Robin Miller Shares Her Favorite Food Experiences In New York City

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Welcome to EAT THIS CITY, your tour of the best restaurants in one of our favorite cities, as chosen by a world-class chef, celebrity, or local hero.

This week we’re stopping in New York City, home to the Statue of Liberty, Broadway, and Central Park. There are a lot of reasons why 62.8 million visitors headed to NYC in 2017 — not the least of which is its awe-inspiring food scene. Dining in New York City is truly one of the best experiences you can have. However, picking a place that will give you the amazing culinary experience you crave can be overwhelming. There are just so many choices. So we reached out to Robin Miller, a co-host of Real Life Cooking on Bluprint, for recommendations of the best the city has to offer.

Miller has been active in the foodie community since 1990, working as a food writer, television personality, and nutritionist. She’s also authored ten books, including Robin Takes 5 and the New York Times bestseller, Quick Fix Meals. The latter shares a name with the Food Network show she hosted for five years. You may know her from that program, but you are equally likely to have read her recipes and nutrition articles in newspapers and magazines like Health, Cooking Light, Parade, and Shape.

She certainly has the chops to point to some fabulous eating experiences, so let’s get started.

Pizza: John’s of Bleecker Street and Patsy’s

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John’s Pizzeria

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‘I’m torn between John’s of Bleecker Street and Patsy’s. Both were super close to
my Greenwich Village apartment. Patsy’s was 2 blocks in one direction and John’s was 2
blocks in the other! Clearly, I had my fair share of amazing slices. Patsy’s
moved uptown, but I’m sure the pizza is still AMAZING. John’s remains on Bleecker and I dine-in with my boys EVERY time we’re in New York. The pizza is divinely thin and slightly
charred on the bottom from the coal-fired brick oven. The sauce is tangy/sweet and
there’s just enough cheese for a food-porn-pull. Kyle gets mushrooms and peppers, Luke
gets pepperoni, and I get mushrooms and broccoli. Yep, we each get our OWN pies. And
then we carve our names in the furniture.”

Tacos: Rosa Mexicano

Rosa Mexicano doesn’t serve the cheapest tacos in town, but quite possibly the best. And the ambiance – on my last visit, we sat right under the backlit, cascading waterfall studded with diving figurines.

My favorite tacos: the braised beef brisket with tomatillo-habanero salsa, house-made slaw and pickled red onion; and the grilled portobello mushroom with black beans, roasted red and yellow peppers, grilled corn, cabbage and chile de árbol salsa. They also have beer-battered fish and cornmeal-dusted shrimp versions that are served with tartar sauce or aioli. The tacos are organized by region, so you can take a culinary journey while noshing. And if it matters to you, you can get some of the tacos vegan and gluten-free too.

Asian: Asuka Sushi