NYC Eats

New York City is a place you could visit a hundred times and every time would feel like your first. There are so many boroughs to explore, shows to see, stores to shop, and restaurants to check out. Don’t know where to eat? Here are my top three picks so you can dine with confidence in NYC.

Egg Shop

Eggs are the bedrock of any breakfast menu, whether you prefer yours fried, scrambled, poached or cooked into an omelet. Located in Lower Manhattan’s district of Soho, Egg Shop is nestled on Elizabeth Street close to many trendy shops and upscale boutiques. Although the restaurant serves all three meals, I would recommend dining for breakfast or brunch. This casual eatery is dedicated almost exclusively to serving local and organic eggs. Those with smaller appetites might enjoy the Avo & Egg Sandwich or the Benedict. There are also bowl options, along with some delicious sides including fried chicken and kale salad. Don’t like eggs? Don’t worry. French toast and yogurt are also on the menu.


This is hands down one of the best meals I’ve enjoyed across the globe. Three locations across the city all use local and organic ingredients, and serve pizza, comfort food, and desserts made daily in-house. Wild is a gluten-free restaurant, aside from their homemade raviolis (prepared in a separate kitchen), with many vegan options. I dined at the West Village location, which although quaint is lively and has a charming patio. Our table enjoyed the Spicy Prosciutto and Pear Fig Gorgonzola pizzas, along with a couple of starters. The best part of this meal was dessert; they offer a variety of vegan and gluten free choices, and we were lucky enough to indulge in the vegan coconut cake, which they should consider patenting. It was amazing. This place did not disappoint!

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

Spending one night at a jazz club is a must when visiting NYC. Dizzy’s Club features world-class music performances five nights of the week, accompanied by great soul food. The club boasts spectacular views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. The intimate club space is designed for live jazz music. The menu is described as “down home flavors served with New York flair” – Think New Orleans meets New York City. This is a great spot to enjoy a few cocktails, maybe a glass of wine, and some seriously talented jazz musicians. Make sure you book a table so you don’t have to wait in line, and you’ll get a better seat.

Happy Eating!

Christianne Balzun