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15 Lesser Known NYC Pricey Restaurants Worth Your Attention

List Methodology

The following 15 restaurants in NYC meet my Yelp data criteria for being lesser known and worth trying. These are the publicly accessible  (private clubs were excluded) restaurants in NYC with $$$$ price, 4.5+ rating, between 40 and 100 reviewers. I haven’t been to any of them, but based on my experience sifting through Yelp and building food tours, these have a very good likelihood of being worth a try.

The value in this list is the ability to discover restaurants that offer new dishes, greater value, and less difficulty in securing reservations. I believe there is some value gained in the feeling of finding a newer place vs. dining at one of NYC’s halo’d fine dining places like Gramercy Tavern or Per Se.

Greenwich Steakhouse, West Village
Aska, Williamsburg
Secchu Yokota, East Village
TEISUI, Flatiron
Sakanaya, Midtown East
L’Appart, Battery Park
Sushi Zo, Greenwich Village
Royal 35 Steakhouse, Midtown East
Rouge Tomate, Chelsea
Sushi Daizen, Long Island City
The Simone, Upper East Side
ZZ’s Clam Bar, Greenwich Village
Benjamin Prime, Midtown East
15 Fox Place, Jersey City
Sushi Inoue, Harlem

Standout meal options

  • The Porterhouse from Greenwich Steakhouse
  • The tasting menu at Secchu Yokota and Teisui
  • Omakase at Sakanaya, Sushi Zo, Sushi Inoue, and Sushi Daizen
  • Venison at Rouge Tomate
  • The duck at The Simone
  • Oysters at ZZ’s Clam Bar

Austin, Texas Top Cheap Eats June 2017


I’m going on vacation to Austin in a couple weeks so, as is customary, I’ve built a spreadsheet of the first 950 Yelp one-dollar sign ($) search results. I then filtered and sorted based on my experience to generate the 49 cheap eats restaurants in Austin that I want to try. This list is not meant to be exhaustive or definitive. It is almost certainly a good place to start in discovering the best of Austin’ top cheap eats.

The Top 49 List

Yelp Rank Name # of Reviews Type of Food Yelp Rating Yelp Link
1 Abo Youssef 218 Mediterranean 5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/abo-youssef-austin
2 Ceviche7 153 Peruvian 5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/ceviche7-austin
3 Sweet-n-Cheezy 118 Food Trucks 5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/sweet-n-cheezy-round-rock-2
4 Bistro Vonish 93 Food Trucks 5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/bistro-vonish-austin
5 Tacos Guerrero 93 Mexican 5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/tacos-guerrero-austin
6 The Pita Shop 78 Mediterranean 5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-pita-shop-san-marcos
7 Torchys Tacos 1449 Tex-Mex 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/torchys-tacos-austin
8 Koriente 1171 Asian Fusion 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/koriente-austin
9 Little Deli & Pizzeria 924 Delis 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/little-deli-and-pizzeria-austin
10 Tacodeli 822 Mexican 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/tacodeli-austin-3
11 Hey!… You Gonna Eat or What? 635 Southern 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/hey-you-gonna-eat-or-what-austin
12 Cabo Bobs Burritos 600 Mexican 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/cabo-bobs-burritos-austin
13 Valentinas Tex Mex BBQ 592 Food Trucks 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/valentinas-tex-mex-bbq-austin
14 Tacodeli 563 Mexican 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/tacodeli-austin-4
15 Tan My Restaurant 485 Vietnamese 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/tan-my-restaurant-austin-2
16 Fricanos Deli 476 Delis 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/fricanos-deli-austin-15
17 Veracruz All Natural 441 Food Trucks 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/veracruz-all-natural-austin-6
18 Slab BBQ & Beer 429 American (Traditional) 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/slab-bbq-and-beer-austin
19 Inka Chicken 391 Peruvian 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/inka-chicken-austin
20 More Home Slice Pizza 389 Pizza 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/more-home-slice-pizza-austin-3
21 Pho Please 363 Vietnamese 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/pho-please-austin-3
22 Thanh Nhi 321 Vietnamese 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/thanh-nhi-austin
23 Capital City Bakery 321 Bakeries 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/capital-city-bakery-austin
24 Troy 316 Turkish 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/troy-austin
25 Kebabalicious 307 Turkish 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/kebabalicious-austin-4
26 Pueblo Viejo 307 Mexican 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/pueblo-viejo-austin
27 Noble Sandwich 304 Sandwiches 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/noble-sandwich-austin-3
28 The Big Kahuna 290 Food Trucks 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-big-kahuna-austin-3
29 Pita Fusion 287 Sandwiches 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/pita-fusion-round-rock
30 Taco Joint 284 Mexican 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/taco-joint-austin-2
31 Tea Haus 283 Desserts 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/tea-haus-austin
32 T-Locs Sonora Hot Dogs 279 Hot Dogs 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/t-locs-sonora-hot-dogs-austin-4
33 The Halal Corner 272 Halal 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-halal-corner-austin
34 The Best Wurst 267 Food Stands 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-best-wurst-austin
35 Bombay Express 263 Indian 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/bombay-express-austin
36 Peace Bakery and Deli 261 Mediterranean 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/peace-bakery-and-deli-austin-3
37 Taco More 253 Tacos 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/taco-more-austin-2
38 Hoodys Sub Shop 252 Sandwiches 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/hoodys-sub-shop-round-rock
39 Way South Philly 252 Cheesesteaks 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/way-south-philly-austin
40 Paperboy 234 Food Trucks 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/paperboy-austin
41 Browns Bar-B-Que 233 Barbeque 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/browns-bar-b-que-austin
42 Mi Tradicion 230 Bakeries 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/mi-tradicion-austin
43 Crepe Crazy 226 Creperies 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/crepe-crazy-austin-2
44 Cow Bells 222 Burgers 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/cow-bells-austin-3
45 The Flying Carpet 218 Moroccan 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-flying-carpet-austin
46 Cabo Bobs Burritos 207 Mexican 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/cabo-bobs-burritos-austin-2
47 Sa-Ten 206 Japanese 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/sa-ten-austin-7
48 Bombay Dhaba 197 Food Trucks 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/bombay-dhaba-austin
49 Lebowskis Grill 194 Burgers 4.5 https://www.yelp.com/biz/lebowskis-grill-austin


