Everything You Need to Know to Rock Panorama’s Inaugural Year

Published On 07/21/2016 Published On 07/21/2016
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Grab a true NYC pizza slice at nearby beloved Patsy’s. View on Map

Get yourself to Amy Ruth’s for their world-famous chicken & waffles. View on Map

Taking the 103rd St. footpath? Stop by Saiguette for a banh mi, then stroll through Central Park to your destination. View on Map

Feeling fancy? Skip Red Rooster; you’re not getting in there. Instead, put on your Sunday best and take a crosstown bus to The Cecil, where chef JJ Johnson puts so much love into his wildly innovative menu, especially the kickass piri piri. View on Map

Vynl -- If you’re not invested by the end of the phrase “kung pao shrimp tacos” nobody can help you. View on Map

Ponche Taqueria -- The fish tacos are unreal here. Skip the guac so you can stuff your gob with the many juicy kinds of pork available. View on Map

Pam Real Thai -- Astonishingly, you sometimes need non-taco food. Its 9th Ave counterparts may be hipper, but this is the delish spot. View on Map

Ariana Afghan Kebab House -- Who knew yogurt and meat could make such beautiful mouth-music together? View on Map

BonChon Chicken -- Crispy yet chewy yet tender yet--aargh, why are you still reading? Go get some of this sweet and savory fried wonder. View on Map

Uncle Sam’s Burgers -- It may be a chain in China, but this is the only stateside outpost, and you shouldn’t resist burger-Chinese fusion. View on Map

The Pullman Kitchen -- Those sandwiches. Those sandwiches! Also, chicken and waffles. But those sandwiches! View on Map

Kopitiam -- Blue sticky rice! Kaya toast! Thousand layer butter cake! Koay chap! And coffee made less acidic with the power of butter! Or olive oil if that’s your thing. View on Map

Jeepney -- Unorthodox (but delicious!) burgers mixed with classic Filipino fare. View on Map

Cheeky Sandwiches -- One of the city’s rare poboy stops (and even rarer: an authentic one), but don’t miss the chicken on a biscuit for your own sake. View on Map

Baohaus -- The vibe is almost a little too cool for school but oh man, every single flavor of these tiny bun sandwiches is worth the high buck-per-bite price tag. Definitely get the Chairman Bao. View on Map


Queens Comfort -- Incredibly innovative (yet sumptuous) cuisine makes a visit here is non-negotiable. Nothing else like it exists. View on Map

Rose & Joe’s Italian Bakery -- Fuel up fast with these delectable goods (and a nice slice!) View on Map

The Strand Smokehouse -- If you’re not from a BBQ state, this will put you in a BBQ state. View on Map

Djerdan -- Bosnian homecooking. Get the meat burek. You’re welcome. View on Map

Bagel Store -- Famous for their rainbow bagels, they’ve been a local favorite a lot longer for the amazing quality of their more familiarly flavored  bread-rings. Start your day right with a scallion schmear. View on Map

Mile End -- All good things must come to an end, and this must be where they do, because at Mile End, you’ll find nothing but good things in the form of kosher deli sandwiches and cuts. That’s lunch! View on Map

Pok Pok -- Sup on northern Thai cuisine on the Brooklyn waterfront. If that isn’t heaven, check your pulse.    View on Map

If you have a skip day, hang out at Brooklyn Brewery -- try flavors that probably aren’t distributed in your hometown, order from the aforementioned great restaurants, and maybe meet someone cute. Revel in your tourism and reserve a spot on the short walk around the brewery proper. There’s no better way to spend a summer afternoon. View on Map

Patsy's Pizza
$$ Harlem

As evidenced by the continual crowds at its various locations across the city, Patsy's is a New York institution. The original location opened in Harlem in 1933, and it still serves the same big cheesy pie...more

Amy Ruth's
$$ Harlem

In the city that popularized chicken & waffles, this Harlem joint stands wings and thighs above the rest. It's an incredibly popular destination for pilgrims coming to the city to enjoy amazing soul food (...more

