Where to Eat and Drink in NYC This Weekend

A masterplan for the food adventure—or bender—of your dreams.

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  • Post-High Line Taco Mission: LOS TACOS NO. 1
New York City has been begging for a truly transcendental taco spot for quite some time now, and Los Tacos No. 1 in Chelsea Market just might be it. The owners are three friends from Tijuana who were determined to bring authentic Mexican tacos to the East Coast. Considering that the taqueria offers thick tortillas hand-pressed and griddled to order and glistening pork adobada sliced straight from the spit, we'd say they’ve succeeded.
Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave (212-256-0343;  lostacos1.com) 

Order This: Pork adobada tacos, carne asada quesadillas, and an agua fresca to wash them down. (Photo:
  • Impress-Your-Date Night: CHARLIE BIRD
This white-hot new Italian-accented restaurant in SoHo is a collaboration between chef Ryan Hardy of Aspen’s Montagna and sommelier Robert Bohr. The space is tagged with street art, large photos of boom boxes line the walls, and the menu is rife with easy-to-love dishes that riff off locally sourced ingredients. 5 King St (212-235-7133; charliebirdnyc.com)

Order This: Duck-egg spaghetti with uni; razor clams with fennel and pickled chilies; suckling piglet; chocolate olive oil gelato with caramelized Rice Krispies. (Photo:
  • After Dinner Indulgence: ODDFELLOWS

The next-level ice cream at Williamsburg newcomer OddFellows is made in small batches with milk from Battenkill Valley Creamery. Co-owner/chef Sam Mason made a name for himself at wd~50 and the new-shuttered Tailor, which explains why the unique flavors on offer include beet-pistachio-honey-goat cheese, extra virgin olive oil, and lime tarragon sorbet. 175 Kent Ave (347-599-0556; oddfellowsnyc.com)

Order This: Reconstructed Neapolitan ice cream, which involves chocolate and strawberry ice cream frozen with liquid nitrogen and folded into a vanilla base. (Photo:
  • Get your pork on: PIG ROAST SUNDAYS AT CROWN VIC
The sun-drenched Williamsburg backyard at Crown Victoria is the perfect place to enjoy a carved up whole pig, served with sautéed greens, tasty grilled vegetables, and spectacular desserts like banana pudding. The weekly roast pig fest comes courtesy of Jose Ramirez-Ruiz—formerly of Isa and Per Se—and John Ratliff, owner of Greenpoint charcutier Ends Meats.
60 S 2nd Street (917-719-6072; crownvicbar.com)

Order This: Succulent parts of a whole pig with knock-out veggie sides. (Photo:
  • Anti-Hype Smorgasburg Experience: EAST RIVER BREAD
We know that you’re fixated on the ramen burger. But there are some even more incredible eats to be had at Smorgasburg, like the tender and chewy bagels at East River Bread, which boast a rich golden crust and a complex flavor.
N 7th St (718-928-6603; smorgasburg.com)

Order This: Cured salmon and handmade chive-scallion cream cheese on an everything bagel.
  • Drinks Near the Water: GRAND FERRY
Drinks are the main even at this waterfront tavern, brought to you by the team behind Facebook)
  • The Biggest Chicken Parm of Your Life: QUALITY ITALIAN
The ‘"chicken pizzagiana" at this Italian-minded steakhouse looks like, and is as big as, a pizza. It is 13 inches in diameter and served on a tabletop stand. Obviously, you need to try this hyped poultry dish, and you should probably bring a couple friends along to tackle it.
57 W 57th St (212-390-1111); grandferrynyc.com)

Order This: You guessed it. (Photo:

It’s about that time of day where you stop doing actual work, your mind wanders off, and you begin meticulously planning every meal you’re going to eat this weekend. We’ve saved you some leg work with our guide to the best places to eat and drink in NYC this weekend.

From transcendental tacos at Chelsea Market, to reconstructed Neapolitan ice cream from a former wd~50 chef, to the world’s biggest chicken parm, we’ve charted out your Saturday and Sunday feasted game plan for you. Now all you have to do is venture out into the byzantine food wonderland that is NYC and start eating.

Click through the gallery to see where you need to be eating and drinking this weekend.


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