Best Places To Eat In NYC 2018

5 dishes you should go out of your way to try

Sometimes it's not just enough to add a restaurant to your bucket list—you want to know exactly what to order when you get there. These are the dishes we've tried recently and loved, and think you will, too.

The Emily at Pizza Loves Emily

The night before one of my best friends moved to SF last week, we sent her off the way true New Yorkers would: by ordering in six pizzas. Not just any pizzas though—a full range of pies from Pizza Loves Emily, which truly tastes better every time I have it. The Emily will always be a crowd-pleaser, but anything with the mini UFOs that we call pepperoni is a power move, too. And calling in on a Friday night will always beat waiting in the well-deserved line for a table. —Abby Reisner, Content Director

Prosciutto Panini at Caffe Lilia

Getting a table at Lilia for dinner is, to be frank, harder than getting tickets for Coachella (especially after Missy Robbins's James Beard win this month). So on days when I can't snag a seat, I'll do the next best thing: head next door to the café for a prosciutto sandwich with Parmigiano butter and jealously stare at people lucky enough with a reservation as I eat it. —Andrew Bui, Editor

Cacio e Pepe Fritelle at Lilia

I'm #blessed to live down the street from New York's greatest restaurant, Lilia, home of New York's greatest bar snack, cacio e pepe fritelle. Chef Missy Robbins combines pecorino and Asiago cheeses with black pepper to create these highly addictive cheesy, pillowy fritters. I plan to spend my Summer Fridays drinking Negronis and eating these. And hey, Bui, the trick to getting in is snagging one of the outdoor tables for 5 p.m. aperitivo hour. —Colbern Uhl, Brand Experiences Director

Mole Chicken Nachos at Ghost Donkey

After getting over the sensation of wanting to have my photo taken in this trendy (and well-lit) mescal bar, I settled down and ordered these nachos. Despite being stuffed under and between the mole, shredded chicken, cheddar, red cabbage, jalepeños and cotija cheese, the chips never got soggy—a feat I think should be written in huge letters on the menu. —Aryelle Siclait, Social Media Intern

Sticky Toffee Pudding at Mountain Bird

I came across this dessert at the Harlem EatUp! Festival, where after one bite of the deeply sweet syrup-soaked cake, I gave up all other pretenses and just hovered next to Mountain Bird's kiosk shoveling sample after mini sample into my mouth. —Shana Bethea, Editorial Intern