Dine

New York City has a lot to offer—Broadway shows, awe-inspiring architecture and a plethora of restaurants, which run the global gamut. I mean, where else can you have maple bacon popcorn on a Monday, chicken tikka masala on a Tuesday, whiskey-infused wings on a Wednesday and anything and everything else to round out the rest of your week? Unfortunately, with the wide variety of eateries in NYC, surrounding areas—namely New Jersey—take a back seat.

One of the nicest things when you live in a city of almost 20 million people is to find a place that makes you feel like you belong. Or, to quote the long-running comedy Cheers, a place “where everybody knows your name.” For me, the Chelsea bar and brasserie Guilty Goose is one such place.

As I've mentioned before, brunch is a popular meal for most New Yorkers, and several eateries will be open on New Year’s Day. Check out these two options.

Northern Manhattan, know by locals as “Uptown,” is finally becoming ‘cool’ to the outside world. I’ve known it for years, but now MTV is creating a reality show called Washington Heights, and hip-hop power couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé were recently spotted at Inwood’s La Marina.

A few weeks ago, I went to East of Eighth Restaurant & Bar—a contemporary bistro in Chelsea. I have a few haunts in the area, but surprisingly had never heard of this particular establishment. I went with a friend who used to work a few doors down, and, is by self-acknowledgment, “a regular.”

There are a lot of reasons to love my neighborhood—Inwood in Uptown Manhattan, but few can actually convince my friends who live downtown or in other boroughs to spend an hour on the train to visit me. One thing that’s really worth the trek is Indian Road Café.

I first heard about Amsterdam Tavern from the fictional novel, “Ellington Boulevard” by Adam Langer. Although Langer referred to the watering hole by another name in his book, I had a weird feeling it was based on a real bar.

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I went to ABC Kitchen—an awesome eatery near Union Square—for dinner. He had been searching for new places to try and stumbled upon the restaurant. Its excellent reviews didn’t even do it justice: absolutely everything was delicious.

A few coworkers recently enjoyed lunch at Darbar Grill, an Indian restaurant in Midtown. When they got back to the office, they couldn’t stop raving about the place. Of course, now I want to try it! I was told the lavish lunch buffet is delicious and to definitely try the chicken tikka masala.

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