Rothchild’s Coffee and Kitchen – Great Neck

On Middle Neck Road, which is a rather busy and trendy street full of small cafes, bakeries, and shops, there is a very quaint location for brunch, lunch, or even dinner. Rothchild’s has a menu collectively from American, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern background. The atmosphere is very modern and refreshing, and relatively casual. It seems…

Rustic Table – Midtown West

Rustic Table is evidently a very popular restaurant. Upon arrival, the place was packed and there was a wait of about 30-35 minutes. They don’t take reservations, and it seems that people are genuinely willing to wait. If it wasn’t for the good weather, I perhaps would’ve split, but I decided to duke it out….

Le Monde – Morningside Heights

Right across from Columbia University is a gem of a restaurant — Le Monde. I am amazed that I never noticed this restaurant considering I am constantly around Columbia, but that is because I usually opt to go to the restaurant next door (Community Restaurant). Nonetheless, I decided to try Le Monde, and I was…

Bluestone Lane – West Village

Bluestone Lane is a cozy Australian cafe located in various cities, including NYC and Washington, D.C. I first heard about Bluestone on my friend’s Instagram, as she went to the one in D.C. Something about its casual, trendy, and well-crafted decor caught my attention, and I was told that I had to try their “Iced…

Maison Kayser – West Village

Maison Kayser is a French bakery founded by Eric Kayser back in the 90s. There are many locations throughout the city, including the first Maison Kayser in the USA located in Upper East Side. The bakery is very inviting from the outside, with many colorful and delicate pastries in the window. My dad and I…

The Edge – Harlem

Finding a good breakfast place has always been a humungous struggle around CCNY until I stumbled upon this restaurant on Yelp. It looked solid with good ratings, so I decided to check it out with a friend for brunch one morning. The Edge is a quaint, quiet, and comforting restaurant that has a very underground…

The Butcher’s Daughter – Nolita

The Butcher’s Daughter is located on Kenmare Street in Nolita, right around the corner from the New Museum. We stopped to eat lunch here right before heading over to the Pippilotti Rist Pixel ForestΒ exhibit at the New Museum, and it was a phenomenal choice. Upon first glance, the place is definitely packed, but not in…

Ayhan’s Shish Kebab – Plainview

Ayhan’s is a secret gem in Plainview, right in the center of the Plainview Shopping Center. I’ve gone to the restaurant with my family for all of my life, and it feels comforting every time I walk in through the doors. Ayhan’s is a Mediterranean restaurant decorated with Greek murals, window panels, greenery, and plenty…

Community Restaurant – Upper West SideΒ 

   This is my #1 go-to for brunch in the city. Scratch that — this is my favorite restaurant… Ever… I don’t know what it is about Community Restuarant, but I can never get enough of this place. Right next to Columbia, Community Restaurant offers organic and “clean” foods with their own twist. There are…