#BragEats New York City Food Guide

In addition to sneakers & streetwear, we’ve decided to brag about some of the best bites that we’ve had in different cities. When people begin planning their travels, a few of the most common questions that get asked are where to eat & what to eat. To help answer some of these questions, we have decided to begin the #BragEats series, which will feature a wide range of dining options & price points!

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Coffee

I can barely function in the morning without some form of coffee, and here are some of my favourites.

La Colombe ($)

Bryant Park, 154 Prince St., 27th St. Terminal Warehouse, Wall St., Tribeca, NoHo, SoHo, Hudson Square

Birch Coffee ($)

Flatiron, West Village, Upper West, Upper East, Financial, Long Island City, SoHo, Murray Hill

Everyman Espresso ($)

East Village, 301 West Broadway

La Colombe via Eric Yang/Gear Patrol
La Colombe via Eric Yang/Gear Patrol

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Bagels & Lox

When in New York City, you have to try a city staple in the bagel & lox with the works (cream cheese, red onions & capers). I can have a never-ending conversation with my Montreal Brag family about who has the better bagel, but here are some of New York’s finest.

Russ & Daughters ($$)

Appetizers: 179 East Houston Street

Cafe: 127 Orchard Street

Barney Greengrass ($$)

Upper West Side: 541 Amsterdam Avenue

Davidovich Bakery ($$)

Essex Market: 120 Essex Street

Chelsea Market: 75 9th Avenue

Russ & Daughters Appetizers via @iamjonathankim
Russ & Daughters Appetizers via Jonathan Kim/The Brag Affair

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Ramen

Ramen has become a food genre of its own, and thanks to its ever-growing popularity, new sub-genres of ramen have become prominent in the scene. Traditional Japanese ramen shops will forever be popular with ramen lovers, but now, those same people will have the opportunity to try different types of ramen created by chefs with varying backgrounds.

Mu Ramen ($$)

Long Island City: 1209 Jackson Avenue

Ippudo New York ($$)

East Village: 65 4th Avenue

Westside Midtown: 321 West 51st Street

Mokbar ($$)

Chelsea Market: 75 9th Avenue

Mu Ramen via Paul Wagtouicz/TimeOut
Mu Ramen via Paul Wagtouicz/TimeOut

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Pasta

I apologize in advance to all of the gluten-free readers, but in all honesty, who doesn’t enjoy an amazing plate of pasta? When properly executed, it is one of the most satisfying bites and these restaurants do pastas extremely well.

Marea ($$$)

Columbus Circle: 240 Central Park South

Babbo Ristorante Enoteca ($$)

Greenwich Village: 110 Waverly Place

Scarpetta ($$)

Chelsea: 355 West 14th Street

via Lauren Shia/LaurenLovesToEat
Marea via Lauren Shia/LaurenLovesToEat

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Sushi

Outside of Japan, New York City has arguably one of the best selection of sushi restaurants within a single city in the entire world. The quality of products and chefs at these establishments are the reason that these restaurants are continuously successful and consistently busy.

Sushi Nakazawa ($$$$)

West Village: 23 Commerce Street

Sushi Yasuda ($$$)

Midtown: 204 East 43rd Street

Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa ($$)

Flatiron District: 33 East 20th Street

Sushi Nakazawa via Evan Sung/Bloomberg
Sushi Nakazawa via Evan Sung/Bloomberg

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Tacos

One of the biggest misconceptions about tacos, or Mexican cuisine as a whole, is that the quality of the food on the east coast does not resemble that of the west coast. The restaurants listed below offer a great representation of Mexican cuisine on the east coast with a very good selection of tacos to boast.

