Guest Blog: Walter’s Top Ten Places to Eat in New York City

Walter circulated this email today, and we felt it was too good not to post to the blog. Be sure to check out the accompanying Google map!


Here at Affect Strategies, we have clients come from all over the world to see us. For many of them, this is their first time in New York City, and invariably the question comes up about what are the best places to eat. As someone who takes the business of food very seriously, I cannot live with the thought of someone visiting our wonderful city and partaking of substandard fare. Personally, I won’t stand for it, and if you remember seeing a semi-maniacal person on the street extolling the virtues of particular food joint with a zealotry usually reserved for religious fanaticism to friends and strangers alike, you have no doubt seen me in action.

I now give you my top ten places to eat in no particular order. This is not a Zagat guide of places that are too expensive or fancy for you, dear reader. This is a short list of places that are reasonably priced, have a good atmosphere and most importantly, have great food. Rather than give you a rating system based on stars, I’ve come up with my own system. I have also included helpful links for the directionally challenged.

Pizza – Joe’s Pizza – 7 Carmine Street (At Bleecker Street)
Walter Rating: Cheesy, Crunchy, Yummy

Chinese Food – Wo Hop -15 Mott Street (in Chinatown)
DO NOT (I repeat, DO NOT) go to the upstairs one, only the basement restaurant
Walter Rating: Oh My God!

Deli – Katz’s Delicatessen – 205 East Houston (make sure to tip the sandwich carver a dollar or two before ordering, trust me!)
Walter Rating: Died and gone to heaven!

Burgers and American food – Riviera – 225 West 4th Street
Walter Rating: Delicious and no waiter pressure

Desserts – Billy’s Bakery – 184 Ninth Avenue
Walter Rating: There goes my diet!

Italian Food – Trattoria Toscana – 64 Carmine Street
Walter Rating: Italian the way it should be!

Sushi – Sushi Park – 121 Second Avenue
Walter Rating: Domo Arigato!

Fish and Chips – A Salt and Battery – 112 Greenwich Avenue
Walter Rating: A taste of merrie olde heaven!

Barbecue – Rub – 208 West 23rd Street
Walter Rating: Where is my cowboy hat???

Brunch / Lunch /Dinner – Jane – 100 West Houston
Walter Rating: Perfect for brunch with friends or a romantic dinner for two!

I hope you will not only try these places but also feel free to tell us some of your favorites. Thanks for reading and Bon Appetit!

–Walter Ocner

5 Comments Guest Blog: Walter’s Top Ten Places to Eat in New York City

  1. Bob

    Interesting subject, but it seems as if your author, Walter has copied a page (literally) out of Jane and Michael Stern’s book called “Road Food and Good Food” Plagerism?

  2. Phil Dejean

    As a big foodie, I concur with your assessment of Wo-Hop (the downstairs one) It’s always worth the wait! The fish and chippery was good but oily (you know what you’re going there for!) Interested in checking out the others!

  3. Walter

    Dear Bob,

    I want to thank you for responding to my recent blog posting on my favorite places to eat in New York City. I am familiar with Jane and Michael Stern’s work and am a big fan myself. I appreciate that my style of writing may seem similar to the lighthearted style of writing they have, but I can honestly say that everything I posted came straight from my heart and in no way was lifted from any of their works. We may have the same tastes in places and a desire to convey our enthusiasm, but that’s where the similarities end.

    Warmest wishes,



    Great picks! But what about the UWS?

    V &T Pizzeria
    1024 Amsterdam Ave
    New York, NY 10025

    (212) 663-1708‎

    Best thin crust pizza for the cost conscious undergrad
    Nearby Landmark – St. John The Divine

    Yuki Sushi
    656 Amsterdam Ave
    New York, NY 10025
    (212) 787-8200‎

    Fresh, good service and a nice first date place

    Mama Mexico
    2672 Broadway
    New York, NY 10025
    (212) 864-2323‎

    Cheap, fast and good!

    2880 Broadway
    New York, NY 10025
    (212) 864-6137‎

    The Seinfeld Diner .. need I say more!

  5. Walter Ocner

    You are so right, How could I forget the upper west side?

    For an elegant, reasonably priced and wonderful italian meal, I love the Arte cafe at 106 West 73rd Street. The website is and I have eaten there many times. Their Linguine with Clam Sauce is to die for and even though I don’t live around there anymore I really need to go back for the sweet potato soup!

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