Fun fact: There are rumored to be 24,000 restaurants in NYC, and it would take you almost 23 years to eat in all of them (assuming you went out for breakfast, lunch and dinner on the daily). You don’t need us to tell you that that’s NEVER going to happen (wait - is that a challenge?), so how do you decide where to go? It’s easy if you have Ali and Daryl Zweben around. The foodiest sisters on the planet, they just wrote a book called New York City Food Crawls: Touring the Neighborhoods One Bite at a Time, so we obviously asked them for some solid recs. We challenge you to hit all seven this week.
Hometown Bar B Que
454 Van Brunt St. Brooklyn, NY
BBQ Beef Rib
Hometown Chef Billy Durney is a master of big flavor and precise technique, both of which are on display in this Flinstonian beef rib. Forks, fingers — doesn’t matter how you eat it, it’s bound to disappear in seconds flat. Hometown Bar B Que is featured in the Red Hook section of our book, New York City Food Crawls: Touring the Neighborhoods One Bite & Libation at a Time. We see Red Hook as the next big thing, just a short water taxi ride over from Manhattan we recommend touring Red Hook on a comfortable fall day to really appreciate the small town, community feel.
7 Carmine St. NYC
We are pizza girls at heart, and Joe’s, featured in our Bleeker Street Crawl, is the quintessential New York slice, with bright sweet sauce and the perfect texture for properly folding in half to eat on the go. You don’t need toppings to see why this slice is tops…
West Village: 357 6th Ave., NYC
Brooklyn: 210 7th Ave., Brooklyn
After its success in Park Slope, Sushi Katsuei is now offering top notch sushi at a new West Village location. We love how the chefs put a modern spin on their omakase, while still showcasing the freshest seasonal fish. The best part? The price is extremely affordable for the high quality.
1489 2nd Ave., NYC
Fully loaded bagel from Sable’s
There is nothing more New York than a bagel and shmear; we add cucumbers to the version from old-school Sable’s on the Upper East Side, but there is no reason to mess with perfection. Smoke it (your fish) if you got it…
Queen Italian Restaurant
84 Court St. Brooklyn Heights
Penne a la Vodka
Queen is an authentic old-school Italian restaurant in Brooklyn, serving all of the classics with a side of charm. Their vodka sauce is to die for, especially when sopped up with their homemade focaccia.
Nom Wah Tea Parlor
13 Doyers St., NYC
Dim Sum from Nom Wah Tea Parlor
More than a feast for the eyes, a meal at Nom Wah is a piece of NYC history, with the original location dating back to 1920. The variety and freshness can’t be beat, so make sure your chopstick game is on point and get involved with all their delicious options. A tip from us: Head down to Chinatown during Lunar New Year, the streets will be packed with celebrations and parades, a real treat for all the senses! Get down there early on a Sunday, grab some early Dim Sum, and enjoy.
Peter Luger Steak House
178 Broadway Brooklykn
Peter Luger is a steakhouse institution, and serves this burger for lunch only; topped with its famous thick -cut bacon, this is the burger standard against which all others should be judged. A better burger you would be hard-pressed to “meat”...
about ali + Daryl Zweben
Sisters Ali and Daryl Zweben, graduates of the prestigious Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, began their hospitality journey long before school. The sisters are the fourth generation of Zweben’s to take on the hospitality industry by way of their wildly popular blog and Instagram, The Sisterhood of the Unbuttoning Pants, prompted by numerous requests from friends for restaurant recommendations. The duo, who’s prior background ranges from public relations, marketing and, of course, hospitality, have established themselves as sound contributors to the food world. Their unique voice and on-point-reviews have gained them a massive following and have secured them as a go-to-resource for all things food, drink and dining in New York and beyond.