by Patrick Heig - 324 Reviews - 95 List
In the course of my career as a Citysearch editor in New York (and prior to that, in San Francisco), I've experienced hundreds of restaurants, bars, shops and hotels, and it's made me insufferable: I'm ludicrously picky. This may be an awful personality trait, but when I recommend a place, I'm never wrong. See how irritating that is? Still, these places are amazing, I promise.
Updated: September 09, 2010
The Middle Eastern-tinged western Chinese food at Xi'an is about as interesting, delicious and cheap (almost everything is less than $5; the succulent pork burger is just $2) as you're going to find anywhere, and it's right on convenient (if obnoxious) St. Marks Place.
Taken black, the coffee here has sweet floral notes and flavor complexities usually not talked about outside of Wine Spectator. And even if you're not a coffee snob, you'll appreciate the nuclear kick--one cup at Blue Bottle is equivalent to two or three at Starbucks.
Looking to be the ultimate summertime bar, Good Co.'s got one of the biggest patios in Williamsburg, packed with picnic tables, games like ping-pong, corn-hole and darts, plus a grill for the barbecue, which is given away with drinks on the weekends.
At this one-man, home-based shop in Park Slope, bike-smith Joe Nocella builds custom bikes for only the wholesale cost of parts (you order through him), plus $100 to build the bike. Best of all, the labor on any subsequent tune-ups, repairs and upgrades is free. (Yep, that's my bike in the photo.)