Aapeli's Guide to NYC

Find some decent stuff to eat and do in NYC

All Recommendations

Massawa

121st & Amsterdam, Morningside Heights

Phenomenal taste. Good value.

The food here is really good. They normally have live jazz on Sundays: a bunch of muzos come from the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School and just jam around all evening. They mostly play standards, but they do good solos. I like the beef tebsi....

Milano Market

113th & Broadway, Morningside Heights

Phenomenal taste. Good value.

This place is insane. Not only is the food amazing, but it's amazing at an unbeatable consistency. High expectation, low variance. You want to get the number 52, "Prosciutto Di Parma". It's got a huge chunk of some of the best prosciutto around, a thick slice of mozzarella, and some...

Bar 314

122nd & Amsterdam, Morningside Heights

Phenomenal taste. Inoffensive value.

Bar 314, or as we like to call it, the "Pie Bar", is one of my favorite spots. The pizza is exquisite, the atmosphere is nice, and as an extra bonus, is super close to me. My current favorite is the Bari: it features a bunch of proscioutto, mozzarella, burrata...

Curry King

106th & Columbus, Upper West Side

Good taste. Good value.

Good food, good Lassi, it's cheap. Would go back....

Doaba Deli

106th & Columbus, Upper West Side

Good taste. Good value.

Cheap and good curries....

Dos Toros

114th & Broadway, Morningside Heights

Good taste. Good value.

I'll have to get back to this later......

Dun Huang

123rd & Amsterdam, Morningside Heights

Good taste. Good value.

This place has decent Chinese food, again it's close so it's one of the regulars....

Jin Ramen

125th & Broadway, Morningside Heights

Good taste. Good value.

This is just a really solid ramen place, with good consistency. I like just the standard tonkotsu ramen, I really like their soft boiled eggs so often I'll ask for extra. Or if you're into the vegan thing, the miso ramen is also pretty decent (though I've had varying consistency)....

Los3charros

113th & Malcolm X, Harlem

Good taste. Good value.

Beware! They do one thing and only one thing well; the quesadillas. I really like the al pastor quesadilla, but basically everything else I've had on the menu is pretty mediocre....

Roti Roll

109th & Amsterdam, Upper West Side

Good taste. Good value.

They have roti rolls, it's like curry in a roti. They're pretty filling, you only need one unless you're super hungry. Also the Lassi is good!...

Saiguette

106th & Columbus, Upper West Side

Good taste. Good value.

They make pretty good bánh mì here, I've only been once and that's what I got, so can't speak for the other dishes. During lunch time you can get it for around $10, so it's pretty darn good value for the price. My friend is obsessed with the place, so...

Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles II

45th & 9th, Hell's Kitchen

Good taste. Good value.

This place was cheap and good. I can't remember what we ordered, but I remember thinking it was good and I'd like to come back....

Go Go Curry

125th & Broadway, Harlem

Good taste. Inoffensive value.

It's rice, Japanese curry, and pork or chicken katsu; pretty straighforward. It's not the best in its class, but it's closeby, and I really quite like Japanese curry. Quite frankly I'm probably here a bit too frequently... You can get a shrimp topping with it, it's got some of that...

Hou Yi Hot Pot

123rd & Amsterdam, Morningside Heights

Good taste. Inoffensive value.

It's like $50 per person after taxes and tip, but it's all you can eat, and it's decent quality. So overall a pretty decent meal. I went with Alex who reckons that the quality of hot pot is pretty uniform as long as the sauce bar has good selection (in...

Jajaja Plantas Mexicana

Carmine & 7th, West Village

Good taste. Inoffensive value.

This was a really good place. The nachos were excellent, just remember to order them without cilantro. We went there on Halloween and the mood was pretty cool....

Le Botaniste

67th & Columbus, Upper West Side

Good taste. Inoffensive value.

This looks so hipster that the food should be crap, but it's actually pretty decent. We tried two different bowls and both were good....

Los Tacos No. 1

43rd & 7th, Midtown

Good taste. Inoffensive value.

Bit pricey but pretty darn good. You wouldn't expect something this good to be right next to Times Square. It's relatively crowded though and a tad chaotic....

Max Soha

123rd & Amsterdam, Morningside Heights

Good taste. Inoffensive value.

