January is the dawn of a new year, and what better way to celebrate the start of something new than with pancakes? While sometimes there’s nothing better than a simple homemade stack of pancakes, we’ve rounded up a list of the city’s top five locations serving up everybody’s favorite breakfast food. Be sure to venture out and sample some of these all-star pancakes, many of which offer a fresh twist on a classic recipe! (Note: we are well aware that some of you are very loyal to your favorite pancake establishment, which may or may not be included on our list. Comment your favorite venue and flavor, and we will be sure to give it a try!)
Many have tasted, and the consensus is in: Bubby’s has some of the best Banana Nut Pancakes this city has ever seen! With many other toppings to choose from, the pancake flavors include James Beard and Sourdough. And if the morning allows, be sure to sample their Fried Chicken Pancake combo as well!
Neil Kleinberg’s Blueberry Pancakes have been voted best in the city by New York Magazine, two times over! This Lower East Side stronghold serves pancakes all day long, and the rest of the menu has been lauded as “anything but ordinary” by the New York Observer. Come down and try a bite, or two, or three!
Open for brunch on the weekends, Win Son in East Williamsburg is the perfect place to go to try pancakes with a twist! With a casual atmosphere, this venue serves up tasty Taiwanese-American fare, like these Scallion Pancakes with black vinegar dipping sauce. Be sure to try them out!
Various Manhattan Locations, Including: 7 Ninth Avenue, Meatpacking
Served daily beginning at 7AM, these Lemon Ricotta Pancakes will redefine the way you think about the staple breakfast food. The treat has been described as a “puffy-like zesty lemon cake” and comes served with fresh raspberries and candied lemon. Top it off with maple syrup for a tasty breakfast any day!
Give these Red Velvet Pancakes a whirl at Queens Comfort, Astoria’s favorite comfort food dining destination! Their brunch menu is very extensive, so be sure to come in numbers in order to sample more than one dish.
There are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit, but tasting holiday treats and sweets may just be the best way. Whether it’s a meal inside a venue decked out in 15,000 ornaments, a chance to vote for the Best Latke in NYC or a sip of a hot cocoa out of a hug mug, opportunities to indulge abound across New York City. Check out our list of the top five standouts of the season below!
For holiday decor like you’ve never seen it before, head to Rolf’s German Restaurant in Gramercy. During the season, the space is as populated with people as it is with decorations (15,000 ornaments!), so prepare for a cozy experience! The menu includes tasty schnitzels and signature Holiday Smoothies. And, if you don’t have a chance to pencil it in during the month of December, never fear: the Christmas decorations will be on display until May!
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
This festive holiday tasting event is the ultimate celebration of potato pancakes in New York City. Join revelers and a panel of celebrity judges to sample some of the best and most creative latkes in the city, to ring in the holiday season and to vote Best Latke in NYC. Proceeds will benefit The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit dedicated to educating children and families about healthy eating habits.
At Max Brenner, take hot chocolate to the next level in this signature hug mug, shaped to be scooped with both hands to create the ultimate sipping experience! Enjoy flavors ranging from Original Chocolate and Marshmallow to Italian Thick and Mexican Spicy. Other signature drinks and desserts that go hand in hand with the holiday season include the Alice Cup, the Chocolate Fondue Tower and the Banana Split Waffle.
The original Gowanus pie shop has opened a 10-seat pie counter in Prospect Heights, where patrons can taste the famous pies and purchase them whole or by the slice. Go green with the Matcha Custard, or sample some holiday favorites including Cranberry Sage, Egg ‘n’ Grogg and Bittersweet Chocolate Pecan!
December 15th through 17th The Ravel Hotel, 8-08 Queens Plaza South, LIC
Let Santa, live music and unlimited winter cocktails be the backdrop for your holiday shopping and browsing this season! LIC Flea & Food presents the Spiked Mug Fest & Holiday Market, the biggest holiday market in Queens hosted at the Ravel Hotel. Sample favorite drinks like “Igloo Meter” and “Holiday Mule” to truly get into the holiday spirit!
Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner or just in charge of bringing the pumpkin pie, this holiday is best spent inside the kitchen. Below, we have compiled five easy recipes for side dishes designed to perfectly accompany the turkey, and ones that are both traditional and unique! For more fun recipes, be sure to check out Country Living’s ultimate list. And, wherever you feast this Thanksgiving, we wish you a happy holiday spent with friends, family and food!
