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  • “The eggplant supreme hero (fried eggplant, fresh mozzarella, tomato, oil and fresh basil) at Tino's Delicatessen on Arthur Avenue is the way to be. It's an obvious choice.”

    @eatupnyc Culinary nomad, born and raised in New York City, obsessed with uni. 

  • “At La Masa, the empanadas are the main draw—rightly so—but make sure to save room for the rice pudding.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • “The steak sandwich from Diaz Deli and Grocery. Bronx bodegas do it better!”

    @ghettogastro A collective of Bronx-born chefs that stages food experiences around the world.

  • “The 10-for-a-dollar garlic knots are the obvious play, but John & Joe’s makes a range of unusual pizzas you don’t often see in NYC. If the stuffed pizza doesn’t call to you (and it should), try a marinara slice topped with chicken Francese.”

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  • Bistro SK's coq au vin and quaint vibe will make you think you're on the Seine, not the Sound.”

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  • Zero Otto Nove tops my pizza list—it doesn't get any better than a capricciosa from this nook. The back of the restaurant, with its awesome cavelike decor, brings you to Italy, but I've always enjoyed sitting at the bar and catching up with the bartender, Anthony.”

    @forevervanny Bronx resident for the past 14 years who knows all about hidden food gems in New York City.

  • “At La Morada, six different mole sauces + BYOB = a holy experience.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • “Jerk chicken, collard greens, yams and a slice of corn bread—all fresh, all for $7.50 at Sam's Soul Food during lunchtime. What year is it again?”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • “The beef roti with pepper and tamarind from Feroza’s Restaurant Roti is the truth.”

    @ghettogastro A collective of Bronx-born chefs that stages food experiences around the world.

  • “If you're looking for one food to live off it's definitely Liebman's renowned old-fashioned chicken soup with noodles and kreplach...seriously though.”

    @eatupnyc Culinary nomad, born and raised in New York City, obsessed with uni. 

  • Feeding Tree makes the most perfectly tangy, spicy and fruity jerk chicken this side of the Caribbean. Don't forget to ask for extra plantains.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • “At Sammy's Fish Box, you can feed a family of four on the delicious seafood paella for two.”

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  • “I've been to many Italian places before, but every time I come to Antonio's Trattoria I feel like I'm coming home. Aside from the food, the best part is the owner, who I'm lucky to call ‘Uncle Joe.’ In my opinion, this is where the best tiramisu in the whole world is at!”

    @forevervanny Bronx resident for the past 14 years who knows all about hidden food gems in New York City.

  • “Twenty-four-hour fried-chicken fix at Richie Rich Caribbean. Curry or oxtail gravy on top if you’re about this fast life.”

    @ghettogastro A collective of Bronx-born chefs that stages food experiences around the world.

  • “The burger at Buttermilk Channel is the best. If it's good enough for Bey and Jay, it's good enough for us.”

    @nycfoodgals Four roommates in NYC keeping our friends close and our snacks closer.

  • The Original John's Deli on Stillwell Avenue in Bensonhurst! We used to drive from Staten Island to get the roast beef with fresh mozzarella, sautéed onions and pitch-black gravy on toasted Italian bread. This sandwich is kick-ass! Great rice balls, too.”

    @artichokepizza Pizzaiolos, cousins and best friends from Staten Island who own and operate Artichoke Pizza. We also host the Cooking Channel's hit TV show Pizza Masters and wrote the cookbook Staten Italy.

  • French Louie, an adorable little French restaurant, offers the best meringue ‘pie’ in all five boroughs: a creamy lime tart topped with fluffy meringue. I’ll be devastated if they ever take it off the menu.”

    @vickimorton California girl living in DUMBO, Brooklyn. I spend my calories wisely: on the best food NYC has to offer.

  • “Bushwick's Rookery is the perfect first-date spot. Or the perfect wine-and-oxtail-sloppy-Joes-by-yourself spot. Either way, amazing.”

