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Product review: Sofia Vergara's favorite "Coffee Bar"

When I purchased my last coffee maker during a 'Friends and Family' sale at Bloomingdales (like 5+ years ago), it was pretty top-of-the-line.  I'm not talking about a fancy Nespresso machine, just a solid coffee maker with all the bells and whistles: Bean grinder, clock, and that awesome "program" button you can pre-set to have your coffee brewing the minute you wake up.  It's been a great device and one that even moved across the country with me 1.5 years ago!

A few weeks ago, I decided to clean my coffee maker for the first time ever in ages.  Having never changed the machine's water filter (ever), I removed the cartridge and almost threw up.  Overgrown with silt and muck, I was beyond disgusted and horrified.  As one of those people who always assumed that Brita filters were a conspiracy and serious waste of money - not to mention rolling my eyes at friends who actually had one in their fridge - I quickly realized: Maybe I was the asshole!  Perhaps water filter contraptions weren't a bunch of BS, after all, judging by how much crap mine had collected over the years.  Forgoing an attempt to clean my diseased machine (WTF had I been drinking all this time!?!?!), I decided to go out and purchase something brand new.

I'd be a liar if I said that the brilliant advertising/marketing behind those Ninja Coffee Bar commercials with Sofia Vergara didn't work...Because you're looking at the newest owner of one! 

Always one to shudder away from instruction manuals and intimidating drawings, I was pleased to find a very user-friendly "quick start guide" upon ripping in to the box containing my Ninja.  Aside from the machine, carafe, and filter compartment, the Ninja also came with a travel mug, measuring device, and a milk frother (sold separately).

Depending on the size of your cup or carafe, Ninja's AUTO-IQ Technology draws just the right amount of water needed from the reservoir.  In terms of flavor and strength, you are able to select the graduated level of coffee-to-water concentration.  Options range from lesser to higher intensity: "Classic Brew,"Rich Brew," "Over Ice Brew," or "Specialty Brew."  So far, I'm hooked on the "Rich Brew," but am super curious to try the "Over Ice Brew."  I cannot tell you how thrilling it is to be able to make both hot and cold coffee from the same machine.  At home! 

Forgoing the carafe, I've been making single-cups in the morning before work.  There's this awesome "cup holder" feature that lowers and sits just above the carafe plate warmer.  Once the coffee has finished brewing, there's a "drip stop" switch that you can hit to put the kibosh on those annoying coffee droplets that burn your hand and dirty the warmer.  Brilliant! 

My only complaint is that the Ninja does not have an in-machine bean grinder (...but the company sells those separately.  Go figure!).  Otherwise, I'm one happy customer!

The Ninja Coffee Bar retails for around $150 and has been worth every penny.  Go out and treat yourself!  I promise that you'll adore this machine and love the excellent coffee it produces even more!


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle 


Are you a documentary buff like me? If so...

It was a cold, drizzly evening in Williamsburg as I ducked down a flight of brick steps just outside the Wythe Hotel's screening room and bar entrance.  As I entered the space, it hit me: What I was about to experience would be something incredibly special, unique, and (literally) underground.  After all, it was the SundanceNow Doc Club's inaugural screening of Jonathan Nossiter's Natural Resistance.

The SundanceNow Doc Club is a service dedicated solely to streaming documentaries completely ad-free!  They provide tailored collections selected by tastemakers and experts (from the likes of Susan Sarandon, Anthony Bourdain, and Bill Hader, to name a few) for under $10/month ($6.99/month or $4.99/month for an annual subscription).  Natural Resistance is a part of the Club's "Wine and Spirits" Collection (a series that I can get totally down with).