1. Fresh Herb Spoon Rolls
Prep and Cook Time: 40 minutes
Serving Size: 8
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted, plus more for muffin pans
1 1/4-oz package active dry yeast
1 tbsp sugar
2 cups warm water (100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit)
4 cups self-rising flour, spooned and leveled
2/3 cup chopped tender herbs (such as parsley, basil, dill and chives)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Butter two 12-cup standard muffin pans
Combine yeast, sugar and water.
Let stand until foamy, 4 to 6 minutes (if mixture does not foam, discard and start again).
Stir in flour, herbs, egg, salt and butter.
Transfer batter to muffin pans.
Bake until golden, 20 to 24 minutes.
2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Prep and Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10 to 12
2 lbs Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
2 tbsps olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Toss together Brussels sprouts, oil and vinegar on a large rimmed baking sheet.
Season with salt and pepper.
Roast, stirring once in the last five minutes, until tender and lightly browned, fifteen to twenty minutes.
3. Squash Casserole
Prep and Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Serving Size: 10 to 12
6 tbsps unsalted butter, divided plus more for a pan
10 medium yellow squash, sliced
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 can (10 1/2-ounce) cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup whole milk
8 ounces Cheddar cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
1 large eat, beaten
2 cups crumbled butter crackers (approximately 40)
Freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Butter a 9×13-inch baking dish.
Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large pot over medium heat.
Add squash, onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
Drain and roughly chop mixture; reserve.
Add soup and milk to pot and cook until warm, 1 to 2 minutes.
Whisk in cheese, 1/2 cup at a time, until melted.
Stir in egg and reserved squash mixture.
Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish.
Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter.
Add crackers and toss to coat. Sprinkle over casserole.
Bake until golden and bubbly, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm.
4. Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Star Anise
Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serving Size: 8
4 whole allspice berries
2 whole star anise
3/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup sugar
12 oz. fresh cranberries
Zest strips from 1/2 orange
Gather allspice and star anise in a 4-inch square of cheesecloth and tie into a sachet.
In a medium pot over medium heat, combine sugar, orange juice, and 1/4 cup water.
Add sachet and cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar melts and liquid begins to bubble, for about 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes.
Return pot to stove over medium-high heat and add cranberries and zest.
Cook until cranberries just begin to pop, for about 7 minutes.
Transfer sauce to a medium serving container and refrigerate until chilled, for 1 hour or up to 3 days.
5. Apple Walnut Stuffing
Prep and Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Serving Size: 8 to 10
Ingredients: 3/4 lb. mild ground pork sausage
1 medium sweet onion
2 medium Granny Smith apples
1 cup celery
2 large garlic cloves
1 cup toasted walnut
1/4 cup fresh parsley
2 tbsps fresh sage
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly grounded pepper
12 cups assorted bread cubes
2 1/2 cups low sodium turkey or chicken broth
1/4 cups melted butter
Directions: Heat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sauté sausage and onion in a large skillet over medium heat for six minutes, or until sausage is no longer pink.
Add apples, celery and garlic cloves, sautéfor five minutes or until the apples are tender.
Stir in walnuts, parsley, sage, thyme leaves, salt and pepper.
Transfer into a large bowl. Let cool for ten minutes.
Fold in bread and broth until well blended.
Spoon into a well-greased 3-quart or 13×9-inch baking pan.
Brush top generously with butter.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 to 50 minutes or until top is crusty and brown.
Garnish, if desired!
Now that the temperatures are dropping, what better way to keep warm than with a steaming plate of spaghetti? These five restaurants located across the city are sure to satisfy your Italian food cravings while offering a warm environment to cozy up in alongside friends and family.
Babbo is a celebration of all things Italian, from the food and the wine to the lifestyle! Shortly after opening in the late 90s, the restaurant received the James Beard Foundation’s Best New Restaurant Award, and has since retained this level of acclaim and widespread praise. Chef Mario Batali presents the finest seasonal produce, Italian cheeses, meat, game and seafood, served with Italian olive oils, traditional aceto balsamico and more. The wine list represents one of the most intelligent collections in the city as well!
Carbone is the creation of Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick, standing as the present-day essence of the great Italian-American restaurants of mid-20th century New York. The chefs take fan favorite dishes like seafood salad, linguini vongolo, lobster fra diavola, chicken scarpariello and veal parmesan to the next level of flavor and taste. Stop by and sample the menu for yourself!
This small, wood-fired restaurant stands in the heart of Little Italy, beckoning all inside with its hallmark colorful sign. Hospitality is infused into the restaurant’s ethos, and evident from the minute you sit down. Be sure to sample the grilled octopus, burrata pizza and artichoke!
