1 Margaret Corbin Dr., nr. 190th St.
A bucolic setting for creamy scrambled eggs and airy apple pancakes.
4141 Broadway, at 175th St.
The dictionary definition of spit-roasted chicken, crispy skinned and juicy fleshed.
2072 Frederick Douglass Blvd., nr. 112th St.
A veritable Frankenpatty of flap steak, beef cheek, and fatback.
$15.16 Buffet, Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken
2839–2841 Frederick Douglass Blvd., nr. 151st St.
Soul food, in all its smothered, saucy, crisp-crusted glory.
2287 First Ave., nr. 118th St.
The quintessential coal-fired pie—thin, a bit crispy, with that cooked-in mozz-and-tomato magic.
UPPER WEST SIDE
541 Amsterdam Ave., nr. 86th St.
The preeminent neighborhood breakfast in New York.
UPPER EAST SIDE
402 E. 78th St., nr. First Ave.
You won’t find more-inventive sushi this side of L.A. Order the omakase.
Fusilli with Octopus and Bone Marrow, Marea
240 Central Park S., nr. Broadway.
Surf, turf, and pasta taken to ethereal heights.
57 E. 57th St., nr. Park Ave.
Robuchon is a master with eggs, and this $89 appetizer is his finest creation.
401 W. 24th St., nr. Ninth Ave.
Sea-urchin roe on ficelle with a Korean-mustard-oil-flavored butter given a turn in the panini press.
Focaccia Robiola, Da Ciro
229 Lexington Ave., nr. 34th St.
Double-crusted, truffle-scented bliss.
Tête de Cochon Sandwich, Resto
111 E. 29th St., nr. Park Ave. S.
Curry-braised pig’s-head meat, pickled vegetables, and homemade mayo on toast. A bánh mì gone mad.
314 W. 11th St., at Greenwich St.
A requisite fifteen-minute wait, a porky gourmet payoff.
Spaghetti Tomato and Basil, Scarpetta
355 W. 14th St., nr. Ninth Ave.
Destination-worthy spaghetti. Simple but transcendent.
Bone-in New York Strip and Pommes Anna, Minetta Tavern
113 Macdougal St., nr. Bleecker St.
The perfect meat-and-potatoes match.
171 First Ave., nr. 11th St.
Chang combines the messy pleasures of a southern fry-up with the grandeur of Peking Duck.
80 Spring St., at Crosby St.
Enjoy this perfect version of the peasant classic with several flagons of Côtes du Rhône.
250 Mulberry St., nr. Prince St.
Red-sauce reformation in four exquisite courses.
LOWER EAST SIDE
205 E. Houston St., at Ludlow St.
The seminal sandwich, in the seminal New York restaurant.
Caramelized Brioche, Corton
239 W. Broadway, nr. White St.
Comfort food with the artistry of old-fashioned haute cuisine.
Savory Cumin Lamb Hand-Pulled Noodles, Xi’an Famous Foods
88 E. Broadway, nr. Forsyth St. These tender but chewy noodles set the local standard.
40 Broad St., at Exchange Pl.
The most elegant meat dish in a carnivorous neighborhood.
19-06 Ditmars Blvd., nr. 19th St.
Bone-dry Cretan rusks moistened with a salty slick of olive oil, olives, feta, tomato, and capers.
Tacos, Rockaway Taco
95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd., nr. Beach 96th St.
Topped with cabbage, cilantro, radish, and lime. Perfect surfer snacks.
104-05 47th Ave., nr. 104th St.
The sausage-and-pepper Italiano Special pays tribute to the neighborhood’s past.
39-07 Prince St., nr. 39th Ave.
The compulsory, capsaicin-packed prelude to any serious Sichuan meal, in the place that does them best.
Roosevelt Ave. nr. 78th St.
Vendor Maria Piedad Cano griddles Colombian arepas de queso to crispy, oozing perfection.
LONG ISLAND CITY
Gelato, Manducatis Rustica
46-33 Vernon Blvd., nr. 46th Rd.
Fluffy yet dense housemade flavors; pistachio and hazelnut are standouts.
Doughnuts, Alpha Donuts
45-16 Queens Blvd., nr. 45th St. This well-worn coffee shop’s star attractions are impeccably fresh, and if you’re lucky, still warm.