Prior to entering the screening room, I sauntered over to the bar to check out the selection of natural wines being poured for the evening.  The tastings married beautifully to the synopsis of the documentary, as the vineyards and their owners were also featured in the film!  Below are the varietals that I was able to taste, each distinct in flavor and composition:

  • La Distesa Verdicchio 2013
  • La Stoppa Malvasia/Ortugo 2009
  • Stefano Bellotti Dolcetto/Barbera 2013
  • Pacini Sangiovese 2010

While all of the tastings for the evening hailed from Italy, natural wines can now be found all over the world - Austria, France, and even in America.  What is a natural wine, you ask?  Grapes (for natural wines) are farmed organically and made with minimal chemical or technological interference.  Nothing is added and nothing is removed during this process, so you are tasting the PURE byproduct of the fruit and its dominant terroir. 

Natural wine has a noticeable difference in its flavor profile; it's a lot more vinegar-y and, in some cases, cider-like.  The coloring is derived from the innate hue of the grape skins (which can change with each harvest due to weather and farming) and is not modified to conform to a consumer's expectations of how a white or red should appear.  Hence, you might even receive a glass of orange-tinted wine (such as the glass of "La Stoppa," pictured below, that I tried)!

The film was an absolutely lovely portrayal of natural winemakers, their passion for the product, and their stance against conforming to the contrived industry standards enforced by the EU and the DOC.  The most eye-opening scene was when winemaker, Stefano Bellotti, dug up the lush, earthy, living soil of his organic vineyard and compared it to that of his neighbor's (soil) just a few feet away, which was hardened, dead, and grey from the over-usage of pesticides and chemicals.  It really makes you wonder...Am I what I eat and drink?  And, if so, do I want to be hard, dead, and grey!?  Let's just say that I'm sold on natural wine!

I absolutely loved my experience with the SundanceNow Doc Club!  Make sure you check out Natural Resistance and many other amazing expertly-curated documentaries using their service!  Whether you are an avid film buff or just a "movies and chill" type of person - I am certain you will not be disappointed.

Pre-movie selfie!...

Until we eat again,

Jean Hsu for The Lunch Belle


In honor of Halloween, I present...The Most Haunted Cities in America!

The Most Haunted Cities in America!


Credit: Matt Trosle

Posted by Paul Sisolak

We've all heard (and been scared by) some spooky story, freaky urban legend or scary myth that happened right in the neighborhood. You might even consider yourself an authority on paranormal behavior. But how well do you really know America's ghost history?

FindTheHome and FindTheCompany teamed up to identify the most haunted city in each state. To discover the most haunted cities, we found the places with the most cemetery businesses, funeral services, and antique shops (to find the places most likely to be riddled with lingering ghosts of the past). Consider traveling to one of these ghoulish haunts this Halloween. Perhaps you can even go trick-or-treating in these cities with a year-round ghostly reputation.

#10. Asheville, NC

Population: 84,883
Haunted Index: 61.6

Cemetery developers and managers per 10k people: 1.06
Antique shops per 10k people: 3.65
Funeral, burial and cremation companies per 10k people: 2.71

Asheville's Haunted Story: Perhaps the ultimate penalty for James Sneed and James Henry was that they'd be doomed to roam the earth as ghosts. In 1835, they were convicted of stealing a horse and hanged at the intersection of Merrimon and Broadway. Though the location has changed in Asheville over the last two centuries, the eerie sounds of horse hooves, rolling wagon, and the death knell of a gallows trap-door are heard here.

#9. Cleveland, TN

Population: 41,898
Haunted Index: 62.18

Cemetery developers and managers per 10k people: 0.72
Antique shops per 10k people: 1.43
Funeral, burial and cremation companies per 10k people: 4.3

Cleveland's Haunted Story: The blood stains on the white stone arch above the Craigmiles Mausoleum paint a stark contrast, and signify the tragedy that fell the pioneer family. Four members of the Craigmiles all died young from fatal illnesses, freak infections and auto accidents -- and as each one was interred at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, the blood stains got deeper and darker.

#8. Conroe, TX

Population: 59,429
Haunted Index: 62.19

Cemetery developers and managers per 10k people: 2.02
Antique shops per 10k people: 3.03
Funeral, burial and cremation companies per 10k people: 1.85

Conroe's Haunted Story: Not every haunting comes from a ghost centuries old. Ever since a fatal 2008 explosion at the Huntsman Petrochemical Plant that killed two workers, many witnesses have seen and heard doors slamming, voices talking, and the transparent image of a tall, pale man. In the company's training building, which was used as a temporary hospital following the explosion, some people feel as though they're being watched -- or even followed.

