New York in a complex place where everyone has a strong opinion. I’m going to give you mine but first I want to make sure you understand that this is to my taste this month. If you were to ask me for my favorite dumpling place or the best place to have a large group dinner, these answers would change. Take this with a grain of salt and if you’re looking for something specific – just shoot me a note, I love giving recommendations for specific cravings or occasions.
That being said, there are a lot of different factors to why a restaurant may be a standout for me. Other than the most obvious (the food...I really hope you guessed that), for me it’s about the atmosphere. I like to feel like I’m transported somewhere. Whether that is through their food or their décor, a restaurant becomes something I gush over by embracing whatever it is that they do best. The factor is the wait. There are a lot of great restaurants but I either won't go to them or will go at an alternative time (Example being Egg Shop) because I turn hangry when having to wait for longer than 45 minutes.
Sauce – Reasonably priced, delicious Italian food. When I think of a solid bowl of pasta, Sauce is my go-to. It also goes without saying that their specialty is in their name. If you take a peak back into the kitchen you will realize there are two large pots with their homemade sauce brewing all day.
Buvette –A French restaurant nestled in the west village Buvette brings a bit of Paris to this crazy city (this is also approved by my Parisian friends so I know I’m not just spewing shit). You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu but make sure to go there with someone who will share their food. People that don’t share are not welcome.
Egg Shop - The name says it all. It’s an all egg based restaurant. People normally go here for breakfast and don’t get me wrong, its good but I normally go for dinner. For one, they have an all-day breakfast menu so if you are craving breakfast for dinner you’re set. Secondly, they create a whole slew of dishes for just dinner. Last, and most importantly, there’s rarely ever a wait. For brunch, it’s minimum 2 hours so it’s a sigh of relief knowing you can walk in and be seated right away.
Lovely Day – This is what I like to call the “Cool Kids Restaurant.” Walk in on any given night and you will see this place packed with some of the hippest people of the lower east side. Laid back and rugged, you can’t go wrong with any Thai dish here. Know that there are two parts to the restaurant. Both have the same menu but function separately, so if the wait is long upstairs, just go downstairs and see what it’s like down there. Also, they only take cash upstairs (+AMEX) but downstairs they take cash and card.