elephant journal goes NYC: A Locally-Owned Food/Drink Hit List.

Via Rusty Ralston
on Oct 13, 2008
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Let’s face it, no one has the time to research restaurants before a trip…it’s time consuming and requires a bit of detective work. Well, this is where we come into play…to give you Rusty’s NYC Food & Drink Guide. The great thing about New York City, is that eating at non-chain restaurants is a requirement.

Local restaurants are on every corner, and the amount of options is dizzying. There are some super-tasty local spots, which I have navigated for you. From vegetarian to pizza to cocktails and dive bars, here is what I uncovered in NYC. Read more after the break!

Just follow the links to read my full reviews (under Rustafarian) !

BEST COCKTAIL BAR: Pegu club (Manhattan / Soho): “5 STARS because they invented the Bensonhurst.”

BEST (Belgian) BEER BAR: Spuyten Duyvil (Brooklyn): “They have millions of belgian beers that even beer snobs haven’t heard of, and cheeses that totally make you blush.”

BEST DIVE BAR: Red Hook Bait & Tackle (Brooklyn / Red Hook): “The jukebox is sick. We were jamming to Otis Redding and James Brown… just feeling the soul. Sounded great and super classic.”

BEST FALAFEL: Oasis (Brooklyn / Williamsburg): “The most amazing falafel… texture is insane. Creamy almost, just forgiving and a tad crunchy and hot and smooth inside. AMAZING.”

BEST SCHWARMA: Mamoun’s (Manhattan / Greenwich Village): “Kid you not, I doubled up at lunch. Finished a pita sandwich, and then went back…”

And some others: Dos Caminos, Otto Restaurant Enoteca Pizzeria, Dumont Burger, Bedford Cheese Shop, Joe’s Pizza.

Next time you’re in NYC, be sure to give these a shot!

Photo/Blog by Rusty Ralston



About Rusty Ralston

Rusty Ralston is a professional photographer specializing in music, fashion, lifestyle, and travel photography. He is available for shoots anywhere, preferably sunny islands.


10 Responses to “elephant journal goes NYC: A Locally-Owned Food/Drink Hit List.”

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  2. Amy Zarzicki says:

    Dessert? if you can, get dessert at Atlas on 2nd ave btwn 4th and 5th on the west side of the street. Ridiculously small.. you might walk by it 20 times before you actually find it. It is the best Vegan dessert I have ever tasted… ever ever ever and their Vegan savory food is also really yummy. Oh, I wish I could eat some now.

    Coffee and cappuccinos? Mud coffee (9th st btwn 2nd and 1st ave) in the east village is some of the best on that side of town and the Grey Dog (carmine st right off bleecker)in the West Village is incredibly good, its been voted best coffee in NYC. They both stay open late and serve alcohol.

    How about dinner? And I'll stop after a few more!, NYC has really great Ethiopian food and one of my favorites is a little restaurant in the east village called Awash. They let you bring in your own wine, 6th st btwn 1st and 2nd ave.
    Like Indian? well on 1st ave btwn 5th and 6th there are 3 great indian restaurants and each will compete for your patronage! decorations are great and so is the food. Everyone gets a kick out these places and its definitely worth a visit.
    And as for soul food goes, unless you are headed way up up up town, Mama's in the east village will satisfy you, for sure. So good, so affordable, plenty of vegetarian options. 3rd st btwn ave a & b

    Coffee, dessert, dinner. Got em all except breakfast, check out Ess-a-bagel for bagels (2 locations on Manhattan) that are truly the best you will ever have.

    Im not trying to show off, I just love to eat and these are places that I visited regularly. Have fun in NYC!

  3. Waylon Lewis
    going to NYC, now, to visit my family, can't wait to finally check out this list via Rusty Ralston Photography. Haven't been in NYC for too long!

    Deborah Knox
    NY Magazine has its Best of NY issue out–check it out for things like best hummus, vegan bakery, etc.

    Laura Moretz
    el almacien in williamsburg amazing amazing food. best brunch i had was at the manhattan bar in brooklyn as well. the entire place is made of reclaimed materials, and the food is delish.

    Lauren Stauber
    You're from NYC? That's my home town! Give it a hug for me!

    Waylon Lewis
    My father's fam is from NYC. I'm from Bouldertown.

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