#7. Greenville, SC

Population: 59,944
Haunted Index: 62.52

Cemetery developers and managers per 10k people: 1.84
Antique shops per 10k people: 2.67
Funeral, burial and cremation companies per 10k people: 2.34

Greenville's Haunted Story: Haunted hotels don't need to be old, dilapidated and abandoned, either. At Greenville's modern Embassy Suites, doors open and close at random, and lights go on and off in empty rooms. It's prompted hotel staff to call the police to investigate unauthorized guests -- only when authorities arrive, there's nobody there. Grass doesn't grow on the golf course in three spots, and even a group of hotel investors backed out after getting the creeps.

#6. Charleston, WV

Population: 51,135
Haunted Index: 62.64

Cemetery developers and managers per 10k people: 1.17
Antique shops per 10k people: 1.17
Funeral, burial and cremation companies per 10k people: 3.91

Charleston's Haunted Story: Have they had too much to drink, or is this joint really haunted? At the Empty Glass Cafe, the spirit of a former bartender -- killed in a car wreck -- is reported to change the jukebox music when he doesn't like what's playing. He's also been seen appearing and vanishing on a whim.

#5. Pensacola, FL

Population: 52,268
Haunted Index: 63.52

Cemetery developers and managers per 10k people: 1.15
Antique shops per 10k people: 3.64
Funeral, burial and cremation companies per 10k people: 3.06

Pensacola's Haunted Story: Pensacola certainly has its share of haunted activity -- it even has its own paranormal society! One uncharacteristically haunted spot is the Landmark Skate and Fun Center, where an old man wearing plaid and overalls is frequently seen walking the grounds. Why doesn't he set off motion detectors at night? He's the ghost of Mister Vic, the Landmark's former owner.

#4. Wilkes-Barre, PA

Population: 41,374
Haunted Index: 63.95

Cemetery developers and managers per 10k people: 0.48
Antique shops per 10k people: 0.24
Funeral, burial and cremation companies per 10k people: 5.56

Wilkes-Barre's Haunted Story: The Welles House has been called Wilkes-Barre's own version of the Amityville Horror for all the gruesome death and danger surrounding the seemingly innocent home. Anyone who lived in or went near the house through the years seems to have met an untimely end to their lives; ghost hunters still regularly hear unexplained shrieks, screams and moans that do more than make blood curdle, but literally come through the walls.

#3. Danville, VA

Population: 42,996
Haunted Index: 65.33

Cemetery developers and managers per 10k people: 1.63
Antique shops per 10k people: 1.16
Funeral, burial and cremation companies per 10k people: 3.95

Danville's Haunted Story: Nobody has lived in the Colonial-era Sutherlin Mansion for years since it was turned into a museum, though you'd never guess it. Visitors report seeing the figure of a man peering out the windows during the day, and inside, the smell of cigar smoke fills the air though nobody is smoking. A girl is often heard moaning from the other side of the wall.

#2. Prescott, AZ

Population: 40,003
Haunted Index: 68.57

Cemetery developers and managers per 10k people: 1.75
Antique shops per 10k people: 5.25
Funeral, burial and cremation companies per 10k people: 2.75

Prescott's Haunted Story: A feline phantasm? The ghosts of a woman and her cat are known to still reside at the Hotel Vendome in Prescott. The way the story is told, the woman was the former owner of the now-historic establishment, but after her husband left her, she died of a broken heart. Too despondent to feed the cat, it starved to death, and joined her in the ghostly afterlife on earth.

#1. Alexandria, LA

Population: 47,938
Haunted Index: 71.96

Cemetery developers and managers per 10k people: 2.29
Antique shops per 10k people: 2.71
Funeral, burial and cremation companies per 10k people: 3.96

Alexandria's Haunted Story: The crew of Ghost Hunters once paid a visit to the Alexandria Zoological Park, where the spirit of Robert "Les" Whitt, the zoo's former director, remains. Whitt, who died of heart problems in 2008, loved his animals so much, that we'd like to think he watches over -- rather than haunts -- his beloved park.

