Gotham West Market
I absolutely love Gotham West Market! Beyond being a great market outfitted with super fun vendors, the second it opened its doors, it transformed the food scene in an otherwise desolate neighborhood clad with bodegas and mom-and-pop hole-in-the-wall shops. Like a snap of the fingers, you can have ramen, ice cream, sushi burritos or change your mind on the spot and grab an ice cream cone.
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On that ramen note, summer or winter, you must make time for a bowl of Ivan Ramen's ramen. With the perfect slurpable noodles and steamed buns you will find yourself in comfort food heaven.
Known for their charcuterie, small plates, beers and booze, Cannibal is a great choice for your market visit. A cup of beer to go with chicken wings with a chili garlic glaze yogurt and cilantro—there's so much to love! Bonus, they have outdoor counter seating so you can enjoy your booze and bites in the sun!
Hello Taco Tuesday fix! With their authentic Mexican food, Choza Taqueria is a must! Their presentation being gorgeous is the icing on the cake or rather the salsa roja on the grilled steak. The rice bowl is enormous and filled with all of the right things. Oh, don't worry, of course there's the gluttonous tacos and burritos on the menu!
On the go and want the perfect super fresh pick-me-up? Indie Fresh has you covered! With their killer uniquely flavored shakes there are lots of great options for you to choose from.
Not like I need to tell you to go find a killer burger or fried chicken sandwich, but just in case you haven't had your coffee yet, and like me are lost without it (ahem, there's a Blue Bottle Coffee in Gotham West Market), Genuine Roadside is where you need to be! Ugh, I can't get over it, that grilled chicken sandwich is so a must!
Known for their incredibly flavorful Spanish tapas, there's so much more you need to know about El Colmado! There's the hamburguesas, the sandwiches and these absolutely amazing salads! If you're trying to be good for bikini season, don't feel like you have to suffer with boring flavors, these guys so have you covered!
FYI, featured is the Ensalada Remolachas with arugula, marinated smoked beets, Caña de Cabra cheese, candied almonds and horseradish—I know! A salad hardly ever sounds that exciting!
Blue Bottle Coffee
There will never ever be a time when I walk into Gotham West Market and leave without a cup of Blue Bottle Coffee. Call it a habit, and make it one you adopt, it's an awesome one!
A sushi roll for lunch is one of the most brilliant ideas to date!
Ample Hills Creamery
There's always room for ice cream! When it's super fun flavors like the ones at Ample Hills, plain and simple, you always have to say yes!