For those looking for a taste of the Middle East, Maydan is a must-visit spot with its open-fire cooking and unique flavors. The restaurant’s menu features dishes like lamb shoulder and coal-roasted eggplant.
My go-to spot for brunch is The Smith in the East Village. Their menu has a great variety of options, from classic eggs and bacon to more unique dishes like avocado toast and quinoa bowls. Plus, the ambiance is always lively and energetic.
One of my favorite hidden gems in the city is Di Fara Pizza in Midwood, Brooklyn. The owner, Dom DeMarco, has been making pizza for over 50 years and it shows in the quality of his pies. It’s a bit of a trek to get there, but definitely worth it for the pizza connoisseur.