Compare Places on FindTheHome


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle


This self-professed travel snob went glamping...and LOVED it!

"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." J. Muir


If there's one thing that my friends know about me, besides the obvious (like how much I love to eat/drink, tell jokes, travel and write), it's the fact that I would rather lick a dirty toilet seat than go camping.  Hell, I can barely bring myself to use a unisex bathroom at a bar!     

About a year ago, I received some intel on Ithaca by Firelight Camps, a "glamp" site located in upstate New York.  Not having a clue what "glamping" was or how it differed from, gasp, traditional "camping," I couldn't get on their website quickly enough.  Here's what I learned:

"For those not familiar, Glamping is a term derived from the two words 'glamorous camping.'  Glamping is also referred to as 'glam camping,' 'lux camping,' 'luxury camping' and many other similar phrases.  Regardless of the specific terminology, the idea is the same; glamping brings the world of luxury into nature in the most seamless way possible.  Glamping has origins in Africa and Thailand, but is relatively new to the U.S. and Europe.  Most people want the feeling of falling asleep under the stars and being in nature without having to sleep on rocks to do it.  Glamping allows for just that.  It lets guests to be one with nature, while still enjoying the luxury of a bed and pre-pitched tent."

The more I read about Ithaca by Firelight Camps and its owners, Emma and Bobby, the further I was intrigued.  Having fallen in love in undergrad, the young couple studied abroad together and learned more about the their respective trades: Business for him and hospitality for her.  During his time in the Peace Corps, Bobby taught micro enterprise and entrepreneurship courses to high school students and women in Nicaragua while Emma honed in on her love for cooking, rock climbing, and eco-friendly tourism.  The two brought their passions together and started their first hotel and café, La Buena Onda, in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.  There, they partnered with local coffee cooperatives, a chocolate factory, artisan groups, and outdoor adventure guides to bring eco-tourism activities to their guests.  While they thoroughly enjoyed their time in Latin America, the couple returned to the states with the intention of creating a new hotel that would have an impact closer to home.  After receiving his MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell, Bobby continued to travel overseas to learn more about the eco-tourism industry.  Meanwhile, Emma worked with ConTENTment Camping at the Bonaroo Music Festival (to launch a village of glamping tents for the festival goers) and started a food blog.  She even became a top finalist on the "Food Network Star!"  It was also at this time when the business plan for Firelight Camps was created...

"We thought the Finger Lakes would be the perfect place to launch Firelight Camps," said Emma.  In 2014, Wine Enthusiast voted New York State "Wine Region of the Year," with the Finger Lakes being a major contributor. "Our community is so supportive of young entrepreneurs, and there was a wealth of knowledge and resources here to help us build the camp. The Finger Lakes is one of the oldest and most vibrant food and farming regions in the country, and is quickly becoming known as an agritourism destination.  It's also home to an astonishing number of waterfalls and lakes, which is a huge attraction for outdoor lovers."


In the beginning of this past summer, I booked a single night's stay at Firelight Camps for the second week of October.  I would be in Manhattan the weekend prior for one of my dearest friend's weddings, so it only made sense to make my way upstate thereafter for some R&R.

On Tuesday morning, October 6th, I flew to Syracuse from NYC.  Upon arrival, I rented a car and made the 45-minute drive to Ithaca.  The scenery along the way was absolutely breathtaking; aside from the region's inherent natural beauty, the potpourri of fall colors - in the form of leaves and produce - was everything that I could have hoped for and more.

Dedrick's Farm Market - Dryden, NYThe grounds of La TourelleWhen GPS announced that I had "arrived" at my destination (Firelight Camps), I was both perplexed and a bit relieved to pull up to a full-service hotel/spa and restaurant.  Where the heck was I?  As I made my way further down the drive, I saw a sign for the Camp and continued just beyond the hotel and restaurant, down a little hill, and on to a grassy clearing with a central "tent."

