New York can be very welcoming but the truth is they tend to hide a few places so they can keep it to themselves. Here’s to 5 local spots that New Yorkers love to hit on any day of the week at any time of the day.
Faicco’s Pork Store
What’s good old NYC without a sandwich to beat? Faicco’s has been around decades that’s why they’ve become masters of serving their Italian Special for only $10. And all its goodness comes from prosciutto, ham cappy, soppreseta, mozzarella, lettuce tomatoes, red peppers and sun dried tomatoes. It’s a great kick off for your day if you plan to go walking all over Manhattan. Be careful that you might just end all awed in its beauty. Don’t you just be staring at it, just dive in and go for it.
Address: 260 Bleecker Street, New York NY 10014 (Cornelia St.)
Photo credit: Sheldon S.
The Little Cupcake Bakeshop
You’ve heard about New York Cheese Cake but I bet you haven’t heard about The Little Cupcake Bake Shop.
They only make a few batches of everything, so if you miss some of their selection, you have to come back the next day or even wait for the season to come back.
Best time to go is when it’s berries season. TLCB is known for their Blueberry Cheesecake and for those who love anything Pumpkin and Cinnamon, yes they got those too, but only available on Autumn Season.
Address: 30 Prince St, New York, NY 10012, United States (corner Mott St.)
Lexington Candy Shop
Just 2 blocks away from the Museum Mile, you can catch an all American Breakfast before heading to the Metropolitan, Guggenheim or the better part of Central Park.
You go ahead and order a Stack of Pancakes, Side of Eggs and Sausage. They’re known for their old school Ice cream Soda Shakes too. What makes this place really special is that the interiors look like you time traveled to the 50’s. You have to learn the Diner lingo quickly too, better yet just pretend you know what you’re ordering by speaking fast. Real Maple Syrup can be $5 extra but it’s so worth it.
Who else eats here who lives in the neighborhood and lately shot a scene for his film Fading Gigolo? You guessed it right, Woody Allen.
1226 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10028, United States (corner 83rd st. )
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Spicy Shallot Woodside Queens
When in Queens, you have to hit Woodside. It’s predominantly a Thai neighborhood that has one spot you’ll find full all the time at late night. This place is known for their Crispy Soft Shell Crab over a bed of Iceberg Lettuce topped with Green Mangoes in lime and fish sauce dressing. The Spicy Tom Yum noodle Soup with Flat Rice noodles is best paired with Crispy Tofu. Another favorite dish is what can be called Mr. Mock Duck. It is prepared with Seared Imitation duck made from tofu, they make it even look like real duck, the skin and meat fibers smothered in sweet ginger sauce.
Best part is kitchen closes at 1am weekdays and 2 am on weekends.
7701 Woodside Ave, New York, NY 11373, United States
Photo Credit: Christian P.
It’s gonna be hard to spot the place with the facade of nothing but an unfinished Industrial wall and a door with a small red sign. Get their Classic Margherita Pizza! An all time best seller at Roberta’s. For only $12, Brooklynites immediately order this while they go for their first rounds of Mean Old Tom craft beers. Another Popular Pizza choice here is their Lamb of God, topped with tomato, ricotta, parmigiano, escarole, onion, oregano, chili and lamb sausage best paired with “Cast your Fate to the Wind” Cabernet Franc in case you got yourself a quick dinner date after meeting someone on the Subway on your way to Bushwick. For any other reason, it’s always to have a glass or four over dinner even when alone. What you must remember is that folding your pizza is totally allowed here.
Address: 261 Moore street Brooklyn NY 11206
Photo Credit: www.robertaspizza.com