Alice Gao
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Instagram/eggshopnyc
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Wilma Jean
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Mulino a Vino
Charlie Palmer Steakhouse
Upsider
Courtesy of Urban Outfitters
Noah Fecks
GG's
Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
1. Seoul Chicken 71 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

This Korean fried chicken spot (serving SEVEN different types!) is one of the hottest spots in the LES for quick and delicious grub. Coming from Chaz Brown of Top Chef, Around the World in 80 Plates, and Fatty Crab fame, sip on some coconut-laden 'tails and some watermelon covered in lard, as well.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
2. Marta 29 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016 (Nomad)

From Danny Meyer and the excellent chef of Maialino, Nick Anderer, this Roman-style pizza joint in the Martha Washington Hotel is serving up simple pies like a Margherita with buffalo mozzarella, and less simple pies like the Capricciosa with mozz, artichokes, prosciutto, olives, and egg.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
3. Birds & Bubbles 100B Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Sarah Simmons' upscale restaurant on the Lower East Side is dedicated to two things: Southern food and champagne. The menu changes with the seasons but you can always expect the signature buttermilk fried chicken, available by the half or full bird, and an extensive selection of champagne and sparkling wines. The subterranean space opens onto a large outdoor patio, and though it's popular for brunch and dinner, Birds & Bubbles serves a late-night menu with the aforementioned fried chicken and biscuit sandwiches that's a huge draw on Friday and Saturday nights.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
4. Belgian Beer Café 220 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (Nomad)

This two-floored Belgian behemoth is great for enjoying drinks and a meal while basking in the sun that filters through massive windows onto tables laden with five delicious varieties of mussels, other tasty Belgian fare, and an enviable beer list that pairs each brew with its own distinct glassware.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
5. Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. 114 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

At Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Co., you can expect to find only the highest quality of sustainably sourced seafood. This narrow spot -- awash in white tile and blonde wood with a seating area surrounding a marble bar and open kitchen -- is nothing short of a seafood haven. Head to the market in the front and do some grocery shopping of your own, where you'll find plenty of options on the ice.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
6. Root & Bone 200 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

Top Chef veterans Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth dominate Alphabet City's fried chicken scene with Root & Bone. It's a Southern kitchen doing takeout-able, down-home (yet sneakily refined) eats, in a spot that could easily be the ground floor of some country B&B somewhere. Irresistible offerings include gooey corn spoonbread, BBQ brisket biscuits, and, of course, fried chicken.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
7. Egg Shop 151 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012 (Nolita)

This small NoLita shop reimagines the simple egg in a variety of sandwich, meat, and salad combinations, breaking the humble ingredient out of its breakfast-only role. The menu is seriously creative -- with dishes like "The Beast," which pairs sunny side-up eggs with pulled pork, pickled onion, chipotle bourbon ketchup, and cilantro -- and is well-balanced with rich sides like deep-fried hash browns. Though the shop is open all day, we recommend stopping by during daylight hours, when the open-front facade lets you enjoy your sunny side-up in sunny peace.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
8. Pasar Malam 208 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)

This Malaysian spot in Williamsburg is overflowing with extremely innovative eats. Head in for the s'mores roti, Ais, soft-shell crab ragu, and a drink called the Michael Jackson. Get it all.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
9. élan 43 East 20th St, New York, NY 10003 (Gramercy)

This David Waltuck spot in Gramercy dishes out contemporary cuisine like grilled seafood sausage, sea urchin guacamole, stuffed chicken wings, General Tso’s sweetbreads, and fettuccine with scallops and duck fat.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
10. Wilma Jean 345 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (Gowanus)

Armed with Southern hospitality, Wilma Jean in Gowanus serves up stackable portions of double cheeseburgers, fried bologna sandwiches, fried pickles, and its signature fried chicken, the latter of which is served atop a potato bun, on a stick, and in half-portions. Run by a husband and wife duo, the counter-service spot is a solid option for brunch, happy hour (its daily beer and wine deals are an added bonus), or for a late dinner, with the kitchen open until 10pm seven days a week.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
11. Grand Banks Pier 25, New York, NY 10013 (Tribeca)

This seasonal oyster bar perched atop a historic fishing boat at Pier 25 serves an incredible selection of soft-shell crabs, lobster rolls, and of course, lots of oysters. It's best to make a reservation for dining, but you can easily snag a seat at one of the two on-deck bars if you're there for drinks. Refreshing nautical cocktails, wine, Champagne, and craft beer round out the drink menu. Grand Banks is open from May to October.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
12. Dirty French 180 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Located in the Lower East Side's Ludlow Hotel, this glam bistro from Major Food Group (Carbone, Sadelle's, Parm) plays with Moroccan and New Orleans elements to create next-level French cuisine. The menu features elaborate takes on classics with plates like duck a l'orange with ras el hanout and preserved oranges; lamb saddle with potato and cumin; and a cote de boeuf for two. Dirty French is where you go when you want to make dinner an all-night affair, especially when the evening starts with a drink at its Lobby Bar.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
13. Berg'n 899 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (Crown Heights)

If you treasure the days of walking from stall to stall at outdoor markets and the rush of waiting in line for a Ramen Burger, Berg'n is here for you -- this spot from the Smorgasburg organizers has you covered with refreshments, long communal tables, and vendors like Pizza Moto, Asia Dog, and yes, Ramen Burger.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
14. Mulino a Vino 337 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014 (Meatpacking)

Mulino is an Italian restaurant that always has just the right vino to pair with your meal. Enjoy whatever they happen to bring out with the rack of lamb with artichokes, mint, and chili.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
15. Charlie Palmer Steak 47 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018 (Midtown East)

From the guy behind Aureole and Crimson & Rye comes this steakhouse, where you can get down on top-notch, bone-in NY strips and A5 Kobe strip steak

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
16. White Street 221 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013 (Tribeca)

White Street dishes out American cuisine, for steep prices, in TriBeCa. This glamorous spot from Floyd Cardoz also does brunch, with options like a hang town fry omelette (with bacon, caramelized onions, and crispy oysters), fried chicken wings (with maple butter & a fried egg), and a Mangalitsa pork burger on a brioche bun (with kimchi slaw and a fried egg).

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
17. The Upsider 1004 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown East)

With a large quartz bar, bright-blue accents, leather bar stools, and plenty of light, this ‘60s-inspired bar is Instagram gold. On weekdays it caters to an after-work crowd and there's a 40-seat street patio for weekend brunch. With top-notch American fare and a selection of reasonably-priced bar snacks, it's a great place to take your cocktails to a table and settle in for a while.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
18. ESH 98 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (Williamsburg)

ESH, which means “fire” in Hebrew, takes over the space formerly occupied by The Gorbals. The open kitchen's wood-fired grill turns out heavily spiced meats and vegetables that are the backbone to Chef Ilan Hall’s modern Israeli BBQ menu. Warmer weather offers the option of enjoying the full menu at the rooftop bar, which pairs perfectly with a boozy slushie and a Brooklyn Sunset.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
19. tuome 536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

Asian-influenced contemporary American fare from Thomas Chen, formerly of Eleven Madison Park and Commerce. The menu is concise, and broken down into categories like "cold small," "hot small," and "big;" it also features a pork "Pig Out" for two.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
20. GG's 511 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

GG's has eats like half-baked lobsters; oven-baked pasta; a pan-seared burger with white cheddar and melted onions; and an arsenal of pizzas including the Capo the Great, loaded with littleneck, cockle, and razor clams, mozz, ricotta, mascarpone, mushrooms, garlic confit, and rosemary.