Pizza By The Slice

When people think of New York, they think about Times Square, yellow taxis, the Empire State Building, and New York styled Pizza. Whether you are from Uptown, Downtown, Queens, or Brooklyn, you can agree that the perfect slice of pizza can turn any bad week upside down. So, we are listing some of the best places to get pizza by the slice in NYC.

Joe’s Pizza, 7 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014
Price: $
Best slice to order: When visiting Joe’s Pizza in the West Village, you cannot leave without trying their Fresh Mozzarella slice. One could argue that cheese is the best part of pizza, so who wouldn’t love biting into a slice that is topped with loads of fresh mozzarella cheese? No one, absolutely no one.

Another great thing about Joe’s, all that pepperoni!

Prince Street Pizza, 27 Prince St A, NY, NY 10012
Price: $
Best Slice to Order: Prince Street is one of the most popular pizza by the slice places in NY, with lines sometimes reaching the end of the block! Their walls are covered with photographs of celebrities stopping in for some pizza. Once you make it inside, do yourself a favor and order the Pepperoni square. They pack a ton of house made pepperoni slices on a Sicilian sized square that’s puffy but still crispy, and the freshly made pepperoni will change the way you look at regular pepperoni forever.

Luigi’s Pizzeria, 326 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Price: $
Best Slice to Order: Brooklyn is home to some of the best pizza in NYC (in my biased Brooklynite opinion), and some say the Grandma slice at Luigi’s is the best grandma slice you will find in all the five boroughs. There’s no seating inside, so grab a grandma slice and take a stroll down the bustling Dekalb Avenue.

The famous Lasagna Slice. Photo by Yelp.com.

Patzeria Perfect Pizza, 231 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036
Price: $
Best Slice to Order: The best slice at this busy but delicious midtown shop is the lasagna shop. Yes, you heard that correctly, lasagna! Imagine having everything you love about lasagna sitting on top of a pizza slice, waiting to be devoured. Need I say more?

Yolanda’s Restaurant and Pizzeria, 292 E 149th St, Bronx, NY 10451
Price: $$
Best Slice to Order: Yolanda’s serves some of the biggest pizza by the slice in the Bronx, so any slice would satisfy your hunger and appetite. However, their Chicken Caesar salad pizza is not one to turn down. It’s almost like you’re having a healthy chicken caesar salad, but it’s on a pizza slice. #Winning!

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, 321 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003
Price: $
Best Slice to Order: Artichoke Pizza is a well-known pizzeria with many locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Most people know it specifically for the famous artichoke slice. It’s creamy and filling and everything you thought you needed in an artichoke slice of pizza. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Artichoke Basille's Pizza
Photo by Artichoke Basille’s Pizza.

There are so many places to get pizza in NYC, so it can be hard to find the perfect spot when you just need one slice (or two) to satisfy your needs. Some of us like our pizza plain, some prefer covered in pepperoni, and some prefer unique tastes like artichoke or lasagna. Regardless, we all love the luxury of popping in to a restaurant to grab our favorite slice. Let us know in the comments where your go to restaurant is for pizza by the slice.

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Holiday Drinks
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With the holidays approaching we have so many different things on our minds: what gifts to get for our loved ones, what our 2018 goals will be, which dress to wear on NYE, the list goes on. Take a break from that holiday stress and warm yourself up at some of these holiday hot spots for a few holiday themed drinks that will leave you with a warm feeling to last through the new year. Cheers!

The Roof
124 West 57th Street, Midtown

This Midtown bar is located on the top of the Viceroy hotel and transforms into the “Winter Room” through the month of December. Stop by their enclosed rooftop to enjoy the city view while sipping on a Central Park Sleigh Ride, their version of spiked hot chocolate, or a Rooftop Toddy from their holiday menu. If the holiday themed drinks don’t keep you warm, they provide blankets and pillows to help guests have the ultimate cozy night out.

Winter Holiday Garden at Midnights
149 N. Sixth St., Williamsburg

For the Brooklynites not willing to travel into the city for their holiday drink fix, Midnights in Williamsburg is exactly the spot you need to check out. This winter, they’ll be decking their tented outdoor space with holiday lights, Christmas trees, and fire pits to keep warm. Whether you’re going for dinner or a weekend brunch, don’t forget to try their spiked Mexican peppermint hot chocolate or their boozy cider with bourbon and apple cider.

Photo by Midnights.

Miracle on Ninth at MACE
Nov. 24 through Dec. 24, 649 E. 9th St., Manhattan, East Village

For the fourth year in a row, Miracle on Ninth is returning to East Village bar Mace through Christmas Eve. Expect to see this bar completely transformed into a winter wonderland with Christmas lights, garland, and other holiday decorations. After taking in all of the holiday décor, relax with one of their holiday inspired drinks like the Run Run Rudolph (an iced hot chocolate with tequila) and How the Gimlet Stole Christmas, a gin based cocktail.

Photo by MACE.

