Food & Drink

Whether you're, um, celebrating or not, these places rule

Published On 04/17/2013 Published On 04/17/2013
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1. Landhaus 48 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

This Williamsburg joint serves up maple bacon hunks served by the handful, in addition to sandos like slow braised pork shoulder w/ cheddar sauce & pickled peppers.

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2. Little Muenster 100 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Thought up by a presumably kick-ass couple, the sammies being cranked out at this diminutive dairy destination are from a chef with serious chops (Alta, The Vanderbilt, Lupa), and can be consumed in one of 13 seats surrounded by decor they describe as that of a "New England kitchen", so expect any pitchers to be loaded with beer.

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3. BaoHaus 238 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

The incomparable Eddie Huang's shaking things up at the EVill follow-up to his smash hit BaoHaus, not only adding to the menu, but also upping the kitchen equipment (Actual gas! A real fryer!), going large enough to accommodate dining tables in addition to counter seating by the open kitchen, and throwing up a "Great Wall of Chinamen" mural featuring everyone from Confucius, to Connie Chung, to Gizmo, to a Dance Dance Revolution machine.

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4. JoeDough 135 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Since great sandwiches often require going out of your way, and sometimes another dude, the team from JoeDoe has opened up a nearby sibling slinging non-relationship-killing sandwiches, with vintage to-go touches including childhood tchotchkes, an old Coca-Cola sign serving as the menu board, and a "20thC Hoosier Cabinet bar" that sadly won't be filled with Shooters.

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5. ChipShop 383 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Lower East Side)

The ChipShop serves up fish 'n chips that's beer-battered using sourced brews from their next door neighbor's Malt & Mold. In addition to the classic Brit food, you can load up on brioche sandos, falafel topped with fries, and s'mores.

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6. Sticky's Finger Joint 31 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011 (West Village)

Pizza and burgers be damned, Sticky's wants to convert you to the chicken finger camp. Part lunch counter, part gourmet version of KFC, Sticky's is a sparsely decorated NYC chain whose graffitied walls and simple booths force you to focus on its wonderfully crispy chicken fingers and poppers, house-made dipping sauces, and loaded sides like the cheesy, greasy bacon mac fries.

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7. Smorgasburg Williamsburg East River State Park, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Smorgasburg's Williamsburg outpost is in full force on Saturdays from 11am to 6pm, April through November. Around 100 vendors gather to compete for your love, affection, and money: local artists, food purveyors, trinket collectors, and the like. It's open rain or shine and you'll want to bring cash to streamline the process of getting your hands on burgers, lobster rolls, ice cream and all your other favorite eats.

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8. Dos Toros 137 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003 (Union Square)

Dos Toros is the project of two brothers from California who were sorely disappointed by the lack of true West Coast burritos in NYC. Rather than fly all the way home and give up on their NY life, the pair decided to address the problem directly by opening up a number of DT shops, all serving massive, filling burritos that feature handmade tortillas, rice, beans, cheese, salsa, sour cream, and your choice of meat. In case you aren't looking to go into calorific shock, go relatively lighter with one of their tacos or quesadillas. And wash it down with a cold Corona, because no burrito joint is complete without a liquor license.

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9. Barn Joo 893 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 (Flatiron)

Evoking both a hip Brooklyn nightspot and an actual barn, this hybrid Korean tapas restaurant, bar, and performance space fills the bottom floor of the Hotel Verite with a long, heavily wooded bi-level banquet hall. Shareable Korean eats liked fried dumplings and kimchee bacon pancakes dominate the menu, while picks like truffle mushrooms assert this gastropub's trendy likability.

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10. Slide 174 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012 (West Village)

At this mini-burger-exclusive spot, try the Classic with rocket, remoulade, and a special top-secret house blend of meat, or get crazier with joints like a fried chicken/ waffle slider with maple-bourbon pear butter, bulgogi cheesesteak, and even, potentially, sliders made from wild boar, ostrich, and gator.

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11. Meatball Shop 200 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

The Meatball Shop's specializing in making balls out of meat and serving them either as sandwiches, naked or with various sides (like risotto and polenta).

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12. Los Perros Locos 201 Allen St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Get down on Latin America-inspired hot dogs, burgers, tubesteaks, and more at Los Perros Locos, a LES spot bedecked in pink neon and graffiti.

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13. Stix Mediterranean Grill 112 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010 (Gramercy)

Stix is an ode to the Mediterranean (awesome) focus on food on sticks. It's helmed by Nikolaos Stavrakakis, who dishes out bites like ground lamb sticks, feta & oregano fries, and honey fritters on a stick.

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14. Jeepney Filipino Gastropub 201 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Jeepney's a roadhousey East Village haven that has a trellised garden out back, tons of bright colors, tin walls, and highly nuanced art depicting cockfights and naked Filipino pinup girls. The food's a modern twist on the classic Filipino fare, like the Chori burger topped w/ a skinless sausage in lieu of bacon.

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15. This Little Piggy 149 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

From the Artichoke bros, this brick-walled nook's counter-serving two iterations of their slow-cooked roast beef sando.

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16. The Burger Bistro 1663 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028 (Upper East Side)

This UES bistro is slinging a selection of ridiculous mix 'n match burgs. Just grab a menu, a wax pencil, and your depraved imagination, then conjure up a ridiculously awesome meat + covering concoction, from a beef burger with mozzarella sticks on it, to shrimp burgers topped with... more shrimp.

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17. Ducks Eatery 351 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Texas barbecue and Vietnamese fare are the perfect couple at Ducks Eatery in the East Village, where the two cuisines come together to create fusion, one-of-a-kind meat dishes like brisket marinated in fish sauce and chili paste, and curry-laced goat neck. Most plates are meant to be shared -- and paired with an unpretentious cocktail or beer from the sizable roster.

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18. Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter 94 Ave C, New York, NY 10009 (Lower East Side)

The East Village foodies behind the cozy delicatessen, Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter, serve up local-sustainable farmed fare with a down home twist. This friendly little spot is known for a wide variety of Southern style dishes like tasty fried chicken platters and boneless chicken sandwiches. The bone-in fried chicken supper comes with a flaky hot biscuit and your choice of side (think mac & cheese, fried okra, potato salad, and all the other hearty country staples that are like what your mom makes, only better).

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19. Action Burger 292 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Action Burger is a haven for pop culture nerds and a place where everybody's invited to eat like a hero/villain. Brilliantly geeked out with display-cased GI Joe figures and artwork from like-minded locals, the place offers up a build-your-own burger sort of deal with toppings like kimchi, bacon, and spicy guac.

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20. Two-Bits Retro Arcade 153 Essex St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Two Bit's Retro Arcade offers a serious beverage menu, 22 rotating games, a foosball table, a projection screen, and a surprisingly sophisticated selection of wines & sake.

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21. Sweet Chick 178 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

The Brooklyn favorite's LES location has some of the best chicken & waffle combos in the entire city. Creations in the past have included chicken and Parm waffles and a special, weekend-only chicken & foieffles, and definitely don't sleep on the tasty cocktails, which are all original creations.