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The 22 best dessert in NYC

The 22 best dessert in NYC

Planning your dessert destinations in NYC? We’ve eaten our way through New York’s best ice cream, doughnuts, cookies, and chocolates to bring you the cream-filled crème de la crème. Satisfy your sweet tooth with desserts to end an amazing meal at one of NYC’s best restaurants, or head to a bakery to eat dessert first. Our list includes some of New York’s most famous desserts – Levain cookies, anyone? – as well as hidden gems around the five boroughs, including nutty mung bean tortoises and the world’s best vegan carrot cake. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in NYC

The 16 best sports bars in NYC

The 16 best sports bars in NYC

Looking for a new spot to watch the big game? Our list of NYC’s best sports bars includes rowdy beer halls, low-key hangs with craft brews, some of NYC’s best dive bars and even a bar dedicated to all things Canadian. Whether you need a weekly place to root for your footie team or just want to drink a few great brews with friends, we’ve rounded up our favorite places to shout at a really big TV. RECOMMENDED: See all of the best bars in NYC

The 22 best tacos in NYC

The 22 best tacos in NYC

Tacos have it all: Portability, versatility and the ability to be filled with an endless array of crackling meats, gooey cheeses and eye-wateringly spicy sauces. Our list of the city’s very best tacos includes traditional tastes from our favorite Mexican restaurants, affordable options (how else can you get satisfying cheap eats for under $3?) and trendy dishes from fine dining hot spots. With out-of-the-way taquerias serving up juicy al pastor, a Bushwick tortilla factory serving the city’s best chorizo and a beach-side spot for fresh fish tacos, we’ve made it easy to plan your city-wide taco crawl.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in NYC

The 21 best hot dogs in NYC

The 21 best hot dogs in NYC

New York City’s most iconic foods: the pretzel, the bodega coffee…the hot dog. While street meat served from carts beneath red-and-yellow umbrellas is the quintessential NYC treat, we’ve rounded up the very best assortment of wieners from all over town, including both high-end hot dogs and extremely cheap eats.Here, you’ll find hot dogs served from burger joints, dive bars, Mexican restaurants and some of New York’s best delis—all waiting to be covered in mustard and eaten while you walk around the streets of NYC. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in NYC

The 19 best dumplings in NYC right now

The 19 best dumplings in NYC right now

The dumpling is a perfect food. Lovingly wrapped in dough and filled with a sweet or savory surprise, every culture has their own satisfying version: Vietnamese bánh bột lọc, Chinese xiao long bao and Russian pelmeni all help New York City taste a little more like home—no matter where you’re from. Dumplings are some of our favorite cheap eats, too, so you can plan a soup dumpling crawl of the five boroughs and still have plenty of dough (get it?!) left over to pay for a cab back home. RECOMMENDED: Find more of the best restaurants in NYC

The 11 best happy hours in NYC right now

The 11 best happy hours in NYC right now

Need a new first date destination, an after-work decompression spot or a local dive where everybody knows your name? Our list of the city’s best happy hours is here to help you find a new favorite way to fill those awkward hours between work and dinnertime. With deals at local dives and scene-y cocktail lounges alike, our favorite bars in NYC offer all different ways to get drunk on a dime.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best bars in NYC

17 best cheap brunch spots in NYC

17 best cheap brunch spots in NYC

Want bottomless mimosas, but don’t have bottomless pockets? We’ve rounded up the best cheap brunches in NYC so you and your friends can get your cheap eats on and still have cash left for a yoga class (or, you know, another round of drinks). Roll out of bed and head to the best brunch in Brooklyn or nurse your hangover with a Bloody Mary and the best pancakes in NYC. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best brunch in NYC

The 13 best dim sum spots in NYC

The 13 best dim sum spots in NYC

On a Sunday morning, duck from a Chinatown street into a bustling dim sum parlor, where carts clatter over the din of conversations in many languages. Steamer baskets reveal glistening dumplings and tender pork buns; the meal spills into the afternoon as the food just keeps on rolling from the kitchen. The New York City dim sum scene offers some of the best ways to spend an afternoon with friends, including the world’s most inexpensive Michelin-starred restaurant. While the pandemic shuttered a few of NYC’s favorite dim sum spots, we’re lucky enough to get to spend Sunday afternoons slurping down har gow again. While Manhattan’s Chinese restaurants might be your first thought for dim sum, don’t sleep on Flushing or Sunset Park’s Chinatowns. Many spots order takeout and delivery, if that’s your thing, but we believe that dim sum is one of the few things worth putting on pants for. RECOMMENDED: Find more of the best restaurants in NYC

The 23 most romantic restaurants in NYC

The 23 most romantic restaurants in NYC

Some nights you just want to grab a bite at a great restaurant or down a quick drink at a bar. But other nights—like when you’re celebrating a special occasion, planning to pop the question, or just trying to apologize for that thing you did—you need to go all out. While a casual pizza date can be every bit as romantic (remember where you shared your first pepperoni pie?), we’re here to guide you to the very best spots for wining, dining and wooing. Here are the 21 most romantic restaurants in NYC... now go get ‘em, Tiger! RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in NYC

The 16 best beer bars in NYC right now

The 16 best beer bars in NYC right now

NYC’s beer scene just keeps getting better. Whether you like sipping a flight of craft beers or chugging out of a boot at a beer garden, New York has beer for every taste. Drink your way through our list of taprooms featuring local brews, out-of-the-way bars with hard-to-find beers and impressive spots to bring a date—just make sure to eat some bar food to soak up all those beers. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best bars in NYC

The 24 best coffee shops in NYC

The 24 best coffee shops in NYC

Drawing inspiration from global influences including Japanese kissaten-style cafés and Sydney’s best flat whites, we’ve reached peak coffee culture in NYC. While your local coffee shop is perfect for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, the very best coffee in New York City is definitely worth traveling for. With plenty of brunch spots and bakeries to get your morning fix, we’re after the slow, loving pour-overs, the iconic NYC coffee houses and those that do something absolutely extraordinary with their joe. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in NYC

The 22 best diners in NYC

The 22 best diners in NYC

Whether it's late at night, lunchtime or when you’re trying to cure a hangover—NYC’s best diners will always be here for you. While New York certainly has fancier restaurants, these low-key, come-as-you-are spots will always have a place in New Yorkers' hearts. Some diners, with traditional menus including burgers, ice cream, endless coffee and donuts, even made our list of the best restaurants in NYC. With their long history in NYC pop culture, you’ll feel like the main character in your own sitcom when you slide into one of their slightly sticky booths. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in NYC