Smush takes the deli concept to a whole new level, featuring bites that will satiate your sweet tooth like a hot cookie grilled cheese (a pressed cookie sandwich with fudge) and strawberries on rye (French toast cookies, caramel spread, sliced fresh strawberries, and vanilla ice cream). Sugar overload: here we come.
The original, pint-size location of pastry wizard Christina Tosi's Milk Bar serves all of her signature confections: the sugar-and-butter-based crack pie, birthday cake truffle balls, and the pretzel-potato-chip-coffee-oatmeal-butterscotch-and-chocolate-chip creation known as the compost cookie. Milk Bar's most famous outpost is arguably its cereal milk soft serve, which tastes like a creamier and sweeter version of the leftover milk in a bowl of cornflakes.
Hit up this subterranean surf shack for the laid back atmosphere, bar food, brews, and surf-inspired 'tails.
Unlike the countless generic pad Thai and pineapple fried rice spots around town, this Michelin-starred basement bungalow serves authentic Thai cuisine broken up into drinking snacks, small plates, large plates, and dishes off the charcoal grill. The Khao Soi Kaa Kai is an absolute must -- a steaming bowlful of yellow curry-soaked noodles and an almost impossibly tender chicken drumstick. Frozen beer slushies pair well with spicier dishes, and the small, always-packed space lends itself to trading a caramelized riblet for a bite of garlic-coated pea shoots with a nearby neighbor.
The Pines is a cozy, rustic, backyarded offering working up a pork chop w/ 'nduja & husk cherries, cavatelli in trotter ragu, and short rib w/ abalone mushroom, aji dulce peppers, and an unaged white cheese named quark.