You may have passed La Vie Lounge on your way back to the 2nd Avenue F stop and been curious about what’s behind it’s doors. Next time… go inside and experience all that is alcohol, cheese, and hookah (oh, and the most badass Middle Eastern lounge decor we’ve ever seen).
Plop down on a comfy couch, feel the glow of the candles, order a Goat Cheese Brulée served with toasted pita and hummus and a skinny girl margarita and enjoy this hidden gem!
Heard of Island Salad? With a consistently long line full of locals, you’ll watch to check out this Harlem healthy oasis. You can either build your own salad creation or pick from the amazing salads or wraps on the menu.
The Island Jerk Salad (roasted chicken, red onions, peppers, corn, cranberries, walnuts, cheddar cheese and an unbelievable jerk dressing) is always raved about as well as the bahama mama pressed wrap (romaine lettuce, onions, tomatoes, avocados, bacon, cheddar cheese, garlic mayo).
As if that isn’t enough, they have amazing drinks to boot! Try the Bob Marley Fizzy Drink (that everyone seems to talk about). Get there before the locals beat you!
Craving soul food…. buffet style? We thought so. Check out Manna’s Soul Food Buffet & Salad Bar located in Harlem. This spot is perfect for filling up on amazingly delicious and comforting food by the pound.
Try the jerk chicken, chicken stuffing, bread pudding, fried plantains, collard greens,and the peach cobbler (said to be the best around). We weren’t kidding when we said it was soul food. Enjoy!
(2331 Frederick Douglass Blvd)
Cupcake craving? We get it. Try Red Hook Bakery in Brooklyn. This spot is said to have some of the best goodies in New York (hands down).
Their Lemon Drop Cupcake was rated the best cupcake in New York by Serious Eats and was said to have ”bright flavors that reminded us of summer citrus and not jarred lemon curd.”
The Vanilla cupcake actually tastes like vanilla and the chocolate cupcake sprinkled with sea salt is just plain hard to discuss without an overwhelming mouth-watering.
With super most cake and amazingly fluffy frosting, get to Red Hook Bakery today!
(359 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn)
Today is just one of those gloomy days in New York where you want to be inside… eating something warm. Head over to Galanga in the West Village for their UNREASONABLY tasty Khao Soi (an amazing curried noodle soup).
The coconut-curry broth provides a heavenly creaminess to this soup and the soft noodles within/crunchy noodles on top provide incredible texture. All of these components make it the best of… all worlds. Go warm up with this dish!
149 W. 4th St., nr. Sixth Ave.
What happens when you mix fresh fruit, sugar, ice, and milk in a blender? A little bit of heaven, that’s what. Daniel’s Fruitopia in Inwood, NY offers the perfect shake to locals of all ages. This is an awesome, healthy midday snack if you’re traveling around New York in a hurry.
The options to choose from are extensive and include kiwi, papaya, strawberry, cantaloupe, pineapple, etc.. You can also add extras like granola or nuts. This is a juicy secret juice shop, indeed.
510 W 207th St
Venture out today in New York and try something you may have never tried before! Once featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, Kabab Café is a tiny Egyptian restaurant with big flavor.
Try the popular appetizer plate, which includes ta’amiya (Egyptian version of falafel), baba ganoush, fuul (fava bean dip), hummus, and fried kale. Or be even more adventurous and try the lamb’s brain in lemon sauce. It sounds rough… but we promise, it is a delight (just ask Anthony, himself).
2512 Steinway St