Adam Goldberg, food blogger and photographer

Talk about a delicious double life: Adam Goldberg is a software engineer by day and the blogger behind @alifewortheating by night and weekend. Keep reading for his favorite local eats—brought to you by the makers of PEPCID®, helping food lovers explore great tastes without the fear of heartburn—including the hottest slices and sushi you need to try in NYC right now.

① Cosme

As perhaps the most influential Mexican restaurant to open north of the border in the past five years, Cosme brings the vibrant and authentic flavors of Mexico to New York. The duck carnitas have a caramelized skin, slow-cooked overnight for a melt-in-your-mouth texture. The uni tostada is also exceptional, starring sweet, silky Santa Barbara urchin perched on a bed of smoked tomatillos.

Photo: Cosme

② Ushiwakamaru

This is where you’ll find unbelievably fresh fish in a surprisingly low-key setting. Chef Hideo-san has a penchant for shellfish, so be sure to try the small sweet white shrimp sushi (shira ebi). Since this is one of the only sushi restaurants in New York that serves raw octopus, the juicy, chilled flash-marinated tako is also a must.

③ Estela

Ignacio Mattos has an uncanny ability to combine familiar ingredients to create exciting new flavors. That, plus a well-designed cocktail menu and setting, explain why this is where many of New York's best chefs go for dinner on their nights off. The burrata with salsa verde and charred bread has an incredible balance of flavors, temperatures, textures and acidity.

Photo: Estela

④ Momofuku Ko

In many ways, Momofuku Ko represents the future of fine dining in New York: well-executed seafood-forward dishes in a minimalist, elegant setting. The menu is tasting only, yet no meal here is complete without the frozen shaved foie gras and lychee, a lush, savory take on fluffy shaved ice.

Photo: Momofuku Ko
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⑤ Taverna Kyclades

You’ll find simple, fresh and healthful Greek food at this Astoria and East Village staple. Start with a traditional horiatiki, or "village salad," of cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, onions and feta. And definitely order a side of the exceptional tzatziki—made with local yogurt, cucumber shavings and a generous serving of garlic—that goes with nearly everything.

Photo: Taverna Kyclades by @alifewortheating

⑥ Kum Sung Chik Naengmyun

This hidden gem in Queens doesn’t have a website, but it does have the best iced beef soup in the city. Served in a frosty aluminum bowl, the slushy lean beef broth is ice cold, spicy and sour all at once. It's a must on a summer day.

⑦ Sushi Azabu

In a basement in Tribeca lies one of New York's best traditional Edomae sushi restaurants. My favorite is the salmon roe and quail egg sushi, a surprising mix of sweet and salty, but the best part of Sushi Azabu's menu is the availability of unique, lesser-known fish, like firm, shiny pencil fish and creamy cod milt.

Photo: Sushi Azabu

⑧ Sadelle's

Though this new Soho bakery and restaurant focuses on hand-rolled bagels, it gets everything else right, too. Co-owned by Melissa Weller, the former Per Se and Roberta's baker, Sadelle's offers some of the best Jewish-inspired pastries in the city, such as the perfectly marbled chocolate babka, swirled with chocolate cookie crumbs.

Photo: Sadelle's | Food Network