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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.
La Mela or "apple" in Italian has been a staple on Mulberry Street for more than 25 years and it has garnered a reputation for offering some of the most affordable dishes on what is probably the most popular street in Little Italy. With so many options to choose from in this area, La Mela is a comfortable, no-frills place where you feel as if you might be dining at your uncle's house. It's great for parties because of the family style meals, however they still have a la carte options. On the menu you can find all the familiar favorites such as veal scallopini, spaghetti marinara and chicken Parmigiana in addition to an extensive wine list. One other little benefit if you happen to dine here in the summer, as you leave the restaurant, don't forget to try their excellent gelato at their little stand right outside the door.
The darling of the Italian American community of Nolita, Rubirosa treats its guests to a generous spread of revamped traditional Italian eats. Owned by the well-known Pappalardo family since 2010, the restaurant's modest yet charming Italian diner-style decor welcomes visitors with humility and endearment. The food is just an extension of the vibe of the place and is infused with honest flavors and presented with simplicity. The Lasagna Napoletana, Black & White Tagliatelle, and the Beef Braciole are some of the restaurant's specialties.
This old world German restaurant has an abundance of continental charm. It's a touch of Bavaria on the Lower East Side. At Loreley, no one goes home hungry and be sure to bring your appetite because the fare is hearty and filling. Whether it's the schnitzel sandwiches, liverwurst on German rye, herring in cream sauce with onions or apples and salt potatoes, you will be sure to exceed your daily calorie quotient and be left with barely enough room for a dessert of baked Camembert with loganberry sauce. They also have a DJ Lounge in the basement which frequently features international talent. Sit in their garden for a lovely setting in which to enjoy your food.
Sauce is a rustic Italian eatery located on the Lower East Side. The restaurant is owned by Frank Prisinzano, owner of several of New York's favorite Italian places. The restaurant only seats about 100 so it can get crazy at times, but many will say its well worth it. The restaurant also features its own butcher shop, an interesting attraction for carnivores, and you can even pick up some of the house made sausages and other meats to take home with you and prepare however you like.
The Meatball Shop has a few locations around NYC and since it first opened in 2010, you would wonder why it took so long for a restaurant to specialize in these delectable globes of meat. The way it works is you order your choice of beef, pork, chicken or veggie balls, then you top them off with a sauce. The meal comes with Foccacia and you can add sides like polenta, mash potatoes, broccoli, salads, etc. The restaurant features bar style seating and one of the hidden highlights is their ice cream sandwich. It is made with homemade cookies and fresh-churned cream, making it a haven for those with a sweet tooth as well.
EN Japanese Brasserie is the first US venture for the brother-sister restaurateur duo, Bunkei and Reika Yo. The menu is completely Japanese and the chef, Koji Nakano does his best to give you the authentic Japanese cuisine. You could try the restaurant's signature menu or select other delicacies as per your taste. Saikyo black cod in miso, crispy snow crab tempura and avocado roll for sushi or Konnyaku for vegetarians are a few of the available items. Also, keep a check on the brasserie's event schedule. Plan your visit according to the tasting events that take place quite regularly. Private rooms are also available for special parties.
Named after Pellegrino Artusi who is well known for his expansive cookbook La Scienza in Cucina e L’Arte di Mangiare Bene, L'Artusi will make any epicurean proud. This Italian diner, with its modern twists by Gabe and Katherine Thompson, along with its impressive wine cellar will definitely charm you. Spread across two floors, you can catch all the action at the open kitchen. It also features a cheese bar. Their menu includes dishes like spaghetti with garlic, parmesan and chiles, potato gnocchi with lamb shanks and tomato, rabbit fettucine, charred octopus with pancetta, potatoes, olives and chiles, braised short rib, roasted mushroom and roasted chicken. If you are a first-timer at L'Artusi, chances are you will leave as a fan.
Loosely translated, the name of this place could be taken to mean Lucky Peach's Burrito Bar. If the name seems a bit more exotic than the translation, then it's just a fitting match for the food: like a real burrito bar, it's informal and fast, but in this case, it carries an international flavor and is presided over by a famous restaurateur. Ssäm can mean anything wrapped in Korea, so head up to the bar and choose out a creative combination of things like kimchi and pickles to be wrapped in a flour pancake or bibb lettuce. Late-night tapas and an excellent cheese selection also feature on the menu.
A home decor store is hardly the place you'd expect to find a superlative dining experience, but ABC Kitchen (located within ABC Carpet & Home) delivers. This venture between home decor giant and celebrated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten paid off handsomely when it was voted "Best New Restaurant of 2011" by the James Beard Foundation. ABC Kitchen's delicious American fare is more than worthy of its already fantastic reputation. The restaurant's brunch, lunch and dinner menus are full of well-crafted preparations that highlight the best in healthy, local and organic ingredients. The restaurant strives to be green and sustainable in everything they do, right down to the bread baskets which are hand-crafted by the Mapuche people of Peru. Helped handsomely by the store's stunning collection, the restaurant's interiors are extremely elegant and provide a comfortable space to enjoy your meal.
Buddakan offers modern Asian cuisine to New York foodies. Located at the east side of Chelsea Market, this 16,000-square-foot (1486-square-meter) restaurant has a decidedly ultra chic look. Indulge your taste buds and choose from exotic dishes made from vegetables and meats, including shrimp, fish, chicken, beef, duck, and lamb, all served with a Chinese twist. The trendy restaurant has even been featured in TV and movies like Sex and the City.
Gorge on traditional Spanish tapas and its endless modern variations at this contemporary tapas bar in the Meatpacking District. The restaurant's decor is a visual delight, and will take your breath away. The expansive space with soaring ceilings has numerous sections with a unique character of its own. From the sleek bar in gray and black hues to a vibrant little area with lots of wood and overflowing foliage, the restaurant interiors are a sensory delight. The menu offers an extensive selection from pinchos to paella, and includes delights like erizos con caviar, jamon de la quercia, asado de huesos and panza de cerdo. Pair it up with a wine from the well-chosen list or Spanish-inspired cocktails.