1. Javelina Tex-Mex
Located near Gramercy Park, Javelina is the hottest Tex-Mex restaurant in New York, and not without good reason. This place serves delicious, indulgent classics like West Texas Stacked Enchiladas, Breakfast Tacos, Chile Relleno Burritos, as well as the perfect cocktails for day drinking. Let the boozy brunch begin!
119 E. 18th St. Between Park Avenue and Irving Place New York, NY 10003
Sadelle’s (located in the heart of Soho) is a charming little Jewish-style bistro and the newest addition to the Major Food Group family. They specialize in hand-rolled bagels, breads and pastries, led by the master baker Melissa Weller. The menorahs decorating the bakery give it a gorgeous old-world charm and perfectly compliment the fresh, authentic bagels here. The prices are on the higher side compared to other bakeries, so you may want to go when you are in the mood to indulge.
463 West Broadway, New York, NY 10012
3. Superiority Burgers
It seems like the V-word is finally gaining mainstream status in New York. Superiority Burger is a meat-free burger place in the East Village – with many of their burgers being “accidentally” vegan. Chef Brooks Headley has been creating quite a following for his veggie burgers as well as his kitchen “accidents” like the Cold Pizza Salad. Intrigued? Pop by to try their namesake burger that tastes just like beef – both in texture and flavor. No crumbly tasteless patties here!
Bonus tip: try their Sloppy Joes and Vanilla Labne Gelato – they won’t disappoint!
430 E. 9th Street New York, NY 10009 (212) 256-1192.
Open Wed – Mon (6-10PM). Closed on Tue.
4. Babu Ji
A new addition to the restaurant scene in New York, Babu Ji stands out for its light take on traditional Indian food. Founders Jennifer and Jessi Singh’s newest restaurant features an interesting tasting menu — a novelty for the Indian food scene in America. Babu Ji also has an interesting set of small plates for sharing with friends – along with an excellent wine selection. Perfect for a light dinner with friends.
Bonus tip: Remember to try kulfi – a spiced ice cream served from a tapered metal container.
175 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009
5. Mission Chinese Food
The famous SF restaurant has finally set up a New York outpost on the Lower East Side. Mission Chinese serves “everything and the kitchen sink” of Americanized Oriental Food, with their menu including over 50 dishes. Most dishes are under $20 – but the tasting menus can get a lot pricier and fancier ($69 – $99). Desserts are unfortunately not available a la carte, so be prepared with cold drinks to soothe your mouth after the spicy fare.
Bonus Tip: The dishes with Sichuan Peppercorns are exhilarating in their spiciness and the slightly sweeter Ma Po Tofu is sure to be a hit with (Americanized) Chinese food lovers.
171 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002