Your personal 20 most visited restaurants (share them!)
We all have our top 20 restaurants in the city that we often visit again and again, I have a list of 20 restaurants that I patronize a few times every week/month. They might not be Daniel, JG, Per Se, Masa, Bouley, Del Posto, etc, which I've eaten at but wouldn't be able to put on the my list here. The list is obviously very broad, from hole in the wall, neigborhood restaurants to perhaps considered one of the best culinary institutions in this town. I would love to see everyone's list, I am sure we can learn more from each other and appreciate each person's specific taste bud from this individual list :)
I'm listing my 20 most visited restaurants first (not a ranking) :
2. Peter Luger
3. Bo Ky (best $4 noodlesoup I've been going for 10 years)
4. Pastis (always end up here somehow)
5. Teriyaki Boy (most visited cheap Japanese for my lunch option)
6. Bouchon Bakery (probably a few times a week)
7. Ceci Cela (can't have enough of their chocolate almond croissants)
8. Grand Sichuan International
9. Patsy's Pizzeria
11. Kang Shuh (24 hour Ktown option)
12. Fai Da Dimsum (Flushing - most of my Chinese/Taiwanese friends love this place)
14. Yakitori Totto / Izakaya Hagi (equal time between these two, always there once a week)
15. Chipotle (another bad bad unhealthy lunch option, but always end up eating it)
16. Gramercy Tavern (Bar Dining)
17. Pam's Real Thai
18. Pearl Oyster Bar
19. Casa Mono
20. L'Express/Florent (my 24 hour most visited restaurant)
** Sorry I cheated, not exactly 20
Share us yours !!!! :)
re: manhattan foodie
I like to change it up as often as possible, but these are my repeat venues of choice...
1. Penelope (25 times +)
2. Bouchon Bakery (20 times +)
3. Lunchbox (12 times +)
4. Roomali (12 times)
5. L'Express (12 times)
6. Pump Energy Food (12 times)
7. Blue Smoke (10 times)
8. Curry Leaf (9 times)
9. Eleven Madison Park (8 times)
10. Park Bistro (8 times)
11. Landmarc TWC (8 times)
12. Adrienne's Pizza Bar (8 times)
13. Momofuku Ssam Bar (7 times)
14. Blue Hill @ Stone Barns (7 times)
15. Rickshaw Dumpling Bar (7 times)
16. Jean Georges (6 times)
17. Waterfront Ale House (6 times)
18. Azucar/Guantanamera (6 times)
19. Shake Shack (6 times)
20. Babbo (5 times)
Welcome back! Glad to see your posting again! I read your recent Landmarc reviews, and as always, very informative. Based on your review on L'Atelier de Joel Robouchon (which is my favorite restaurant and is one of my 20 most visited), is it safe to assume that it will be on your top 20 list very soon? ;D
Anyway, glad to hear from you again!
Nice. Lucky you, I wish Sakagura were on my list...
1. Lin's (formerly David's in Elmhurst)
2. Balthazar (you can get cafe au lait in a bowl!!)
3. Blue Ribbon (mostly post-2am)
4. Yakitori Taisho (only post 2-2am)
4. Blue Ribbon Sushi (for the otoro, the wild mackarel, and the uni in winter)
5. ñ (cheap pitchers of sangria, wish the white asparagus remained on the menu)
6. Penang (hainan chicken, lower half please)
7. Dylan Prime (steak? sure. but the martini with the blue cheese olives is the real gem)
8. The Harrison (sweet corn risotto with blistered cherry tomatoes perfect for summer)
9. Tartine (weekday lunch only, too packed any other time)
10. White Castle (4 am cravings)
11. Village Yokocho (mostly when Taisho is packed out the door)
12. Mermaid Inn (great garden)
13. Aquagrill (oysters at the bar, happy hour special)
14. Jamba Juice (counts as meal in itself)
mengathon, Lin's (David's) used to be on my list when I had a friend who lived around Elmhurst area, but I haven't been to this Taiwanese gem for years, I hope the quality hasn't dropped since the management change. I'd love to visit this restaurant again.
Jamba Juice is definitely a lunch option sometimes, though I'd prefer juicing myself at home whenever I get a chance.
Village Yokocho was my regular place a few years ago, but the smokey smell often prevent me from visiting this place, the same could be said for many establishments in K-town, which often leaves you with the everlasting odor and thus to me, are more suitable a late super option.
Despite the English name change (the Chinese one remains the same), the menu and food at Lin's are still the same, and surprisingly, as are the management and staff. I'm really not sure why they changed it. But the food is as good as always. I cant find the chicken roll anywhere else. mmm... Revisit when you get a chance. You'll see all your old favorites.
