Ayurveda Café

A homey, funky place with a set menu of healthy, incredibly cheap Indian food that follows the tenets of Ayurveda.

Barney Greengrass

The temple of smoked fish as far as we’re concerned. One of the most quintessentially New York places we know and we simply adore it.

The V & T

The meatballs here saw Julia through most of college.

Salumeria Rossi

Excellent salumis, pastas and salads from chef Cesare Casella.


A really adorable Italian restaurant near in Morningside Heights with excellent spaghetti and meatballs.


Simple, comforting, healthy Japanese home cooking.

El Malecon

This place serves badass Domincan food at a low price in Washington Heights. The spit-fire chicken in their signature sauce is killer.


Such a neighborhood place. Julia lived two blocks from here for a few years during college and comes back every now for the energetic atmosphere (the tables are thisclose), the great waiters and the cheap bill never hurts either.

Sal and Carmine’s

The best slice on the Upper West Side.

Zabar’s, Next Door

Great for a cup of coffee before or after shopping.


One of our friends is Turkish and she used to live near here. This place gets her seal of approval and mine too.

Fairway Café and Steakhouse

An oasis from the crazy supermarket, the café at Fairway has surprisingly great food.

Café Luxemborg

This UWS institution serves French bistro food in a classicly NYC setting.

Indie Food and Wine

A little lunch spot tucked into the Film Society of Lincoln Center and run by the guys behind ‘inoteca and Corsino, this is a great spot if you’re doing anything at Lincoln Center or Juilliard.

Bar Boulud

Daniel Boulud’s relaxed spot across the street from Lincoln Center—the best place to go before the ballet.


Bill Telepan’s unbelievably good, very vegetable-driven restaurant. A great spot if you’re celebrating something uptown.

Flor de Mayo

Amazing Peruvian pollo a la brasa, rice, beans and plantains.

Absolut Bagels

The greatest bagels on the Upper West Side.

Silver Moon Bakery

An adorable bakery all the way uptown featuring great bread and cookies.


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