Restaurants around New York City

Ashlyn Rodriguez, Reporter

New York City is full of restaurants and stores that we pass by every day! I never really get the chance to look at any of the restaurants I walk by, so I decided to capture some of these on my commute home. Feel free to visit any of the restaurants on this list.

Aquagrill is the closest to the iSchool. It is a seafood restaurant that usually opens in the morning at 11 and closes at around 10 or 11 at night. It has 4.6 stars!
Lola Taverna serves Greek food in Soho. Located in 210 6th Avenue, it’s open from 6 to 11 pm from Monday through Saturday, and 6 through 10 pm on Sunday. If you want to book a meal, you can contact them at 212-994-9821 or visit their website:


Charlie Bird is typically open from noon to 11 or 12 pm, and is just about a five-minute walk from the iSchool! It has a 4.4-star rating and “Italian-inspired, American-executed” cuisine according to their website ( Located on the corner of King Street and 6th Avenue, this restaurant is definitely on the pricier side and requires reservations.


Dos Caminos is a Mexican restaurant located on Houston Street and West Broadway. It’s less expensive than the previous restaurant I mentioned – Charlie Bird’s prices range from 31 to 50 dollars per entree. They serve many traditional Mexican foods, such as guacamole and quesadillas. It has 3.9 stars.
Located just a block away from Dos Caminos, Van Leeuwen offers many different ice cream options, including vegan ice cream. It’s also next to Gong Cha Soho (if you like bubble tea, I would recommend checking it out). If you’re curious about the flavors, there’s a list on their website ( They also have merchandise on their site!

Heading east, Coffee & Cream by OddFellows is another ice cream shop (they sell coffee as well), located on Mott Street and East Houston. They have benches outside as well as LGBTQ+ flags next to their doors. This place seems really inviting, and I will certainly be checking it out soon!
Whole Foods Market is known for its organic foods and healthy alternatives! It’s located at Bowery (3rd Avenue) and Houston Street. According to reviews, the market has great customer service and a good selection of food.
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken makes “world-famous chicken” according to its website. The restaurant is eco-friendly, stating that their cooking oil is recycled and used for biofuel. They also use compostable serve ware. It’s located on Second Avenue and First Street and has 4.2 stars.
You can find a ton of restaurants on Second avenue and Third street, one of them being Proto’s Pizza. It stands out because of its fast service and great pizza. Here’s a link to their website for the menu:

Located on First Avenue, this small space holds two very popular chains, Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins. It’s the perfect place to go if you want to get your sugar fix!
This classic and well-known fast-food chain has locations everywhere, one of them being on First avenue and Sixth street. It has 3.5 stars and it’s open 24 hours.
Katz’s Delicatessen is located in the East Village! It’s on Ludlow Street and East Houston Street, about a 15-minute walk from my apartment. The restaurant offers Jewish delicacies, such as their iconic pastrami sandwich.
Nowon is the closest to my home and the furthest from the iSchool. With 4.7 stars, it’s a Korean restaurant located on Avenue A and Sixth Street, right next to Tompkins Square Park. It’s no surprise that the restaurant is so successful, since the chef, Jae Lee, has worked for some of “the biggest names in the business” according to their website.