A couple weeks ago now for my younger sister Julia’s spring break (the high school sister, not the Ole Miss sister), my mom, our cousin who is Julia’s age, and my mom’s twin sister/my Aunt Kimmy, came to NYC! They’ve had this trip planned for a long time – since before I knew I was moving here, which was actually sort of nice because it took the pressure off me a little, and they had a hotel in midtown close to my office I crashed at 🙂 (That’s me below with my sister Julia on the left)
They got in about 5 hours after I got in from Seaside – talk about a tight turnaround! I had enough time to drop my stuff off at home, clean EVERYTHING, go to a quick class at the gym, and then meet them for dinner near their hotel. We did a ton of really fun, classic NYC things when they were here, but I was most excited to show them my favorite little divey places around the city. Anyone can go to a great NYC pizza place or a Broadway show, but I really think (and hope) I gave them a bit more of a local flavor than they would’ve gotten otherwise. So, if you’re ever in the city looking for some local eats, try these places and let me know how you like them! I am OBSESSED and my wallet is happier for it 🙂
On Saturday, it was St. Patrick’s day and I strongly urged my fam to come to Brooklyn for the day and therefore avoid the mass chaos that is NYC on St. Patrick’s Day. My all time favorite restaurant near my apartment is this old school cash only diner called Tom’s Restaurant. I’m moving in a couple months and I’m by far the most sad about not being close to Tom’s.
It’s like the Prospect Heights version of Luke’s from Gilmore Girls, and my heart is filled with happiness when I walk through the door (even if I’m standing in a long line!).
They serve classic breakfast food, and also have a lunch menu, although I’ve certainly never looked at that. My absolute favorite thing here is the chili cheese omelet (severely not whole30 but food like this is good for the soul). Also on my shortlist, is the chocolate cake french toast (pictured below), the cinnamon roll pancakes, and the western omelet. Their coffee is amazing and they’re known for making their own butter, make sure to ask for it because every meal comes with a side of toast. Not sure how something so simple can be SO good!
Info on Tom’s:
- Neighborhood: Prospect Heights/Crown Heights in Brooklyn
- Address: 782 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
- Must order: Chili cheese omelet, toast with their homemade butters, cinnamon roll pancakes
- Yelp page
My friend Audrey recommended this place one night after we proceeded to spend $60/person at Rin Tin Tin (soo good but soo $$$). It’s our other Nolita favorite and about half the price.
Their salads are what really gets me going (same with Rin Tin Tin), when I was there last I had their Radicchio salad with apples and Gorgonzola and I inhaled it.
Another staple there is their prosciutto and mozzarella, as well as their bruschetta.
Oh, and the fact that a bottle of decent Chianti is $28, in the middle of NYC, totally floors me. That’s less than $6/glass!!!
Lastly, the FIAT pasta is what I get if I’m super super hungry or find a friend to split it with. It’s got sausage and peas in it which seems so random but makes for a great combo.
Info on FIAT Cafe:
- Neighborhood: Nolita (just north of Little Italy)
- Address: 203 Mott St, New York, NY 10012
- Yelp page
- Must order: FIAT Pasta, prosciutto and mozzarella, any salad, a cheap bottle of Chianti, the chocolate mousse
Do you have any favorite little known local places I should try? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading, fam 🙂