Category Archives: North America

Washington D.C., laying down the law

We would like to give special thanks to our awesome local Samia Ausaf for sharing her D.C. with us.

 

It’s not everyday that you have the chance to lay down the law and that too in D.C., but given that we have an awesome trusted local giving us some great tips, we will take a shot at it.

Check these places out!

 

Toki Underground

Amazing ramen place with a cool alternative vibe. The only drawback is that they don’t take reservations and the wait can be over an hour on most nights. Most people wait by drinking a couple of beers at the Ugly Pug downstairs.

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Address: 1234 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Tryst

Fantastic coffee shop with great food and decent coffee in Adams Morgan. Tryst is a great place for catching up on work, casual reading, or chatting with friends. It can be insanely busy during brunch hours on the weekends, and you seat yourself, which can be a bit like Social Darwinism. Make sure to try the corn bread waffle bites with jalapeno butter!

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Address: 2459 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Founding Farmers

The best comfort food in DC. Most food is locally-sourced and they have tons of vegetarian/vegan options. However, make sure to get reservations in advance!

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Address: 1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

Estadio

My personal favorite, Estadio, has the best menu in DC. Mostly a tapas restaurant with a warm ambiance. The restaurant is always buzzing but if you don’t get a table, there are many other food and drink options up and down the 14th street corridor.

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Address: 1520 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Lalibela 

You can’t leave DC without trying Ethiopian food. I recently discovered Lalibela in Logan Circle and have been back here multiple times. The restaurant is very casual and laid back but they have some of the best Ethiopian food in DC.

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Address: 1415 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

The Gibson

A cozy speakeasy on 14th street, The Gibson is located in the heart of the busy U street area. They have a great selection of delicious cocktails and you can also ask the bartender for personalized drinks. Look out for the unnamed door next to Marvin’s restaurant on 14th street.

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Address: 2009 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

U Street Music Hall

Best place in DC to hear dance music. They consistently bring in great DJs and have a stellar sound system. But U Hall is not for the faint hearted. Think dark dingy basement. However, if you’re looking for swanky bars there are many options in the neighborhood.

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Address: 1115 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The POV at the W Hotel

The best place to get panoramic views of DCs most popular buildings (the Washington Monument, the White House and the like). The rooftop views make up for the overpriced drinks.

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Address: 515 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

 

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New York-Burgers

New York’s Finest Burgers
The city so nice they named it twice. New York, New York needs no introduction. You can find anything and everything here. There is so much hustle and bustle, so many choices in this concrete jungle that we just want to take a step back and identify the best of the basics. When we say basics, we mean bare necessities. Burgers!!! Juicy, yummy, delicious burgers. There are an endless number of burger joints in the city. However, let’s take a look at some places that have perfected this American staple. P.J. Clarkes  Established in 1884, this famous saloon has been serving some of the best burgers in NYC for over 100 years! The original location on 3rd avenue is a holdout, surrounded by skyscrapers and it instantly takes you back in time.   image   Recommended Burger: The Cadillac Address: 915 Third Avenue, at 55th Street, New York, NY 10022 J.G. Melon An Upper East Side institution, serving it’s faithful preppy clientele for the last 3 decades. The décor is melon kitsch and with the staff a little bit on the stiff side. They do however make some mean burgers and notables such as the cottage fried potatoes, amazing chili and the famous Bloody Mary.   image   Recommended Burger: Bacon Cheeseburger Address: 1291 Third Avenue,  at 74th Street, New York 10021 Shake Shack This is a landmark attraction for locals and tourists alike. This is the original Shake Shack, opened in July 2004 and was named within a year as the best burger in town by New York magazine. The lines tend to be massive for most of the day, so patience is key to get your hands on the prize.   image   Recommended Burger: Smoke Shack Address: South East Corner of Madison Square Park, 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010 Landmarc Located in the Time Warner building, makes this place anything but cheap. They do however have some really good views of the city and make a great chicken burger, on a housemade gruyère bun.   image   Recommended Burger: Chicken Burger Address: 10 Columbus Cir ,3rd Fl, New York, NY 10019 Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridian A former hidden gem behind a red curtain, in the atrium lobby of the Le Parker Meridian. It has become quite a tourist trap and the lines are long during the lunch hours. They do, however, make some amazing burgers. The contrast of an immaculate hotel and a hole-in-the-wall restaurant under one roof, makes it a unique experience.   image   Recommended Burger: Cheeseburger with the works Address: 119 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019 The Breslin The brain child of April Bloomfield, the British chef, bringing another great gastro-pub concept to Manhattan. The décor is simple but inviting and the menu has some great sampling of all things pig and many other culinary pub delights. At the end, it’s the lamb burger that won our heart.  Grilled and topped with a thin slice of tangy French feta and paper-thin slices of red onion – cooked medium with a side of cumin mayo and triple-fried steak fries. Pure perfection!   image   Recommended Burger: Lamb Burger Address: 16 W 29th St, New York, NY, 10001 Corner Bistro The last of the bohemian establishments in the West Village. This is the original bistro. Its tiny, always packed, serves a selection of beers and burgers!   image     Recommended Burger: Bistro Burger Address: 331 W 4th St, New York, 10014 Zaitzeff Zack Zaitzeff left his brokerage job to feed the deprived suits in the financial district, because of the lack of quality wholesome comfort food. The flagship has been a resounding hit with the all natural burger (prime, free range, antibiotic-free and hormone-free cattle), cooked exactly to your liking.   image     Recommended Burger: Sirloin Burger Address: 72 Nassau St, New York, NY 10038

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