VYNL
100 Third Avenue, East Village

Hidden behind an East Village record store is where you’ll find this vintage cocktail bar and $10 holiday themed drink specials. The VYNL Winter Wonderland will be serving up Santa Sangria, a Gin Stocking, and spiked hot chocolate from now until the end of January. So grab some friends, have a holiday themed drink, and take in their ceiling full of LED stars.

Sleyenda (Leyenda)
221 Smith St, Brooklyn, Cobble Hill

What’s Christmas without a little Slay? Latin restaurant Leyenda in Cobble Hill will be pulling out all the holiday stops this year and transforming into Sleyenda for the season. This bar will will be paying tribute to the holidays and also pop divas live Beyonce with disco balls, Christmas card menus, Bey themed ornaments hanging around, and of course some festive holiday themed drinks. Make sure you grab a Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate with mescal while you sing along to some Queen Bey tunes.

Photo by Leyenda.

Don’t let this holiday season slip by without trying one of these delicious holiday themed bars. Let us know if we missed a spot; comment below with some of your favorite spots that offer holiday cocktails. Happy drinking and happy holidays!

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food before love enamel pins

Tis the season for knee high boots, holiday shopping, coquito and of course, our signature Food Before Love enamel pins. As the weather changes so does your wardrobe. So, we are giving you five stylish ways you can wear our pins for the remainder of fall, and well into the winter season.

1. Add it to your Fall/Winter hat, to make it pop!

As the weather gets colder, we’ll be digging those hats out to keep our head and ears warm. So, make your hat stand out from all the others with our “Wish You Were Beer” enamel pin, and go have a beer (of course).

wish you were beer pins
Our wish you were beer pin is perfect for those who are happy with hops.

2. Pin it to your shirt or sweater before heading to brunch

Brunch is a year-round event that goes well with every season, so bring some flare to the brunch table with one of our Food Before Love enamel pins. Whether it’s to go meet up for brunch with your girls, or for a brunch date our pins make the perfect brunch accessory.

enamel pins
From brunch with your girlfriends to date night with your boo, our enamel pins are the perfect add on to make your outfit pop!

3. Add it right to your winter coat

What better way to style a new winter coat or bring an old one to life than with a snazzy new pin. We already love to add flare to our winter outerwear with hats, scarves and gloves, so go ahead and add one of our enamel pins to really make that winter jacket stand out.

Take your winter coat from drab to fab with our signature Food Before Love pin.

4. Add some pizazz to your little black bag

A little black bag is a staple in many of our closets, but how do we make our LBB stand out against the rest? Add a super cute and colorful FBL enamel pin! Put our wine snob pin on your bag and watch your little black bag come to life. It’ll also help bring out all the aspects of the rest of your outfit, and make them POP!

wine snob pin
Wine not confess your love for wine with our “Wine Snob” pin?

5. Denim jacket, duh!

One of my absolute favorite pieces to add pins to is my jean jacket. Denim jackets are like a blank slate waiting for you to spread your creativity across. With a denim jacket, you don’t have to choose just one enamel pin, instead you can mix and match a few of them to add just the right touch to your jacket.

Food Before Love enamel pin
Our Editor-in-Chief Cassandra likes to rock our signature FBL pin with her distressed jean jacket.

Interested in being the most stylish foodie around? You can find all of our signature pins here. Be sure to tag us in your pictures and show off all the cool ways you style our pins!

 

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Los Tacos No. 1 in NYC

New York City is a foodie heaven because of how diverse it is. When it comes to food cuisines you can find a huge amount of options spread along just once city block. Still, most of us have our food favorites and tend to stick to what we know when it’s time to pick a lunch spot or dinner date location. But as a foodie, it’s your duty to venture out and find new places you love. Otherwise, you might miss out on some of these hidden gems right outside your door. Besides, are you a really a foodie if you don’t take advantage of all the great food NYC has to offer?

A plate of tacos from Locos Tacos
Los Tacos No. 1 is perfect for the foodies who loves a good taco. Photo by Los Tacos No. 1

1. Los Tacos No. 1

New York has no shortage of great Mexican spots to fulfill all of your taco needs. However, this hidden gem has sat on top of my best tacos list for two years running. Located inside of Chelsea market, Los Tacos has some of the most authentic Mexican tacos that I’ve tasted in the city. It’s a small shop located in a food hall, which means that if you’ve never ventured into Chelsea market, you probably have never heard of it. The set-up of this spot allows for you to watch your tacos being made and then they’re handed to you for your enjoyment.
Price: $
Location: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue. New York, NY 10011 (Multiple Locations)

2. Verde on Smith

Brooklyn’s restaurant industry has been booming over the last few years, but this cobble hill location has been around for quite some time. If you visit during brunch hours, you can try their thick cut brioche French toast or the rosemary potatoes, wash them down with unlimited mimosas and raspberry, mango, or peach bellinis. Outdoor patio seating means you can soak up some sun and fresh air during NYC’s warmer months. They even have big tables for those group brunches we love so much. If dinner is more your thing, their dinner menu is full of Italian goodness.
Price: $$
Location: 216 Smith St. Brooklyn, NY 11201

