If you’re planning a whirlwind weekend in NYC, there’s a good chance you’ll be flying home exhausted. That’s why we love navigating pockets of the city one by one: Rather than traipse from Greenpoint to Harlem, Upper East Side to the Lower West, we’re keeping things simple by showcasing some of the local community’s favorite spots for eats and drinks below 14th Street. Your aching feet will be grateful!
Mulberry Project – Little Italy
“After work or for a meeting, I’ll pop down to Little Italy and grab a libation at Mulberry Project, probably my favorite spot to get a drink and a small plate. One of the city’s many hidden gems, the curation and creation of drinks here is like no other. Tell them the flavors you like for a custom drink creation.” – as recommended by NYC Localeur Ian D.
Miscelanea NY – East Village
“The. Best. Mexican. Tortas. In. NYC. Hands down! This little shop is hidden on East Fourth Street, and can be easily missed if you’re not looking for it. Come here for the huge, satisfying, and incredibly flavorful carnitas sandwich – but make sure to add the unsung hero, Oaxaca cheese, for the full experience. (This place needs to add a loyalty program for the amount of times I’ve visited just for my pulled pork sandwich.) Along with being a top-notch cafe, Miscelanea is also part-general store, selling a wide range of Mexican goodies, from salsas to candy to jewelry to body care. Also, try their fresh juices and horchata iced coffee!” – as recommended by NYC Localeur Nora Varcho
Dig Inn – Union Square
“Dig Inn is my go-to farm-to-table lunch spot. Pick your grain, protein and two sides – I recommend the roasted chicken, steak or meatballs. It’s no surprise that choosing mac and cheese for a side dish isn’t too healthy – but it’s a good cheat. I’m also a fan of the compost cookies and the iced tea selections. For all the hardcore Dig Inn lunch folks, use their app to pay and get a free meal after spending $99.” – as recommended by NYC Localeur Ericka Mitton
Abraco Espresso – East Village
“Abraco has been my favorite coffee for seven years. The drip is actually a pour-over that is a fraction of the cost of most pour-overs. The Li’l Eggies breakfast sandwich is great for a small breakfast.” – as recommended by NYC Localeur Sandeep Jain
Sotto 13 – West Village
“Sotto 13 is possibly the coziest place ever. Its dark, comfy booths and beautiful skylights combine with delicious Italian comfort food to create the ideal chilly-morning hideaway. The pizzas are a can’t-miss, and who doesn’t love focaccia French toast?” – as recommended by NYC Localeur Nora Varcho @noravarcho
Roberta’s Pizza – Bushwick
“Yes, in New York – Bushwick, Brooklyn, to be exact – there is such a thing as a farm-to-table pizzeria. Roberta’s sources most of its fruits, vegetables and herbs from its garden and greenhouse, and other ingredients come from urban growers. The lineup consists mostly of salad, salami, pasta and pizza, the real star at Roberta’s. Nifty names like ‘Nun on the Run’ and ‘Speckenwolf’ add a little humor to the pizza menu.” – as recommended by NYC Localeur Tracy Kaler
Grandchamps Kitchen & Market – BedStuy
“This place is one of the only spots I know of to get Haitian food – yup, I said it: Haitian food is something most people haven’t had the pleasure of eating, even though there’s a large population of Haitians here in Brooklyn. Grandchamps mixes traditional Haitian food with New American and they’re always playing great Haitian music to give you the full experience.” – as recommended by NYC Localeur Joshua Kissi