Manzo Ristorante

So, you’re visiting New York City and have a list of things to see, but where are you going to eat? While you won’t be able to chew your way through the entire city, here are a few suggestions when you only have one day in the culinary capital of the world.

Brunch 

Your feet are going to get a lot of use during your time in the concrete jungle, so you’ll need to start your day with a healthy brunch. At Essex, located in the Lower East Side neighborhood, you can enjoy flavorful dishes including Lobster Benedict and challa bread french toast. They also have an ever-tempting offer of bottomless mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, or screwdrivers. Don’t go too crazy though, since you still have the whole day ahead of you! Keep in mind that Essex is a popular spot, so be sure to book a reservation in advance if you can.

Brunch Meal Essex Restaurant
Don’t forget to toss on your walking shoes before you head out to this brunch spot. Essex is sure to give you a hearty meal to take on the day.

Lunch

During your visit, you simply must order some pizza. Period. The debate on New York’s best pizza spot is hotly contested. Traditionalists declare the city’s O.G. Lombardi’s as king. Die-hards sing praises to Joe’s, John’s, and Patsy’s. The list goes on, but I’m going to throw caution to the wind and put something a little unexpected on the table: &pizza.

&pizza is known for its outside-the-box pies in a signature oblong shape. Making it’s debut in NYC in 2016, the D.C. transplant has been largely considered one of the best new pizza spots in the city. You can choose one of their funky creations or have total control and create your own. Seriously. You have the choice of everything from toppings and finishes such as Italian sausage and hot honey, down to your choice of dough and sauces.

&Pizza
Even the pickiest eater will be able to create something they love at &pizza.

Dinner

After a long day on the go, slow down with a nice dinner. At Eataly NYC Flatiron, kill two birds with one stone by crossing a must-visit off your list and enjoy a delicious meal while you’re there. Inside its flagship Flatiron District location, Manzo Ristorante has one of the best steaks I’ve ever eaten on its menu (the Bistecca alla Fiorentina) and a wide wine and cocktail selection for every palate. It’s worth an author’s note that I used to work here. Still, I’m always sure to recommend it to any friend coming to town.

Manzo Ristorante
In the mood for a nice, juicy steak with a glass of wine? Look no further than Manzo Ristorante!

Dessert  

Before you end your journey through the city that never sleeps, indulge in a slice of authentic New York-style cheesecake. There’s no better place to go than Junior’s, a restaurant and bakery that’s best known for its “World’s Most Fabulous Cheesecake.” The cheesecake lives up to its name, as this dessert is hands down one of my favorites for its cake-like crust and its just right texture balance between creamy and firm. They also have a large selection of other desserts, from decadent red velvet cake to ginormous smoothies. There are a few locations including one in Midtown. You can head over after your Broadway show for a sweet end to your night!

Junior's Cheescake
The perfect night cap to a busy day in the bustling city of New York. You won’t be disappointed in your decision to indulge in this sweet treat!
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Have you ever wanted to try new foods with others, or go on a tasting journey at various restaurants and bars in the city with a welcoming group of people who live in the same area? Now you can! Enter: The Before Love Club, our casual and engaging Meetup group for hungry folks who have no shame in putting food before love. We’re looking for new members.

As part of the club, you and fellow foodies will meet up multiple times a month to explore all the wonderful things this city has to offer, one bite and sip at a time. You can join The Before Love Club now for $9.99 per month, and automatically gain access to all official Food Before Love events in addition to the Meetups.

Two friends clinking drink filled martini glasses
Cheers to all the new friends you’ll make at our Meetup!

After you join, you can get your fill by attending every Meetup your taste buds desire, each with a mouthwatering theme. From exploring hotly debated classics like macaroni and cheese to discovering new trends like Poke, there’s a Meetup for every palate. If you prefer sips or sweets to savory bites, you’ll fit right in when we imbibe at the city’s most popular bars and dessert shops. Don’t forget your wallet though, as you’ll need to pay for whatever you order!

In addition to enjoying delicious food and drinks, one of the best parts of being a member is getting to know and building friendships with other like-minded locals in an intimate and approachable setting.

Calamari and Wings Mullanes
Photo by Alissa Nichole

During the Mac & Cheese Meetup at Brooklyn’s Mullanes restaurant, members sipped on sangria while trying a range of macaroni and cheese dishes — from classic plain that pleased the purists to buffalo chicken with jalapeños for the more daring members. Around the table, lively conversation began about everyone’s favorite ways to enjoy macaroni and cheese and soon evolved into a rich and genuine discussion about travel, life experiences and best places to visit around the area. Everyone left with smiles on their faces, and the next one will be even better with you there.

Not ready to commit on a monthly basis? Hey, we get it, test the waters with a 14-day free trial. That’s enough time to go to the next Meetup and get to know the other hungry members of the group to make sure it’s right for you (though we already know it is).

Two girls in a restaurant smiling at the camera.
Come meet your new foodie friend at one of our Meetups!

The benefits of joining don’t stop with Meetups. As a member, you’ll automatically gain access to official Food Before Love events as well. So, those awesome featured events you see in the works? Tickets will start at $10 for non-members, but as a member of The Before Love Club, all you’d need to do is RSVP and you’re in. Yes, that means in one night, your membership could pay for itself.

Join The Before Love Club today, and feast with us at the next gathering. We can’t wait to see you there!

A group of friends smiling outside of a restaurant in Philadelphia.
Picture yourself here with your new foodie friends. Join our Meetup today!
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