With over 26,000 restaurants in New York City, the options can be overwhelming. To help you out, we've compiled our top must-try recommendations into a short list that you'll be thanking us for later.
1. S'MAC East Village
Mac 'n cheese is the specialty at this tiny store-front restaurant and boy, do they do mac 'n cheese well. Our must-try recommendation is their classic "Nosh All-American", but they also offer killer options like "Nosh Cheeseburger", "Nosh Napoletana", and "Nosh 4 Cheese".
2. Sauce Pizzeria
Located just down the street from S'MAC in the East Vilage is Sauce Pizzeria. Dubbed on Yelp as "the best single slice in NYC", Sauce will not disappoint. They're famous for their "Upside Down" pizza, which is basically cheese first on the slice, then sauce toped with parmesan cheese and seasoned to perfection. Sauce also provides each slice with a magical side of "Grandmother’s Tomato Gravy" for dipping your crust.
3. Tompkins Square Bagels
They say good things come in threes, and in this case, it's true because located just a block away from Sauce and S'MAC is Tompkins Square Bagels. If the line wrapping through the restaurant isn't hint enough for you that this place is GOOD, try the Bacon, Egg and Cheese on an Everything Bagel. It'll have you coming back every day during your trip to NYC.
4. La Bella Vita
A trip to Little Italy while in New York City is a must, especially when you know that's where La Bella Vita is located. They serve the fresh and authentic Italian food that will have you thinking you're actually in Italy. We recommend the Penne Arrabiata (not listed on the regular menu) and the Lasagna.
5. John's on Bleeker Street
John's on Bleeker Street may just be the most recommended restaurant in New York City and, like Tompkins Bagels, the line outside the restaurant can tell you that it is worth the wait. Unlike Sauce Pizzeria, at John's on Bleeker Street (not to be confused with John's on Times Square), you cannot purchase just a slice, you have to purchase a whole pie. So bring your friends with you and come hungry!
It's hard to just pick a few favorite's, when there are so many others worth mentioning, but we've boiled our list down to just these top five must-try restaurants. If you try any of them out, let us know!
The Downeast Team