This is what showed up in my inbox this week so I will take a moment to answer this in all seriousness. I think this email deserves a real response. It can be handy for anyone who may be visiting The Big Apple sometime soon.
Dear Bitchy Waiter,
I started following you about a month ago on Facebook and enjoy your postings. Wondered if you could make some dining recommendations for NYC? That’s probably a loaded question, but we are looking for some good middle of the road places for lunch and then a couple really good places for dinner. We don’t have to go to any see and be seen places. Any thoughts would be great.
As of 4/1/10, New York City is home to 23,499 active restaurants according to nycgo.com. That is a lot to choose from. Lucky for you, I have either eaten at or worked at a most of those, give or take 23,000 or so. I am going to just offer up some of my favorite places to eat and then you can take it from there.
- If you want to try my newest guilty pleasure and venture to an outer borough, try Salt and Fat in Sunnyside Queens. Easily accessible by the 7 train from Times Square and who can resist a restaurant that serves popcorn popped in bacon fat?
- For a delicious and cheap slice of pizza, my all time favorite pizza in New York City is Two Boots. They have multiple locations from Ninth Avenue and 44th Street to the Lower East Side. Thin cornmeal crust and totally unique pies.
- For affordable comfort food try Chat and Chew near Union Square. Yummy mac and cheese.
- Also in Union Square is Blue Water Grill. Pricey, so be prepared. Wonderful seafood and I think it’s all sustainable and organic if that is important to you.
- For a wonderful burger, go to Five Napkin Burger. There are two in Manhattan; one on the Upper West Side and the other is in Hell’s Kitchen and right near Two Boots! The burgers are all grass-fed and organic and I love them. Delicious cocktails too.
- For a lunch burger and if you’re on the go, stop at Shake Shack.
- If you’re up for a trip to Brooklyn, you will love Buttermilk Channel. Amazing fried chicken and cheddar waffles and totally worth the trip to lovely Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
- I love Basilica Italian restaurant. It’s tiny, quaint, charming and affordable. On Ninth Avenue and 46th St. Homemade and delicious.
- For Mexican food I have two favorites. One is the pricey Rosa Mexicano. The pomegranate margaritas are to die for. The food is wonderful and it’s not your typical enchilada combo place. For Tex Mex in a lively atmosphere, try Arriba, Arriba. Killer margaritas and cheesy gloopy deliciousness.
- For cheap breakfast or lunch, go to The Grey Dog.
- Another breakfast option is VYNL. Great for lunch too, but I love their happy hour the most. I used to work there. If you tell them The Bitchy Waiter sent you, they will either give you a hug or kick you in the balls.
I hope this helps. Have fun in New York City. I wish I could tell you where I work so I could have you in my station but alas. I am anonymous…
The Bitchy Waiter