If you live in New York and love going out to new places, you probably are always on the lookout for restaurants that not only are delicious but also pretty enough to make an apparition in your Instagram feed. We understand, it really has become a part of the Millenial New Yorker culture. And because the Faviana team loves to give you recommendations on the best places to go in the city (this is our hometown!) we have compiled a short list of places you don’t want to miss out if you are looking for the perfect Instagram shot.
If you like Italian food and are really committed to the pink aesthetic (hello, @glamandgowns Instagram!) then Pietro Nolita is for you. Granted, the menu options in the restaurant are quite limited and somewhat overpriced, and the food is not particularly amazing, but the restaurant really is quite adorable. Even the restroom is pink and decorated with art by Curtis Kulig (you might have spotted his “Love Me” graffitis all around the city) with a heart-shaped mirror that is just begging you to take a quick selfie. If you go, we recommend to do it for late brunch with your friends. Remember to bring your camera!
174 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012
Opens at 11:00 AM
Closes at 12:00 AM (Sunday to Wednesday) 2:00 AM (Thursday to Saturday)
This is our not-so-secret favorite place in Chelsea. In Manhattan. In the whole city, basically. If you like seafood, nothing beats Los Mariscos, a little Mexican spot hidden in outside of Chelsea Market, where tacos, ceviche, and Margaritas are the specialty. The ceviche is to die for, and what’s best? Only $5 each. Personal favorites are the Especial ceviche (shrimp, oysters, clams, scallops, octopus) and Shrimp ceviche. Nothing beats cheap food and cute places.
409 W 15th St New York, NY 10011
Opens at 11:00 AM
Closes at 10:00 PM (Monday to Thursday), 12 AM (Friday and Saturday), 9:00 PM (Sunday)
Lupe’s East LA Kitchen
Located in a corner close to SoHo, this no-nonsense traditional Mexican place is fantastic because it doesn’t try too hard to make food that is too sophisticated or elaborated. They have a large menu with many options, and most big plates are served with rice, beans, and salad. The shrimp in chipotle sauce is very good, not exceptional, but good nonetheless. It’s just the spot to go when you are craving really authentic and comforting food. The pretty Christmas lights and neon sign make it especially nice to go to at night when everything is cast with beautiful pink lightning.
Also, looks familiar? You might recognize it as one of the locations in which a particularly important scene in the second season of Mr. Robot was shot. (And yes, I picked the exact same seat as Darlene on purpose, although I discovered the restaurant by serendipity!)
Lupe’s East LA Kitchen
110 Ave of The Americas New York, NY 10013
Opens at 9:00 AM
Closes at 10:00 PM
Yes, Max Brenner is kind of a tourist spot. But this Willy-Wonka worth-it spot is also where all your chocolate dreams come through. Think syringes were you can directly shot melted chocolate into your mouth, DIY chocolate, marshmallows and strawberries fondue, a full pie of chocolate pizza and the most divine hazelnut milkshake you’ve ever tried.
On the winter, though, please don’t leave this city without trying their hot chocolate: it’s made with the most decadently rich Italian chocolate that is the right mix of creamy and perfect. What’s best? They really are a restaurant, and the food is actually very, very good (we recommend the salmon). Downside? Like most good places that are famous with tourists and New Yorkers alike, you will have to wait if you don’t make a reservation. Like, a lot. So please, make a reservation, because it’s totally worth it.
So what do you think? Do you have any other favorite restaurants around the city that are totally Instagram-worthy? Let us know what you think by tagging us on Instagram @glamandgowns, and Faviana’s Instagram @Faviana_NY and Twitter @FavianaNY. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel for more fun vlogs @FavianaNYC!