Welcome!I pulled my rental car off to the side of the gravel road and made my way in to the "lobby tent," where I received a warm greeting from the staff and a quick orientation, if you will.  

...I was particularly thrilled to learn that "Happy hour is from 5-6PM when we spark the evening campire and bar remains open until 11PM."  Woohoo! 

Upon making my way over to my tent, I noticed the al-fresco communal hangout area just off the lobby, complete with a fire pit, an assortment of seating options, and liberally strung twinkle-lights.  

Fun to be had by the campfire!The staff told me that I could park my car outside of my tent to unload my suitcases, but that I would then have to parking just up the short hill near the facilities.  Yep, that's right, folks, I said "facilities."  Would they be unisex?  Clean?  Small?  Would there be hot enough waterWould there be hot water at all?  I didn't bring my own towels; would I have to dry myself off with the shirt on my back?  Would there be previous bather's hair and other remnants left behind?  Oh, dear god!!!!!!!!  

Path leading up to my tentMy tent!Beyond the bed, there was a desk and a trunk filled with extra blankets/plus more storage space.My makeshift closet

My amazing back patio overlooking the Buttermilk TrailThis is hard to beat!!After getting settled and unpacking my essentials, I made sure to familiarize myself with the battery-powered lanterns-cum-phone chargers that were located in my tent.  Try walking to the facilities in the pitch dark (There's no electricity in the sleeping tents.) without one of those suckers

From there, I decided to go check out the facilities before stopping over at the lobby for happy hour.  And, I must say, I was very pleasantly surprised by how clean and ample the restrooms and showers were, in addition to being fully-stocked with shampoo/conditioner/soap!

Shower/restroom complexTowels - of multiple sizes - are provided!!Communal sinks5PM couldn't come quickly enough!  I made my way back to the lobby tent for happy hour and enjoyed wines from the local Finger Lakes region, "hard" apple cider (it just so happened to be Cider Week while I was there), and good company.  Amongst a handful of couples (including one with their adorable dogs in tow), there was a fun group of older women on a pseudo college reunion trip. 

Delicious local "hard cider"As the sun slowly set over the glampground, so did the temperatures.  While I was still in the lobby, I made sure to secure a propane heater for my tent to keep me warm overnight, as it was forecasted to dip in to the 40s!

Just after happy hour and a quick shower, I walked over to John Thomas Steakhouse (the restaurant located further up the property) where I enjoyed a fantastic lobster dinner.

Dinner at John Thomas SteakhouseForgoing dessert at the restaurant, I made my way back to camp in anticipation of enjoying a glass of red/nightcap and attempting to roast s'mores by the fire...

Firelight's own homemade s'mores kit!

With a full and happy belly - plus a solid buzz - I made my way back to my tent and prepared for bed: I turned on the propane tank, put on my socks, and crawled under the warm blanket.  Aside from the heater's buzz, the only thing I could hear beyond the mesh of my tent's windows were the leaves lightly dancing and the crickets chirping.  A few hours later, I awoke to the tranquil sound of a rain shower that aided me in to falling in the deepest, most comfortable sleep that I've experienced in...forever.  Wow.   

The following morning, I allowed myself to sleep in before packing up and heading to the continental breakfast in the lobby tent - something I haven't done in quite some time.  Ultimately, however, I was jonezing for a cup of coffee and some sustenance.

Coffee/tea stationAn assortment of local apple ciders Locally sourced bakery items, plus Emma's handmade granolaAlthough I would have loved to stay for another night (or two!), it was time for me to hit the road and explore the region and Ithaca proper, in addition to checking out Cornell's campus. 

With the 2015 glamping season closing at the end of October, I look forward to returning in the summer of 2016 so that I can enjoy more time in the area, plus the bounty of local recreational options (wineries, lakes, hiking trails)!  Plus, I'd love to bring some of my girlfriends; as snobby as some of them are, I am proof-positive that glamping is the prissy girl's - or guy's - answer to conquering the outdoors/nature.  In fact, I loved it.  Alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll of it!  Go ahead and quote me on that...I urge you!