    @mollytavoletti Full Italian who runs on pasta, red wine and doughnuts. Works at CNN, but New York bagels are my calling.

  • “If the weather's nice, sit out back on Gran Eléctrica's patio and order a spicy, delicious margarita de toronja picante…or five. We won't judge.”

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  • “I’m not usually a vegetarian sandwich kinda girl, but the colorful Mona at the Morris Sandwich Shop is everything and more.”

    @grubshotsnyc A born-and-raised New Yorker with a passion for food and photography, which results in pictures of every dish I taste.

  • “You can't go wrong with a burger from Walter's, and the fries are to die for. While waiting for a table at Saturday brunch, you can stroll through the farmers' market across the street.”

    @_tamarapeterson NYC-based photographer who utilizes an iPhone to effortlessly blend cityscapes, intimate lifestyle scenes and food shots into one feed. I drink no fewer than four cups of coffee a day.

  • “Head to Ample Hills Creamery for the salted crack caramel ice cream in a pretzel cone, or go big and get their six-scoop tasting ‘flight.’ It's all made fresh daily and insanely good.”

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  • Talde is a Park Slope staple, and for good reason. Their crispy pretzel pork-and-chive dumplings are the best food concoction since PB&J. Enough said.”

    @beenthere.atethat Miami transplant in the 212 with a tendency to eat any carb in sight.

  • “Get the spicy fish-sauce wings at Pok Pok NY or Pok Pok Phat Thai! Don't bring a first date—it's a sticky, messy, delicious ordeal.”

    @vickimorton California girl living in DUMBO, Brooklyn. I spend my calories wisely: on the best food NYC has to offer.

  • “Dim sum is a NYC brunch experience that's not to be missed; my go-to place in Brooklyn is East Harbor Seafood Palace.”

    @chefholzman Chef and co-owner of the Meatball Shop in New York City.

  • “If you want to experience Brooklyn's old-school charms, head to Bamonte's for a trip back in time. Do some reminiscing over their cheesy eggplant rollatini.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • Samurai Mama's nikujil kake udon with pork belly and scallion is the ultimate bowl of noodles. Come on a rainy day and feel all your worries wash away.”

    @eggcanvas Digital art director, graphic designer and lifestyle blogger with the ultimate sweet tooth. Always with an ice cream cone in hand.

  • “Always ask for a side of the candied bacon when you brunch at the General Greene. I mean, come on.”

    @grubshotsnyc A born-and-raised New Yorker with a passion for food and photography, which results in pictures of every dish I taste.

  • “The bee sting pie at Roberta's Pizza. Just when you think the insane combination of sweet, spicy and salty can't get any better, you realize they'll top any pizza with a fried egg.”

    @noleftovers_ Culturally adventurous New Yorker in search of the taco emoji and any dish that mentions truffle or burrata.

  • Prime Meats has the best French toast ever, and the bacon is not bad either. No meal would be complete without the signature pretzel and amazing mustard.”

    @_tamarapeterson NYC-based photographer who utilizes an iPhone to effortlessly blend cityscapes, intimate lifestyle scenes and food shots into one feed. I drink no fewer than four cups of coffee a day.

  • Tanoreen’s knafeh is killer. Not sure what to order before dessert? Ask Rawia, the restaurant’s vivacious chef-owner who makes her rounds to welcome guests.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • “Everyone knows Junior's cheesecake is the business.”

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  • “Have you tried the pancakes at Le Barricou? It'll be the best (and most filling) $10 you'll ever spend.”

    @daisyo_ East Coast girl with sartorial flair and foodie habits, but mostly just foodie habits. 

  • “I love Hometown Bar-B-Que’s smoky, melt-in-your-mouth brisket. I want to try their whole beef rib (over a pound of meat!), but haven’t found someone up to the task yet. ”

    @vickimorton California girl living in DUMBO, Brooklyn. I spend my calories wisely: on the best food NYC has to offer.

