Lil' Gem

Lil’ Gem’s name does not disappoint. This place is a literal “Little Gem". It is the epitome of a cute, cozy place in NYC with a culinary thing going on. Located in LES this place is unique in the fact that they actually take reservations and you might be lucky enough to score a good one. They have an open Kitchen and vinyl booth seating that makes you want to snuggle in a blanket by the fireplace. This place is great for date night or girls night out. The food is Lebanese  family-style, so make sure to order lots. In typical fashion we ordered almost everything on the menu, Brussels, mushroom flatbread, four cheese flatbread, octopus, hummus, labneh and lamb shawarma. Go when it's cold out and you are in the mood for a dark atmosphere, good glass of wine or cocktail and some yummy hearty food. 

Cuisine: Lebanese

Location: Lower East Side

Vibe: Cozy

Favorites: Brussels, lamb shawarma

Money: $$$


Cafe Gitane

Amongst all the hip over-hyped brunch spots in NYC, this one actually deserves all the talk. Iv'e been coming here for years and it's always been a solid brunch spot in the perfect location. You never have to wait too long, the food is great and it's still very insta worthy. If it's nice out grab a table outside and sit and people watch. This place makes you feel like you're in some cute café in Europe somewhere, and I love that about it. Everything on the Moroccan themed menu is delicious, if you wanna go healthy the Arugula, beets salad and the avocado toast are yummyyy. If you wanna cure your hangover go for the Moroccan couscous. The menu has enough to please all parties on most occasions.

Cuisine: Mediterranean, Brunch

Location: Nolita

Vibe: Cute, Trendy

Favorites: Avocado toast, Arugala/ Beet Salad

Money: $$