City Guide | NEW YORK

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WHEN TRENDY RHYMES WITH DELICIOUS

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alt="Paulie Gee"Paulie Gee’s Our article
The best wood oven pizzas in Brooklyn. Forget about Roberta’s and Grimaldi’s: Paulie Gee’s is the place to go. The decoration is vintage but not too much and we loved the good natured atmosphere.
Back to business: you should try the Hellboy (sopressata and spicy honey), and give a shot to the salads which are amazing too. Ice creams coming from Van Lewven for dessert.

ABC Kitchen SundaeABC Kitchen Our article
Yet another restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and this may be our favorite one. Located in the basement of ABC Carpet, the space is warm and inviting.
The cuisine highlights local products and my veggie friends are usually fond of this place. The egg and ricotta raviolo is to die for and the line caught tuna sashimi is extremely refreshing.

ALT="Traif BROOKLYN"Traif Our article
There’s so much hype about Traif that we couldn’t miss it. Located under the Williamsburg bridge, the cuisine at Traif is modern and creative. Don’t miss the tuna tartare with eggplant tempura. For desserts, the bacon donuts are a hit.
Excellent value for money. Only disappointement: the noise level.

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BEST OF BRUNCH

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3H4A6607Du Jour Bakery Our article
If you’re strolling in Park Slope and craving for a pastry, this is where you should go. We went for brunch, one of the best we’ve had in New-York so far: solid Monkey Bread, flavorful muffin with juicy blueberries, and delicious pear and pomegranate granola.

alt="Brunch Ashbox"Ashbox Our article
If you’re looking for a brunch off the beaten path, this is where you should go. Located in Greenpoint, the increasingly popular Brooklyn neighborhood, Ashbox is a coffeeshop owned by two talented Japanese gals. They make brunch classics with traditional Japanese comfort food. The result is amazingly refreshing.

five_4Five Leaves Our article
Five Leaves is a fantastic place to eat in Greenpoint. The restaurant had been created by Heath Ledger, just before he died. We recommend you the pancakes (coming with honey butter, to die for!), the exquisite salads, and the granola as well.
If possible, book a table outside.

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FAST (AND GOOD) FOOD

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alt="Shake Shack "Shake Shack Our article
One of the best fast foods in New-York. It’s hard not to wait in line (except if you come at 4pm like us) but the burger is worth it. Special mention to the shack sauce which adds a great twist to the whole thing.
The only thing we disliked was the French fries. For dessert, they make regressive milkshakes and concretes. Good value for money.

alt=Russ and Daughters"Russ & Daughters Our article
Every visit to Russ and Daughters is an experience which is nothing short of perfect: the salmon and cream cheese bagels are to die for. It’s also a really fun place to just explore. I’ve never been here when it isn’t crowded, but it’s really great to just watch the Lords of Smoked Salmon.

alt="banh mi new york"Banh Mi Zon Our article
We love to grab our Vietnamese sandwich here at Banh Mi Zon. The seasoning is always perfect and the various ingredients extremely fresh.

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BIENVENIDO EN AMERICA LATINA

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alt="Mesa Coyoacan Brooklyn"Mesa Coyoacan Our article
Mexican cuisine (huevos rancheros, tacos, tortas), only a few steps away from Downtown Williamsburg. The staff is efficient and we loved the good natured atmosphere. The terrace is a real upside when the sunny days are back.

alt="Caracas arepa bar"Caracas Our article
It’s all in the name, the arepas are good though for $8-11 each, you’d expect them to be a bit bigger. Special mention for the arepa de pabellon (shredded beef).
Decor inside is made out of plywood and tin, we really felt like in good old Venezuela (though we have yet to travel there). There’s an extra location in the East Village.

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RICE AND CHOPSTICKS! 

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Noodies_5Noodies Our article
A very solid Thai restaurant in the heart of Hells Kitchen. The decoration is impressive: ramen bowls all over the walls. Nothing surprising on the menu but the Pad Thai is good and the Pad See Ew is well executed. Great prices.

