Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. Shanghai Café100 Mott St, New York
2. Cafe Katja79 Orchard St, New York
3. Talde369 7th Ave, Brooklyn
4. Lomzynianka646 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn
5. Brick Oven Bread230 Kings Highway, Brooklyn
6. The MasalaWala179 Essex St, New York
7. Tawa Tandoor37-56 74th St, Jackson Heights
8. Il Melograno501 W 51st St, New York
9. Cafe Glechik3159 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn
10. Sarge's Deli548 3rd Ave, New York
At the cusp of Chinatown and Little Italy, this longstanding staple shines with perfect soup dumplings. Not too heavy, not too soupy, the handcrafted dumplings are made with dough that's thick enough to safely make the journey from chopstick to mouth without sagging or leaking. Shanghai Café also has a solid selection of reliable plates like scallion pancakes and spring rolls, and everything is more-than-reasonably priced.
Austrian-fare punctures the menu at this cafe. Speck, blood sausage and beef cheeks as well as liver dishes like a liverwurst with red-onion jam, are mainstays while freshly baked, soft pretzels come with a side of sweet Liptauer seasoned with onions, chives, paprika, and caraway seeds. The beer selection includes quite a bit of Austrian-imported brews as well.
Talde showcases eponymous owner and chef Dale Talde's (of Top Chef fame) BBQ prowess in dishes like BBQ platters piled with brisket, pork shoulder, smoked bacon, shrimp, and black pepper-butter toast. Desserts swing weirdly awesome, from potato chip-crusted cookies with caramel ganache to a shaved ice sundae topped with Cap'n Crunch.
Although Greenpoint is well-known for its fine array of Polish restos, Lomzynianka stands out with its outstanding takes on traditional foods pierogies, borscht, and cabbage dishes.
This Gravesend resto dishes out delicious Georgian cuisine. And if you've never had Georgian (the country, not the state) try out their khinkali, which are dumplings hand-stuffed with spiced meat that forms a broth on the inside.
Think hip and fresh Indian food that mixes tradition with modern technology -- that's MasalaWala. The must-try item on the menu? The deep-fried Mumbai samosas that are stuffed with spiced potatoes and peas.
This Jackson Heights Indian spot may have only six seats, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for with big flavor derived from a rich combination of spices and cooking techniques.
Authentic, straightforward, and reasonably priced Italian food is waiting for you deep in Hell’s Kitchen. All the good stuff (olive oil, mozzarella, wine) is imported from Italy, and the bread and pasta are made in-house. The menu is split between pasta dishes like veal ravioli and sausage pappardelle and meaty mains like chicken Milanese and rib-eye steak with cherry tomatoes. Il Melograno isn’t in the Theater District per se, but it’s close enough to go before a show.
This Brighton Beach Ukranian joint serves up some well-made Russian and Ukranian dumplings (stuffed with everything from pork and beef, to sour cherries, to mozzarella and dill) alongside hearty classics like beef stroganoff.