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle 


(NYC) From where to sip cider to the best bars to catch the football game: Fall for Fall with Foursquare's "Ultimate NY Fall Guide"

In anticipation of my upcoming trip to NYC (ahem, tomorrow!), I couldn't wait a second longer to post this outstanding NY-centric Fall guide!  It's got everything, from the top orchards for apple picking to the city's best bars to watch the football game! 

Per the list, below, I've highlighted some of my favorite tidbits...but please find the full lineup *here.*  Enjoy!

Photo found on: offmetro.com.

Where to Watch FOOTBALL

There are 248 Sports Bars in NYC:

  • 54: # of flat screens at The Grayson, the East Village’s new football-watching spot
  • 23: # of stops on the 1 train from Times Square to Bronx Alehouse, the no. 1  sports bar in NYC overall (on 238th Street, in the Bronx)


The Resurgence of CIDER

When American settlers came to the New World, they found barley hard to grow, so they turned to apples for cider. By the 18th century, New England was producing over 300,000 gallons of cider a year. A lot of the apple trees planted by “Johnny Appleseed” didn’t survive prohibition however, and Americans later started planting and eating apples as snacks.  Hard cider didn’t regain popularity, until... NOW!

Union Square Greenmarket

“Sweet cider still out-sells hard cider but hard cider is on the rise.” -Samascott Orchards, Kinderhook, NY

    6 vendors sell sweet cider
  • 2 vendors sell hard cider

Wassail: NYC's 1st cider bar (12 ciders on tap, 100+ by the bottle)

*Wassail (def): The traditional practice, dating back to Medieval England, of singing to the trees to foster a bountiful harvest.



Forget Sleepy Hollow! These are three spooky spots right in NYC:



*As picked by the Foursquare community:



Best apple picking locations by state:

*Did you know that New York is the second-largest apple producing state in the country, next to Washington State?  Peak season for picking: September 1 - October 25



BEGINNER Peebles Island State Park, Waterford, NY

    Perimeter Trail, 1.8 miles
    • FOURSQUARE TIP: “Do the hiking trail around  the island. The walk along the water is beautiful.”
    • POPULAR NEXT STOP: The Snowman, Troy


    Blue Trail, approx. 2 miles, Inwood, NY
    • FOURSQUARE TIP: “Witness the changing colors of the leaves while trailing through the last remaining, naturally occurring, native hardwood forest on the Manhattan Island.”
    • POPULAR NEXT STOP: Indian Road Café, Inwood

ADVANCED Bear Mountain State Park

    Appalachian Trail, 6 miles, Bear Mountain, NY
    • FOURSQUARE TIP: “Beautiful when the leaves change color during the fall. Great Oktoberfest event but don't go during the last two weeks. Mad packed.”
    • POPULAR NEXT STOP: Woodbury Commons, Central Valley

OVERNIGHT Mohonk Preserve

  • High Peters Kill Hike, 7.5 miles, New Paltz, NY
    • FOURSQUARE TIP: “The most beautiful, if not most intense, hiking in Ulster County.”
    • POPULAR NEXT STOP: Mohonk Mountain House New Paltz



Sakuro Martini

‘Nduja Pizza

Pesto Meatball Sandwich

Orange Wine

Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich

  • Fuku, East Village

Jams Chicken

  • Jams, Midtown East

Wasabi Guacamole and Japanese Pancakes



B & H Dairy, East Village (Now reopened)

  • WHAT TO ORDER: Vegetarian matzo-ball soup

Black Seed Bagels, NoLita

  • WHAT TO ORDER: Bagel sandwich with tobiko spread

Russ & Daughters Cafe, Lower East Side

  • WHAT TO ORDER: Super Heebster: bagel toast, whitefish & baked salmon salad, wasabi-infused fish roe, horseradish dill cream cheese

Sadelle’s, SoHo

  • WHAT TO ORDER: Everything 2.0 bagel with Nova lox

*An outpost of H&H Midtown Bagels is scheduled to open on the UWS this winter



“Comfort Food” is a trending taste in the Fall.  And, speaking of this season...