Perhaps one of the partners, or family shareholders left which often happens in many restaurant business, and so the name changed to reflect the adjustment.
Another possibility is instead of using the first name (David), perhaps they decided to use the family name instead (Lin). But unlikely, as they've been known as David's for years, so why changed it now, unless the previous happened. I wonder if the restaurant's Chinese name also changed.
This is more a function of geographic proximity than anything else:
Sobre ruedas taco truck
the new Jamaican cart on 51st near 8th
Pair of 8s (before it closed)
Global Kitchen (an overpriced, all-purpose lunch place near my workplace)
Daisy May's lunch cart
Saigon Grill, pre-strike
Cafe con Leche
cimui, sounds like we work around the same area. :)
The Jamaican cart on 51st near 7th Ave (I am sure unless there's another one) is a great option around midtown West/Rockefeller area for lunch ... BUT ... the wait is just horrendeous, I waited in the line for 45 minutes just to get my order from the cart.
Went to Global Kitchen a few times but they screwed up my sandwiches, so no more, prefer Cafe Duke on 51st btwn 6th and 7th (expensive deli but plenty of options)
Us and a few hundred thousand others, right? =)
GK has pretty passable sushi and soft shell tacos for a deli--but mostly I go there out of laziness / lack of time / fear of rain and/or sun and/or snow (since it's inside my building).
Jamaican cart isn't bad around 11 a.m. or before, for their daily breakfast porridge, or after 2 or so. It helps that I eat a late lunch.
I'd love to hear your suggestions for other carts/restos in the area!
I see... well... this is going to be a little bit off topic, but some of my favorite places for lunch options around there are ... (and these don't make it in the top 20 since I'm just too lazy to walk during the winter/cold weather) but I visit these places quite often...
- Men Kui Tei 56th St (used to go here many years ago, and way too crowded around 12-1pm)
- Original Yip's Chinese restaurant 45th close to 5th Ave (super cheap, unhealthy, greasy, often too much MSG, but taste good, they have buffet an these folks are the same guys as the people who used to run Yip's near WTC before 9/11)
- If you know Chiyoda Sushi, there's a Japanese guy who stands with some plastic containers next to the building beside Au Bon Pain on 50th around 11.30-12.30pm, he brings those bentos from their 41st location, most patrons are Japanese who works around there. Normally the bentos are gone by 12.30pm
- Instead of going to Margon, I go to Utopia Cafe on 56th St sometimes, they are a Deli but they also sell Dominican food version of Margon, huge portion.
- Another cart I frequent a few years ago was the KwikMeal cart on 46th and 6th Ave, but I haven't been there for ages
- Sapporo is another option, though I don't prefer to seat near the open kitchen
- Of course if you work late, there's the famous gyros on 52nd and 6th ave with the neverending line, which I thought was way overrated.
- Daisy May's BBQ cart on 50th btwn 6th and 7th
-The crepe/empadanas from the cart in front of MOMA
- I frequent Variety Cafe on 48th St just because the selection was plenty
- Bread and Olive on 45th St for some lamb meswhi
I have to think more ..
Chiyoda's been around for several years (long before they opened their 41st St shop) providing bentos to Japanese companies from their main plant in Long Island City. This plant also makes all the bentos sold at the 41st St shop. The bentos that are sold on the street are the ones that are leftover after the guy makes all the office deliveries. There are other bento companies (not as big as Chiyoda) that also sell their stuff around midtown. There's a smaller operation that sells a more "natural" or organic bento somewhere on 6th Ave near 49th as well. Not sure of the time.
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On any given week, I'll probably visit 3 or 4 of these:
Ali Baba (E 34th St)
Cacio e Pepe
Runners-up: Barney Greengrass, Maroons, Tulcingo del Valle
re: S R
Sripraphai would have been on my list, had the restaurant been closer to the Upper West Side... but I'll settle for Pam's Real Thai for now, and Topaz, Wondee is too sweet for me after 2-3 visits. Maybe I should try again sometimes.
Payard used to be my regular destination when I lived in the UES, but now we have Bouchon Bakery
These are in no specific order!
1. David Copperfield's
2. Half King
3. Sa Woy
4. Aki Sushi
5. Slice Pizza
9. Bagel & Co.
10. Karen's on Astor Place
11. Sushi of Gari
12. El Paso
13. Patsy's Pizza
15. Atlantic Grill
16. Bouley's Upstairs
17. Buon Gusto
18. Caravan of Dreams
19. Alice's Teacup