  • “At Untitled, which focuses on fresh ingredients, every dish is impeccable. Musts are the lobster toast and the chocolate chip cookie with milk.”

    @eggcanvas Digital art director, graphic designer and lifestyle blogger with the ultimate sweet tooth. Always with an ice cream cone in hand.

  • “If given one meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the rest of my life, I'd choose the #11 at Black Seed Bagels. Feeling crazy? Add bacon.”

    @mollytavoletti Full Italian who runs on pasta, red wine and doughnuts. Works at CNN, but New York bagels are my calling.

  • “The deluxe meat plate at Veselka is the real deal. It includes their legendary pierogi, stuffed cabbage and kielbasa, plus beet and horseradish salad—all for $17.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • J.G. Melon has hands down the best burger in town. Check out the West Village location, and don't forget to ask for crispy fries.”

    @dontexpectsalads Burger lover born and raised in NYC. Never had a salad in my life.

  • “You thought you liked sticky buns, and then you go to Maialino and realize you can’t imagine life without their toffee-glazed brioche buns.”

    @daisyo_ East Coast girl with sartorial flair and foodie habits, but mostly just foodie habits.

  • “Hummus and falafel at 12 Chairs Cafe. I'm not really sure if I've ever tasted fresher hummus. It's the type of thing dreams are made of.”

    @sophiesvob Austrian gal tasting my way around New York City (and the rest of the world) with insatiable wanderlust and appetite for adventure. You can find me either eating or taking pictures of food. Ice cream is my best friend.

  • “At Red Egg, the dim sum desserts are among the highlights: crispy red-bean puffs, creamy egg-custard buns, coconut pudding served out of an actual coconut—we're salivating already.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • “The arctic char and mussel toast tie for best dish at Navy, a cozy, downtown seafood spot. Chef Camille Becerra pays such attention to detail that your meal will look just as good (if not better) than it tastes.”

    @adamilenich Rock and roller, copy cop and social boy in New York City who doubles as a production coordinator during the day.

  • “The Palm Tribeca is a standby for hearty steakhouse classics. The caricatures lining the walls are an homage to a time when cartoonists would trade artwork for their dinner.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • “The grains and crudite salad at El Rey Coffee Bar & Luncheonette will turn the most stubborn carnivore into a vegetarian, at least for one meal—#thebest.”

    @foodiemagician An entertainer who intertwines magic, mentalism and comedy around the world. I also eat at restaurants all day every day.

  • Keste for pizza because, yes, pizza is a #dailyessential.”

    @eatingwithminnie New Englander by way of Seoul, Korea. I’ve perfected the art of the sunny-side up egg.

  • “The Super Heebster at Russ & Daughters is worth the schlep to the LES. Double up on the wasabi flying fish roe.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • “The grilled cheese (fully loaded with smoked gouda, English cheddar, bacon and tomato) from Cooper's Craft & Kitchen is easily the best in New York City. If that doesn't convince you: it comes with tomato-fennel bisque.”

    @adamilenich Rock and roller, copy cop and social boy in New York City who doubles as a production coordinator during the day.

  • “Late nights at Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong, because nothing beats Korean barbecue at midnight.”

    @eatingwithminnie New Englander by way of Seoul, Korea. I’ve perfected the art of the sunny-side up egg.

  • “At Alidoro the staff may never smile, but we New Yorkers live for that. Order the Matthew: fresh sliced prosciutto, mozzarella, arugula and ‘dressing’ on bread that will make you weep.”

    @kevmasse Good food is my addiction, and seeking out the best the City has to offer is my hobby. I roam the streets of downtown Manhattan and beyond in search of the best possible eats.

  • “The porterhouse for two at Quality Meats, because deep down I'll always be a steak-and-fries kind of girl. Dry aged and grilled to absolute perfection.”