  • In the Fall, people search more for pumpkins than they search for ice cream in summer - but beer beats both tastes all year long!  Here are some of our favorite haunts:



  • Corn vs Corn Dogs vs Sweet Corn
    • Of the three tastes, corn is the most popular with a rise from mid-September to early November; corn dogs spike in late October; sweet corn is small and steady.
  • Funnel Cake vs Caramel Apples
    • Funnel cake fervor starts to rise in early July and peters off; caramel apples take off in Fall.
  • Chicken Noodle Soup vs Fried Chicken
    • Chicken noodle soup may be food for the soul—and especially desirable in Fall—but of all soul food, fried chicken is by far the most popular year-round.


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle


(NYC) On a budget/new to the city? You cannot go a second longer without THIS LIST!

Photo courtesy of Michelin MediaThis just in from Michelin: Today, the highly anticipated Bib Gourmand list was published for 2016!  For those of you who aren't familiar:

"The Bib Gourmand represents restaurants where diners can enjoy quality food at attractive prices.  These "trophies," if you will, are awarded by Michelin’s anonymous inspectors to restaurants that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included).  This year’s Bib Gourmand list welcomes 27 new restaurants and features 18 different types of cuisine.  Significantly, many newly recognized restaurants are located in Brooklyn and Queens, highlighting this year again the continuing trend of quality dining emerging throughout all of New York’s boroughs."

Regardless of the depth of your pockets or your NYC status (tourist vs. newbie vs. lifer), you cannot go a second longer without this list in your arsenal!!  Take a peak at my poor attempt at a spreadsheet, below, or view it on the web here.  You're welcome in advance!


