the adventures of yoshi

where to eat when you visit new york…

Posted in Because I'm Fat, Travel and Trips by yoshi on May 18, 2011

ok – i don’t know HOW many times i’ve been asked this question so i decided it was a very blogworthy post!


i’ll start off with food and then follow up with shopping, culture, and nightlife =)

*and please note, this is all my PERSONAL fav’s AND i kept it mostly in manhattan, but feel free to comment and add your own recommendations as well!*


  • la esquina – a rundown looking taqueria on a corner, but if you know the right people you can go downstairs to their “exclusive” restaurant/bar (let me know if you’re interested)
  • calexico cart – voted best in food trucks nyc, located on broome st and broadway


  • sylvia’s – fried chicken, mac and cheese, up in harlem… can’t get any better than that!
  • clinton st baking co – another comfort food joint, the BEST for brunch – seriously, try their whole menu
  • acme – this is more cajun, kinda kitchy but still good, they have po-boys and stuff, i like it =)
  • delicatessen – up scale comfort food, right in soho, won’t be surprised if you see a celeb or two
  • yaffa – a quietly fun place with very healthy dishes – yumyumyum!
  • katz’s – you can’t go to new york without going here
  • junior’s – the infamous strawberry cheesecake for ditty – there’s also kosher food there
  • doughnut plant – need i say more?
  • 7A – late night eats at this cafe are essential
  • epstein’s – every tuesday 2-for-1 meals! try their epstein burger with CHEDDAR cheese and a side of hot wing sauce
  • hill country – bbq done right!
  • schiller’s – a cute american style restaurant, perfect for brunch or dinner
  • shake shack – if i need to explain, you’re not worthy



  • ippudo – ramen – the best hand’s down, go early, the line gets LONG
  • hiroko’s place – traditional home style japanese, serving noodle dishes and parfaits and more, very quaint, i love it there
  • udon west – fast, small, you see them serve you right then and there, cheap too!
  • sobaya – love the soba here, very healthy – try all their desserts
  • minca – another awesome ramen spot, go early!


  • cafe 81 – bar and restaurant if you’re wanting some drinks and good food, come here
  • maharlika – only open on the weekends, this is a MUST
  • purple yam – if you’re trekking out to brooklyn, this is more filipino fusion, but very much worth the travel
  • ihawan – up in queens, bbq pork is off the hoooook
  • krystal’s cafe – also in queens (owner of cafe 81), reminds me of home (as in south city/daly city lmao)


  • an choi – upscale vietnamese food banh mi and everything, try their shaking beef – TO DIE FOR
  • pho bang – cheap vietnamese grub, i’m talkin SUPER CHEAP
  • banh mi saigon – the original banh mi sandwich place =)


  • bon chon – even though its a chain, its actually really good. try their fried chicken
  • shilla – great for groups the bbq is awesome there
  • kunjp – very traditional, gotta get there early!


  • room 18 – if you’re looking for a mix of good drinks and asian style tapas, this is the place for you
  • barrio chino – omg, the best chinese/latin food mix – but get there early too!
  • macao – chinese and portuguese mix – just click here


  • cafe habana – another spot you shouldn’t miss out on if you’re in ny
  • miss lily – jamaican inspired boutique restaurant, watch out, kinda spicy!
  • negril – i love this jamaican restaurant, they also have a reggae lounge downstairs – the staff there is amazing


  • bread – cute spot for good italian dishes, quaint for small groups
  • carmine’s – this is like buca di beppo but 10x’s more delicious! i’m serious
  • meatball shop – a new spot serving up all kinds of meatballs – you MUST try their ice cream cookies! homemade!
  • lombardi’s – pizza – first joint ever (so they say)


OMG LONGEST POST EVER TO BE WRITTTTENNNNN – you can thank queenie for pushing me to make these….
don’t forget! if you want to add something to the list – feel free to leave a comment! =)

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  1. spikessequins said, on May 18, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Ugh you are making me so hungry!

  2. Ara said, on May 18, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    yessssssssssssssss to Carmine’s!! Went for my first time last week and I’m still thinking about it!

  3. danny chang said, on May 18, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    hi im danny chang from cleveland ohio, im born in new york lived in the bronx two blocks from the yankees stadium ( old one, not the new) i left there when i was seven to come to cleveland and im twenty four now. i visit new york at least 6 times a year and one of the things i love growing up is food. i believe we have similar interest, for that being said i notice you missed out two spots in this blog, id say for the japanese theres no yakitori in there, and mamouns falafel spot ( there shawarma’s the jam ). thanks for your time

    danny chang

  4. Raymond said, on May 19, 2011 at 5:30 AM

    As a fellow foodie [and follower of your blog], THANK YOU so much for this! I will be visiting NY soon and was always wondering where to eat

  5. Leesh said, on May 20, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    This is great. I am definitely going to keep this handy if I ever make it to NYC. I was so close to going next month but we chose a beach vacation instead.

    • yoshi said, on May 23, 2011 at 9:38 PM

      come come! ny is waiting for ya

      • Leesh said, on September 8, 2011 at 10:23 PM

        I’m finally going to New York! My hubby and I just booked to visit during Christmas. Thank you so much for this list because we will be going to some of them – Bon Chon, Cafe Habana, Doughnut Plant, Baked by Melissa, and Dylan’s. There’s so many places we want to eat at.

        I’m totally using your blog as a reference guide. I know we will have to find some artsy things to do cuz my hubby’s an apparel graphic designer.

      • yoshi said, on September 10, 2011 at 11:54 AM


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