Lilia strives to bring the best of Italy to Williamsburg, offering wood-fired seafood, handcrafted pastas, classic Italian cocktails and warm hospitality all wrapped up in one stellar dining experience. Be sure to taste the housemade mozzarella, grilled eggplant and sheeps milk cheese filled agnolotti – we promise you’ll finish!
The Alimentari & Vineria branch stems from the original il Buco on Bond Street, specializing in house-cured meats and home baked breads. The Italian aesthetic is solidified by handpicked pieces selected by art gallerist David Zwirner, Antonello and Lorenzo Radi, Ian McPheely and Christian Garnett. Sample some of the tastiest Italian meals in the city underneath the gorgeous whimsical chandelier, or atop the upstairs roof garden!
We’re all regulars somewhere in New York City, whether it’s a tiny café, a century-old Italian restaurant or that tasty sushi place around the corner. That said, there are too many great new restaurants that crop up on a consistent basis across the city’s grid to avoid in the name of what we know best. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the latest and greatest eateries that have graced the city this past summer. If you haven’t sampled their menus yet, be sure to try them this fall!
Union Square Hospitality Group has opened a new Italian mainstay on 11th Street. Though reminiscent of Shake Shack’s buzzer-ordering system, Martina’s chef Nick Anderer shies away from a classification of “fast-casual,” preferring “fine-casual” instead. He stresses his new restaurant’s high quality of service, combined with the organic human interaction between his employees and customers. However, the restaurant is undeniably speedy, with pizzas cooking within two minutes. At prime times, the chef plans to push out up to 90 pies an hour. At under $13 per slice, it’s worth stopping by for a taste!
The owner of Le Bilboquet, Philippe Delgrange, has opened a new café down the street from his renowned bistro. The casual French eatery now serves tasty treats like breakfast pastries and éclairs, plus ready-made paninis and salads, and refreshments including coffee, tea, beer and wine. Though casual, Café Bilboquet remains reminiscent of its older and more established cousin with its elegantly gilded setting and plush garnet banquettes.
For those of you who reside in Bushwick, a new Mexican restaurant has opened on Starr Street. A black flag bearing a smiling skull (“calavera”) beckons you inside to taste its tacos, quesadillas and gorditas while sipping tasty margaritas. You’ll find the inside decorated in homage to Mexican folk art, with colorful fantastical figures inspired by artist Pedro Linares lining the shelves. Bar managers Oscar Castro and Rocio Baker sourced all of the art directly from Mexico, and head chef Miguel Rojas carefully crafted the menu to offer only the country’s best. And, the extensive margarita list goes beyond the standard mango and strawberry, including lychee, blueberry and blood orange flavors as well.
Queens Bully (short for “Boulevard”) was the dream of borough natives Rohan Aggarwal and Suraj Patel. The gastropub serves comfort food and barbecue inspired by Queens’ diversity of culture. The eclectic menu by Chef Arim Isabel includes smoked jerk chicken, Corona pork tacos and shrimp and grits, plus locally sourced vegetables and herbs grown at the establishment. Subway tiled decor makes anyone who walks in feel right at home in the city.
Feed Your Soul Cafe is the first express retail location of the brand Feed Your Soul. Born out of a studio apartment over a decade ago, the bakery donates cookies and premium pastries to The Coalition for the Homeless with every order placed. The tasty treats include large and small cookies in flavors ranging from honey oatmeal raisin and white chocolate snickerdoodle to triple chocolate cocoa loco to white chocolate cherry jubilee. Plus, the location serves brownie bars, granola bars, pastries and more!
The brunch phenomenon continues to sweep the city, and we’re most definitely reserving a spot on the bandwagon. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 restaurants that have championed the brunch rankings in terms of menu, atmosphere, and location. Be sure to check them out below; we may just have filled up your weekend morning schedules until Labor Day!
Croissants and beignets with Nutella and pastry cream are featured on the pastry menu at this high-end French brasserie located in Manhattan’s Financial District. Other menu standouts include Eggs Cardinal and Sea Urchin Spaghettini, and an impressive array of brunch cocktails, including tasty Bloody Marys.
Located on the lower level of New York City’s Met Breuer, Flora Bar offers innovative twists on brunch ideas, including a Shrimp Roll with hollandaise sauce and a Maple and Sesame Pound Cake served with a sunny-side-up egg and thick-cut bacon. A variety of pastry and coffee options round out the menu at this Upper East Side favorite.