I've been here twice due to its proximity. It's one of those standard "fancy Italian" places that aren't actually that fancy: so you can get decent pastas here but they're a bit pricey. I wasn't particularly impressed the first time I visited, I got the carbonara which they use real...

Spicy Moon Vegan Szechuan

3rd & LaGuardia Pl, West Village

Good taste. Inoffensive value.

There's some good stuff on the menu and then there's a bunch of stuff that's pretty crap. I really liked the cold sesame noodles, and the scallion pancakes....

Wu and Nussbaum

113th & Broadway, Morningside Heights

Good taste. Inoffensive value.

They have really good dan dan noodles, it makes your tongue numb, and apparently that tells it's good. They're roughly the same with real meat vs impossible meat, so you can do a good thing and eat vegan....

Falafel on Broadway

124th & Broadway, Morningside Heights

Inoffensive taste. Good value.

This is okay. I go there every now and then because it's close. It's not particularly good, but sometimes you just need that hummus fix....

Freda's

109th & Columbus, Upper West Side

Inoffensive taste. Good value.

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this place. It was pretty good but also like a bit too sweet. I'm not sure how "authentic" Caribbean it was, but yeah, I definitely need to come back and give it another shot....

Nikko Hibachi Asian Fusion

123rd & Amsterdam, Morningside Heights

Inoffensive taste. Good value.

This place is a bit odd. The food is like very filling and kinda greasy, but it fills a certain niche in my palette. You can get stuff like fried rice and Pad Siew which I kinda like, but just beware, it's probably a somewhat "Americanized version"....

Zaad

107th & Amsterdam, Upper West Side

Inoffensive taste. Good value.

This is okay, they have good baklava, and it's a pretty cheap place....

Anytime NYC

32 W 32nd, Midtown

Inoffensive taste. Inoffensive value.

Okay Korean food. It was pretty greasy. You can probably find better....

Charm Thai

126th & Amsterdam, Manhattanville

Inoffensive taste. Inoffensive value.

This is a pretty okay Thai place. They only do takeout though. I've been there a few times and it's not been bad, but it hasn't been spectacular either....

Community Food & Juice

113th & Broadway, Morningside Heights

Inoffensive taste. Inoffensive value.

I'm not entirely sure of what to make of this place. They do like random American food, burgers, sandwiches, hash brownds, etc. The burger was better than I expected, but my expectations were very low, so it's not saying particularly much. Either way, it exists, you can go there, I...

El Porton

La Salle & Broadway, Morningside Heights

Inoffensive taste. Inoffensive value.

The food here is okay, I've had a burrito and a quesadilla, neither of which was particularly spectacular but neither was also really awful....

Elysian Fields

120th & Amsterdam, Morningside Heights

Inoffensive taste. Inoffensive value.

I've been here a couple of times, the moussaka is pretty decent, the other stuff I've tried wasn't that good. But the place in general is high-variance, it's probably better on a crowded night when the kitchen is in full operation, I've only really been during quiet nights....

Silvana

116th and Frederick Douglass Blvd, Harlem

Inoffensive taste. Inoffensive value.

Silvana is edible for food, the other stuff was pretty nondescript but the crispy eggplant was good. It's kinda pricey. They have a downstairs venue which is pretty cool and they'll have live jazz every now and then. I went once and it was great....

Suma Sushi

107th & Amsterdam, Upper West Side

Inoffensive taste. Inoffensive value.

It tastes like sushi, but it's not like the best stuff out there. I've not really found particularly good sushi in New York though, so compared to that, it was decent. The rainbow roll was good as was the spicy Asian roll. The California roll wasn't worth the seaweed it...

Miss Mamie's Spoonbread Too

110th & Columbus, Morningside Heights

Inoffensive taste. Bad value.

I got the short ribs, they were honestly not that great, but I didn't leave feeling uncomfortably full or anything like you sometimes do from ribs, so the downside was capped too. It would've been okay otherwise, but the place is pretty pricey. The sides were decent and lemonade was...

Chapati House

124th & Broadway, Morningside Heights

Bad taste. Inoffensive value.

This place is crap, don't go there. It's here as a warning....

La Salle Dumpling Room

La Salle & Amsterdam, Morningside Heights

Bad taste. Inoffensive value.

You can get mediocre dumplings here. It's not particularly good, so don't go there....