A classic New York slice in the West Village.
Need we say anything more about this Reuben?
Bone marrow at Blue Ribbon, great for late-night eats (try the fried chicken, too).
Burger at J.G. Melon
A New York landmark (which feels older than it is). A great late-night burger choice.
From the Spotted Pig in the West Village. Get the ricotta gnudi and the burger, too.
Union Square Cafe
Danny Meyer's classic Union Square restaurant; pictured here is an item from their particularly awesome brunch.
Steak frties, one of the classic orders at Soho bistro Balthazar.
Sturgeon Sandwich at Barney Greengrass
One of the venerable smoked fish institutions on the city, still owned by the Greengrass family. Don't miss the sturgeon.
Russ & Daughters
An equally notable smoked fish destination (takeout only; don't expect to sit down).
Head out to Flushing, Queens, on the 7 train for all manner of regional Chinese and Korean eats.
Mario Batali's inexpensive Italian trattoria, great for pastas, cheeses, and little vegetable sides, along with pizza (not our favorite in the city, but quite good nonetheless).
Faicco's Pork Store
Their Italian sandwich is a thing of beauty.
Our favorite hummus in the city is out in Ditmas Park, at Mimi's Hummus (the spiced meat hummus is pictured here).
A typically ridiculous breakfast plate from Shopsin's on the Lower East Side.
Their Black Label Burger may be pricey, but it's a thing of beauty.
Go for the carrot cake, or the creme brulee, or the tres leches... oh, who are we kidding, they're all pretty awesome.
Plated sweetbreads at Babbo, Mario Batali's townhouse Italian restaurant that does wonderful things with offal.
Hot dogs from Gray's Papaya. Gray's and Papaya King are both excellent. (Not to be confused with others that have Papaya in the title; these are hot dog pretenders, trying to game hot dog-loving New Yorkers. We are smarter than that.)
Colicchio and Sons
We love the comparatively casual front tap room of Tom Colicchio's meatpacking district restaurant.
If you're up for a track out to Coney Island, you've got to go to Totonno's for pizza.
We're pretty obsessed with brunch at the Dutch; I mean, could these eggs look any more delicious?
Fine, fine pastries from Epicerie Boulud on the Upper West Side, near Lincoln Center.
Dale Talde's new (and insanely popular) Park Slope pan-Asian spot. Pictured here is the pad thai.
Soup dumplings at moderned-up Chinese-American spot Red Farm.
The crazy Montanara, or fried pizza (!), at Don Antonio in Midtown West.
One of the delicious arepas at Caracas Arepas Bar, great for an inexpensive meal.
A series of latkes at the modern Jewish restaurant Kutsher's in Tribeca.
The kouing-amman, by far the best pastry at one of our favorite pastry shops, Dominique Ansel in Soho.
L'Arte del Gelato
This gelateria serves some of our favorite frozen stuff in the city. Two locations, in the West Village and in Chelsea Market.
A killer roast beef / mozzarella / fried eggplant sub from Defonte's.
Lunch at Jean Georges
You can't beat the lunch deals at some of NYC's finest restaurants; $39 for two courses at the four-star Jean Georges, plus bread, amuses, and all those wonderful things.