Cafe Frida – Upper West Side

I stumbled upon Cafe Frida accidentally after walking through Central Park, but the restaurant immediately caught my eye as one that I would probably like. I was really craving good Mexican food in a pleasantly casual location. Cafe Frida was exactly that. The interior was exactly what I wanted and the type of interior I…

Dos Caminos – Chelsea 

Dos Caminos is an extremely comfortable Mexican restaurant right in the heart of Chelsea. It’s just around the block from the High Line, Chelsea Market, the Whitney, and all sorts of major Chelsea hotspots. It’s literally thinly sandwiched between two streets, hence the name of the restaurant.  The interior is rather dark, but not too…

Oso – Harlem

Right next to CCNY is another hidden gem. Oso — a trendy and tasteful authentic “Mexican street food” restaurant with dim candlelit wooden tables and overhead greenery. The kitchen is open and everything is made before your very eyes. The prices are reasonable, and the waitstaff is phenomenal. The atmosphere is very comfortable, hip, and even romantic….

Mel’s Burger Bar – Upper West Side 

Mel’s is right around one of my favorite areas in the city right by Columbia University. Broadway around Columbia has some of my favorite restaurants, including my all-time favorite, Community Restaurant. From the exterior, Mel’s gives the impression of a trendy hangout for lunch or dinner with some good ol’ friends. There is nice outdoor…