But I do have my favorites so here are some of them.
Best square pie
GG’s in the East Village. I just love this little spot. From its delicious pizza to its charming pressed tin ceiling to the always-fun playlists, GG’s is a go-to. And the cocktail list is terrific.
Best fried chicken
Best quick breakfast in Midtown Manhattan
Best indulgent breakfast in Midtown Manhattan
Norma’s at Le Parker Meridien.
Favorite Upper East Side indulgence
A filled-to-order doughnut at Orwasher’s. They also have an Upper West Side location.
Where to go if you want to pretend you’re dining in Rome
Maialino in the Gramercy Park Hotel is the ticket. I loved it even before my trip to Italy, but now I get it. Danny Meyer‘s menu is authentic and the food, fantastic. Reservations suggested. Drinks at the adjacent Rose Bar are also recommended.
Best spot for a Manhattan
Bowery Hotel – obviously. It’s especially good during cold weather months – so cozy.
Best Grand Central Station treat
This is tough. Between Shake Shack and Magnolia Bakery on the lower level and Murray’s in the Market, there are solid options for indulging. But I have to go with a cupcake or banana pudding (or both!) from Magnolia. Shake Shack’s line is invariably long. It moves, but it’s long.
Best places to regroup near the Union Square Holiday Market
I have long loved City Bakery for the obvious – pastries! – but they also have a hot food set-up in the back of the shop. Delicious choices. Regional chain Hale & Hearty is another go-to. I love soup.
Best places to eat in Times Square if you absolutely can’t avoid going there.
Best spot to eat queso
Best sandwiches in Midtown
Antico Noè is so, so good. Someday I’ll try the salads. Maybe.
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Cozy spot for day drinking with a side of food