An easy to navigate list of restaurants that I have posted about that are way too delicious to pass on, as well as what we munched on and delighted in! List is ordered by City/District (as I expect I will recommend other places as I eat & travel)! Clicking on the restaurant name will direct you their website, “Read More Here” will direct you to the expanded post (when applicable)! I also love to get recommendations, so feel free to comment with additional menu items you think we should try or other restaurants you think need to be on this list!
The Bristol – Bloody Mary, Cinnamon Roll, Chicken n’ a Biscuit
Little Bad Wolf – Pork Bao (AMAZING BAO!!), Chicken Bao (ALSO AMAZING, but has a kick to it!), Little Burgers, and ELOTES (OMG! THERE ARE FRIED AVOCADO’S ON TOP! WHA! TAKE ME BACK THERE NOW!)
FULTON MARKET/WEST LOOP
Nico Osteria – Fritto Misto di Pesce (out of this world good, A MUST ORDER!), Cauliflower Ravioli, Rigatoni, Stuffed Pappardelle (another MUST order), 14oz Painted Hills Ribeye, Cripsy Potatoes, Roasted Beets, Gelato & Sorbetto (Cannoli, Mint Chip Cookie, Coconut, Cranberry Cider Sorbetto), and Concord Grape Meringata
IRVING PARK/OLD IRVING PARK
Old Irving Brewing Co. – BEER (Flights): Around the Sun, OIBtoberfest, Candy Cap Sap // FOOD: Bacon Cheddar Mac & Cheese, Fish Sandwich, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Apple Strudel
DMK Burger Bar – Paleo Burger (with Lettuce & added carmelized onions, no mushroom buns)
Sushi + Rotary Sushi Bar – Boston Maki, Tokyo Sandwich, Cancun Cups, Chicken Katsu Kare Don, Tuna/Shrimp/Salmon Sushi, Mocha Cheesecake
Balena ** CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO FIRE DAMAGE, BUT WILL RETURN SOON!**– Read More Here – Spiced Olives, Spicy Lamb Meatballs, Margherita Pizza, Chicken Thighs, Cipollini, Tiramisu Gratinato (Specials: Swordfish & Gnocchi)
Earl’s Kitchen + Bar – Avocado Super Toast, Steak & Sushi (Dynamite Roll), Bigger Better Burger, Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie
LINCOLN SQUARE/NORTH CENTER
Cafe Selmarie – Chicken Pot Pie, Meatballs over Creamy Polentab
Cookie Spin – Chocolate Chip Cookie, Cookie Inception, S’More Cookie, Fudge Brownie, M&M Cookie
Miku Sushi – Read More Here – Firecracker Shrimp, Alligator Skewer, Flaming Dragon Maki, Robusta Maki, Ebi Tempura Maki, Fiesta Maki, S.T.A.Y. Roll, Soft Shell Crab Maki, Getaway Maki
Tiny Lounge – FOOD: Chicken & Potato Empanadas, Blackened Catfish Tacos, 3 Cheese Truffle Fries, Roasted Brussel Sprouts // DRINKS: There & Back Again, Moscow Mule, Tiny Old Fashioned, Soubourbon, Pierre Delize Cuvee Rose
The Sixth – Silly Rabbit, Weston, Statler & Waldorf, Spaceman Spiff, Fitz Loves Olivia, Air Force One, Permanent Saturday
Daisies – Read More Here and Here – FOOD: Onion Dip, Zucchini a la Plancha, The “Overpriced” Tomato, Butternut Squash “Fall” Salad, Stracci, Catch of the Day (Perch covered in Rice Krispies), Amish Chicken, Kahlua Cake with Blueberries. DRINKS: Fall’s First Sip, Off Color “Le Woof” Bier de Garde, and Moody Tongue “Steeped Emperor’s Lemon” Saison. April 2018 Experience: Carrot rillettes, Sunchoke Latke, Heirloom Butternut Salad, Cavatelli Special (with braised pork shoulder), Pierogi, and Linguine. Drinks: Spring to Life, Cellar Key. December 2018 – FRANKIE’S BIRTHDAY!: Carrot Rillettes, Onion Dip, Agnolotti, Tajarin, Kahlua Cake, Seasonal Fruit and Oat Square, Apple Crostata, & Root Beer Float.