$ Upper West Side

This corner hole-in-the-wall on the UWS doles out soul-warming pho and banh mi sandwiches that are as big as subs and require toothpicks to secure their fillings, which range from roast pork shoulder to cr...more

The Cecil
$$$ Harlem

The Cecil, the supper club sister to jazz joint Minton's in Harlem, fuses the flavors of Asia, Africa and North America. Inspired by Executive Chef Joseph "JJ" Johnson's travels, the menu is always changin...more

BonChon Chicken
$$ Midtown East

With outposts across NYC, the Korean mega-chain BonChon is known for its perfectly crispy, huge wings, with flavor choices of soy garlic or "hot" (which contains red chili peppers and 'gochugaru,' a smoky...more

$ Chinatown

This small Chinatown cafe serves up traditional Malaysian food and is favorite hang out spot for New Yorkers and tourists alike. We are huge fans of the kaya toast at Kopitiam, a toasted sandwich featuring...more

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 mo...more

Cheeky Sandwiches
$ Lower East Side

Cheeky Sandwiches bring the best flavors from New Orleans to the Lower East Side, offering a heavenly variety of po' boys as well as sweet and savory sides. The secret behind the sandwiches is the bread, s...more

Queens Comfort
$$ New York

Bacon-jalapeño-potato nuggets and spaghetti squash burgers make up just some of the creative (to say the least) items at this Queens joint that's doling out comfort foods you never knew you liked. All the...more

Rose & Joe's Italian Bakery has a well-deserved reputation in Astoria for delivering excellent braided semolina bread, overstuffed cannoli with crunchy shells, and piles of chocolate-dipped and sprinkled b...more

Eat all the by-the-pound smoked BBQ and cornbread you can stomach until the kitchen closes at 2am, but be sure to wipe your mouth periodically if you want to make a good impression on whoever is sitting ne...more

Scot Rossillo, the legend behind The Bagel Store in Williamsburg, turns the round-shaped bread obsession into an art form. Using classic old-fashioned techniques and top-notch ingredients, the bagels and c...more

Pok Pok Ny
$$ Brooklyn

Andy Ricker's Michelin-starred restaurant on Brooklyn's Columbia Street Waterfront specializes in Northern Thai food, a regional cuisine that favors pork and deep-frying over spiciness and coconut milk. Po...more

Brooklyn Brewery
$$ New York

Since opening in 1988 with its signature Brooklyn lager, this Williamsburg microbrewery has become one of the best breweries in New York State. The space offers reservation-only brewery tours, and the ware...more

Djerdan Burek
$ New York

What is a burek? It's a Turkish/Bosnian empanada-esque pastry made with baked phyllo dough, and it's amazing. Djerdan is spreading the gospel of burek throughout New York, and their Astoria location is the...more

Uncle Sam's Burgers started as a chain in China, hence the patriotic-sounding name. This Midtown location is their first in the US, with plans for a second spot in Chelsea coming soon. Burgers here are ser...more

If you spend enough time living in NY, you might end up thinking that "halal" only means oversauced meat over stale rice. Swing by Ariana to check out how great real kebabs can be. Ariana's serves kebab th...more

Pam Real Thai
$$ Hells Kitchen

Pam's Real Thai skips all the pretensions of some other Hell's Kitchen spots and instead focuses on serving up legit Thai food for a reasonable price. Locals rave about the oxtail soup and vegetarian optio...more

$ Hells Kitchen

A Hell's Kitchen mainstay for over 20 years, Vinyl takes the theme very seriously -- streaming music videos and concerts, records on the menus, you get the picture. That's not to say the food doesn't stand...more

Ponche Taqueria
$$ Hells Kitchen

Ponche Taqueria strives to be your neighborhood taqueria, and they succeed in every way. Prices are reasonable, and you pretty much can't go wrong with any of the menu options. House-made guac gets rave re...more