The sandwich shop sent to heaven, per TOP CHEF's Tom Colicchio. Taste comes first in these elegant sandwiches and soups, and price strongly follows. A treat, not a daily stop, unless you're making the big buckos.
87 E. Fourth St.bet. Bowery & 2nd Ave.
Manhattan, NY 10003
A dependable Italian nabe. The pasta is al dente, the fish is properly cooked, the sauces are fresh, the herbs well balanced. Servers are expert in delivering patrons on time to the many theatres on the block. The basement dining room can be noisy; on busy nights, you might get the lovely garden room in back, usually reserved for private parties.
86 S. Portland Ave.Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
As small as its name suggests, this micro-cantina serves up a predictable range of Mexican favorites with charm and panache. The colorful decor helps visually expand the cramped quarters, and the cheerful service makes the conventional but well-executed dishes more appealing.
The city's oldest South African restaurant offers dishes both familiar and exotic in a setting designed to invoke the life of ordinary South Africans. The dishes are tasty and intriguing, and the atmosphere is always festive -- especially if you try one or two of their special drinks.