3H4A5542Ippudo Our article
Ippudo is our go-to restaurants when it comes to ramen. Atmosphere is great, pork buns are delicious and soups are stratospheric.
Unfortunately the waiting line is highly likely to be gigantic.

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ITALIAN TRANSPLANT

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Paprika parpadellesPaprika Our article
A solid Italian restaurant in the Lower East Side if you’re tired of pizza. We appreciated the intimate atmosphere. The pasta are the house specialty: they make great ragu papardella.

Vesta TrattoriaVesta Trattoria Our article
Warm atmosphere and solide food in this trattoria located in Queens. Forget about the pizzas, they’re pretty disappointing, and go for pastas and salads. Nothing astonishing, but good value for money.

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SWEET NEW YORK

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Prohibition Bakery | Our article
Finding a bakery that makes only liquor based cupcakes is something that could only happen in New-York. For $5 you’ll get three different cupcakes (we should say mini-cupcakes): special mention to the beer and pretzel, great flavor combination.

alt="Milk Bar"Momofuku Milk Bar Our article, and here too
Christina Tosi makes amazingly regressive cakes and drinks. Sometimes it works well (great compost cookie, stratospheric cereal milk) but sometimes it fails (crackpie? meeh). Several locations in New-York and Brooklyn.

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Eileen’s Special Cheesecake Our article
Nothing short of the best cheesecake in New-York and the prices are right (about $4 for a mini cheesecake). Why is it better than the others? Fresher cream and flavorful graham cracker base is the answer.

Peter Pan donut honey dipPeter Pan Donut Our article
Forget about Dunkin and its paperboard donuts, Peter Pan makes magical donuts in Brooklyn. The dough is light and not too greasy. More important they’re always fresh.
Our favorites? Honey dipped and old-fashioned. If you don’t want to end up with a lone Boston cream, be aware they’re out of stock quickly during the week-end.

Billy’s Bakery

Amy’s Bread

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FAT AND REGRESSIVE

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alt="Dunkin Donuts chocolate"Dunkin Donuts | Our article
It’s hard to miss it, there’s a Dunkin Donuts at every street corner in New York. It’s clearly not necessary to stop by DD if you’re visiting New-York but the experience is still worth it if you’ve never been. The donuts are fat as hell and the dough isn’t great but the price tag is unbeatable ($1).

alt="Serendipity 3"Serendipity 3 Our article
Being a huge ice cream fan I cannot believe I have never been there before. I know why actually: the line of tourists waiting every single day at Serendipity makes me upset.
Let’s be honest, the quality of the ice-cream is not stratospheric and the prices are not right. But it’s a mythic place and the regressive sundaes make up for the downsides.

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THE HOTTEST ICE-CREAMS

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alt="Big Gay Ice Cream"Big Gay Ice Cream Our article
After having their “Salty Pimp” soft serve (vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche sea salt dipped in chocolate), this place definitely made me gay. Prices are quite steep though.

alt="Grom"Grom Our article
The best of Italy in an ice cream pot. Fresh dairy products and no artificial flavors is always a great combo. I have a strong preference for the sorbets which are extremely refreshing in the sweltering summer heat.

alt="Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory"Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory Our article
The staff is among the most unpleasant I’ve experienced in New-York. Too bad because their ice creams are to dies for and homemade in Brooklyn, but at premium (about $9 for three scoops). The Dumbo location has a great view on Manhattan.

alt="Laboratorio del Gelato"Il Laboratorio Del Gelato Our article
Located in the Lower East Side, the place has been designed to look like a real scientist lab. I’m dubious about the result (the atmosphere is not really warm) but the ice creams are much better.
The chef experiments surprising flavors as well as more traditional ones. The fig tastes like fig!

alt="Ample Hills Creamery New York"Ample Hills Creamery Our article
Probably the best American style ice-creams we’ve had in New-York. It reminds me a bit a Ben&Jerry’s ice creams in way way better.
If you’re looking for more than a mere ice cream cone, go for the “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” ($10.95). It’s made with three scoops of ice cream over a brownie or ooey-gooey cake base and a split banana, plus sauce options.

