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.
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.
Since 1973, Gray's Papaya has been a New York favorite on the West Side. With two locations, both spots merit an obligatory visit, especially if you're broke. So what if it is just a hot dog joint? Founder Paul Gray (formerly from Papaya King), has fed thousands of New Yorkers, in addition to many celebrities and tourists. The special is two juicy dogs served with your choice of onions, kraut, mustard, ketchup and a foamy papaya drink for some of the lowest prices around. The place is standing room only, but then again these dogs are meant to be eaten on-the-go.
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.
Overlooking 37th Avenue, Xi’an Famous Foods is well-known for their delicious meals from the Chinese cuisine. Some of their delicacies includes items like soups, noodles, burgers and dumplings. This eatery has several branches that are spread across the city of New York. Along with indoor seating, they also have a few curbside seats.
If you are in the mood to pamper yourself or celebrate a special occasion with delightful food, simply head to Varka. Serving fresh seafood and delicious Greek/Mediterranean fare, you can’t go wrong with this upscale restaurant. Favorites include Stuffed Calamari which is grilled and served with feta, tomato, fresh herbs and garlic and Dover Sole from Holland if you are in the mood for fish. Sip on a wine from their extensive selection as you relish the delicious food. They also have an exceptional assortment of Greek wines. With its dim lighting, cozy ambience, and dishes that can be shared by two, it’s also a great restaurant to bring a date.
Hidden behind an unassuming door in the Franklin Square Shopping Center, Chef’s Table is a classy BYOB restaurant with delicious French fare on offer. The menu is descriptive and describes each dish quite properly. Favorites include the Portobello Salad prepared with slow roasted portobello, spinach, chopped eggs, mozzarella, red peppers and flavored with madeira wine vinaigrette and the Grilled Tuna which is peppercorn encrusted and served with julienne of tomato and parsley beurre blanc sauce. Eating at this restaurant is experiencing French cuisine at its finest.
The Dog House Saloon & Grill is a family-run restaurant that appeals with its upbeat ambiance and cheerful staff. Hop in for some delicious burgers, cheesesteaks, fries and more. Try their award-winning Chili, and crispy beer-battered onion rings. Treat yourself to a hearty meal at the Dog House Saloon & Grill as you enjoy the music videos and sports telecasts being screened on the TVs around the bar.
Mr. Cupcakes is a part of a chain and has a reputation for specializing in the baking of artisan cupcakes. There are over 40 different flavors of standard cupcakes available here; chocolate, vanilla, apple, caramel, being the most popular ones. As soon as you enter this quaint bakery you will be welcomed by the sight of tempting cupcakes on display, and freshness quotient is not compromised on as every batch of cupcakes is baked from the scratch for the day.
If you are craving for freshly-prepared sushis, then Sakana is the place to visit. This Japanese restaurant serves an excellent selection of sushis, sashimis, curries, tempuras, soups, noodles, rice and more. This cozy eatery even offers catering services for private and corporate events. In addition to dine-ins, they also accept online orders and deliver their delectable meals to your doorstep.
Wendy’s in Nanuet is a part of a popular fast-food chain. In addition to American-style burgers, they also serve other items like nuggets, croissants, cookies and more. Customers can place order for their meals from the comfort of their homes and get it delivered to their doorstep. When the weather is warm and sunny, patrons can sit outdoors by the curb and enjoy their meals.