Borough District Establishment
Brooklyn Williamsburg Baci & Abbracci
Brooklyn Downtown Buttermilk Channel
Brooklyn Fort Greene & Bushwick Chavela's
Brooklyn Williamsburg Diner
Brooklyn Fort Greene & Bushwick Do or Dine (closed)
Brooklyn Sunset Park & Brighton Beach East Harbor Seafood Palace
Brooklyn Williamsburg Egg
Brooklyn Park Slope  Elberta
Brooklyn Fort Greene & Bushwick Falansai
Brooklyn Fort Greene & Bushwick Faro
Brooklyn Downtown Frankies 457 Spuntino
Brooklyn Downtown Ganso Ramen
Brooklyn Fort Greene & Bushwick General Greene (The)
Brooklyn Fort Greene & Bushwick Gladys
Brooklyn Sunset Park & Brighton Beach Good Fork (The)
Brooklyn Downtown Gran Eléctrica
Brooklyn Sunset Park & Brighton Beach Hometown Bar-B-Que
Brooklyn Park Slope  Lea
Brooklyn Fort Greene & Bushwick Lulu & Po
Brooklyn Williamsburg Marlow & Sons
Brooklyn Downtown Mile End
Brooklyn Williamsburg Paulie Gee's
Brooklyn Downtown Prime Meats
Brooklyn Park Slope  Purple Yam
Brooklyn Fort Greene & Bushwick Roberta's
Brooklyn Sunset Park & Brighton Beach Runner & Stone
Brooklyn Williamsburg Rye
Brooklyn Williamsburg Shalom Japan
Brooklyn Downtown Sottocasa
Brooklyn Fort Greene & Bushwick Speedy Romeo
Brooklyn Sunset Park & Brighton Beach Tanoreen
Brooklyn Williamsburg Traif
Brooklyn Fort Greene & Bushwick Umi NOM
Brooklyn Downtown Vinegar Hill House
Brooklyn Williamsburg Xixa
Brooklyn Williamsburg Zizi Limona
Manhattan Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square ABC Cocina
Manhattan Midtown East al Bustan
Manhattan Greenwich & West Village Aroma Kitchen & Wine Bar
Manhattan Greenwich & West Village Baker & Co.
Manhattan East Village Bar Primi
Manhattan Upper East Side Beyoglu
Manhattan Greenwich & West Village Bianca
Manhattan Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square Boqueria
Manhattan Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square Bread & Tulips
Manhattan Midtown West Cho Dang Gol
Manhattan SoHo & Nolita Ciccio
Manhattan Lower East Side Congee Village
Manhattan Chelsea Coppelia
Manhattan Greenwich & West Village Crispo
Manhattan East Village DBGB Kitchen & Bar  
Manhattan Chinatown & Little Italy Dim Sum Go Go
Manhattan Midtown West Don Antonio by Starita
Manhattan East Village Donostia
Manhattan SoHo & Nolita Ed's Lobster Bar
Manhattan Midtown East El Parador
Manhattan Midtown East HanGawi
Manhattan Greenwich & West Village Hecho en Dumbo
Manhattan Midtown East Hide-Chan Ramen
Manhattan Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square Hill Country Chicken
Manhattan Greenwich & West Village Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria
Manhattan Harlem, Morningside & Washington Heights J. Restaurant Chez Asta
Manhattan Upper East Side J.G. Melon
Manhattan Harlem, Morningside & Washington Heights Jin Ramen
Manhattan Lower East Side Katz's
Manhattan Greenwich & West Village Kesté Pizza & Vino
Manhattan TriBeCa Khe-Yo
Manhattan Greenwich & West Village Kiin Thai
Manhattan Midtown West Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen
Manhattan Midtown East Land of Plenty
Manhattan Midtown West Larb Ubol
Manhattan Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square Laut
Manhattan East Village Lil' Frankie's
Manhattan Greenwich & West Village Lupa
Manhattan Midtown East Mapo Tofu
Manhattan Upper West Side Miss Mamie's Spoonbread Too
Manhattan East Village Momofuku Noodle Bar
Manhattan East Village Momofuku Ssäm Bar
Manhattan Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square Momokawa
Manhattan Chinatown & Little Italy New Malaysia
Manhattan Chinatown & Little Italy Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Manhattan Chinatown & Little Italy Nyonya
Manhattan East Village Oiji
Manhattan SoHo & Nolita Pearl & Ash
Manhattan Midtown East Phoenix Garden
Manhattan Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square Pippali
Manhattan East Village Porsena
Manhattan Chelsea Prova
Manhattan East Village Prune
Manhattan SoHo & Nolita Rubirosa
Manhattan Lower East Side Russ & Daughters Cafe
Manhattan Upper East Side San Matteo
Manhattan Chinatown & Little Italy Shanghai Café
Manhattan SoHo & Nolita Snack
Manhattan East Village Soba-Ya
Manhattan Harlem, Morningside & Washington Heights Streetbird Rotisserie
Manhattan East Village Supper
Manhattan Midtown West Szechuan Gourmet
Manhattan Greenwich & West Village Tertulia
Manhattan Lower East Side Thelma on Clinton
Manhattan Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square Turkish Kitchen
Manhattan Greenwich & West Village Untitled
Manhattan Upper East Side Uva
Manhattan Midtown East Wild Edibles
Manhattan Lower East Side Yunnan Kitchen
Manhattan Harlem, Morningside & Washington Heights Zoma
Queens   Basil Brick Oven Pizza
Queens   Biáng!
Queens   bún-ker
Queens   Casa del Chef Bistro
Queens   Gregory's 26 Corner Taverna
Queens   Hahm Ji Bach
Queens   HinoMaru Ramen
Queens   Hunan House
Queens   Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan
Queens   Il Poeta
Queens   John Brown Smokehouse
Queens   Little Pepper
Queens   Mu Ramen
Queens   Paet Rio
Queens   Salt & Fat
Queens   Sweet Yummy House
Queens   Tong Sam Gyup Goo Yi
Queens   Uncle Zhou
Queens   Venturo Osteria & Wine Bar
Queens   Zabb Elee
Staten Island   Enoteca Maria
Staten Island   San Rasa
Staten Island   Vida
The Bronx   Havana Café
The Bronx   Mexicosina
The Bronx   Tra Di Noi
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