10019

380 Broome St Between Mulberry & Mott Sts New York, NY 10013



Mast Brothers Chocolate

Saxelby Cheesemongers

215 Water St Between Beekman & Fulton Sts New York, NY 10038

Essex Street Market 120 Essex St New York, NY 10002


+ 87


Smorgasburg DUMBO 30 Water St Brooklyn, NY 11201


Beecher’s Handmade Cheese 900 Broadway Between 19th St & 20th Sts New York, NY 10003 +1.212.466.3340

Smorgasburg Williamsburg 27 N 6th St Between Wythe Ave & Kent Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211

Dean & Deluca 560 Broadway Between Spring & Prince Sts New York, NY 10012 +

Eli’s Manhattan 1411 3rd Ave Between 80th & 81st Sts New York, NY 10028 +1.212.717.8100 88


Union Square Greenmarket


1 Union Sq W Between 16th & 17th Sts New York, NY 10003

2245 Broadway Between 80th & 81st Sts New York, NY 10024




Murray’s Cheese


254 Bleecker St Between Leroy & Cornelia Sts New York, NY 10014

136 Metropolitan Ave Between Wythe Ave & Berry St Brooklyn, NY 11211



Northern Spy Food Co. 511 E 12th St Between Avenue B & Avenue A New York, NY 10009 + 89

1. Empellón Cocina

11. Pouring Ribbons

2. Bohemian

12. Yopparai

3. Co.

13. Terroir Tribeca

4. Burger Joint

14. ABC Beer Co.

5. Momofuku

15. Everyman Espresso

6. Hecho en Dumbo 7. Red Rooster Harlem

20. La Churreria 21. Doughnut Plant 22. Papabubble

16. Stumptown Coffee Roasters

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19. Momofuku Milk Bar

23. Mast Brothers Chocolate

17. Abraço

8. The Breslin

18. O Café

9. Crif Dogs 10. Jeepney




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PHOTOGRAPHERS Cover Ruben Colomer on Flick (-Ruben-)

Pg 26

Top: Alice Gao

From left to right: Image via Robb Report @AndrewJacobWarren on Instagram, Paul Wagtouicz, Robb Report

Pg 27

From left to right: Robyn Lee on Flickr (roboppy), Yopparai on Facebook, Christopher G. Moy, Andrew Lin on Instragm (lindrew)

Pg 28

Kat Bryant

Pg 29

Top: ABC Beer Co. on Facebook

Top: Matt Ducker

Bottom right: ABC Co.’s Website

Bottom: Adam Goldberg on Flickr (ALifeWorthEating)

Pg 30

From left to right: @majman on Instagram, @janeanger on Instagram, Opening Ceremony New News, Everyman Espresso on Tumblr, Ray Lam on Instagram (@vurt)

Pg 31

Top left: Stumptown Coffee Roasters on Facebook

Top right: Robert Rowe

Pg 02-03

1982Chris911 on Flickr (Thank you 1.000.000 Times)

Pg 04-05

April Younglove on Flickr (aprilskiver)

Pg 06-07 The Breslin Bar and Dining Room’s website Pg 08–09

All photos are duplicates from the relevant pages corresponding to each location.

Pg 10 Left: Edsel Little on Flickr (Edsel L)

Pg 11 Michael T. on Flickr (nicknamemiket) Pg 12–13

Co. on Facebook

Pg 14

Top: Burger Joint on Facebook

Bottom left: Vincent Desjardins on Flickr

Bottom right: Greg Ma on Flickr (Yogma)

Bottom: Stumptown Coffee Roaster’s Website

Pg 15

Top right: Lindsay Rhee on Flickr (linsters)

Pg 32

Abraço on Facebook

Pg 33

O Café’s website

Bottom right: Momofuku on Facebook

Pg 34-35

Papabubble on Flickr (

Pg 16

Hecho en Dumbo on Facebook

Pg 17

Left: Sarah Ackerman on Flickr (Sarah_Ackerman)

Pg 36–37

All photos are duplicates from the relevant pages corresponding to each location.

