This spot serves ice cream in irresistible ways. There’s a grown-up version of a float that’s bittersweet in the best way: raspberry lambic beer poured over vanilla ice cream. Another star is the sundae featuring scratch-made dark chocolate ice cream and a fudgy brownie drenched in a rich sauce.
You don’t need reservations to eat at this pizza joint in the Cosmopolitan Hotel — just a sense of adventure. The by-the-slice counter service is unmarked and tucked away at the end of an unassuming hallway in the hotel. Reward yourself for uncovering this clandestine spot with a white slice. All the dough is made with a yeast that’s been aged for 10 years to ensure maximum flavor. The white pie is finished with a trio of cheeses — mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan — and drizzled with garlic oil.
The lush 250 acres that surround this mountaintop inn are the perfect setting for a picnic. There’s no need to pack your own, as The Swag offers a weekly picnic with comforting dishes like banana pudding pie. Fresh banana slices come nestled in a vanilla-wafer crust and topped with velvety pudding.
Want a comforting bowl of mac and cheese? Stop by a Cheesetique locale to try a simple yet scrumptious take on the classic dish. This version deploys goat Gouda, Asiago and Cacio di Roma to create a complex flavor that is at once tangy, buttery and sweet. White truffle oil adds an earthy note.
Craving a sizzling porterhouse steak? Peter Luger broils its USDA Prime cuts in an 800-degree oven with clarified butter. Order the steak for two and you’ll get filet mignon on one side of the bone and sirloin on the other. Also try the bacon: These supersized slices are pure porky deliciousness.
Swing by Al’s Little Italy locale for a hearty sandwich featuring beef that is rubbed with a secret blend of herbs and spices, then roasted until it falls apart into silky shreds. Want to kick the flavor up a notch? Ask for it topped with the nuclear-hot giardiniera studded with celery and carrots.
Stop by this classic spot to fuel up on a creative, comforting breakfast dish: The B.W. Benny. This bacon-studded buttermilk waffle comes topped with a thick slice of ham, crispy strips of bacon and poached eggs. Housemade hollandaise sauce punched up with cayenne pepper makes for a decadent finish.
At this pizzeria, a secret family recipe is followed to make the more than 1,000 pounds of dough produced here daily. Try the signature White Clam Pie, which was invented in the 1950s. Baked in a coal-fired pizza oven, this mouthwatering pie comes complete with fresh cherrystone clams.
Beef and bacon are the stars of Slater’s 50-50 patties. But for those who can handle the heat, the 50 Alarm Burger swaps bacon for spicy chorizo. Ghost pepper-studded cheese, habanero poppers and jalapenos complete this fiery creation. Prefer sweet to spicy? Try the candied bacon-covered brownie.
Swing by this former gas station to fill up on mouthwatering ‘cue. Try the burnt ends sandwich, a house specialty that’s served only three days a week. This beauty is stuffed with the flavorful tips of beef briskets that are seasoned and then smoked for 17 hours, resulting in a gorgeous char.
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.
Third-generation pitmaster Wayne Mueller starts lighting the fires and loading the meats as early as 3 a.m. at this joint. Such dedication pays off: The brisket is so juicy that no sauce is needed, and the monstrous beef ribs feature a thick, peppery crust that gives way to tender, luscious meat.
This shop offers cleverly concocted flavors like The Munchies, a sweet-salty bonanza of pretzel-infused ice cream with Ritz Crackers, potato chips, pretzels and mini M&M’s. Other standouts include It Came From Gowanus (a salted chocolate flavor with chunks of brownies and hazelnut cookies) and Salute (a blueberry limoncello sorbet that is the perfect hybrid of an after-dinner drink and a dessert).
Amid his two locales, Chef Joe Ng turns out over 20,000 dumplings weekly. He brings a whimsical twist to the classic har gow with his Pac Man dumplings. Stuffed with shrimp fillings and vegetables, they come complete with black sesame-seed eyes. A winter must is the black truffle soup dumplings.
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.