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

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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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Beer tasting

Attention all you beer lovers and newbies alike: please join us on Tuesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. for another fun-filled Food Before Love special event. This time, we are heading to Duke’s in NYC for a #WishYouWereBeer tasting! So, if you want to step up your usual after work happy hour game, round up your crew and be there for good times amongst other fellow foodies.

Your $25 ticket gets you five beer tastings including the featured beer of the evening – Bells Brewing. After that beers are just $5 for the duration of the event! As a bonus, Devil’s Backbone will offer three beers on tap as one of your options, plus, a Bell’s Brewing representative will be on deck to give us some beer education and answer any questions. By the end of the night, we will surely be a bit closer to beer connoisseur status!

Wish you were beer
Just $25 gets you some amazing craft beer and fun night out with beer lovers and newbies alike.

Of course we can satisfy our appetites and pair our hoppy drinks with delicious food from Duke’s menu or indulge in half priced tacos. If you’re feeling lucky, you can partake in a game or two of Bingo. Who knows? You may be the one to win one of the prizes!

Ok, we don’t want you to get left out of all this action! So, be sure to purchase your tickets here or below. Come hungry and ready to drink and don’t forget to use #WishYouWereBeer on when posting on social media. We look forward to you joining in and enjoying this experience with us!

Cheers!

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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.

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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).

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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!

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Picture yourself here with your new foodie friends. Join our Meetup today!

 

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Ice and Vice

I scream, You scream, We all scream for Ice Cream! Nothing beats summer time in NYC, and nothing beats a scoop of ice cream on a warm summer day. With June 7th being National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, we’re highlighting some of the best places to feed your frozen treat cravings this summer, right here in NYC!

1. Mikey Likes It

This small pop culture inspired ice cream shops serves ice cream with flavors such as Ice Ice Baby and Foxy Brown. Make an ice cream sandwich with the red velvet waffles, trust me!

mikey likes it ice cream
Courtesy of Yelp

Price: $
Location: 199 Ave A. New York, NY 10009

2. Melt Bakery

Try one of the pre-made sandwiches or mix and match your own from the cookies and ice cream flavors they have available, including a gluten-free option.
Price: $
Location: 132 Orchard St. New York, NY 10002. (Multiple locations).

3. 10Below Ice Cream

If you’ve been dying to try rolled ice cream, this is the place to find it. Lines tend to be out the door so be prepared for a possible wait.

10 Below Mo Mango Ice cream
Price: $
Location: 10 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

4. Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

Big Gay offers many options for all ice cream lovers. Soft serve, waffle cones, sundaes, milkshakes, You Name it!
Price: $
Location: 125 E 7th St New York, NY 10009, (Multiple Locations).

6. Ample Hills Creamery

Ample it not new to the ice cream game so if you’re looking for someone to do it right…This Brooklyn favorite has 3 locations in Brooklyn, and 2 in Manhattan. Some of the shops are open as late as 11pm, so you can grab some during a late-night craving too.

ample hills creamery ice cream
Photo by Scott Lynch/Gothamist

Price: $$
Location: 623 Vanderbilt Ave Brooklyn, NY 11238, (Multiple locations).

6. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

Van Leeuwen has multiple locations and an ice cream truck for those on the go. This place offers vegan options for our dairy-free friends, and we heard the Early Grey Ice Cream is to die for too!
Price: $$
Location: 48 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003, (Multiple locations).

7. Ice and Vice

Ice and Vice has ice cream sandwiches, pies, and even ice cream cones topped with a slice of pie or an ice cream sandwich. Yes, on top of the cone! How could you pass up on that?

Ice and Vice
Photo by Eater

Price: $$
Location: 221 E Broadway. New York, NY 10002

8. Tipsy Scoop

Tipsy Scoop started out with wholesale and catering, and recently opened a brick and mortar location to sell their spiked ice cream. With flavors that contain bourbon, rum, and tequila, need we say more?
Price: $$
Location: 217 E 26th St. New York, NY 10010

9. Magnum Ice Cream Experience

The Magnum Ice Cream pop up shop is back this year in the Meatpacking, and allows you to create your own custom ice cream bar. You choose your ice cream flavor, coating, and 3 toppings, but a Yelp check in grants you one extra topping. The shop has ice cream photo booths set up to help get you the perfect social media worthy pictures.(Here until Oct, 2017)

Magnum Ice cream
Price: $$
Location: 875 Washington St. New York, NY 10014.

10. OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

Odd Fellows offers ice cream and sorbet, vegan sorbet included, and their signature ice cream sandwich is served in a brioche bun. Currently, if you check into yelp you get a free pin!
Price: $
Location: 175 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, (Multiple Locations).

BONUS!!

