Pastries by Runner & Stone

Since I live in Italy, I obviously don’t eat in 700 restaurants annually in NYC, nor would such a long list be helpful, but when I am in the city (which is typically 4 times a year), I try lots of new places, curse their hype, then end up returning to my old standbys. Occasionally, I file stories on NYC dining like this one on the city’s best Italian restaurants. Here are some more favorites in a range of categories:

My go-to breakfast spots are Jody Williams’ Buvette and Russ & Daughters Cafe. I also love Jody and Rita Sodi’s Via Carota for lunch or dinner.  The NoMad nearby is fun, too, especially for drinks in The Library. Gramercy Tavern is a classic.

For bagels, check out Murray’s, Ess-A-Bagel, Sadelle’s and Black Seed . Visit Runner & Stone in Gowanus for French-style pastries.

Wildair, Contra, Flora Bar, and Estela all serve outstanding contemporary cuisine. Visit Atla for modern Mexican.

For amazing sushi, I go to Yasuda or 15 East.

I seriously dream about the sliced beef tripe and tendons, duck tongues and ma po tofu at Szechuan Gourmet. Go to there at lunch only and stick to the Szechuan dishes. The pork and chive dumplings at Lam Zhou Hand-pulled Noodles are juicy and insanely cheap and even better if you ignore all the sticky surfaces.

My favorite Thai places are the (hipster) Uncle Boons in Nolita and (traditional) SriPhaPhai in Woodside, Queens. You can’t beat the Haianese chicken at Eim Khao Mun Kai in Elmhurst.

Brooks Headley’s Superiority Burger is in a class by itself and well worth the potential queue.

For posh Italy-inspired cuisine, check out Del Posto or choose Lilia or I Sodi for delicious pasta dishes (and dessert at the former!). More Italian dining recommendations over on Thrillist.

New York Style pizza is great at L’Industrie and Best Pizza, both in Williamsburg. In case you were wondering, Di Fara is garbage. You won’t find a better version of Rome’s traditional flat breads than Sullivan Street Bakery.

Go drink craft beer at Tørst and Proletariat and imbibe natural wines at Ten Bells and The Four Horsemen. For Italian-style cocktails and atmosphere, I love Cafe Dante. And PUNCH has a sensational guide to drinking in Manhattan that must be in every travelers’ bookmarks.