    @sophiesvob Austrian gal tasting my way around New York City (and the rest of the world) with insatiable wanderlust and appetite for adventure. You can find me either eating or taking pictures of food. Ice cream is my best friend.

  • Wallsé’s wiener schnitzel with lingonberries and foie gras with rhubarb will make you forget you’re in the Village and not Vienna.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • “The truffle quesadilla from Toloache redefines fancy Mexican food. If you like truffles, don't miss this.”

    @dontexpectsalads Burger lover born and raised in NYC. Never had a salad in my life.

  • Ruby's Bronte burger is not your ordinary burger—forget about all the traditional components and replace them with crispy ciabatta, perfectly spiced prime meat, sweet chili, mayo and melted cheese. A side of fries with truffle aioli wouldn't hurt either.”

    @ediblemoments Born in Thailand, living in New York City and on a constant quest to quench my appetite. 

  • “For the meal of a lifetime, look no further than Le Bernardin's seven-course tasting menu. You won't regret a penny.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • Casa del Chef for the chef’s tasting menu! It changes weekly based on seasonal availability, and is always affordable and amazing. This is #queensfinest.”

    @queenseats Queens food-and-culture blog run by a native New Yorker and a transplant who are hungry, full of love for #qnskids and #queensproud!

  • “The decadent food at Queens Comfort is worth the trip, but the amazing doughnuts they offer on Sundays make this the place to be. Get there early while the wackily flavored cake doughnuts are still hot and fresh from the fryer.”

    @mikejchau Father of @foodbabyny (Matt). My wife and I recently moved back to Forest Hills, Queens, where I was born and raised, for more space to welcome...Food Baby 2.

  • “At Soy Bean Chen in Flushing, NYC’s only fresh tofu vendor and florist, the creamy soybean curd with house hot sauce is astounding. Fancy something sweet? Get it with ginger syrup instead.”

    @joedistefanoqns Food writer and culinary tour guide who has been called the “man who ate Queens.” It's a lifelong task, but I’m still eating and enjoying every bite.

  • “Greek food isn't always synonymous with brunch, so try not to be too surprised by the incredible eggs Florentine and French toast at Ovelia.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • Jackson Diner's chicken tikka masala is amazing, but watch out: when they say spicy, they're not messing around.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • “As the only Michelin-starred Mexican joint in the City, Casa Enrique whips up a guacamole that is no joke. It tastes exactly how we'd make it ourselves at home.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • Plant Love House for their sizzling brownie and honey toast! Because even when you are full of soup, you can’t say no to desserts made in-house by a mom and her daughters.”

    @queenseats Queens food-and-culture blog run by a native New Yorker and a transplant who are hungry, full of love for #qnskids and #queensproud!

  • Ayada Thai in Woodside. A trip to Thailand, a subway ride away.”

    @foodiemagician An entertainer who intertwines magic, mentalism and comedy around the world. I also eat at restaurants all day every day.

  • “If you head over to the Queens Kickshaw, don't miss out on its seasonal vegetable pot pie! This Astoria gem's soups and grilled cheeses may be delicious, but the mushroom pot pie that I got there last time was truly out of this world!”

    @cassandrabodzak A guac fiend who resides in the East Village and tries to make vegetables look sexy.

  • Dumpling Galaxy in Flushing is my dream come true. It's where a dumpling addict can get his fix, and then some.”

    @foodiemagician An entertainer who intertwines magic, mentalism and comedy around the world. I also eat at restaurants all day every day.

  • “What's up in Ridgewood? Bun-Ker’s ridiculously good ca ri ga—chicken curry—with a side of crispy roti to sop up the leftovers.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • “Leggo my sturgeon! I’m not a brunch guy, but I make an exception for the Russian waffle at M. Wells Steakhouse, which comes freighted with enough caviar and smoked fish for an appetizing counter.”

    @joedistefanoqns Food writer and culinary tour guide who has been called the “man who ate Queens.” It's a lifelong task, but I’m still eating and enjoying every bite.

