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Amazing hole-in-the-wall in Hell's Kitchen! Their "secret" menu is now proudly displayed on the table, and I only order from this menu for the most authentic Thai dishes, most of which are very hard to find in NYC. Go before 6pm or after 8:30pm; BYOB!
China Blue, located in Tribeca, is a spin off from the popular Cafe China. While both restaurants are especially popular during dinnertime, the brunch at China Blue is a relatively undiscovered bliss for dim sum, soups, noodles and a variety of dishes. The spacious restaurant is decorated with 1930s-style Shanghainese memorabilia. $$
New York's first (and only) branch of the famous Hong Kong dim sum chain that won a Michelin star way back in 2010. While it is widely known as the "world's cheapest one Michelin star restaurant", expect a boisterously loud atmosphere with quick and attentive service. The food is not as sublime as the original location in Mongkok, but it is unquestionably close to the authentic Cantonese cuisine in Hong Kong . The baked BBQ pork bun is a must-try house specialty. $$
A favorite among Greenwich Village locals and tourists since 2001. Jane serves up “cleverly tweaked but unpretentious American cuisine” that "simply hits the right spot". Try the Jane Benedict (egg benedict with crab cake) or the kale & eggs. $$
Elle Magazine calls it "most wildly-flattering one-shoulder style". This suit is built to move with you, but stays perfectly in place where you need it most, thanks to the unique design and construction that offers stability and compression. The one-shoulder strap makes this asymmetrical style a figure-flattering sure bet for all shapes and sizes. $95
Talk about ugly delicious...in Chinatown. Almost nothing here looks pretty, and there is no decor to speak of....unless you consider the roast meats hanging by the window "decorations"! 😂But don't let any of those superficialities deter you. The shrimp wonton noodles in broth is as good as it gets (in New York, at least). For an eatery that's called “Noodletown”, their roast pork (“char siew”) is really good too. $
Motorino's Neapolitan-style pizzas are made in a brick-oven heaven. The searing heat delivers a beautifully smoky char to impossibly thin crust. Zagat calls this the "gold standard" for Neapolitan pizzas, and one needs to sink his/her teeth into the freshly baked pie to appreciate it. The brussel sprout pancetta is a cult favorite, well, because no one else does it like Motorino. $$
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Located between Lower East Side and Chinatown, this kitschy oldie has been serving classic Cantonese cuisine to locals and LES hipsters since 1996. Despite its name, Congee Village also hits the mark with dishes like the House Special Chicken with Garlic, Clam with Brown Sauce on Sizzling Hot Plate, Pork Chop in Peking Style, Pan Fried Bean Curd in Soy Sauce, Beef Chow Fun in Black Bean Sauce, and of course congee. Go early (before 6pm) or late to beat the crowd. $$
This popular restaurant in Union Square serves authentic Malaysian, Thai and Singaporean cuisine without pretense. Try the roti canai or roti telur, the rendang beef curry, nasi lemak and chow keuh teow (lunch only). With the long lines at dinnertime, your best bet is to come for lunch when the service is less hurried and the decibels are significantly lower. $$
Nyonya is the known as THE place to go for authentic Malaysian cuisine in NYC. Despite an extensive menu, the vast majority of the dishes are true to their culinary heritage. The roti canai, an appetizer of Indian roti adapted to Malaysian palates and served with a side of yellow curry, is a must try. The prawn mee, or noodles in a rich shrimp broth, is delectable. There's also nasi lemak, beef rendang, chow keuh teow, curry fish head, many others. $$
This is the only Bib Gourmand approved dim sum restaurant in Manhattan and it's easy to see why. The delicate Cantonese dim sum is served freshly made from the kitchen, not from the pushcarts. Seriously, traditional pushcarts are so overrated 😄. Here, the servers take your orders at the table so there's no need to hunt down the right cart for your shrimp dumplings, or worse only to be inform the next batch is coming out soon 😒. Best of all, they take reservations. $$
The original Ippudo near Astor Place is still the best one for me. Despite dozens of new ramen places in the city, Ippudo's Akamaru Modern is by far my favorite bowl of ramen in all of New York. The appetizers are also consistently good too. My only gripe about Ippudo is the long lines, but you can leave your phone number while you wait by the bar or go hang out elsewhere until your table is ready. Unless you go at 5pm (when they open for dinner) or after 9:30pm, expect a 45 min- 1hr wait. $$
Established in 1887, Peter Luger is a New York institution that needs no introduction, and their porterhouse steak is a perennial favorite for generations of meat lovers. The steaks are dry aged on-premise (they have never revealed how they do it, nor for how long) for an intensely flavorful beef. The broilers char the steaks at over 800 degrees Fahrenheit to achieve the signature smoky crisp. With just two locations (Williamsburg and Great Neck), this is a must-try for carnivores in NYC!