New York City: Culinary Playground

What's there to do in New York when you've done everything else? Eat.

There'll always be something new to try or something classic you'll always go back to. NYC's pretty darn good at food, if you know where to go. Here's a list of some of my favorite finds. 

Classy Musings' (Foodie) Guide to NYC

1. For an al dente, cheesy cacio e pepe (and if you want to be surrounded and by and stuffed with everything from the boot-shaped country): Eataly 

2. For no-frills, fun-sized, delicate cheesecakes: Eileen's Cheesecake

3. For crispy-on-the-outside yet soft-on-the-inside fish tacos (absolute must-order), milky Horchata, and a sighting of a restored VW van: Tacombi Nolita

4. For an Asian fusion kind of brunch: Talde Brooklyn

5. For outstanding service, thoughtful food, take-home goodies, and a surprise trip to the world-class kitchen of the World's Best Restaurant: Eleven Madison Park

6. For a genuine experience of a French bistro: Buvette (tip: sit in the garden during the summer days)

7. For a modern food hall packed with a myriad of artisanal food concepts (think Ippudo Ramen, Ovenly Cookies, Roberta's Pizza): Urbanspace Vanderbilt (tip: go during lunchtime if you want to eat standing up)

8. For the best giant chocolate chip cookie you will have in your entire life: Levain Bakery

9. For Japanese yakitori set in a hip modern space: Yakitori Totto (tip: sit by the bar, of course)

10. For a gorgeous and aromatic display of French pastries with matching interiors: Lafayette

Other Favorites:

1. For eighteen miles of books -- new, used, rare, out-of-print. You name it, they've got it: The Strand

2. For a beautiful magazine collection: McNally Jackson Books

3. For a well-curated and magical home decor experience: ABC Home

4. For American contemporary art and a view of the High Line: Whitney Museum

5. For the brick-and-mortar shop of an online chic Parisian brand: Sézane