Pg 38

Momofuku Milk Bar on Facebook

Top right: Red Rooster Harlem on Facebook

Pg 39

La Churreria on Facebook

Pg 40

Doughnut Plant on Facebook

Pg 41

Top left: Peter Ash Lee

Pg 18-19 The Breslin Bar and Dining Room’s website

Top right: Seth Smoot for Remodelista

Pg 20

Top left: Eric Litmer on Instagram

Bottom left: Crif Dogs on Facebook

Bottom: Lindsay Comer on Flickr (lindz.comer)

Bottom right: Marcus Samuelsson’s Website

Right: Luke D on Instagram (@ldivita)


Pg 21

Jeepney on Facebook

Pg 22-23

Jenny Downing on Flickr

Pg 24–25

All photos are duplicates from the relevant pages corresponding to each location.

Pg 42

Top left: Mast Brothers Chocolate on Facebook

Bottom left: Image via Glenwood

Right: Mast Brothers Chocolate on Facebook Pg 43

Top left: Ibid.

Top right: Image via Garance Doré

Bottom: Mast Brothers Chocolate on Facebook

Pg 44-45

Brooklyn Brine on Facebook

Pg 66

Semio on Flickr

Pg 46–47

All photos are duplicates from the relevant pages corresponding to each location.

Pg 70-71

Top left: Brooklyn Fare on Facebook

Top right: Ibid.

Pg 48

Top left: Marilynn K. Yee

Bottom left: Ibid.

Top right: THOR on Flickr (geishaboy500)

Bottom right: Jooeon Kim

Pg 72-73

Top left: Rye on Facebook

Top right: Nitehawk on Facebook

Bottom left: Ibid.

Bottom right: La Boite à Epice

Pg 49

Kitchen Arts & Letters on Facebook

Pg 50

Top left: Harlem Shambles on Facebook

Top right: Blake Adair Bachman on Instagram (@bachman)

Center: Rye on Facebook

Bottom left: Ibid

Bottom right: Nitehawk on Facebook

Pg 74-75

Top left: Image via Shiny Brite

Bottom left: Dave Cook on Flickr (Eating in Translation)

Bottom left: Image via Je Blague

Top right: Phil Kline for NYC Go

Bottom right: Harlem Gal Inc.

Pg 51

First top left: Saxelby Cheesemongers on Facebook

Bottom right: Jen Carlson for Gothamist

Second top left: Ibid.

Pg 76-78

Right: Image via ZsaZsa Bellagio

Pg 78 From left to right: South of Main St, Brooklyn Brine on Facebook, Stumptown Coffee Roaster’s Website, ABC Beer Co’s Website

Bottom: Saxelby Cheesemongers on Facebook Pg 52-53

Jen Carlson for Gothamist

Pg 54

Image via Sweet Tarte

Pg 55

Brooklyn Brine on Facebook

Pg 56

Empire Mayonnaise on Facebook

Pg 57

Top left: Andrew’s Honey’s website

Top right: Empire Mayonnaise’s

website Middle: Alina Karas on Instagram (@alinakaras)

Right: The SoHo Rob Larsen on Flickr (Rob React)

Pg 80-81

Lachlan Hardy on Flickr

Pg 82-89

All photos are duplicates from the relevant pages corresponding to each location.

pg 90

Left: Atlantic Yachting

Right: Fabio Felipe on Flickr (Felipegonzales) pg 91 Top left: @Robert Doran on Instagram (robdoran)

Bottom left:: Dino Giordano

Top right: Pat Guiney on Flickr (Mr. Mystery)

on Flickr (alsjhc)

Bottom: 24gotham on Tumblr

Bottom right: Siona Karen on Flickr

Pg 58-59 Ruthanne Reid on Flickr (thisreidwrite) Pg 60–61

All photos are duplicates from the relevant pages corresponding to each location.

Pg 62-63

Chelsea Market on Facebook

Pg 64-65

Bottom left: Fulton Stall Market on Facebook

Rest: New Amsterdam Market on Facebook



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