My Must Hit Up List

I have a problem living in New York. I will never have a go-to spot or favorite Italian, Greek, or Sushi place. Since my list is so long and New York City is a never ending environment of new openings and closings, the desire to try a new spot whenever I eat grows at an absurd amount.

Regardless, there have been spots that I’ve noted as having some pretty bomb food, and if you do need a recommendation, I can confidently say the following as solid spots.


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I’ve eaten here numerous times probably because it’s my parent’s favorite restaurant. It’s definitely their go-to and it’s a good one to have as your favorite restaurant. It’s small, quaint and intimate and the food is on point. Amazing seafood, paella, empanadas and of course mojitos.

Red Rooster Harlem

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I’ll always love this place. Marcus Samuelsson did an awesome job creating this menu. The mac & cheese, cornbread   and catfish are to die for. Oh and get the donuts.

Levain Bakery

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Oh god all I’m going to say is..cookies. Cookies. Cookies and I’ll truly believe I will never have a cookie as good as these. UNREAL.

Black Seed Bagels

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I eat a lot of bagels. And I’ve tried a lot of the hot spots in NYC for bagels. Out of all of them, these are my favorite. I do however put Sadelle’s as a close second because the lox with cream cheese definitely beats Black Seed. I chose Black Seed though because of the options. More options that are a lot better then the one lox bagel at Sadelles.

Goa Taco


These tacos though. You can lick a corner of a piece of anything in these tacos and you’ll get all the flavors. IN ONE LICK. And what is that taco shell? I still don’t know but I don’t care.

Taiim Falafel

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As a vegetarian I am a falafel and hummus fiend. I heard these were seriously good, then I tried them and I can confirm they are seriously good.

Doughnut Plant


It was almost a tie with Dough but I had to go with Doughnut Plant. I just like the texture of their doughnuts better. They are softer and tastier. A personal opinion and there are a lot of people that will argue but I’m standing ground with the way these make me feel.



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