  • Phayul for the pan-fried chicken momos! If you haven’t eaten a momo yet, I don’t know what you are waiting for. The ones from Phayul are the best place to start, no contest.”

    @queenseats Queens food-and-culture blog run by a native New Yorker and a transplant who are hungry, full of love for #qnskids and #queensproud!

  • London Lennie’s has amazing fish tacos and swordfish. But its cole slaw is the real sleeper hit.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • “For a real Chinatown experience, I love Flushing. Fu Ran is my absolute favorite: it's down and dirty authentic to the max. Don't miss the lamb chops.”

    @chefholzman Chef and co-owner of the Meatball Shop in New York City.

  • “Trust tradition: Rincon Criollo has been turning out excellent roast pork since 1976.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • “Hot shots at Adobe Blues: no, not flaming glasses of alcohol—we're talking crispy, tangy, oozing jalepeño poppers. Make sure you’ve got a beer at the ready. They’re spicy.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • Jody’s Club Forest has been serving up some of the best bar food on Staten Island for almost 40 years. Every Thursday they make a fresh turkey and carve it up. Ask for the Gobbler, a Thanksgiving dinner on Italian bread.”

    @artichokepizza Pizzaiolos, cousins and best friends from Staten Island who own and operate Artichoke Pizza. We also host the Cooking Channel's hit TV show Pizza Masters and wrote the cookbook Staten Italy.

  • “At Blue, you can watch the sun go down over the water while tucking into a clambake, cocktail in hand. That's island living for you. ”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • Basilio Inn, Staten Island’s oldest restaurant, offers Italian-American charm in an ancient seaside house. Some herbs and produce they use are grown in the backyard garden, right next to a bocce court. Our favorites are the veal scaloppine with prosciutto and mozzarella and the duck breast with figs and moscato wine.”

    @artichokepizza Pizzaiolos, cousins and best friends from Staten Island who own and operate Artichoke Pizza. We also host the Cooking Channel's hit TV show Pizza Masters and wrote the cookbook Staten Italy.

  • “Go for burgers and beer at Duffy's Tavern, and use the back entrance to avoid having to walk through the crowded bar for dinner.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • “At Marie's Gourmet, everything tastes just like Mama or Grandma made it. The breakfast pizza (topped with five eggs and cheese) is available all day long.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • “Serving prime rib, steak tips and New York strips, the West Shore Inn has been doing meat right since 1964. On Mondays the check is a throwback: order any steak, and get the second for 50% off.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • “You can always judge a pizzeria by how well they do a plain cheese pie. Joe & Pat's regular really delivers—and costs only $10 on Mondays and Tuesdays.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • Ariemma's on Hylan Bouelard, in my old neighborhood of Dongan Hills, is a time capsule—a try-this, try-that type of place. Everything is delicious, from the meatballs to the roast beef. My favorite sandwich is soppressata with provolone, mustard and roasted peppers.”

    @artichokepizza Pizzaiolos, cousins and best friends from Staten Island who own and operate Artichoke Pizza. We also host the Cooking Channel's hit TV show Pizza Masters and wrote the cookbook Staten Italy.

  • “Moms and dads need a cold one every now and then. Thursday afternoons, sit back in the garden at Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn and sip an Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock while your kids eat free.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • Beso’s lobster enchiladas smothered in melted manchego cheese are one good reason to take the ferry. Drink up; you’ve got a free ride home.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

  • “Here’s a rarity in the NYC pizza scene: a white-clam bar pie. Find it at Lee’s Tavern. No frills; just sheer, crisp perfection.”

    @beenthere.atethat Miami transplant in the 212 with a tendency to eat any carb in sight.

  • “Oceanfront dining and New York City don’t often go hand in hand. Rethink that with South Fin Grill’s boardwalk views and extensive seafood menu.”

    @nycgo The Official Guide to New York City

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