Magnolia Bakery is one of food.

1. Magnolia Bakery

Bakery · Lincoln Square · 200 Columbus Ave (at W 69th St.), New York, NY

The New York TimesThe New York Times: Skip the infamous cupcakes at this NYC standby and give the banana pudding a try.

Cascabel Taqueria is one of food.

2. Cascabel Taqueria

Mexican Restaurant · Yorkville · 1556 2nd Ave (btwn 80th & 81st St), New York, NY

The Wall Street JournalThe Wall Street Journal: Try the cemita poblano, a whopping handful of shredded pork, cheese, avocado, mango and aioli, which is served only at lunch. The secret and critical ingredient is papalo, an herb similar to cilantro. Read more.

The Mermaid Inn is one of food.

3. The Mermaid Inn

Seafood Restaurant · Upper West Side · 568 Amsterdam Ave (btwn W 87th & W 88th St), New York, NY

BravoBravo: Best lobster roll variation ever. Chef Lawrence Edelman does wonders with skate too. -Seth Caro, Top Chef Just Desserts