This popular spot occupies three stories in Brooklyn’s trendy Williamsburg neighborhood. Diners flock to the rooftop garden and sidewalk cafe for menu favorites like Hazelnut-Maple Praline Pancakes and Biscuits and Gravy. Weekend brunch is served on a walk-in basis, with a limited number of reservations accepted between 10:00 and 10:30 am.
Come to ABC Carpet & Home for Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Paulette Cole’s selection of plant-based, non-GMO, organic cuisine, sourced locally and globally from small family farms. Start your day with a Maca-Cacao Energy Shake, a Sea Buckthorn and Persimmon bowl, Avocado Toast or Fresh Steamed Tofu!
This cozy brick-and-wood gastropub serves up brunch staples like Eggs Benedict and Chicken and Waffles in a warm and intimate setting. Located in Queens’ eclectic Astoria neighborhood, the popular eatery features a backyard garden and serves weekend brunch from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.
America’s favorite pastime collides with delicious eats this summer at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium. Regardless of how your team is doing, you’ll never strike out with these top picks interspersed throughout each stadium. In between innings, be sure to stop by one or two of these restaurants and vendors, which include everything from old-timers’ standbys to newcomers’ home runs.
New York Times restaurant critics, step aside. The Instagram Explore Feed is the new go-to destination for those seeking out the food world’s latest and greatest, offering real-time photos of delicious meals and photogenic treats. Whether you’re a food blogging millennial or not, check out these Insta-friendly hotspots for a summer treat that is easy on the eyes and delicious for the taste buds!
Mister Dips Ice Cream
William Vale Hotel, Brooklyn
With super-friendly service and soothing views of Williamsburg’s Vale Park, Andrew Carmellini’s Airstream kitchen serves a simple but delicious menu of burgers, fries, and ice cream. Unique flavors of soft serve make for a colorful and Instagrammable moment. Mister Dips is a summer must!
Ice & Vice Ice Cream
221 East Broadway
Situated on the Lower East Side, this experimental ice cream shop scoops up small, handcrafted batches of ice cream, yogurt, and sorbet. Ice & Vice is famous for its eclectic flavors like “Tea Dance” and “Milk Money”, and its unique seasonal offerings prove the perfect summer accessory for your latest Insta story.
Frosé from Bar Primi
Bar Primi, Andrew Carmellini’s Bowery eatery, mixes up a tasty frozen cocktail of Sicilian rosé, Rosato vermouth, and strawberries. Better known to aficionados as frosé, this new summer staple is sure to please your palate and satisfy your social media appetite.
Frozen S’mores at Dominique Ansel Bakery
189 Spring Street
Award-winning pastry chef Dominique Ansel, inventor of the Cronut, uses his innovative skills to create the frozen s’more, a marriage of frozen custard coated in chocolate pastry wafers wrapped inside a toasted marshmallow. These perfectly-proportioned confections offer a taste of summer with every Insta-worthy bite.
Melt Bakery’s Ice Cream Sandwiches at Madison Square Eats
May 13th through June 9th
Worth Square, Fifth Avenue, between 25th and 26th Streets
Ice cream cookie sandwiches from Melt Bakery are always in high demand for those looking to satisfy their summer sweet tooth. Available at several locations throughout the city, including the bi-annual Madison Square Eats food festival, these delectable treats are foodie heaven.
Cha Cha Matcha’s Soft Serve Ice Cream
373 Broome Street
Combining antioxidant-rich Japanese green tea, or “matcha”, with cool and creamy ice cream is the perfect way to enjoy a healthy and delicious treat. Cha Cha Matcha’s vibrant shop and rainbow-esque swirl ice cream provide the perfect backdrop for capturing a colorful Instagram moment in time.
From Mother’s Day to Memorial Day, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy a seafood dish or two in May. We’ve compiled a list of the top ten New York City establishments that can satisfy this craving, trusted time and again by Manhattanites and visitors alike. Check out the list below, and see if you can’t hit all ten by the end of the summer!
240 Central Park South
Translated into Italian, Marea means “tide,” – and here in the heart of New York City, it’s bringing the Italian coastline straight to your stomachs. Chef Michael White has created the menu to “read like a map of the sea,” with extensive offerings including crudo and oysters; plus a selection of 750 wines.
2. Ed’s Lobster Bar
222 Lafayette Street
Chef Ed McFarland brings the beach to the city at Ed’s Lobster Bar in a simple shack setting. He serves lobster each and every way your palate could possibly desire: steamed, grilled, broiled, chilled, inside a pot pie, and, of course, on a roll. Committed to his renowned menu, Ed has testified that he tastes the lobster each day to ensure it lives up to reputation.
