Breakfast spread at 2 Chix

2 Chix brings a super adorable and girly atmosphere to the brunch scene. They’ve been doing catering and pop-ups for years before setting up a brick and mortar location, so the restaurant combines a fresh attitude with serious culinary expertise. I’ve been by with the girls, and we loved the bake & salt fish sliders, […]

seafood chowder at Filé Gumbo Bar

Filé is bringing true, authentic New Orleans flavor to downtown NYC. Chef & Owner Eric McCree isn’t one to stay in the kitchen. At the bar, he’ll strike up a conversation while making bespoke gumbo to your exact specifications, right in front of you. If it’s your first time, definitely make that happen, but expect […]

Hendrix House ambience

Upbeat, buzzy, and black-owned, Hendrix House is theeee place to catch a dope vibe. The restaurant and lounge makes our top five for the music and vibe alone. The menu is Caribbean American, specializing in quick, meaty bites like chicken wings and lamb chops, as well as near perfect crab cakes and lobster rolls. But […]

Fried Chicken at BVLD Bistro

Grandma’s house got a makeover, but the food didn’t lose its taste! Blvd Bistro preserves traditional flavors of classic soul food.The candied yams, catfish, shrimp and grits (salt no sugar), and did we mention the biscuits?! Them fried chicken biscuit sliders, baby back ribs and mac & cheese are sensational. Founder Chef Carlos planted his […]

Rice & beans at Ajo Y Oregano

I’ve never waited an hour for food (I start protesting at 45mins). Add in that this particular wait happened in the early afternoon, on a weekday, on White Plains Road in the Bronx…well, if someone had told me what I was about to go through, I would have thought they were lying. But now I […]

Vegan Patacon at La Masa

Owner Josh Montalvo opened up his Colombian restaurant in the Morris Park section of the Bronx with a few things in mind. One of the most important ones was to offer vegan options while not sacrificing any Colombian flavors. What I love about the BX food scene is that the local spots – the ones […]

Tacos al pastor at Aguilar's Mexican Grocery

This is, for all intents and purposes, a true Mexican grocery store dressed up as a classic NYC bodega. You’ll find shelves adorned with Mexican products and a small selection of imported colas (including Mexican versions of Coke & Pepsi – which are hands down superior to the ones produced anywhere else). Its humble location […]

Vegetarian Enchiladas at De Mole

Chef Jose Luis Flores has every single reason to be proud of what he’s brought to Williamsburg’s restaurant scene. The food at De Mole is some of the best Mexican in NYC, period. It’s also one of the best first date spots in the city (especially if you want to keep it somewhat casual), with […]

Lomo Saltado at Elite Williamsburg

Elite Williamsburg is an interesting “restaurant” in the sense that it’s clearly a club, and then somehow during construction a bar and restaurant fell smack dab in the middle of it all. It’s been lively every time I’ve stopped by. A bouncer – sorry, doorman – greets you at the front. When you walk up […]

Truffle Mac & Cheese Sandwich at Next Stop Vegan

I’ve been following Next Stop Vegan for years and have always been impressed with their dedication to bringing vegan options to the Bronx and their awareness of meat’s impact on the environment.  I’ve sampled some of their food in the past (specifically their Vegan Chimi Burger) and I was excited to head over to their […]