Conrad New York

Today Only, Conrad New York, in partnership with People’s Pops, are doing a mocha flavored coffee ice pop blended in coconut milk. This treat is only $6 and offered exclusively at the ATRIO Wine Bar l Restaurant at Conrad.

Mocha Ice cream Conrad New York
Photo by Conrad New York

Price: $
Location: 102 North End Ave, New York, NY 10282

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Breakfast Club London Pancakes
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Not too interested in indulging in an English Breakfast, I sought out the Breakfast Club in London. All of my London friends said it was the must eat brunch spot and the line outside was my confirmation. Greeted by bright colors and a vibrant staff, we knew were in for a treat. Now we just had to figure out how many pounds to tip. Managing the conversion was only getting harder by the day.

Breakfast Club London

They don’t offer mimosas so we were stuck with fresh orange juice. Feeling refreshed and sober, I prayed that the food will make up for it. We were in close quarters towards the back of the establishment but it wasn’t overbearing in the least. The closer to the kitchen, the sooner the food will get to us, right?! We started with a shared plate of the pancakes, that looked too good to pass up. Layered in vanilla cream and berries, it was perfectly made for two. We originally saw the dish over at another table which only solidified our order. A bit of a messy dish, these pancakes couldn’t stand a chance.

Breakfast Club London Pancakes

But, I wasn’t going to leave without ordering the chorizo hash. After all, the pancakes was to share and this, was not. What I loved most about the hash was the comfort it brought me during every bite. Heavy chunks of chorizo and plenty of colorful flavors danced around my plate and taste buds. The poached egg was as close to perfect as it could be. It broke apart over the dish and melted right into the potatoes.

Breakfast Club London Hash

This went on until we couldn’t consume anymore food. But one thing to know, is that The Breakfast Club is worth the wait. If you plan to go, be sure to download a currency converter app. Pretty sure we did end up tipping too much after all.

Big Ben London

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Taste of Chicago Burgers
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The Taste of Chicago 2017 is scheduled for July 5th-9th, and you should be there. On my first trip to the festival, I fell in love with Chicago. I also learned how much of a food city it really is. Over the years, I’ve picked up a few tricks of the trade that truly help make the most of the Taste of Chicago. As you plan on Traveling While Hungry to Chicago, here are a few things to know for the Taste of Chicago 2017.

Taste of Chicago Food Truck

     1. Plan to travel with a friend who likes to share their food (even if it’s only sometimes)

The Taste of Chicago works by ticket system. You purchase by cash or credit card, the amount of tickets you’d like and redeem them with vendors for either a taste or a heavier plate, considered somewhat of a full meal. The taste cost less and makes a ton of more sense to be shared with a friend because you’ll likely have more than one item on your plate. This way you truly get a Taste of Chicago and don’t run out of your tickets as fast. You can always order more if you think you should have shared less.

Taste of Chicago Burgers

      2. Get there early

One of the amazing parts about the Taste of Chicago is that they host pop up restaurants. They’re there for a limited time and then you may not see them again for the remainder of the festival so it’s a good idea to go early and catch them. The more popular ones are likely to run out of food by the time you’ve recovered from day drinking and seeing the sights. So if you’ve gotten a chance to see the line up early, be sure to arrive early for the vendors you don’t want to miss.

      3. Bring a Blanket

The Taste of Chicago is always packed and they’ve been doing a great job as securing more and more seating every year. However, at the peak hours it may be pretty difficult to find a seat or two, especially if you’re with a group. Being able to pull a blanket out of bag is going to be the best idea you’ve had in a while when the sun is shining and the burgers are calling. Totally, BYOB appropriate (B for Blanket guys).

Taste of Chicago dumplings

     4. Leave your diet at home

You knew this already but the Taste of Chicago 2017 will not be the place for anyone who recently decided to go on a diet. Everything you’ve ever wanted to eat, and things you didn’t even know you wanted, will be at the festival. Be sure to detox AFTER the Taste if you feel strongly about it, but certainly not before.

Taste of Chicago Mini donuts

     5. Pack a bottle of water

There’s a misconception that you can’t bring any outside food or beverages to the Taste but you actually can. No alcoholic beverages are allowed considering you can buy them once you’re inside. A bottle of water however, is what you’ll have a thirst for after walking under the sun for hours. You’ll be upset you wasted your food tickets on something you could have brung on your own so pack it!

Taste of Chicago

     6. Try something new

Who knows when the next time will be that you’ll have a poutine, chocolate covered bananas, and foie gras on a burger at your disposal? Live a little and try something you’ve never had before. You’re interested in going to the Taste of Chicago because you want to experience it all. You’ll get to drink, be at the concert, make new friends, get free stuff and eat. Make the most of it by doing it all, being present in the moment and going back home with something to talk about.

With these tips in mind, what are you looking forward to the most about the Taste of Chicago 2017?

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