(between Berkeley Pl & Union St)
Neighborhood: Park Slope #2. Calle Ocho - especially for their UNLIMITED SANGRIA BRUNCH. Just don't get too tipsy/crazy or you will get noticed and get cut off. I haven't seen this happen -- but I've heard that since moving to their new location, the restaurant has tightened its grip a bit and sharply narrowed the definition of "unlimited". I haven't been to the new location, and I've only been here for brunch --- but that said, the brunch is delicious, colorful, amazing .... a great time! The banana-lychee sangria was one of my favorites.
Neighborhood: Upper West Side #3. CRIF DOGS - every kind of hot dog imaginable - even turkey and vegetarian varieties.
(between Avenue A & 1st Ave)
Neighborhoods: East Village, Alphabet City #4. DYLAN'S CANDY BAR!!! - did you like Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory? - step inside this store and you will INSTANTLY feel like you are there. I can't promise that you'll run into any Oompha Loomphas BUT I CAN promise that it has every variety of candy that you love- and even some retro- childhood favorites that might not be sold/distributed to most stores anymore. Next year when I go home to visit NY, I want to take my Aunt Joan and Aunt Anne here. They would LOVE it - esp. the old candies from "back in their day". ALSO- Dylan's has a great little cafe where you can sit and order ice cream sweets and even some "grown-up treats"- really cute looking and yet quite strong, alcoholic drinks. The phrase "Like a kid in a candy store" - has never been more appropriate/literal- come here and you will feel the giddiness of youth, of all of the endless, sweet possibilities in front of you.
(between 60th St & 61st St)
Neighborhood: Upper East Side Ohh... it is getting late over here. It's 2:15am and I'm getting a little tired actually, maybe late-night blogging is the key to cure my insomnia? hmmmm I'll have to try it more often.