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PROHIBITION IS OVER

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The Narrows Bar BrooklynThe Narrows | Our article
The Narrows is a non-pretentious beer and cocktail bar. It’s located in the increasingly trendy Bushwick neighborhood. I’ve had one of their specialties and loved the Lion’s Tail (Bourbon, pimento, and lime). We haven’t tried the food but it sounded damn good.

Lulu's BarLulu’s | Our article
One of the best bars in Greenpoint. The space looks like an industrial warehouse that has been renovated. The apricot spritz is a hit and the Dark & Stormy is well executed too. Don’t miss the complementary pizza which is surprisingly good.

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NOW, SURPRISE ME

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Le Marché de SmorgasburgOur article
alt="Smorgasburg"An incredible view on Manhattan and amazing food vendors, Smorgasburg is the best food market of Brooklyn taking every year from April to October in Williamsburg riverfront. But it comes at steep price.
We finally settled for a couple of spring rolls and a surprising quinoa falafel, they were both delicious.

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THANKS A LATTE

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alt="Lula Bean"Lula Bean | Our article

Sans titreAce Hotel | Our article
Since the Ace Hotel is located not far from the high line, on 34th street, it makes a great break after a long stroll. Real New Yorkers love to get a drink in the huge lobby of the hotel which makes up for a great bar.
There’s also a Stumptown Coffee next to the lobby in the same building to the great joy of freelancers working all day there.

VarietyVariety Cafe Our article
Your devoted reviewer used to get his daily espresso fix at this amazing coffee shop on Graham Avenue, Brooklyn. The coffee is well executed and the cookies/pastries have never been a source of disappointment. Free wifi and ample seatings are another upside.

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A CUP OF TEA?

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alt="Harney and Sons"Harney & Sons Our article
This store is a tea lover’s heaven with it’s floor to ceiling wall of specialty teas, but it has a great little cafe in the back. Good thing to know: they also have student discount.
We went there for a morning breakfast and couldn’t help myself from ordering the scones with strawberry jam, it’s exquisite.

alt="Bellocq tea"Bellocq Tea Atelier Our article
One of the most beautiful shops we’ve had the chance to visit in Brooklyn. The owners retained the look of the factory that once inhabited the building. The tea selection is not less impressive.
They make great tea blends like the Little Dickens: rooibos, soothing mint and cinnamon. The price tag is not cheap but it’s not surprising considering the quality.

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RUN AWAY

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alt="Buttermilk Channel Brooklyn"Buttermilk Channel Our article
Vraie déception pour ce qui s’annonçait comme un agréable restaurant où bruncher. Bien que le lieu semble très apprécié, à en croire la file d’attente et le brouhaha continuel, des erreurs grossières (assaisonnement, manque de fraîcheur) sont venues troubler notre repas.

Gwyn_2Gwynnett St. Our article
C’est sûrement LA déception qu’on a eue à New York, car cette table est encensée et présentée comme l’une des meilleures du moment, à l’avant-garde de la gastronomie made in US.
Finalement beaucoup de chichis pour une cuisine prétentieuse et entachée par quelques imprécisions. PS : prix prétentieux aussi.

3H4A6332Roberta’s Our article
Roberta’s c’est le temple hipster de Bushwick où des hordes de barbus aux chemises bariolées se rendent en pèlerinage. Déçus par les pizzas, l’ambiance surfaite, et l’attente d’une heure pour obtenir une table ; nous n’y reviendrons pas.

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For even more good spots in New York, here are a few of others articles we wrote that are related to the Big Apple:
• The best cookies in New York
• The best coffee shops in New York
Good food spots in New York by Erin et Agatha, the owners of Ovenly, the best pastry in Brooklyn
Our encounter with the chefs of the Franco-Vietnamese restaurant Rouge et Blanc.
Our encounter with Kim Ima, the owner of the Treats Truck in New York