Like in the first part of the 25 NEW YORK RESTAURANTS AND BARS WITH GOOD FOOD FOR LESS, today New York Design Agenda shares with you 25 more restaurants and bars where you can find good food for less. Healthy food for your pocket too! 🙂
Check below other 25 restaurants that you must visit in New York:
1. Mexicana Mama: This low-key West Village restaurant serves simple and authentic Mexican cuisine, with dishes such as pollo con mole. You can also buy food to go. Daily dishes are listed on a board. The cooking is better than you might expect: Information: bit.ly/1atzMrj or +1-212-924-4119.
2. Mexicosina: This tiny restaurant in the Bronx specializes in home-style Mexican cuisine prepared in front of you. It’s a small room with a tiled floor and blood-red walls, with a TV set in the corner, Latin music playing and fans revolving overhead. Information: mexicosina.com/ or +1-347-498-1055.
3. Murray’s Cheese Bar: This is fun, especially if you sit at the bar and chat with the staffers. The food is enjoyable, from the mac & cheese (with crispy onion and chorizo) to the cheese ice cream. The cheese plate is the show stopper. Information: www.murrayscheesebar.com/ or +1-646-476-8882.
4. The NoMad: The Library is a wonderful spot for daytime drinks in this Broadway Hotel, where the bar can get wildly busy at nights. If you are not beautiful, you may need to be a good talker to get past the clipboard crew on the door. Information: www.thenomadhotel.com or +1-212-796-1500.
5. Nougatine: This casual venue, hidden in the fancy Jean- Georges, is one of my favourite places to eat in New York. You may have to wait in line. I paid US$32 for the set lunch, a bargain for such fine cooking and ingredients in a beautiful room. Information: bit.ly/198o5ej or +1-212-299-3900.
6. Northern Spy Food Co.: This East Village venue serves American dishes created around seasonal ingredients sourced from farms. (It’s named after an apple rather than a secret agent from Canada.) The menu is short, with dishes such as eggs & toast. Information: www.northernspyfoodco.com/ or +1-212-228-5100.
7. Nobu Next Door: Nobu’s baby brother has a clever brunch menu where dishes such as bagel and lox are given an Asian spin. (In this case, crispy rice is served with tofu crema, salmon “pastrami,” onion, caper and ponzu.) The food can be very sweet. Information: www.noburestaurants.com/ or +1-212-334-4445.
8. Otto: This is the Greenwich Village joint of Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. It’s designed to look like an Italian railway station and it’s just as accessible. I like it a lot. Prosciutto and arugula pizza is US$14. Information: www.ottopizzeria.com/ or +1-212-995-9559.
9. Oyster Bar: This Grand Central restaurant is one place not to miss in New York. (Unless you are allergic to shellfish.) The station is a beautiful place to enjoy a wide choice of oysters (avoid the fried ones) and a good wine list. Information: www.oysterbarny.com/ or +1-212-490-6650.
10. Phayul: This charming Tibetan restaurant is housed above a barber shop in Jackson Heights. Tsel Momo vegetable dumplings are US$4.99, or how about Tsak Sha Chu Rul beef & Tibet cheese? The drink of choice is butter tea. Information: +1-718-424-1869.
11. Porsena: This is a neighborhood trattoria in the East Village where (according to the website) Chef Sara Jenkins has drawn on memories of her Tuscan and Roman childhood. The menu is short and dominated by pasta, which is beautifully made. Information: porsena.com/ or +1-212-228-4923.
12. Prospect: I was a fan of this Fort Greene, Brooklyn, restaurant and bar even before hearing that every Monday it jettisons the menu in favor of Korean bar food. On other days, expect seasonal American fare, but there are too few American wines. Information: prospectbk.com/ or +1-718-596-6826.
13. Prune: There was a 20-minute wait for tables when I arrived for brunch at chef Gabrielle Hamilton’s East Village restaurant. As a lone diner, I got straight in. Sometimes it pays to have no friends. The bloody-Mary menu helped overcome my loneliness. Information: www.prunerestaurant.com/ or +1-212-677-6221.
14. Red Farm: I went to the brand new Broadway outpost of this Asian restaurant. It’s Chinese-American cuisine, with Pac Man Shrimp Dumplings that represent a witty approach to food. It’s irreverence born out of creativity and Red Farm is in my top five. Information: redfarmnyc.com or +1-212-724-9700.
15. Le Restaurant: This Michelin-starred establishment in Tribeca resembles some of Europe’s new Nordic restaurants in terms of the food and style. The US$100 tasting menu starts with crudites served in a pail of edible earth, a la Noma. Information: allgoodthingsny.com/ or +1-212-966-3663.
16. Ricardo: This is an extraordinary restaurant in Harlem. A DJ plays and the screams start when the sparklers come out for birthdays. “Da Meats” (as steaks are billed) are good quality and reasonably priced. The cost for four was US$280. Information: www.ricardosteakhouse.com/ or +1-212-289-5895.
17. Salumeria Rosi: Cesare Casella’s trattoria is simple and unfussy and the food is stronger for that. Guests are invited to share plates of beautiful meat and cheese. I just sat at the counter and enjoyed an amatriciana pasta dish with nine meats. Information: www.salumeriarosi.com/ or +1-212-877-4800.
18. Seersucker: This doesn’t look much from the outside. A shop window opens into the 40-seat Brooklyn restaurant. Yet it is a great spot for a drink and for the Southern food of chef Robert Newton. The American wine list is a treat. Information: www.seersuckerbrooklyn.com/ or +1-718-422-0444.
19. Spotted Pig: The queues for British chef April Bloomfield’s West Village pub show its popularity. The food isn’t a letdown. Simple dishes such as chicken liver toast and sheep’s milk ricotta gnudi with brown butter & crispy sage are delicious. Information: thespottedpig.com/ or +1-212-620-0393.
20. Tang: This is the Flushing outpost of a Korean restaurant (Gammeeok) in New Jersey. It’s popular with Korean families. While the decor is modern and the service friendly, the food is authentic and traditional, yet not old-fashioned. Information: www.gammeeok.com/tang/ or +1-718-279-7080.
21. Tertulia: Seamus Mullen’s Spanish restaurant in the West Village uses high-quality produce to turn out excellent and unfussy dishes designed to enhance the ingredients, rather than the chef’s ego. Be aware: Tertulia is very popular and can get loud. Information: tertulianyc.com/ or +1-646-559-9909.
22. Think Coffee: The coffee at my closest cafe on Broadway was so shockingly bad, I’d go to Starbucks for a certain minimal quality. Think Coffee (on Bleecker Street) is in another league, along with Stumptown. But why do New Yorkers accept terrible coffee? Information: thinkcoffeenyc.com/./
23. Tom’s: OK, this Morningside Heights diner isn’t listed here for the food. It’s the place used in the exterior shots for Seinfeld and is celebrated in Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner.” It’s family-owned and has been around since the 1940s. Information: tomsrestaurant.net/ or +1-212-864-6137.
24. Umami Burger: I am a big fan of this California chain, which has opened in Greenwich Village. The patty comes with shiitake mushroom, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, umami ketchup and a Parmesan crisp. It is wonderful. Information: www.umami.com/umami-burger/ or +1-212-677-8626.
25. Union Square Cafe: Danny Meyer founded this restaurant in 1985, and it’s still a favourite. The menu is full of dishes you want to eat, from butternut squash fettuccine to a burger. The service is exemplary. Lunch for two was US$96. Information: unionsquarecafe.com/ or +1-212-243-4020. — Bloomberg
Invite your friends and enjoy this trip to eat in NYC!