Local Eats Mini Series: Manhattan

I hope you enjoyed our first installment of Local Eats Mini Series! Today, we’re discussing Manhattan-area restaurants, and there are some interesting locations on the list! As you read this week’s post, make sure you keep score to see how many you’ve actually dined at. And don’t forget to check back next Wednesday for our final post in this mini series, which will be all about the outer boroughs!

Churrascaria Plataforma
316 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019
(212) 245-0505 | www.churrascariaplataforma.com
“Plataforma is a great Brazilian steakhouse. I am a meat lover and therefore rodeo house style restaurants are great for me. The service is great and each selection is better than the previous one!”
—Dario Martinez, MIA ’15

240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011
(212) 229-1818 | www.crisporestaurant.com
“This consistent and delicious Italian trattoria never fails to please. Every New Yorker needs to find their go-to Italian restaurant and this is mine. Located on 14th Street in the West Village, the crowd is always lively, but not too noisy. The food is not extravagant, but always delicious as they only offer what is fresh in the market and prepare everything daily. I would recommend going with a few other people so you can try each other’s dishes because you’re missing out if you just have one. Spaghetti Carbonara is a star if pasta is your thing, but the Crispo Pork Shank is not one to be missed!”
—Tinsley Corbett, MPA ’15

Mighty Quinns
75 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014
(646) 524-7889 | www.mightyquinnsbbq.com
“Best BBQ in NYC!  Try the brisket, short ribs and pulled pork.”
—Grace Han, Executive Director of Admissions & Financial Aid

159 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016
212-481-3800 | www.penelopenyc.com
“This is a really cute cafe in Murray Hill, which serves wholesome comfort food in a relaxed environment. It’s an excellent place for a weekend brunch with friends or for a cozy, weekday dinner. One of my favorite dishes is the Sweet Peas Mac & Cheese–it’s got lots of cheese and truffles! Tip: They don’t take reservations so be sure to get there on the early side for weekend brunch or put your name down and explore the Murray Hill neighborhood while you wait for a table. They text you when the table is ready so you can have time to walk around.”
—Katherine McGehee, MIA ’15

Russian Samovar
256 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019
(212) 757-0168 / www.russiansamovar.com
“Oddly enough, this is probably my favorite restaurant in the city even though I’m a vegetarian, and not the biggest fan of all of the food.  BUT- I am a little bit obsessed with the place: the music is amazing!  I love the musicians (singers and pianists) who frequently perform while you’re eating.  Not going to lie: one of my friends literally hired a group of performers from the restaurant to play at his wedding.  In addition, it has a timeless feel with décor selected by the original owner, poet Joseph Brodsky.  Lastly, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out it’s proximity to the Russian vodka room, right across the street, where it’s fun to grab a drink and people watch.”
—Lauren Podber, MIA ’14

423 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
(212) 496-6280 | www.sarabethswest.com
“Like the great Ron Swanson from the TV series Parks and Recreation, I am at a loss as to why anybody would ever eat anything besides breakfast food. And when it comes to breakfast, Sarabeth’s is the best you can get (unless you’d like to refinance your house and get ritzy brunches overlooking the park). Their eggs benedict is the best dish, and their pork and apricot sausage is also good. They serve legendary preserves, which made them famous in the first place. Their locations have a homely, Southern vibe (and long queues on virtually any time of any day).”
—Selim Sazak, MIA ‘15

400 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022
(212) 754-5999 | www.sofritony.com
“The food here is amazing and lots of it. The portion size is huge, so expect to walk out with left overs. Great place to have a night out to enjoy some Puerto Rican food. Reminds me of my mom’s cooking, when I don’t have a chance to get it.”
—Nina-Marie Rivera, Associate Director of Admissions

The Spotted Pig
314 West 11th Street, New York, NY 10014
(212) 620-0393 | www.thespottedpig.com
“It might be named after a pig but go here for the beef. Their hamburgers and steak are amazing!  Their fries too are delicious. Be sure to get here early because they don’t take reservations. Luckily, there is a bar on top where you can grab some drinks while you wait.”
—Eric Medina, MPA ’15

Xi’an Famous Foods
24 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036
(212) 786-2068 | www.xianfoods.com
“I’m not a huge fan of noodle spots because I’ve always had less-than-stellar experiences. But Xi’an really knows their stuff. It’s a tiny spot that’s cash only, but it serves some pretty tasty noodles. I personally like the stewed pork hand-ripped noodles and chicken hand-ripped noodles. Tip: On your first visit, Xi’an recommends eating your order there because if you take it to go, when the noodles cool they can get all mushy.”
—Kaitlyn Wells, Assistant Director of Admissions

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