NYC Food Reviews

I just got back from New York, and here are some brief reviews of highly recommended restaurants:

Celeste:

Excellent Italian food, at very reasonable prices. I had a pizza with tomato, anchovies, and basil. It was the best pizza I have had outside of Italy, highly recommended. My boyfriend had pizza with prosciutto, ricotta, and mozzarella, which he also enjoyed very much. Celeste Ristorante

Artie’s:

One of the top things on my things to eat in new york was decent pastrami. This place has more than decent pastrami, it was fantastic. I got a half pastrami reuben and small matzo ball soup combo, my boyfriend got a hard salami sandwich. The pickles are notably good, they were obviously lactofermented instead of simply brined. Artie’s Deli

Rosa Mexicano:

Fancy Mexican food. It was delicious, and surprisingly huge portions for that kind of restaurant. The guacamole famously made tableside was indeed very good. It came with two salsas, one based on chipotle and/or ancho chiles, I think, and the other based on tomatillo and cilantro. The latter had a very interesting flavor that neither of us could quite decipher, some type of herb besides cilantro. I had the arroz a la tumbada, with shrimp, lobster, clams, mussels, and octopus. My boyfriend had a cassoulet-like dish of beans, pork belly, clams, and octopus. We were also brought bowls of rice and refried beans which we barely managed to touch. Apparently they have a cookbook, which I am now quite tempted to get. Rosa Mexicano

The Halal Guys at 53rd and 6th:

This is arguably some of the most famous street food in Manhattan. We split a plate of chicken, pita, rice, salad, and two sauces for lunch. At just $6, it is an amazing deal, and is delicious. I somewhat regret not going a second time to get the gyro platter. Halal Guys

Smorgasburg:

This was amazing. If I am ever in the area again on a Saturday, I’m going out to Brooklyn for this. They call it a “food flea market”, it is essentially a lot full of food vendors. We tried a lot of things, but especially recommended are oysters from Brooklyn Oyster Party (not the only oysters we had on the trip, but the best), fried anchovies from Bon Chovie, and the cold peanut noodles from Shorty Tang and Sons. Smorgasburg

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