Our Favorite NYC Neighborhood Guides of 2012

Neighborhood Guides

Locals' guides to New York neighborhoods.

Brussels sprouts and pancetta pie at Motorino. [Photograph: Robyn Lee]

We've been chatting with chefs and food writers for a full year to get the scoop on their favorite neighborhood eats. Here are some of our favorite guides:



Tea heir Emeric Harney exercises his palate on chicken liver mousse, ostrich burgers, Pork Vindaloo, and frozen margaritas Read more »

East Village/Alphabet City

Summit Bar's Hamid Rashidzada reveals his off-menu pizza order. Read more »

Financial District

Shaun Hergatt knows that there's more to the Financial District than meets the eye. Read more »


Corkbuzz's Laura Maniec eats her way through a new neighborhood. Read more »


Hot Bread Kitchen's Jessamyn Rodriguez shares her favorite tacos on the east side. Read more »

Lower East Side

Stanton Social chef Chris Santos fuels up for 80s dance parties with late-night gyros. Read more »

Midtown East

Crave Fishbar's Todd Mitgang reveals the name of his favorite bartender. Read more »

Midtown West

Eric Ripert has a favorite hole-in-the-wall ramen spot. Read more »


Smoothies at Miss Lily's. [Photograph: Jessica Leibowitz]

Restaurateur John McDonald will take some jerk chicken with his veggie juice. Read more »


Marc Murphy gets down with a Mac 'n' Cheese BLT. Read more »

Union Square

Num Pang's Ben Daitz has the ultimate bagel routine. Read more »

Upper East Side

Michael Lomonaco gives a totally non-stuffy tour of New York's toniest hood. Read more »

Upper West Side

Michael White confesses to a soft spot for Pinkberry. Read more »

Beloved former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni turns his discerning palate toward the crack cocaine of the culinary world—peanut butter. Read more »

West Village

Village Voice critic Robert Sietsema blows the lid off the chili-cheese dog at Gray's Papaya. Read more »

Missy Robbins dishes on her go-to cure for her frequent red sauce cravings. Read more »


Brisket Sandwich at David's Brisket House. [Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Bed Stuy

La Mar Cebicheria sous chef Katy McNulty thinks Bed Stuy does the best brunch. Read more »

Carroll Gardens

Colicchio pal James Tracey isn't above serving his guests Greenmarket barnacles. Read more »

Downtown Brooklyn

Former Top Chef star Dale Talde loves his Popeye's. Read more »

Fort Greene

Il Buco chef Joel Hough knows the secret to Fort Greene's best goat roti. Read more »


Untitled chef Chris Bradley transports pies to work. Read more »


David Schuttenberg of Dickson's Farmstand Meats sneaks oxtail ramen after work. [Read more »

Park Slope

Pastry chef Karen DeMasco throws a killer ice cream party. Read more »

Prospect Heights/Crown Heights

Tasting Table's Scott Hocker believes you can love burgers at both White Castle and James. Read more »

Red Hook

Another former Times critic, Sam Sifton, is back at it, scarfing down lobster rolls and deep-fried calzones like he never left us. Read more »


Back Forty chef Shanna Pacifico gets down with some crispy pig tails. Read more »


Crostini at Il Bambino. [Photograph: Max Falkowitz]


The king and queen of grilled cheese, Ben Sandler and Jennifer Lim, show us the mostly-veggie ethnic bounty of their borough. Read more »


When pastry chef Christina Lee heads home, she doesn't mess around. Read more »

Ethnic Food Guides

Special Hyderabad Dosa at Ganesh Temple Canteen ($6)

Dosa at Hindu Temple Canteen. [Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Indian Food

Floyd Cardoz isn't afraid to travel outside Manhattan, often venturing to Queens and New Jersey for a true taste of home. Read more »

Italian ingredients in Queens

Lidia Bastianich, the true matriarch of Italian food in New York, shares her shopping spots in Queens. Read more »

Middle Eastern Food

Iranian-Israeli chef Einat Admony brought real falafel to New York; next on her list is authentic couscous and Moroccan meatballs. Read more »

Spanish Food

Basque chef Luis Bollo tells us where he goes for a taste of San Sebastian. Read more »