Cuisine: Hot Dogs, Burgers, Ice Cream
Pricing: "Famous" burger = $4.75
Madison Square Park
(Madison Avenue at 23rd Street)
New York, NY 10010
Restaurateur Danny Meyer (Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Café) wanted to create an urban take on the classic roadside burger stand, so he plopped Shake Shack right down in Madison Square Park! Since opening in ’04, they have won numerous awards and accolades for their burgers and have since expanded to the Upper West Side. Thick, delicious frozen custard and Concretes, a dense mix of custard and ‘mix ins’ like chocolate and toffee, are a great after burger or between bites treat! They even have a vegetarian Portobello burger. The line gets super long at lunch, but you can visit their website and check out the wait on the Live Shack Cam!
Upper West Side - 366 Columbus Ave. (at 77th Street) New York, NY 10024
Cuisine: Traditional American
Price Range: Moderate
54 East 1st St.
(between 1st and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Hungry in New York? Go home. Well, go to Prune that is, where chef Gabrielle Hamilton creates a space that feels like home: weather-worn chairs, mismatched silverware, and a few aged yet practical accroutements give the tiny hole-in-the-wall a rustic, unpretentious atomosphere. You'll feel like you were just sittin’ round with folks by Grandma’s old stove. But in spite of its casual atmosphere, it still delivers fine American cuisine we’re used to - with a twist.
Stop by your local Pinkberry today to taste two new summer flavors—coconut and passion fruit. Oh, and did I forget to mention—it’s FREE! No, your eyes are not deceiving you—head over to Pinkberry between 5 and 9 PM (only today, June 26) for a free small cup of the new flavors. For you regular Pinkberry-ers, not to worry—regular flavors, original, pomegranate and green tea will still be available during the summer months should you not wish to stick to the standard.
So, what are you waiting for, Red Mango? Time to step up your game…
Cuisine: Soup and Sandwich
34-08 31st Avenue
(Near 34th Street)
Queens, NY 11106
For a super-sized cupcake on the side of your panini, stop by Il Bambino for lunch. Appearing at first as simply a bakery, one must look past the muffins, brownies, and bundt cakes to find a panini paradise. The soup and sandwich menu is extensive, so find what combo sounds most filling to you, and order something sweet on the side. Our favorite is the baked potato and leek soup, which is served with a plentiful piece of garlicky pesto bread, perfect for dipping and a steal at only $5 to fill-up. At night, Il Bambino changes into a BYOB, candlelit eatery- thus keeping the ambience high and the price low.
Best Chocolate Bread Pudding
50th Street (Between 6th and 7th Avenue)
St Mark’s Place (8th Street) and 3rd Avenue
Pricing: $5 for one serving (and that includes your choice of topping!)
With the stiff competition of confectionary delights on wheels filling the streets of NYC, one shines out above the rest, Dessert Truck. The idea is simple: sweets for the man on the street. Bloody brilliant. For those of us with a sweet tooth, Dessert Truck’s signature chocolate bread pudding is the one. It is something that was sent from above with an oozing of chocolate greatness. You get to top the pudding with your choice of either vanilla or bacon (not as odd as it sounds) custard sauce. When you are first reading this and viewing the picture of a dessert, from a truck, served in a tin cup, and eaten with a plastic spoon, you are probably thinking that we are out of our minds. But there is something extraordinary here. For the mere price of 5 dollars a pop, you can indulge yourself with a desert that would rival anything made in a restaurant. I kid you not my friend.
Price Range: Moderate
Lower East Side
68 Clinton St.
(at Rivington Street)
New York, NY 10002
When Chef Iacopo Falai waved goodbye to his pastry days, Le Cirque may have lost a terrific chef, but Manhattan received a unique gift in the new restaurant Falai; an original Italian dining experience to be embraced. A daring array of dishes grace the menu including a rabbit composition, baby octopus, and chicken liver. The restaurant also provides traditional meals for the slightly less adventurous palate like ricotta-filled tortellacci and a three-meat ravioli. For dessert- fresh gelatos, a creamy mousse and tiramisu beckon those who enjoy to finish out the meal on a sweet and satisfying note.
SoHo’s trendy eatery, Delicatessen, faces scrutiny as Executive Chef Michael Ferraro moves towards the final round of the Food Network's Chopped -- well barely. Judges Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy, and Scott Conant gave Ferraro the most brutal condemnation on the last episode because of his improper handling of food.
New York Magazine reported Conant accused Chef Ferraro of not knowing how to use calamari and scolded, “You have a responsibility to serve edible product to the people you’re cooking for.”
Peter Pan Bakery
727 Manhattan Avenue
(between Norman and Meserole Avenues)
Brooklyn, New York 11211
We love this little bakery for its retro lunch counter and $.90 donuts. All the goods are baked on the premises, so everything is super fresh and the entire place smells like honey-glazed heaven. They offer the fluffy confection in a variety of flavors ranging from cinnamon to chocolate glazed to cream filled. Take home a dozen or grab a stool at the counter and have a chat with the regulars. If you eat in, we strongly recommend that you spring for a glass of milk despite the $1.80 price tag: a bite of one of their donuts with a gulp of milk can’t be beat.
Cuisine: American Nouveau, French
Price Range: Expensive
1 East 15th Street
(at 5th Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Marco Moreira and wife Jo-Ann Makovitzky have produced Tocqueville in a labor of love. Starting out as a catering company, Marco and Jo-Ann have worked their way up from the bottom to at last create their supreme restaurant, Tocqueville. Their newly designed enterprise has been open since February of 2006. Brazilian native and head Chef, Marco Moreira has had his fair share of New York City experience. Honing his skills at Bouley, The Quilted Giraffe and The Mark has readied him for his own endeavors.