NYC is a gastronomical eden, a place where you can find everything your heart, or stomach could desire. Even though I try to limit myself from going out to eat too much, being the hungry food lover that I am I have to try all the food places that surround the campus at NYU. Here I have comprised a list of some of my favorite places right around the Washington Square Park // Union Square Park area, a list of places that you have to try if you ever find yourself in the area.
News bar is a small, cozy coffee bar that places emphasis on the importance of print in today’s digital world. The walls are lined with hundreds of magazines, coffee table books and newspapers and feature a diverse crowd of students grueling over readings, workers on lunch breaks, friends chatting over a cup of coffee and people with too much time simply catching up on their current events. News Bar, in my opinion, does in no means brew the best cup of coffee on the block but their hearty breakfast and lunch menus are sure to ring in the crowds. This coffee shop has amazing soups, crazy sandwiches and the perfect breakfasts. The menu ranges from Brie, Apple, Bacon Sandwiches, to Quinoa breakfast bowls, to Grilled salmon, roast beet and avocado toasts and of course an army of your classic coffee shop baked goods with a modern twist. This place is a must if you need to grab a quick bite with friends or are trying to find the perfect place to be productive.
Saigon Market is a cheap, spacious restaurant found on University Place, known for their copious portions of Vietnamese cuisine. It is quick, easily accessible and has a large menu ranging from cheap Bahn Mi’s, huge buckets of Pho (a classic Vietnamese soup with rice noodles, some sort of protein, lime, bean sprouts and basil), coconut curries and traditional favorites like Crispy Basil Duck, making it a perfect place for students. Due to its proximity to Washington Square Park and its low pricing, Saigon Market is one of my go to options if I don’t have a lot of time but still want to go out to eat.
One of my favorite dessert places in the area, Culture features a probiotic frozen yogurt that is delicious and guilt free. This frozen yogurt place has 6 soft serve machines and has a rotating menu that has 12 flavors at time. My favorite flavor will forever be original which is a plain tart yogurt flavor but I have tried, coconut milk, Swiss dark chocolate, strawberry lime, salted caramel and several others that have failed to disappoint. Culture also has every topping under the sun including both various cookies and candies and healthier superfoods like wheat germ and goji berries. You can get their recommended topping combos like key lime pie: a drizzle of lime curd, graham crackers and walnuts but can also choose any combination you please. Super close to my dorm, ridiculously good and beneficial for a healthy gut biome… Culture is definitely dangerous for my extremely light wallet.
Basille’s Artichoke Pizza
Famous for its artichoke pizza, a super thick crust pizza coated in a thick cream sauce and topped with roasted artichoke slices, this pizza place has got it all going on…except for the artichoke pizza, which I hate. If you are from the Tri-state area and know what a necessity Wawa is then you get it. Artichoke is my NYC Wawa, meaning it is my perfect, trusty late night spot. I often attend Artichoke between the hours of 2-5 am because it is a god send after going out. Greasy, cheesy, perfect medium thiccc crust ughhh this is the best pizza place to find the perfect, iconic New York slice. Not only is there one right next to school, but there is one conveniently between 1Oak and Avenue (two of the clubs I always seem to end up at) so you always know where to find me at the end of the night. They have a large selection of classic pies with an unbeatable margherita, a meat lovers and a buffalo chicken that is topped with chicken nuggs and loads of hot sauce. Whether its late night, early night or simply just pizza time always head over to Artichoke for a mouth-watering slice straight from heaven.
This Thai restaurant has an extensive menu and still continues to be consistently amazing. They have everything from Tom Yum soup, a spicy, lime, curry based soup that is perfect if you are feeling under the weather, to tamarind whole fish, Chu-Chee Duck, Volcanic Chicken and interesting drinks like lychee black tea. This two level restaurant is sleek and modern, with club like lighting making it a perfect place to get drinks and dinner with friends or even to go on a date but lol who does that anymore. The best thing about Spice is their lunch special where you can get an appetizer and entree for the wholesome price of just ten dollars and in NYC where a smoothie with a chia seed boost is $12 that is a crazy deal. Spice is affordable, banging and has a great environment what could be better than that?
Get out of Playa Bowls and get your ass into Ono Bowls. This Juice and smoothie shop just opened around the corner from my dorm and has quickly become one of my favorite places to hit for breakfast. The menu includes all sorts of bowls with different bases including: acai, pitaya, coconut, Banana, greens (basically a salad in a blender) and even a combo of two bases, like a half and half if you will. This place has an army of superfood toppings, fruits and nut butters that can be added in any way you choose. Along with smoothie bowls, Ono bowls has a list of juices and smoothies if you are in that mood. Amazing bowls, great colorful art and furniture and a really awesome staff that doesn’t get annoyed with you when you take 5 years to order as you analyze the extremely lengthy menu. 10 out of 10 would recommend.
Right across the street from Silver, a building where many of my classes are, Boba Guys can always be found dishing out thousands of creative bubble teas and featuring a long line out the door. Boba Guys can always be found on Instagram due to their creative concepts and aesthetic teas. This little shop is very popular for their strawberry matcha bubble tea which consists of a strawberry compote, on the bottom, a layer of milk and then matcha poured over top making a beautiful red and green layered drink. This drink is sweet and fruity but is cut with the bitterness and strong flavor of matcha, not my favorite but for those who like sugary, fruity drinks this is definitely the one for you. The best things about Boba Guys is that you can pick what kind of milk you want (Regular, Oat, Soy or Almond) and that you can get your drink served hot or cold. A little bit too pricey for a daily treat but once in a while one of these bubble teas is a necessity for survival.