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Nom Wah Tea Parlor claims to have the longest running dim-sum shop in NYC and since 1920 this restaurant has been serving these delectable little dumplings at this address. For a bit of history, this storefront is located on the Bloody Angle, one of the city's most notorious alleys in which many Chinese gangs shed blood throughout the 19th Century. Despite the mayhem which then existed, today, Nom Wah diners eat classic siu mai and drink hot jasmine tea, just as it was done along the Silk Road hundreds of years ago.
Who would have thought that some of the best homemade ice cream in New York City is located right in the heart of Manhattan's Chinatown? The dozens of flavors include Spicy Ginger embedded with tiny ginger pieces, Mild Red Bean and the ever-popular Green Tea. Lychee Nut and Pistachio are also amazing. The tiny shop has no seating area, but the winding streets of Chinatown provide ample of good view while you stroll with your treat.
If you want to feel like you are in Palermo, this established cafe is definitely worth a visit. In the heart of little Italy, the friendly staff serves Italian desserts at their best. Sit outside and enjoy tiramisu that is heavenly, eclairs that are sinfully sweet, and their famous cannoli. Wash it all down with espresso or cappuccino, or try a refreshing Italian soda available in a variety of flavors.
In 1897 Gennaro Lombardi started selling tomato pies to workers from a humble storefront on Spring St. In 1905, he transformed it into what would become the first pizzeria in the United States. The original location closed in 1984, but the family reopened this pizzeria in 1994, right down the street. Inside, the magnificent, brick-oven pizza comes to your table the same way it did over a century ago. It's simple, crusty and much beloved by the locals and tourists. Needless to say, wait times on the weekends can be quite long and a line of people usually curves around the door. The ovens use classic ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes, real Mozzarella di Bufala and if you are looking for a slice, look elsewhere because Lombardi's has historically never sold them.
Ices, sorbets and gelato are what you will find at Il Laboratorio Del Gelato. Over 50 gelato flavors and over 45 types of sorbets line the menu card, just as loads of interesting tubs, spoons and scoops line the windows of the outlet. The all-time kiddie favorite remains chocolate, while most grown-ups go in for the vanilla. More delectable options include licorice, apple cinnamon, Black Mission Fig, and the sinful chocolate-chocolate chip.
Melt is an ice cream shop and bakery that offers its customers rich, creamy ice cream sandwiched between fresh, crunchy cookies. Using only fresh, seasonal and sustainable local ingredients, these delicious treats are prepared from scratch daily at the ice cream shop itself. Although the selection changes regularly, some delicious regulars include the Morticia with malted chocolate rum ice cream and chocolate cookies, the Lovelet with cream cheese ice cream and red velvet Meltcakes, and the Cinnamax with cinnamon ice cream and snickerdoodles. Available in regular and mini-sized varieties, Melt ice cream sandwiches are a great choice for an after dinner treat, or to sweeten a party.
Are you possessed with the nagging urge for chocolate that you just can not get over? Well, this dessert house will bail you out with its notorious cocoa concoctions. Sip hot, dark or white chocolate, or a creamy, fragrant cappuccino. To break your fast in the morning there are strawberry-topped waffles, peanut butter brioche French toast, or bagels and pastries. Then crepes, lasagna, sausages, salmon quiche, salads and soups are up for grabs for lunch. Let your kids squeal over the specialties crafted for them in the menu. If you are prone to piling on the pounds, avail of the reduced calories menu that cuts back the flab while you take the choco ride!
The charming little Friend of a Farmer is located in an equally charming area, but dining here feels more like a trip to farm country. The atmosphere is friendly and dress is definitely casual. Friend of a Farmer offers three great meals a day. Start early with fresh squeezed juices at the juice bar including honeydew, pineapple and carrot-kale. Then enjoy a pancake feast breakfast. Lunch features good soups and salads. Dinner includes specials like their famous chicken pot pie, Shepherds Pie or seafood dishes. Visit once and be hooked for life!
For a taste of old school New York, come to this former apothecary, now the Brooklyn Farmacy. The Farmacy now is a classic soda fountain, where guests can come get a taste of delicious ice cream and nostalgia. Monster sundaes, milkshakes, egg creams and sparkling sodas are what the place is really known for. However, they also offer up a solid menu of classic American dishes like grilled cheese or meatloaf sandwiches. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the tasty offerings in this delightfully old timey soda fountain.
Burgers, shakes, sodas and pretty much all the classic fast food staples can be found at this revered burger joint in Madison Square Park. In addition to addictive burgers and shakes, the Shack offers a leafy outdoor setting for its patrons to watch the city go by. The surprise here is that they serve booze with your burger; from beer, to reds and whites available by glass and bottle, grab one and try to find a spot on the grass. What's more, they're dog-friendly and they have a few things on the menu as well for your pooch. During the spring and summer, the line outside can be inexorably long, however there are other locations around Manhattan which are only a cab ride away.