For creative cuisine with a Latin flair, visit ABC Cocina, sister to renowned culinary hotspot ABC Kitchen. At this foreign restaurant, diners can sample Latin-inspired dishes such as sweet pea guacamole and charred octopus in an elegant yet playful atmosphere. Whether you’re seeking a classic arroz con pollo dinner or an inventive dessert of seasonally flavored popsicles, this cocina has got you covered.
Taste of Persia
Giving new meaning to the phrase ‘small business,’ this no-frills Persian operation shares its venue with an unrelated pizzeria. What Taste of Persia lacks in space, however, it more than makes up for in complex flavors and remarkable service. Serving up filling platters and hearty stews (including the popular ash eh reshteh, a rich vegetable concoction topped with dried mint and yogurt), Taste of Persia is a small spot bursting with big flavor.
Vegan fast food has officially arrived with the establishment of Terri, a ‘quick service restaurant’ serving tasty and organic on-the-go options. From indulgent smoothies to super sized sandwiches loaded with fresh, flavorful ingredients, Terri provides fast and filling meals anyone can enjoy. Be sure to save room for dessert, and snag one of the shop’s popular vegan cookies or decadent milkshakes – the perfect end to a guilt-free lunch.
Striking a harmonious balance between Southern tradition and playful innovation, Blue Smoke marks an exciting departure from the standardized barbecue joints typically found in the city. With a menu featuring traditional staples like buttermilk biscuits and savory pulled pork alongside more inventive interpretations such as cornbread madeleines and roasted oysters, this American restaurant is sure to please traditionalists and adventurous eaters alike.
This trendy restaurant and bar gets packed during happy hour, but serves an enticing selection of Korean-inspired dishes and drinks all day long. Barn Joo’s unique menu items such as the raw tuna burrito and pulled duck sliders attract adventurous appetites, while its affordable lunch and happy hour specials draw in deal seeking diners. Also boasting an extremely well stocked bar featuring Korean beer and spirits, Barn Joo is sure to satisfy at every turn.
TAPPO Thin Crust Pizza
TAPPO Thin Crust Pizza serves up truly unique pies, an impressive feat for any New York pizza joint. Locals flock to the shop’s spacious outdoor seating area to sample personal and family-sized pies made with wholesome ingredients and a crispy wafer thin crust. Its casual atmosphere and affordable prices – TAPPO boasts some of the best happy hour deals around – make this unassuming spot a premier neighborhood destination.
Bombay Sandwich Co.
The husband and wife team behind Bombay Sandwich Co. opens their kitchen to anyone with a craving for Indian home cooking. At its brick and mortar outpost, the Smorgasburg favorite delivers traditional Indian flavors in unexpected sandwich and salad forms, incorporating homemade chutneys, fresh spices, and plenty of wholesome fruits and veggies.
An Italian restaurant with Japanese-influenced fare, Basta Pasta delivers an unexpected take on fusion cuisine. Combining homemade pasta with ingredients such as sea urchin, octopus, and tobiko, the daring menu at this unique restaurant makes it a popular destination for local foodies. Also incorporating Japanese-style table service, the restaurant allows diners a peek at the preparation process as waiters toss fresh pasta in hollowed cheese wheels right at your table.
At Melt Shop, a classic American dish gets revamped, yielding refreshingly foreign twists on the familiar. The grilled cheese-centric menu at this popular late night spot features elevated ingredients such as buttermilk fried chicken, grilled portobello mushrooms, and truffle oil. Extending its innovative streak across its menu, the shop also serves homemade cheese sauce, nutella milkshakes, and the fan favorite sweet potato tater tots.
Specializing in Lebanese-Armenian cuisine, Almayass dedicates itself to authenticity and quality, delivering superbly executed ethnic staples. The menu of Middle Eastern offerings features classic dishes such as hummus and mouhammara, as well as a variety of kebabs and meats. Its warm interior, extraordinary service, and consistently great food make Almayass an unmissable destination for culture-craving locals.