Some restaurants open to fill a clear need—and some restaurants strike a note so right that they seem as if they were needed all along. I didn't know that 14th Street needed a 24-hour Cuban diner, polished but homey, Latin-and-American, with cheery yellow walls and remarkable desserts and Maná and Juanes as the soundtrack. But now that I've been, it seems the most logical idea in the world.
As often as not, my mornings after leave me feeling repulsed by anything more than a small bite of food to make the worst of the pain go away. For mornings like these, something small and a little greasy is just what I'm looking for. And the empanadas and croquetas de queso at Coppelia's are just the thing.
Here's a question we get time and again: where can I take a date for good food without breaking the bank? And can I do it without looking like a cheapskate? Yes you can, and here are 40 ways to do so.
Once a week or so, the question pops up in the New York talk boards: "I'm coming to the city for two days. Where should I eat?" It's a question so open-ended that it's tough to answer. But our fair city has so many visitors that we figured it was high time to put out a little guide. So here's our guide to eating in New York: whether you're traveling solo or traveling with kids, up for adventuring or not leaving Midtown.
A really good chicken sandwich can be hard to find; so many are dry or stringy or downright boring. But great chicken—juicy, flavorful, maybe with some crisp skin in the mix—is perfect sandwich fodder. You can't really beat fried chicken on a bun, but it's just as good grilled and stacked with avocado, roasted and slicked with fat...or, well, we'll let this list of chicken sandwich stars speak for itself.
It's hard not to love a pork sandwich. Chicken is great, but nothing matches pork's flavor, fat and versatility (pulled! smoked! cured!). Whether it's juicy barbecue or salty soppressata, pork is kind of our favorite thing to see between two slices of bread. We combed through our sandwiches archives for 25 pork sandwiches that we salivate just to think about.
The West Village is one of New York's more receptive neighborhoods to lingering breakfasts, from busy coffee shops to lazy cafes, no shortage of all-day bistros and a wealth of bakeries. So where do we go to start the day while we're there? That depends on the mood: doughnut or croissant, French scrambled eggs or Cuban heuvos rancheros?
At Coppelia, pancakes come in two spins. There are buttermilk pancakes—light, fluffy, and painfully common elsewhere—and a blue corn version, the narwhal of pancakes in New York. With a denser, weightier texture and cornbread-like crumb, they're the pancakes for people who like their pancakes with a little more substance.
Trust to get fried chicken right. The cutlet in this Torta de Milanesa ($9.95) is juicy and greaselessly crisp. On top go creamy black beans, creamier guacamole, a delicately smoky chipotle mayo, gooey, salty cheese, and strips of fresh lettuce and roasted green chili.