17 Simple Ways to Live a Longer and Healthier Life

There are some basic things we can do to increase the chances of living and longer and more quality life. There are people who obsess over this stuff. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth spending a whole ton of time nitpicking over. So I grabbed info from the people who do obsess. Here is what they recommend to improve your quality and length of life. Much was summarized from this reddit post.


  • Cut out all refined sugar. Refined sugars make you unhealthy. Source



  •  Get 300min/week of vigorous exercise because it is associated with a reduction in mortality risk of 39%, based on this scientific review which included 80 scientific studies and 1.3m participants


  • Don’t smoke because it is associated with a reduction in mortality risk of 40%, based on this scientific review which included 7 scientific studies and 1.1m participants.


  • Drink ~4 glasses/week of alcohol because it is associated with a reduction in mortality risk of 11%, based on this scientific review which included 87 scientific studies and 4m participants. Don’t do this if you have liver problems. 


  • Eat 7 servings/week of nuts because it is associated with a reduction in mortality risk of 20%, based on this scientific review which included 2 scientific studies and 175k participants.


  • Eat 6 servings/day of fruit/veggies because it is associated with a reduction in mortality risk of 26%, based on this scientific review which included 16 scientific studies and 800k participants.


  • Eat 4-5 servings/day of whole grain because it is associated with a reduction in mortality risk of 24%, based on this scientific review which included 45 scientific studies and 700k participants.


  • Don’t eat processed meat because it is associated with a reduction in mortality risk of 35%, based on this scientific review which included 6 scientific studies and 925k participants.


  • Limit all meat consumption, especially if you don’t have a perfect healthy lifestyle. Source


  • Drink 1 coffee/day because it is associated with a reduction in mortality risk of 8%, based on this scientific review which included 21 scientific studies and 1m participants.


  • Sit ~4h/day because it is associated with a reduction in mortality risk of 29% (vs. sitting 12h/day), based on this scientific review which included 6 scientific studies and 600k participants.


  • There’s also this scientific review which included 35 scientific studies and 1.5m participants showing that sleeping 7h/night is associated with a 20% lower mortality risk but I can’t function properly without 8-9h/night.


  • Take some good quality fish oil (Nordic Naturals). Source


  • Take some regular Vitamin D to get up to 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter blood levels (70% of the U.S. has gets too little Vitamin D.) Source


  •  Don’t text and drive. Distracted driving causes 20% of all accidents. Source