Sao Mai

The Budget: $9-15 The Specs: Pho Sao Mai The Mood: Eat pho until you explode The Place: 203 1st Avenue Okay, it’s time to talk Pho, because this soup is important, and Sao Mai does it right. I’m a fan of Vietnamese food, what can I say? If I lived in the neighborhood, I would definitely stop by … Continue reading Sao Mai


The Budget: $9-15 The Specs: Hungry Noodle The Mood: Become part of the family in 5 seconds or leave and watch Netflix The Place: 77 Norman Avenue This is the very first restaurant I ate at when I moved to Greenpoint. And it quickly became my go-to Thai place. I’m not always one to share my go-to places. … Continue reading Hungry?

Mamoun’s Falafel

The Budget: $3.50-$7 The Specs: Falafel Sandwich and Spinach Pie The Mood: Wait-in-line-hole-in-the-wall-take-to-go-eat-in-park The Place: 119 MacDougal Street Getting food to-go and eating it in the park while reading a book and watching people can be ranked as one of my favorite things to do. Yesterday was just that sort of day, except it wasn’t just that sort of … Continue reading Mamoun’s Falafel

Tom’s Restaurant

The Budget: $6.50-$13.50 The Specs: Fresh Eggs with Bacon The Mood: A diner that actually serves good food and isn’t ripping you off The Place: 782 Washington Avenue There are two things you should know about me at this very moment. For one, of course I love breakfast food (it’s a staple), and of course the best time to … Continue reading Tom’s Restaurant

Wo Hop

The Budget: $6-$18 The Specs: Fried Fish Filet The Mood: Chinese basement where famous people have also sat The Place: 17 Mott Street It’s been around since 1938, so you know this place is doing something right. Welcome to Wo Hop on Mott Street. According to this New York Times article, Wo Hop “predates the arrival in New York of all … Continue reading Wo Hop

King Noodle

The Budget: $11-$16 The Specs: Khao Soi The Mood: Noodles and such in a 16-year-old’s room from the 90’s The Place: 1045 Flushing Ave Welcome to Bushwick, one of my favorite neighborhoods in New York City. They have the thrift shops, the late-night restaurants, the little mom-and-pop stores, and people who genuinely seem to appreciate their surroundings without feeling … Continue reading King Noodle