Verde on smith bubbly

3. Cuba Restaurant and Rum Bar

Delicious Cuban food paired with Cuban inspired drinks? Yes please! Cuba is a quaint restaurant nestled among the busy streets of the west village, which is why many people may overlook it. The name says it all, as Cuba serves up some Cuban favorites such as vaca frita, ropa vieja, and of course mojitos! Upstairs is a bit tight, but no worries, they have another level downstairs with extra seating and its own bar. On some nights, you can enjoy your meal while a live band plays!
Price: $$
Location: 222 Thompson St. New York, NY 10012

4. Lemongrass Grill

I almost didn’t put Lemongrass Grill on this list because I love how low-key and chill even though NYC is always bustling. Located on court street in Downtown BK, Lemongrass Grill has everything that you need in a Thai spot: nice ambience, great appetizers, affordable entrees, and two-for-one cocktails. Yes, TWO-FOR-ONE! The drink special is just one reason you should be visiting Lemongrass Grill soon. The service is always prompt and the appetizers and entrées are delicious. You’re guaranteed to leave full and satisfied. They also have pineapple fried rice that is served inside of a pineapple, so you can eat delicious food in a new way and stunt for the gram (we won’t judge)!
Price: $
Location: 156 Court St. Brooklyn, NY 11201

thai

5. El Jeffe

Have you ever been craving Mexican and Caribbean food, but had to settle on just one of the two? Well fret no more, because El Jeffe has created a menu and dining experience that allows you to enjoy both at the same damn time all without leaving NYC. Fried shrimp tacos, jerk pork nachos, and grilled fish rice bowls are just some of the dishes you can try here. They have frozen margaritas and Mexican beers available to wash down your food too. Don’t forget to order yourself some delicious Mexican corn!
Price: $$
Location: 1483 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY 11216

 

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It’s the spookiest time of the year again, and Halloween just happens to fall on #TacoTuesday. So of course, on we are taking you back to some of East Harlem’s best spots for some yummy tacos and even better drinks. On October 31st, join us as we check out 3 of our favorite East Harlem gems including Lupita’s and El Kallejon.

Back in February we celebrated Valentine’s day and Taco Tuesday with a crawl through east Harlem that was filled with laughs, love, and delicious tacos. Some favorites were fish tacos, shark tacos, and all kinds of margaritas. It was such a hit that we had to do it again, this time with a Halloween day twist. At each spot, you’ll have enough time to order some food and drinks, and chat with other hungry foodies on the crawl. The group will walk together to each new spot, while enjoying the Halloween festivities that will be happening all around us. Sadly, they’ll be no stopping for trick or treating (this time), but definitely eating!

Taco-Crawl-Flyer

Are your taste buds tingling yet? If so, tickets for the crawl are only $10 and if you have a group of 4, you can buy a 4-pack of tickets at a discounted $32! Costumes are optional, but if you do come dressed up in your Halloween’s best, there will be a prize for the best food themed costume. So grab your friends, and that hotdog costume you’ve been dying to wear, and buy your tickets here.

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Cup Tap + Cork
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Calling all beer and wine lovers! The 5th annual Tap+Cork: Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest hosted by Arts+Crafts is returning to Restoration Plaza on Saturday August 12, and you do not want to miss it. Described as the experience of grand tastings with a block party atmosphere, this day long even features over 60 craft beers and wines to taste, delicious food pairings from local vendors, and live music and entertainment. More than one thousand beer and wine lovers have come out to this event in the past, and they are doing it even bigger this year with added events throughout the weekend to cater to everyone’s needs.

Tap + Cork Flyer

This tasty fest will contain a multitude of curated craft beer and artisanal wine selections from known breweries and wineries such as Harlem Brew, Five Boroughs Brewing, Veltins’ Grebensteiner, Dyckman Brewery, Owls Brew, Brooklyn Oenology, Cherulin Thomas and Mouton Noir. Patrons will be given a commemorative sampling cup to try out the selections offered from different vendors. While sampling the delicious libations, you’ll be able to indulge in some equally delicious treats and eats from some local food vendors, and DJ CEO and DJ Christopher Sealey will be playing all the tunes in case beer and wine makes you want to dance a little.

Tap + Cork Group
Photo by Nicholas Nichols

In its fifth year, some other perks have been added to the fest such as TapNight Out on August 11, and the very first Tap+Cork Champagne Brunch on August 12, the day after the fest. The Saturday festival will also feature a #DrinkBetter VIP lounge, which has a special 3-hour tasting session with unlimited tastes of top-shelf curated selections, food, and beverage.

Sounds like something you’re interested in? Well, General Admissions tickets are only $25, and allow for 15 tastings (Yes, FIFTEEN!), and you can also buy additional sets of tastings at the event if fifteen is not enough to satisfy your craving, because with over 60 vendors, you may wanna try out more. VIP ticket start at $60 and includes access to the #DrinkBetter lounge.

Tap + Cork NYC
Photo by Nicholas Nichols

So, what are you waiting for beer and wine aficionado? Visit www.tapcorknyc.com for more information and to purchase those tickets.  And remember, Tap+Cork: Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest is going down Saturday August 12, from 2-8 at Restoration Plaza (1368 Fulton Street).

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