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We eatin’ fam: 7 NYC food spots you low key need to hit this summer

Summer is the perfect season for exploring New York City and all that it has to offer. Everything you could possibly want is right here in your backyard.

There’s always something new to try out — whether it’s concerts, shopping, art, parties, or eating. Especially the eating. This is the food capital of the world.

So step away from the local pizza joint, don’t order that take-out Chinese food, and hit up these spots instead.

Pies ‘n’ Thighs

The food is here is great at all times of the day, but you really have to go for the breakfast.

Nothing will cure that nasty hangover like an order of Pies ‘n’ Thighs fried chicken and waffles. Please don’t forget the biscuits on the side though.

Bobwhite Counter

Bobwhite’s chicken sandwiches are perfect for when you want some dope food but don’t want to be kept from enjoying that NYC summer sun.

Order one for the road and take a stroll through the East Village. I can guarantee everyone you walk past will be wondering where they can get themselves that sandwich.

John Brown Smokehouse

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Every now again everyone needs some “damn this is so good, it almost makes you want to slap your momma” level of good BBQ. John Brown in Long Island City is just that.

It’s hard to find good BBQ when you’re not in the south, but this spot has the perfect combo of quality meat, great sauce, and fire sides.

Mikey Likes It Ice Cream

Need some dessert after stuffing your face in the LES? Mikey Likes It Ice Cream is the place to go for it.

You might think that an ice cream shop that uses all natural and organic flavors will lose some of the taste quality, but that is not the case here.

You might want to pick up some swag to go with that cookies ‘n cream bowl. Plus you can peep the homie Clockwork Crosby’s work at the spot!


Sometimes you need to just go ham and pig out a little bit. You spent all Spring eating right to get in shape for the Summer.

SET-LES is where you go to reward yourself for all that hard work. Hit this place with the squad and see who’s the first to tap out from too much grub.

Los Tacos No. 1

Look no further. Your new favorite taco joint is Los Tacos No. 1.

Tucked away in the always poppin’ Chelsea Market, Los Tacos No. 1 is a sure bet for some quality Mexican food.

To get the full experience, sit at the bar and order one of those classic glass bottles of Coke to wash down these delicious tacos and the side of guac that you have to get.


The perfect place for date night. At Lamano you’ll be transported to an Iberian paradise, where you can enjoy the finest wines and some outrageous tapas.

Here you’ll get the perfect mix of a quiet and intimate night and a place to let loose and turn up a little bit.