My NYC Foodie Bucket List

T-1 until we leave for NYC!  Super excited.  It’s been a long overdue trip, as it has been two years since our list trip.  We’re prepared for our food crawl through Manhattan + Brooklyn + Queens.  We’ve got our walking/running shoes packed, pedometer on my belt, so give us what ya got NYC.  I’ve been scoping out restaurants, food trucks, food stands, pubs, and anything else that involves eating and drinking in NYC for the last several months.  I even created a document with details such as name of the place, address, transit, and hours, which were then further broken down by neighborhoods within the three boroughs.  Yes.  You read that correctly.  A document.  I’m a geek like that.  I was originally going to print the document out, and carry the document around.  And I did print it out, but I’m finding it to get outdated very quickly.  I’ve been adding and deleting more things to it, and will probably do so up until the very last day of our trip.

So I present to you my foodie bucket list for NYC.  This list is definitely a work in progress.  I expect this list to be dynamic with time.   I will certainly update this list with reviews as I go along.  So check back for more updates and reviews.  I hope this list will provide you a reference of eating your way through NYC.

NYC… get in mah belly!


Carroll Gardens
Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain
513 Henry St
(between Sackett St & Union St)
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Clinton Hill, Bedford Stuyvesant
Pilar Cuban Eatery (guava cream cheese pie, anything Cuban)
393 Classon Ave
(between Clifton Pl & Greene Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
19 Old Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Jacques Torres Chocolate (hot chocolate)
66 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Paulie Gee’s (sit-down pizzeria)
60 Greenpoint Ave
(between West St & Franklin St)
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Di Fara Pizza (pizza by the slice)
1424 Ave J
Brooklyn, NY 11230

Red Hook
Red Hook Lobster Pound (New England style lobster roll)
284 Van Brunt St
(between Verona St & Visitation Pl)
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Williamsburg – North Side
Graham Avenue Meats and Deli (authentic Italian sandwiches)
445 Graham Ave
(between Frost St & Richardson St)
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Williamsburg – South Side
Pies ‘N’ Thighs (southern food)
166 S 4th St
(between Bedford Ave & Driggs Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11211


Joe’s Shanghai
9 Pell St
(between Bowery & Doyers St)
New York, NY 10013

Peking Duck House
28 Mott St
(between Mosco St & Pell St)
New York, NY 10013

Prosperity Dumpling (Chinese dumplings)
46 Eldridge St
New York, NY 10002

East Village
Banh mi Zon
443 E 6th St
(between 1st Ave & Avenue A)
New York, NY 10009

Caracas Arepa Bar
93 1/2 E 7th St
New York, NY 10009

Graffiti Food and Wine Bar (tapas)
224 E 10th St
(between 1st Ave & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003

Ippudo (ramen)
65 4th Ave
(between 9th St & 10th St)
New York, NY 10003

Kajitsu (vegan, Japanese, sake pairings, prix fixe menu) **
414 E 9th St
(between 1st Ave & Avenue A)
New York, NY 10009

Lula’s Sweet Apothecary (vegan, sweets)
516 E 6th St
(between Avenue A & Avenue B)
New York, NY 10009

Momofuku Noodle Bar (David Chang’s ramen/pork steam buns)
171 1st Ave
(between 10th St & 11th St)
New York, NY 10003

Oh! Taisho (yakitori)
9 St. Marks Pl
(between 3rd Ave & Astor Pl)
New York, NY 10003

Yakitori Taisho (yakitori)
5 St. Marks Pl
(between 3rd Ave & Astor Pl)
New York, NY 10003

Aldea (Portuguese, tapas) *
31 W 17th St
(between 5th Ave & Avenue Of The Americas)
New York, NY 10011

Big Gay Ice Cream Truck
Broadway & 17th St
New York, NY 10003

Eataly (Mario Batali; all kinds of eats)
200 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010

Eleven Madison Park *
11 Madison Ave
(at 24th St)
New York, NY 10010

Grand Central Station
Joe the Art of Coffee (“best coffee shop” by NY mag, etc)

Oyster Bar and Restaurant

Greenwich Village
N.Y. Dosas (food cart)
50 Washington Sq S
New York, NY 10014

Hell’s Kitchen
Per Se (Thomas Keller’s establishment) ***
10 Columbus Cir
(between Broadway & W Central Park)
New York, NY 10019

Seoul Garden
34 W 32nd St
Fl 2
(between 5th Ave & Broadway)
New York, NY 10001

Lower East Side
Dessert Truck Works (chocolate bread pudding with bacon custard cream)
6 Clinton St
(between Avenue B & Houston St)
New York, NY 10002

Katz’s Delicatessen (pastrami, corned beef sandwiches, hot dogs)
205 E Houston St
(between Avenue A & Essex St)
New York, NY 10002

Russ and Daughters (bagel/salmon or sable fish)
179 E Houston St
(between 2nd Ave & Chrystie St)
New York, NY 10002

wd-50 (Wylie Dufrense’s gastronomy creations) *
50 Clinton St
(between Rivington St & Stanton St)
New York, NY 10002

Midtown West
Gordon Ramsay at the London **
151 W 54th St
(between Avenue Of The Americas & 7th Ave)
New York, NY 10019

Hallo Berlin German Food Stand
54th St and 5th Ave
New York, NY 10019

Pig N’ Whistle (Irish Pub/Restaurant)
165 W 47th St
(between 7th Ave & Avenue Of The Americas)
New York, NY 10036

Café Habana (grilled corn, Cuban sandwiches)
17 Prince St
(between Elizabeth St & Mott St)
New York, NY 10012

Eileen’s Special Cheesecake (best NY cheesecake ever!)
17 Cleveland Pl
(between Kenmare St & Spring St)
New York, NY 10012

Lombardi’s Pizza (pizza pie)
32 Spring St
(between Mott St & Mulberry St)
New York, NY 10012

Burger & Barrel (white truffle burger)
25 W Houston St
(between Mercer St & Crosby St)
New York, NY 10012

Theater District
53rd & 6th Halal Cart
53rd St & 6th Ave
New York, NY 10079

Le Bernadin (Eric Repert’s restaurant)
The Equitable Building
155 W 51st St
New York, NY 10019

Totto Ramen (ramen)
366 W 52nd St
(between 8th Ave & 9th Ave)
New York, NY 10019

Upper East Side
Luke’s Lobster (lobster rolls)
242 E 81st St
(between 3rd Ave & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10028

Serendipity 3 (desserts)
225 E 60th St
(between 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10022

Upper West Side
Barney Greengrass (bagels/lox)
541 Amsterdam Ave
(between 86th St & 87th St)
New York, NY 10024

Levain Bakery (baked goods)
167 W 74th St
(between Columbus Ave & Amsterdam Ave)
New York, NY 10023

Zabar’s (baked goods, rugelach)
2245 Broadway
(between 80th St & 81st St)
New York, NY 10024

West Village
Annisa (Anita Lo’s restaurant)  *
13 Barrow St
(between 4th St & S 7 Ave)
New York, NY 10014

Bleeker Street Pizza (pizza by the slice)
69 7th Ave S
(between Commerce St & Bleecker St)
New York, NY 10014


Cronin & Phelan’s (Irish pub)
38-14 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11102

El Rey Del Taco Truck
3301 30th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103

Lao Bei Fang Dumpling House (soup noodles, dumplings)
86-08 Whitney Ave
Elmhurst, NY 11373

* / ** / *** denotes Michelin-rated restaurants

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