THE LOOP (DOWNTOWN)
Atwood – Lay of the Land, Sinensi Maxima
The Purple Pig – Read More Here – Bobota Greek Cornbread, House-Cured Olives, Lentil Salad, Chicken Thigh Kebabs
RIVER NORTH (DOWNTOWN)
Davanti Enoteca – Burrata, Arancini, Pappardelle Bolognese, Fettuccini E Gamberi
Mercadito – Tradicional Guacamole, Pescado Tacos, Pastor Tacos, Carne Tacos, Estilo Baja Tacos, Elote Mexicano (off the cob!), Mac & Cheese, Platanos Machos
Siena Tavern – Read More Here – Goat Cheese & Zucchini Blossom Omelet, Chilled Corn Soup, Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
Sushi-San – King Crab Dy-No-Mite Nigiri Bombs, Nigiri San-Sets (AMAZING! THE BEST QUALITY FISH I’VE HAD IN SOME TIME!! Order this! For Sure! OR try the Mr. Maguro, which is on our to eat list next time!), Spicy Yellowtail Summer School Maki, Pork Katsu Nuggest Sizzling Rice, Togarashi Chicken Nuggets // Fatty Tuna Handroll // Express Lunch: Tuna Trio, Miso Salmon Rice Bowl, Raw Tuna and Avocado Rice Bowl
Tallboy Taco – Read More Here – Gazpacho (special), Beer Queso, TACOS: Beer-Battered Crispy Fish, Pork Al Pastor, Grilled Shrimp, Gunthorp Farms Carnitas, Pulled Chicken Tinga, Pancho Villa Steak Carne Asada, Spicy Chicken, Grilled Skirt Steak & Papas, Cowboy 12hr Smoked Brisket, Steak & Egg, Raspberry-White Peach Sangria
The Franklin Room – Read More Here – DRINKS: The Franklin Room Old Fashioned // FOOD: Bourbon Battered Wisconsin Cheese Curds, French Onion Soup, Ahi Tuna Tartare, Squid Ink Pasta, Butternut Shrimp Bisque, Parmesan Truffle Fries, Cauliflower Parmesan Tots, Pan Seared Diver Scallops, Spicy Bourbon Burger, FR Cheeseburger, Key Lime Pie, Deep Dish Cookie.
True Food Kitchen – Read More Here – Miso Glazed Eggplant, Edamame Dumplings**
Abigail Street – Chorizo Stuffed Dates, Lamb Albondigas, Morek, Tuna Crudo, Batata
Pork & Mindy’s – Bao to the Pork, Buffalo Cauliflower, 3 Big Piggies, Tots & Ranch, Bao to the Tot
NEW YORK CITY
The Bagel Store – #6 (Roasted Turkey, Pepperjack Cheese, Buffalo Bacon Cream Cheese, Sesame Seed Bagel)
LOWER MANHATTAN (EAST SIDE)
BAR GOTO – New Jack City, Nigori Bellini
Fool’s Gold – Great beer list!
Sauce – Brushetta, Grass Fed Beef Bolognese with Spaghetti
LOWER MANHATTAN (WEST SIDE)
Panorama on Seven – To Share: Pork Belly, Grilled Prawns, Grilled Vegetables // Snack/Nosh: Seared Diver Scallops, Fried Chicken Sliders // Dessert: Sponge Candy Cheesecake
This Little Pig – BRUNCH: House-made Farmer’s Cheese Omelet, Fancy Scrapple, Shrimp & Grits (WHITE CHEDDAR CAULIFLOWER GRITS WERE FOR REAL YA’LL!), The Cheeseburger, Crab and Shrimp Cakes Benedict, and Pork Belly Fried Rice (ALSO LEGIT)!