Las Ramblas (170 W. 4th St)
This was our go-to tapas place. Tiny little place with really good sangria and great food. You can’t go wrong with most things on the menu!
La Loteria (29 7th Ave S)
This is a more modern Mexican restaurant with de-licious tacos. The margs are also delish! They gave us a little amuse bouche of a roasted pepper soup when we sat down, which we loved and was a nice touch!
Spotted Pig (314 W. 11th St)
This is an NYC hot spot, mainly because of the burger (it is really good), but they have other really good food as well, especially the devils on horseback! They don’t take reservations so it’s best to go early and put your name in and grab a drink at the bar, as it gets very crowded. The portions are big so everything is splittable.
Pearl Oyster Bar (18 Cornelia St)
New England-style delicious seafood place. Not the greatest lobster roll but the clam chowder is amazing and they have steamers! Can’t find those everywhere. They don’t take reservations, you just go in and wait.
Employees Only (510 Hudson St)
Speakeasy that’s also pretty big so good for groups, you go in through a fortune teller’s room. They serve dinner as well as cocktails. Need a reservation.
Hudson Clearwater (447 Hudson St)
This restaurant is speakeasy-ish, as you have to go around the side wall and through a gate to get in. Very good food and also some of the best cocktails I’ve had. On the pricier side but all of the food is really good. Must make a reservation.
John’s of Bleecker St (278 Bleecker St)
Probably one of the most popular NY pizza places. The original is the one in Greenwich village so go to that one.
Tea & Sympathy (108 Greenwich Ave)
Really good British place and one of the few non-hotels that does afternoon tea. The breakfast is excellent (amazing scones!) and for dinner on the weekends, they usually do a roast. They also have a store next to it selling British food and paraphernalia. Doesn’t take reservations and it’s small so be prepared to wait at prime brunch hour.
Amelie Wine Bar (22 W. 8th St)
Super cute French place with an excellent cheese selection! They have happy hour seven days a week and have a special for a wine flight of three (big) glasses for $12. The entrees are also good, but are big so easy to split! Good idea to make a reservation.
La Lanterna di Vittorio (129 Macdougal St)
Unique, cheap little Italian place with a cool back garden. Good mainly for pizza, and they have a jazz bar downstairs (called The Bar Downstairs). If you go the jazz bar, make a reservation.
Spice (39 E. 13th St)
Good, cheap Thai food and they have multiple locations. They have a good lunch special for an app and a main. If you’re looking for something quick this is a good spot.
Ribalta (48 E 12th St)
This is some of the closest pizza to real Italian pizza. They have all the regular styles and they come out perfectly thin and crispy! They have other things on the menu as well, but the pizza is amaze.
Mamoun’s (119 Macdougal St)
The greatest falafel. They have a bunch of locations in the city and one in Hoboken. Falafel sandwiches are only $3. Everything is good but the sandwiches are definitely the best. Get the mint lemonade as well. The original location is the GV one.
Jack’s Wife Freda (50 Carmine St
This little diner-y restaurant is mainly good for brunch, with Jewish deli specialties like matzo ball soup, smoked fish, and latkes. My favorite is the eggs benny with beet hollandaise. They have a s SoHo location as well. Make a reservation if you can–it gets mobbed at brunch time.