I spent 2 weeks home in New York City visiting some great old haunts, as well as some new ones. In case you missed my post from a couple of weeks ago, check out the yummy details here. Then, go visit these 9 great NYC pizza, burgers and other spots around town.
Joe’s Pizza – NYC Pizza
New Yorkers can spend all day debating which are the best slices in town but you came to me today and I crown Joe’s Pizza in Greenwich Village the best NYC pizza. This tiny spot on Carmine St. has the perfect thin, crunchy crust, well-balanced sauce and enough good olive oil and oregano to prove me right. $2.75 a slice will make you feel like a true New Yorker eating at a 42-year old institution. – 7 Carmine St., (Take the A,B,C,D,E,F,M trains to West 4th St.)
J.G. Melon – NYC Burgers
It doesn’t matter how many new burger joints open in NYC because they have an uphill climb to match the perfection that J.G. Melon has been serving since 1972. The menu is small but the cheeseburger with pickles and a side of waffle fries is what you want here. The Blood Mary is phenomenal!.
PRO TIP: J.G. Melon is CASH ONLY!!!
1291 3rd Avenue (Take the Q train to 72nd St. or the 6 train to 68th St. – Hunter College)
Porto Rico Importing Co.
When you cannot make up your mind about coffee while exploring NYC, head down to Greenwich Village to Porto Rico Importing Co, my version of “coffee heaven.” Grab a cup or two of their featured international coffee roasts to sip on while you sniff through the huge bags of beans from all around the world. You will want to buy some beans to take home. I’ve been coming here for decades and this place is hard to resist. – 201 Bleecker St. (Take the A,B,C,D,E,F,M trains to West 4th St.)
Leuca @ William Vale Hotel
This hot hotel restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is sexy and delicious. My friend, Denyse, and I stopped by on Presidents Day for brunch and we were knocked out by the truly decadent menu. We loved the French toast with rum-soaked raisins, guanciale and cream, as well as the Sicilian baked eggs over garlic toast. Make sure you check walk off your meal along Bedford Avenue and check out all the other great eats and shopping in this up and coming neighborhood. – 111 N. 12th St. (Take the ‘L’ train to Bedford Ave.)
Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar @ Chelsea Market
Nothing makes me homesick for NYC like shellfish plucked fresh from local East coast waters. Cull & Pistol has you covered with lobster, oysters, crab and more. I highly recommend their Connecticut lobster roll which comes with a mound of perfectly crispy, hot fries. Also, if you stop by Cull & Pistol during Happy Hour on weekdays, you will stay for $1 oysters and other discounted crustaceans, sliders and half-priced cocktails. – Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave. (Take the A,C,E,L trains to 14th St.)
Little Pie Company
This pie shop in Times Square has been baking delectable pies and cakes since 1985. It is west of 9th Avenue so many locals and visitors miss it. Trust me, you do not want to overlook this hidden gem. Everything here is great but my favorites are the signature sour cream-apple pie and the exquisite carrot cake. – 424 W. 43rd St. (Take the A,C,E trains to 42nd St.-Port Authority).
Whether you are catching a show in the Theatre District or just exploring Times Square, you should drop by BXL Cafe for some delicious Belgian pub fare. The selection of mussels are great here and so are the entrees. The cocktails are on point, too! -125 W. 43rd St. (Take the 1,2,3,B,D,F,M trains to 42 St.)
If you are craving some of the best NYC tacos, head to this upper east side spot. The menu is huge but I recommend the fish tacos which you can get fried your grilled. The grilled version totally rocks hard! Don’t forget to order some fabulous guacamole and chips, as well as their “Sex in a Mexican Prison” cocktail. The staff here is super nice and attentive. – 1735 2nd Ave. (Take the Q train to 86th or 96th St.)
French restaurants in NYC are plentiful but Café Loup near Union Square is a great, veteran French bistro. I really love their French onion soup and salmon appetizer with toast points, cream cheese and capers. – 105 W. 13th St. (Take the 1,2,3,4,5,6,L,N,Q,R,W trains to 14th St.)
Pro Tip: Café Loup has live music during weekend brunch
In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the local trains and buses to these 9 great NYC pizza, burgers and more. Save on gas. Avoid traffic, parking and road rage. Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!