The name of this restaurant comes from the founder Brian Shebairo trying to say the name of his friend and co-founder Chris, while eating a hotdog. An absolute must for those who love franks, Crif Dogs has upped the ante with its handmade, naturally smoked wieners. They also serve some amazing burgers and shakes, but most come for the dogs. Try the Spicy Redneck, a bacon wrapped masterpiece topped with cole slaw and jalapenos.
Established by brothers Oliver and Leo Kremer, Dos Toros Taqueria brings burritos from the San Francisco Bay Area to Union Square. These Bay Area-born brothers opened this restaurant as a tribute to their favorite haunt, Gordo's Taqueria. At Dos Toros, you can feast on a delicious variety of tacos, burritos and quesadillas. This place has been lauded for serving the best tacos in the city by countless publications, so it's safe to say the secret is out. A recommendation by the brothers themselves and much approved by their regulars is the burrito with guacamole.
This tiny Israeli restaurant serves some of the best falafel to be found in the city. Limited seating in the restaurant can be an issue, so when the weather is nice, take your food outside to the benches out front. The falafel platter is a favorite, and the sauces are sure to please. Wash it all down with some refreshing iced tea, fresh lemonade or a smoothie.
Paulie Gee's has made a name for itself for having some of the best pizzas at affordable prices in New York. Taste is the winner in all of the pizzas made crisp and light from fresh dough, with a dash of flavorful sauces. Another feature is the plenty of vegan options, including faux meat. Try the Delboy or ricotta da vita pizzas, or any of the well seasoned salads. They also serve coffee, wine and beer. The owner Paulie Gee is friendly and can often be seen interacting with customers and asking for their feedback.
The family of owner Peter Benfaremo (the self-proclaimed Lemon Ice King of Corona) has been serving up Italian ices in this Queens location of for over 50 years. The ices come in dozens of flavors, ranging from standards like lemon, coconut and chocolate to exotics like peanut butter, cantaloupe and raspberry. All are made with fresh ingredients. Expect to wait for your ice as there is almost always a line, especially in the summer.
Located in Alphabet City New York, Ninth Street Espresso is the perfect place to stop for some refreshing coffee before starting your hectic day. Take in the aroma and flavor of a beverage brewed to perfection, and ask for some snacks or pastries to go along with it. And if you need a stress buster after work, make sure to visit the place. Call for further details.
Located on West 55th Street, The Original Soupman, as its name suggests, is known for its delicious varieties of soups. Headed by Ali Yenageh, this is the first restaurant of the many chains. Must try on the menu includes their signature Lobster Bisque, Clam Chowder and Lobster Roll. The restaurant gained popularity when it featured on NBC's Seinfield. The restaurant has been a participant in many social causes and is a big part of the Hurricane Sandy Relief Help.
Carnegie John’s is a food cart in Midtown West, mainly serving professionals working in the area. As its timings are almost the same as usual office hours, you can see many people heading here for a quick working lunch. It is one of the most popular food stands in the area and a must-visit place if on a tight budget. French fries, hot dogs, cheeseburgers and sandwiches loaded with piquant sauces can all be found at very low to moderate prices. The Chicken Platter with yogurt sauce is a favorite among regular customers. You can also relish Middle Eastern snacks such as Shish Kebab Pita and Lamb Gyros.
Don’t be surprised if you forget you are still in New York the moment you step in Souvlaki GR Midtown. Boasting of an entirely blue and white decor, you will certainly feel like you are on the Greek island of Santorini. If the pleasant indoor setting wasn’t good enough, the restaurant also has quite a lovely courtyard outside. Call for dishes like Lamb Chops, Spanakopita and Shrimp Pita or you can also ask the servers for recommendations. If you are still confused, simply go for one of their house specialties. The flavorful delicacies can be complemented with a glass or regional wine. If you having craving Greek food or delectable seafood, then an evening at Souvlaki GR Midtown might just be what you need.
Ever wonder why there's a cue snaking out of that red curtain in the lobby of Le Parker Meridien? It's because in the middle of this swanky hotel, tucked away, is the most basic hole-in-the-wall Burger Joint. This casual no frills restaurant, with scribbles on the walls, pinned up art and it's iconic neon sign attracts an eclectic crowd. Serving only three kinds of burgers, fries and beer in a cup, this cash only joint is extremely popular. Drop by for a delicious burger, and enjoy the fact that you get to wait in an air-conditioned lobby rather than out on the street.
This tiny sandwich shop is best described by its name. Offering mainly sandwiches and soups to go, the fixings are always delightfully fresh, like something made from your own kitchen. Their gourmet sandwiches are offered on sliced bread, a baguette, or a bagel. You can choose from a list of their own creations like the Tuna Salad and Vegetables, or the Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato, & Pesto, or build your own sandwich from a variety of ingredients. A sandwich and soup lunch special is available, and they also have a full coffee and juice bar. Small but very festive, the walls are multicolored, and grabbing lunch at the window bar is always a delight. The staff is bright and attentive. You will not feel rushed as you might at many places during lunchtime. Call for further information.
If you love and tea baked goods then Bibble and Sip must be on your list. Chic and trendy, this place has some of the best tea, coffee and desserts. The dishes have a Asian taste with a western touch. Whether its freshly brewed coffee, Gray vanilla in mousse, their special drinks like passion fruit jasmine tea or their signature Matcha jasmine latter, every dish has a unique taste.