the RESTAURANT list: new york city

Half a year, a lot of bagels, and 10 restaurants approved by The Lists of Charlie.

  1. Maison Pickle in the Upper West Side  – Brunch. Brunch. Brunch. BUT also their biscuits, Eggs Benedict, fresh OJ, and the impeccable chicken, bacon, and pancakes. Yes, you read that right. Chicken. Bacon. Pancakes.
  2. By Chloe in West Village – Dairy-Free people REJOICE. MAC AND CHEESE YOU CAN EAT. That is low key the bee’s knees. Their beet ketchup is also the move.
  3. The Wayfarer in Midtown – Just two blocks south of Central Park, it’s the perfect breakfast bite. Their avocado toast is five raised hands emojis. Also, french toast.
  4. Joanne Trattoria in the Upper West Side – A quick cab ride from my apartment and steps from Lincoln Center, this family-owned, Italian restaurant has the best Spaghetti and Meatballs you’ll ever have. They also have a snazzy wine collection and bring your table Pellegrino.
  5. Nobu Fifty Seven in Midtown – Uma Thurman stole my table. Yet, I dream about their ponzu shrimp all day, every day. More private than the TriBeCa location, it’s got celebration all over it. My Nobu Rule: trust the waiters and BALL OUT.
  6. Dos Caminos in Meatpacking – It’s no Meso Maya, but for New York, it will suffice. Order your drinks on the rock and prepare to eat about 143255 chips and 124 bowls of their medium salsa.
  7. Artichoke Pizza in Chelsea – After you’ve danced the night away in Meatpacking, stumble uptown to this pizza place for your 4:00AM slice. The portions are HUGE, so don’t be like me, order breadsticks AND a whole pizza and think you can handle it.
  8. Vandal in the Lower East Side – It’s a blast. A BLAST. Their food is CRAZY good. The atmosphere is electric with energy and you’ll impress all your friends by finding this hotspot. Churros for the win.
  9. Sweet Chick in the Lower East Side – You’ll have a religious experience. Kanye and Drake play while you eat the best Chicken and Waffles you’ve ever had. Also order the mashed potatoes.
  10. Van Leeuwen’s Ice Cream in Williamsburg – Just bless. the. ice. cream. gods.

If you need some more specific recommendations, always feel free to contact me!

What’s next to try on my list? Well, I’m glad you asked: Miss Lily’s (the one on 7A), Fig & Olive, Grammercy Tavern, Black Tail, Kazu Nori, and Tsurutontan.

the RESTAURANT list: kansas city

From the local favorites to the best BBQ in town, I’ve got you covered.

  1. Joe’s Kansas City in Leawood – The FRIES. the RIBS. the SAUCE. the PULLED PORK. Already highlighted in the TRAVEL list: kansas city because it’s gold. The BEST place to get your BBQ fix.
  2. BRGR Kitchen + Bar in Prairie Village –  Their macaroni and cheese could actually change the world. SURE they have burgers, BUT their make-your-own cheesy pasta is the way to go. Don’t forget to add bacon. Truffle fries for days.
  3. Urban Table in Prairie Village – Good vibes, comfy pillows, and lime cucumber noodles. Yes, Lime. Cucumber. Noodles.
  4. Jose Pepper’s in Overland Park – Whenever I’m missing the greatness that is Tex Mex in Dallas, I head to Jose’s. Good prices. Espinaca Con Queso. ALL with a family friendly, laid back atmosphere.
  5. BRIO Tuscan Grille on the Plaza – $4 happy hour appetizers and VIEWS for days. The perfect hangout after hitting up those Plaza stores.
  6. Unbakery and Juicery in Brookside – #instagramHEAVEN. PLUS they have juice, kale salads, and good coffee. I’d go everyday, but it’s quite the hike across town.
  7. Twister’s Frozen Custard in Overland Park – Low key the best dessert in all of Kansas City. Order the worm farm with chocolate custard OR the grasshopper.
  8. La Bodega in Leawood – When you’ve got all your friends in town, make your reservation here. Their food is on point and their outdoor patio is even better. TAPAS on TAPAS.
  9. Fuel in Overland Park – THEIR BURGERS are the BEST in KC. After dinner you can hit up Kanza and learn how to line dance or Red 8 for a game of pool right next door. 
  10. Sama Zama in Westport – Citrus Seaweed Salad and Teriyaki Bowls. What more could you need?!

the RESTAURANT list: dallas

I spent four incredible years in Dallas, Texas. And over the past four years, Dallas has TRANSFORMED into this wonderful Mecca of restaurants galore. SO, if you find yourself in Dallas, check out my top places to dine:

  1. Meso Maya in Downtown Dallas – Their Downtown location is rad. Great Margaritas. Mouth-Watering Queso. Mexican Lasagna.
  2. Blue Goose Cantina on Lower Greenville – Tex Mex for the locals. Great Deals on Thursdays (tequila shots AYYY). Fresh tortillas till you can’t eat anymore. The ONLY place to do Cinco de Mayo.
  3. Uchi in Uptown – Rivals NOBU for a 1/4 of the price. Exotic Sushi. The 72-HOUR RIBEYE WITH THE GREEN APPLE SAUCE. Where to Happy Hour. Try the Foie Gras.
  4. Houndstooth Coffee on Knox Henderson – Killer donuts. Friendly baristas. My second home. Breakfast tacos on the weekends. May not qualify as a restaurant, but it is so good, you just gotta go.
  5. Oddfellows in Bishop Arts – Mimosas. Insane wait times, so get there early. The PANCAKES. The scrambles. The BEST brunch.
  6. Coal Vines in Uptown – Take a date. Oodles of Noodles. Can you say wine? The Penne Vodka. Normally you can stroll in without reservations 🙂
  7. True Food Kitchen in Highland Park – Birthday Dinners. THE EDAMAME DUMPLINGS. The entire menu is GOOD. Always drinking a Medicine Man.
  8. Nickel & Rye in Uptown – Sadly discovered right after graduation but their Brussels Sprouts could change the world. Great Drinks. Late Night Snacks.
  9. East Hampton Sandwich Co. in Highland Park – Right by SMU. Cheap. Delicious. Fast. Better than Panera. Always ordering the chicken parm.
  10. Victor Tangos on Knox Henderson – Where to take the parents. Family Style. Funky. Fresh. Intimate. If you are feeling up to it, you can also pre-order a Texas-sized fishbowl.