For a better-than-IHOP 24-hour diner, look no further than the Ukranian establishment of Veselka to curb your pierogi craving. You may recognize this spot from Ocean’s 8. My go-to is the meat platter with borscht and their chicken soup is perfect when you’re under the weather.
Hello, udon heaven. I love the hot niku udon and during the blazing summer I opt for the cold ja ja udon. If you’re into mackerel, you have to try the sabazushi. Raku has 2 New York locations: East Village which is more intimate and SoHo which has space for larger groups.
Located on the edge of Koreatown, nonono specializes in yakitori and their tapas-style dishes make it a great spot for groups. My go-to picks are the chicken oyster and kinoko cream yakitori, salmon tataki, and teba gyoza. If you’re going with a party of 4+ make a reservation.
I love asian-flavored ice cream, especially the fish shaped cones with matcha green tea and black sesame ice cream swirl from Taiyaki. They have locations in Chinatown, Flushing and Williamsburg.
This Italian American restaurant opened in late 2017 and is still packed on weeknights so you best get a reservation. Their swirled lasagna lets each diner feel like they got the coveted charred corner slice. The unique plates here are the Chrysanthemum Salad and Stracchino Gnocchi. If you love Frankies, you’ll appreciate what Don Angie brings to the table.
For Brooklynites looking for a Russ & Daughters alternative, say hello to Shelsky’s for all your lox bagel cravings. The quality of their fish justifies the price. My most ordered is the Member of the Tribe—toasted on a sesame bagel, scallion cream cheese, tomato and onion. If you like pickled fish, try the Brooklyn Native.
I’m not trying to start a pizza debate, but I stand behind the quality, flavor and friendliness of Paulie Gee’s. Their Greenpoint restaurant doesn’t take reservations, but they have a slice shop a few blocks down. If you’re lucky enough to dine in, chances are Paulie himself will make sure you’re enjoying your ‘za. Try Hellboy.
My favorite soba in the city has got to be cocoron. They specialize in buckwheat noodles served in a warm soup, chilled, or dipping style (shown above). I usually order the Mera Mera or Pork Kimchee dip soba. 2 locations on Delancey and Kenmare. Cash only.
đi ăn đi
Meaning “let’s go eat” in Vietnamese, đi ăn đi was opened by Vietnamese Houstonians bringing in new modern dishes to the New York scene. Their menu rotates, but is always serving something fresh. Go in a group so you can try a variety!
This upscale korean bbq spot will let you leave without meat smells clinging to your clothes. Going with a group? The butcher’s feast is a great value. Undercote is their cocktail lounge downstairs which serves a limited food menu.
Cash-only burger joint open late. Classic and consistent, you will not regret going here after a night out or just when you want a solid burger. Their fries are cottage style, which aren’t my preference but I think their chili is where it’s at.