February 12, 2017

NYC Guide: My Favorite New York Restaurants

Sydne Style reviews Nomo Kitchen in Soho for best restaurant atmosphere in nycNew York City is basically my second home. Both my parents grew up in New York so I’ve been visiting since before I can remember. Since I go there so often for work and to see friends (two of my besties live in the city!) I get to try out new restaurants every trip.  I’m constantly asked where to eat in New York City. So since we’re smack in the middle of New York Fashion Week I figured I’d make today’s Sunday Bites & Sips a NYC restaurant guide to eight of my favorite spots. Follow along on Insta Stories (I’m @sydnesummer) because I’ll be trying out new places this week as well. Depending how they go I might need to do an updated list!

When I want gorgeous atmosphere…

Sydne Style reviews the best new york city brunches with ricotta pancakes at the nomo kitchen

9 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10013 / 646-218-6449

The Nomo Hotel is one of my top places to stay in the city. The restaurant is just one of the many reasons I stay there. The chandeliers on their own are Instagram worthy. I’ll often meet friends for drinks or brunch and stay for hours under the skylights.

{Menu favorites} Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and Spaghetti


When I’m craving pasta…

Sydne Style reviews the best italian restaurants in new york city at malatesta

649 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014 / 212-741-1207

I’ve been eating at this Italian spot for years. It’s my go-to in the city! It’s small, family owned and oh so delicious. It’s cash only so make sure to be prepared. But the prices are very reasonable. The tables inside are intimate and cozy but if the weather allows, try to sit on the patio.

{Menu favorites} Artichoke Salad and Tagliatelle Al Ragu 


When I want a fancy lunch spot..

Sydne Style shares the most instagram worth spots in new york city at abc kitchen with crab toast

ABC KITCHEN {Flatiron}
35 East 18th Street, New York, NY 10003 / 212-475-5829

A friend introduced me to this delicious gem for lunch a couple years back. I often find myself craving their crab toast when I’m back home. It’s open for dinner as well but I prefer to enjoy the natural light of this gorgeous restaurant during the day. It’s also connected to a home store that will get your design juices flowing.

{Menu favorites} Crab Toast & Kale Salad


When I want oysters and cocktails…

Sydne Style reviews best oyster happy hour at sel rrose in new york city

SEL RROSE {Lower East Side}
1 Delancey Street, New York, NY, 10002 / 212-226-2510

One of my favorite parts about NYC is walking the city and discovering hidden secrets. I accidentally stumbled upon this little spot ages ago and it’s since become a go-to. They have oyster happy hour (need I say more!) and it’s the perfect unpretentious spot to catch up with friends.

{Menu favorites} Oysters (duh!) & Lavender Piscine


When I miss LA…

Sydne Style reviews where to eat in new york city at the butchers daughter for instagram avocado toast photos

THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER {Nolita & West Village}
19 Kenmare Street, New York, NY 10012 / 212-219-3434 / 581 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014 / 917-388-2132

I usually find myself eating my way through New York City. And my body feels it! So when I’m craving something more LA, aka on the healthier side, I meet my friends for a fresh, organic lunch or snack.

{Menu favorites} Avocado toast & Green Juice

When I’m in the mood for a bagel…

Sydne Style reviews the best bagels in new york city at murrays in chelsea

242 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10011 / 646-638-1335

There are bagel options on every corner of New York City. But this small bakery is my forever favorite. There’s not much seating so I recommend getting your order to go and eating on the High Line if weather allows.

{Menu favorites} Multi-grain bagel with jalepeño cream cheese, cucumber and tomato


When I need comfort food…

Sydne Style reviews the best restaurants in new york city for comfort food with penelope mac n cheese
PENELOPE {Midtown East}

159 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016 / 212-481-3800

I’ve been visiting this cozy spot since college. It’s a great place to meet friends when you don’t feel like getting dressed up. It’s like getting a piece of home when you’re away from home. I generally go for lunch but it’s very popular for brunch as well.

{Menu favorites} When Veggie Met Sally & Old School Mac n Cheese


When I have a sweet tooth..

Sydne Style reviews the best new york restaurants in new york for desert with the deal closer at the standard grill downtown

848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014 / 212-645-4100

While many people visit this tried-and-true spot for the scene, I go for the decadent desert. The have this large bowl of creamy mousse called The Deal Closer. Order it with cookies, dip them in and thank me later.

{Menu favorites} The Deal Closer & Wake and Bake

I hope you enjoyed my list of my go-to New York City restaurants. Is there anywhere you’d recommend trying?

Sydne Style reviews Nomo Kitchel New York for best restaurants in Soho*Images by Falcon Griffith, myself and borrowed from restaurants featured.

Leave a Comment


  1. Natali commented:

    Thanks so much for sharing those spots! I have to book a flight to NYC asap!

    Published 2.12.17 Reply
    • Sydne Summer commented:

      Thanks Natali!

      Published 2.12.17 Reply
  2. Marry commented:

    Thanks for the guide

    Published 12.22.21 Reply
  3. jack nelson commented:

    Thanks for the guidance. I’m going to visit New York next month and will definitely try to visit all of these restaurants. In every restaurant, I love style and creativity. I believe that even small cafes should stand out, at least they should have their own custom prints, like on packaging and equipment for the restaurant to have its own charm.

    Published 12.24.21 Reply

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