Los Tacos No.1 ($)

Chelsea Market: 75 9th Avenue

Tres Carnes ($)

Flatiron District: 688 6th Avenue

Tulcingo Del Valle Restaurant ($)

Hell’s Kitchen: 665 10th Avenue

Los Tacos No. 1 via Robert Sietsema/Eater NY
Los Tacos No.1 via Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

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Burgers

The burger may seem simple in principle, as it is just a ground beef patty between a bun, but it is surprising to see the enormous number of poorly executed burgers throughout the world. New York City has burgers of all types, from fast food to Michelin-starred, and these establishments are well-known for their take on the notorious burger.

Minetta Tavern ($$)

Greenwich Village: 113 MacDougal Street

J.G. Melon ($$)

Upper East Side: 1291 3rd Street

Greenwich Village: 89 MacDougal Street

the burger joint ($$)

Le Parker Meridien: 119 West 56th Street

Greenwich Village: 33 West 8th Street

Minetta Tavern via Nick Solares/Eater NY
Minetta Tavern via Nick Solares/Eater NY

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Pizza

Pizza is one of those dishes that has become synonymous with New York City and the New York style thin crust pizza has become a genre of its own within the pizza world. You can’t go wrong with most pizza shops in the city but these shops are some fan favourites that are well known for both their round & square slices.

Di Fara ($)

Midwood: 1424 Avenue J

Roberta’s ($$)

Bushwick: 261 Moore Street

Famous Ben’s ($)

SoHo: 177 Spring Street

Roberta's Pizza via Deidre Schoo/Roberta's Facebook
Roberta’s Pizza via Deidre Schoo/Roberta’s Facebook

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Steakhouse

Some of the country’s best steak houses are located in New York City, evident by the city’s long & rich history of steak houses. Whether you like your steak blue rare or well done, it will be difficult to leave these establishments after a steak dinner and be dissatisfied.

Peter Luger Steakhouse ($$$)

Williamsburg: 178 Broadway

Keens Steakhouse ($$$)

Midtown: 72 West 36th Street

Smith & Wollensky ($$$)

Midtown: 797 3rd Avenue

Peter Luger Steakhouse via Nick Solares/Eater NY
Peter Luger Steakhouse via Nick Solares/Eater NY

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Delicatessen

The delicatessen is one of the best places to go and get a true pastrami sandwich when in New York City. In addition to pastrami sandwiches, you will be in awe of the selection at these establishments with a wide spread of fine Kosher delicacies.

Katz’s Delicatessen ($$)

Lower East Side: 205 East Houston Street

2nd Avenue Deli ($$)

Midtown: 162 East 33rd Street

Upper East Side: 1442 1st Avenue

Mile End Delicatessen ($$)

NoHo: 53 Bond Street

Midtown: 230 Park Avenue

Boerum Hill: 97A Hoyt Street

Katz's Deli via @christopher.chiu
Katz’s Deli via Christopher Chiu/The Brag Affair

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Asian Fusion

New York City is a melting pot of all types of cultures & cuisines, and this is one of the main reasons that countless chefs decide to open up shop in the city. Many of these chefs have put their own spins on traditional cuisines with the incorporation of their own creative styles.

Pig & Khao ($$)

Lower East Side: 68 Clinton Street

Oiji ($$)

East Village: 119 1st Avenue

Mission Chinese Food ($$$)

Lower East Side: 171 East Broadway

Pig & Khao via Erik Teng/Asian Fusion Magazine
Pig & Khao via Erik Teng/Asian Fusion Magazine

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Ice Cream

This is for everyone with a sweet tooth. New York City has some of the best ice cream shops and these establishments not only do the classics very well, they also get very inventive with creative flavour combinations.

Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream ($)

Lower East Side: 2 Rivington Street

Mikey Likes It Ice Cream ($)

East Village: 199 Avenue A

OddFellow’s Ice Cream Co. ($)

East Village: 75 East 4th Street

Williamsburg: 175 Kent Avenue

Mikey Likes It Ice Cream via Sammy Da Joo/The Hundreds
Mikey Likes It Ice Cream via Sammy Da Joo/The Hundreds

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Featured Header Image via Chris Hepburn/Getty Images/Architectural Digest

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