Crispy-Chinese-Watercress Salad, Sripraphai
64-13 39th Ave., nr. 64th St.
A textural triumph of chicken, shrimp, squid, and deep-fried greens.
2357 Arthur Ave., nr. 186th St.
The “La Riccardo” (butternut squash, smoked mozz, pancetta, and chile flakes) is a must.
2 City Island Ave., nr. Belden St.
Deep-fried seaside goodness that tastes just right in this land’s-end setting.
Carrot Cake, Lloyd’s Carrot Cake
6087 Broadway, nr. 251st St.
An exceedingly moist and subtly spiced carotene-enriched confection.
892 Gerard Ave., nr. E. 161st St.
A pregame pit stop for Yankees fans who flock for good jerk and better curried goat.
Grilled Pizza, Coals
1888 Eastchester Rd., nr. Morris Park Ave.
The three-cheese Pure Bliss is a paragon of the delicately crunchy grilled-pie form.
565 Hunts Point Ave., at Randall Ave.
Fred Donnelly produces the smokiest, most tender ribs in Hunts Point and beyond.
Quesadillas and Tacos, Real Azteca
1013 E. 163rd St., nr. Simpson St.
The pork tacos and huitlacoche quesadillas taste like Mexico itself.
27 Hyatt St., nr. Central Ave.
A rotating roster of Italian grandmas cook specialties from Abruzzo, Sicily, and elsewhere.
1880 Hylan Blvd., nr. Slater Blvd.
The best pie in the borough served, as the menu warns (or brags?), “charred and well-done.”
322 Victory Blvd., nr. Cebra Ave.
Bowl-shaped rice-flour pancakes are just one of the novelties found at this friendly Sri Lankan spot.
501 Port Richmond Ave., at Catherine St.
Summer in a cup, since 1928.
7523 Third Ave., nr. 76th St.
The smokiest baba, the creamiest hummus, and spices that cast a spell.
435 Halsey St., at Lewis Ave.
You can taste the pizzaiolo’s passion (and the wood-fired oven doesn’t hurt).
1141 Brighton Beach Ave., nr. Brighton 15th St.
Herby, lamby Uyghur soup, packed with springy hand-pulled noodles.
20 Columbia Pl., nr. Joralemon St.
Tender, buttery, house-baked perfection, especially with French-pressed Stumptown.
261 Moore St., nr. Bogart St.
A convincing evocation of the South, extra-crispy skin, honey-buttered biscuit and all.
457 Court St., nr. Luquer St.
Even the Italian grannies in the neighborhood marvel over these tender orbs.
Smoked-Meat Sandwich, Mile End
97A Hoyt St., nr. Atlantic Ave.
Impudent Quebeçois upstart or the best new smoky, succulent deli sandwich in town? You be the judge.
184 E. 35th St., nr. Church Ave.
This takeout joint’s version of the Trini street-food specialty can’t be beat.
1108 Cortelyou Rd., nr. Stratford Rd.
It’s all in the details: skin-on, hand-cut Carolas, twice-fried to crispy perfection.
72 Hudson Ave., nr. Water St.
Wood fired, cut in thick slabs like prime rib, and served in grand midtown style.
87 S. Elliott Pl., nr. Lafayette Ave.
Excellent plain, even better topped with pulled pork, chicken, or hacked beef.
30-56 Gem St., nr. N. 15th St.
The salmon of your Sunday-brunch dreams (Friday mornings only).
339 9th St., nr. Fifth Ave.
A deliciously drippy, Texas-style bar burger. One of the top ten in town.
295 Flatbush Ave., nr. Prospect Pl.
Screw New Haven. This is the best clam pie in the tristate region.
Bay St. nr. Clinton St.
The Salvadoran pupusa, the Mexican huarache, and más.
3432 Nostrand Ave., at Ave. U.
Roast-beef sandwiches dunked into vats of broth like doughnuts.
775A 49th St., nr. Eighth Ave.
An invigorating broth and enough pork dumplings to feed a Yunnanese army.
Pastrami With Burnt-End Baked Beans—and a Pickle, Fette Sau
354 Metropolitan Ave., nr. Havemeyer St.
Meat to convert a vegetarian: succulent and smoky.
170 Tillary St., nr. Gold St.
Crisply battered mahimahi tucked into fresh tortillas and drizzled with bright housemade salsas.