3. Le Bernardin
155 West 51st Street
This elite French seafood restaurant is proud to be the only restaurant to maintain a four-star New York Times rating throughout five consecutive reviews. Le Bernardin is committed to upscale service and a menu to match. While the menus reflect the ambiance with a $205 tasting menu and $140 four-course prix fixe, the lounge area includes lighter snacks for a more affordable price.
4. Grand Central Oyster Bar
89 E 42nd Street
Since 1913, Grand Central Oyster Bar has been serving fresh seafood to Manhattanites, famous for its oyster stew and freshly-shucked Baja and Plymouth Rock oysters. Located inside Grand Central Station, it’s the perfect destination to either begin or complete your New York City experience.
5. Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.
114 Nassau Avenue
Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. is committed to serving local and seasonal seafood with sustainability as its guiding mantra. Choosing to source from only the most responsible and careful fisherman, the restaurant offers a menu that is at once tasty, healthy, and cognizant of a viable future for the world’s seafood. Plus, be sure to check out the restaurant’s hands-on classes, like Oyster Tasting and Shucking!
6. Nobu Fifty Seven
40 West 57th Street
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa partnered with Drew Nieporent, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper to create the now-famous new style Japanese restaurant. Serving fan favorites like Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño and Black Cod Miso, Nobu ranks among New York’s finest.
7. Blue Water Grill
31 Union Square West
Blue Water Grill has now been renovated to accommodate 225 patrons desiring a world-class seafood experience. Committed to sustainability, the establishment works closely with local purveyors and offers an atmosphere that is at once historic and contemporary.
47 East 12th Street
Another traditional Japanese sushi bar, Shuko incorporates the finest fish selections and seasonal ingredients from local and international sources. The popular establishment is strict with reservations, so be sure to schedule in advance!
9. Russ & Daughters
179 East Houston
Russ & Daughters is every lox-lover’s dream, serving various salmon varieties including Norwegian Smoked, Kippered, Pastrami Cured, and Western Wild Nova. The open kitchen-style restaurant boasts a friendly staff and an old-school soda fountain bar – the perfect opportunity to enjoy a light lunch, brunch, cocktails, dinner, and more!
10. Pearl Oyster Bar
18 Cornelia Street
Pearl Oyster Bar redefined Maine’s lobster roll and brought it to the heart of New York City. Chef Rebecca Charles elevated the cuisine previously considered “beach food” into an upscale staple. Don’t miss out on Pearl’s delicious plates of shrimp, filet, sea scallops, bouillabaisse, and more!
When living in this glorious concrete jungle, there is no better way to make the most of a sunny day than with a little al fresco dining. We’ve curated a list of our favorite upscale restaurants that offer beautiful rooftop or outdoor dining experiences. Whether you’re dining with friends or entertaining clients, these lovely spots are certain to offer a great meal accompanied by a breath of fresh air.
Nougatine at Jean Georges
1 Central Park West
A favorite for elegant business dining, Nougatine is the little sister of the adjoining Jean-Goerge’s and offers upscale seasonal cuisine with a French flair. Their lovely terrace is perfect for brunch, lunch, or dinner in the heart of Columbus Circle.
25 Cooper Square
Walk past The Standard Hotel’s happening bar and head straight back into the lush garden space that is Narcissa, a farm-to-table American cuisine hot spot in the East Village. Narcissa is not only one of our favorite picks for outdoor dining, but also for veggie-centric cuisine (order the carrot fries).
85 West Broadway
This TriBeCa gem offers farm-to-table New American cuisine by famed chef Andrew Carmellini. You’ll love people watching as you dine on organic vegetables and free-range poultry at Little Park’s beautiful sidewalk patio.
24 Fifth Avenue
Enjoy Mediterranean-accented French cuisine at one of Claudette’s charming outdoor tables. Blue-and-white-checkered tablecloths set the tone for the warm West Village hospitality you’ll experience as you soak in some rays.
80 Wythe Avenue
After strolling about one of the two nearby parks, head to Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel for a chic and upscale meal at Reynard. Following dinner, head upstairs to their swanky rooftop bar, The Ides, for a nightcap featuring incredible views of the Manhattan skyline.
775 Washington Street
Walls open up in the springtime at the chic West Village Italian eatery known as Barbuto. Enjoy the fresh air and natural light as you dine on the Bucatini Alla Carbonara; it’s rumored to be one of the in town.