This classic New York spot dishes up Jewish comfort food and lively entertainment. Indulge in a massive skirt steak seasoned with kosher salt and a fresh garlic spread. Also try the mashed potatoes dressed up with crispy fried chicken skin and a decadent drizzling of schmaltz (rendered chicken fat).
This Michelin-starred waterfront restaurant draws the crowds with its menu of New American cuisine and views of the Manhattan skyline. There’s even a dessert version of the Brooklyn Bridge; the miniature chocolate replica comes perched atop a base of chewy devil’s food cake and creamy mousse.
Nostalgia tastes oh so sweet at this ice cream parlor whose standout dish is an old-fashioned sundae. The Mt. Vesuvius features homemade vanilla ice cream with volcanic-inspired toppings: hot fudge for the lava, crunchy malt powder for the ash and fresh whipped cream for the cloud garnish.
This cozy bistro offers French cuisine served in a chalet-inspired setting, and the beef fondue for two is perfect for sharing with a date. A tender cut of top sirloin steak is thinly sliced, then served with three dipping sauces: green peppercorn glaze, saffron aioli and romesco.
Top Round may have made a name for itself as a retro joint cranking out irresistible roast beef, but it’s the cheese sauce that keeps people coming back for more. Each batch of this Cheez Whiz-inspired sauce is made from evaporated milk, blue cheese and 15 pounds of American cheese, as well as hot sauce and spices for an added kick. The gooey blend goes well on the restaurant’s au jus sandwiches, house-cut curly fries and virtually everything else served there.
This spot is a Boston tradition, serving cops, construction workers and even Bill Clinton. Try The Pilgrim Sandwich, which stars a Thanksgiving feast on a massive roll. This beauty comes layered with homemade cranberry sauce, fresh-roasted turkey and savory stuffing topped with herbaceous gravy.
This operation started as a roving school bus slinging new-school spins on classic burgers, with housemade condiments to boot. Bernie’s has grown into two brick-and-mortar locales serving innovative between-the-bun creations that include the Detention Burger. Two cheese-smothered patties are topped with crisp strips of bacon, then placed between a pair of grilled cheese sandwiches to create this winning burger that’s worthy of an A-plus.
This authentic Mexican joint is cooking up regional dishes that are true to their roots, which is why it was crowned as the best spot for Mexican food in America on Top 5 Restaurants. If you’re new to the flavors of the Yucatán, order the Cochinita Pibil. Seasoned pork butt, onions and tomatoes are stuffed inside a banana leaf and then roasted, resulting in a perfectly tender dish bursting with fruit-tinged flavors. A topping of pickled onions adds a bit of crunch.
This drive-thru-only joint has been serving biscuits to Chapel Hill locals and students for more than 40 years. Its signature sandwich, The Bad Grampa, was named for the movie of the same title that was filmed in the area. This breakfast dish features crunchy fried chicken, fluffy scrambled eggs, a slice of cheese and several strips of crisp bacon, all sandwiched between two halves of a fresh-baked biscuit.
Macaroons are a boyhood favorite of Andrew Zimmern, so he was delighted to discover this bakery’s elevated version, which uses tapioca syrup and fresh vanilla bean. Also try the Surly Cake, which pairs a beer-infused chocolate batter with salted fudge frosting. Cream filling completes the creation.
Area Four draws the crowds with scrumptious dishes made from scratch. The pizzas are especially popular, with irresistible ingredients such as hand-pulled mozzarella. A must for meat lovers is the Carnivore pizza. It is packed with porky goodness — bacon, soppressata and sausage.
This neighborhood fixture puts its own spin on classic diner food with inventive dishes that defy ordinary names. Try the Nebulous Potato Thing: a mound of home fries punched up with a secret seasoning salt, topped with melty cheese, then finished with a sunny-side-up egg, salsa and sour cream.
When it’s sometime between midnight and 6 in the morning, and you’re not sure if you’re craving dessert or breakfast, head to this 24-hour joint. Their busiest hours are between 1 and 4 in the morning, when night owls pack in for the Boston Cream Pancakes. This spin on the classic pie is made with fluffy pancakes that are layered with creamy Bavarian custard and topped with indulgent chocolate ganache.
When Tito Gonzales opened this family-owned joint three generations ago, he set out to create a dish that blended the bold flavors of his Mexican heritage with the Italian cuisine he loved. And so the Carne Adovada Turnover was born. For this dish, pork shoulder meat is marinated in a fiery Hatch red chile blend and roasted until tender. The juicy pork meat, along with Wisconsin cheddar, is then stuffed into a flour tortilla that’s sealed shut like a calzone and fried until irresistibly crisp.
Best Pizza dishes out classic New York slices at old-school New York prices, making them one of the best deals in the city. Many of the ingredients are housemade, including the mozzarella cheese that’s the star of the popular white pie, and each thin-crust pizza is cooked until satisfyingly crisp in a century-old wood-fired oven.