New York City

The restaurant choices in New York are endless, it would be a struggle to find a disappointing meal. However, we thought it would be helpful to narrow down the many options for you! Keep reading to find out some of our favourite spots and be sure to let us know if you’ve tried any. Safe travels!

Sweets

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Bens Cookies

Besfren

Big Gay Ice Cream

Black Tap

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Boqueria

Breads Bakery

Bubble and Sip

City Bakery

Dominique Ansel Bakery

Dominique Ansel Kitchen

Holiday Market at Bryant Park

Ice and Vice

Kith treats

Kulu Desserts

Ladurée

Lafeyette

Levain

Magnolia

Magnolia Bakery

Manila Social Club

Milk and Cookies

Milkbar

Morgansterns Finest

Popbar

Serendipity 3

Soft Swerve

Sprinkles

Union Fare

Van Leeuven

 

Brunch

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Avocaderia

Bedford and Co

Black Seed Bagel

Bluestone Lane

Boulton & Watt

Bubby’s

Butcher’s daughter

Buvette

Cafe Clover

Cafe Gitane

Cafe Henri

Cafeteria

Carthage Must Be Destroyed

Clinton St Baking Co

Cookshop in Chelsea

De Maria

Dimes

Dudley’s

Eggshop

Flex Mussels

Galli Restaurant LES

Jacks Wife Freda

La Pecoria Bianca

L’estuidio

Liquiteria

Nomo Soho

Oatmeals

Rider

Rubirosa

Ruby’s

Russ and Daughters

Sadelles

Smile

Smith

Sons of essex

Sun in Bloom

Sunday in brooklyn

The Odeon

The Ribbon

The upsider

The Wild Son

Three Seat Espresso and Barber

Tompkins Square Bagels

Two Hands

Union Fare

Uppsider

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Lunch

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ABC kitchen

Artichoke and Bazile pizza

Bar Pitti

Beyond sushi

By Chloe

Eataly

Emmy

Friend of a Farmer

Golden Unicorn

Joseph Leonard

Le Pecoria Bianca

Mercer Kitchen

Mimi Chengs

Ottos Tacos

Prince Street Pizza

Raclette

Robertas

Rubirosa Pizza

Seamore’s

Shake shack

Smorgasburg

Union Square Cafe

 

Dinner

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ABCV Restaurant

Avra Madison

Babu ji

Bar Pitti

Baraca

Barbuto

Barraca

Beauty and Essex

Brushstroke

Buddakan

Carbone

Catch

Craft

Emily

Empellon

Fusco

Gato

Hakkasan

Ilili

Jacobs Pickles

Joseph Leonard

La Bernadan

Lady’s

Lalito

Lavo

Le Coucou

Lil Frankies

Lilia

Little Prince

Loring Place

Lupa

Mimi Chengs dumplings

Mission Chinese Food

Momoya

Motel Morris

Out East

Pasquale jones

Prince St Pizza

Raoul’s

Rosie’s

Red Farm

Santina

Selamat Pagi

Smith

Sotto 13

Stanton Social

Tacombi

Tacoshop

Tao

Timna

The Dutch

The Lucky Bee

Unami burger

Union Square Cafe

 

Bar

The Crown

The Belfry

Bathtub gin

Fat baby

Gallow Green

Los feliz

Mr Purple

Pod 39 rooftop

The Garret East

The Park

Tijuana Picnic

Tinys

Vandal

 

Coffee

Chalait

Club Monaco Cafe Fifth

Ralph’s (In Ralph Lauren)

The Butcher’s Daughter

Toby’s

Whynot

Restaurant Review: Figures

We recently had the opportunity to check out Figures, a new and fun dining destination in Yorkville (at Avenue and Davenport).

From the second we walked into Figures, we were transported to another place, our childhood. Strips of vintage comic book strips coated the walls and comic book memorabilia was carefully displayed in the entrance. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think that this was a comic book store. Soon after, we were escorted into the restaurant where one wall was playfully decorated using a comic book theme, a large picture of Barbie took over another wall and Pac-man characters were on the ceiling.

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Our experience then took off with the cocktails, first we enjoyed the Bramble Bee Cocktail with came which came with a carefully placed, smoking cinnamon stick, giving off the most beautiful and warm aroma. Then we enjoyed the Hunter Cocktail, which had hints of matcha, a cocktail addition that we had yet to see on a cocktail list in Toronto.

After our round of drinks, we tried some of the dishes. Recommended by our server, we shared a few items. We had the fairy-tale eggplant and the beet salad, fresh tastes that were the perfect way to begin the meal.

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Our next round of drinks delighted us; we chose the Rarely on Target cocktail that came with a stencil of the iconic Star Wars image, the Storm-Trooper on top and the Maleficent cocktail that arrived at our table with fire spewing out of a lime on top. What a treat.

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Next we tried the lobster and the salmon. The presentation took us by surprise, as each dish was perfectly and expertly composed. We particularly loved the crab salad that accompanied the salmon with a fried egg on top that we cracked onto the salad. It reminded us of a different take on beef tartar and we were excited to try something new.

To finish the meal, we succumbed to our sweet tooth and ordered the beignets, a row of three delicious and airy fritters. One filled with nutella, the next with blood orange and the last with cinnamon sugar. We were delighted by our options. We then were told to order to chocolate dome where you break the shell of the chocolate dome with a spoon and are shown a gold-flake dusted brownie and little robot shaped chocolates. These figures tied in with the theme of the restaurant and were absolutely delicious, to say the least. We didn’t leave a single crumb.

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As we were wrapping up, we noticed that a DJ came in and started spinning. The nightlife of this restaurant was clearly beginning and this was a Tuesday. This dinner space was entertaining, trendy and different than anywhere else that exists in Toronto and it is safe to say that we will be returning soon.

TorEats rates Figures:

Food: 8/10

Service: 10/10

Atmosphere: 9/10

Price: $$$$

Restaurant Review: Salt & Tobacco

Nestled in the heart of Cabbagetown lies Salt & Tobacco, a quaint pizza joint run by husband and wife team Gavin and Michelle. Open 7 days a week, Salt & Tobacco is offering fresh za’s whenever the craving hits, whether it be for dining in on a Saturday night or take out for the family on a Wednesday.

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Although items such as kale and arugula salads and olives and spicy pepper side plates are available, their immense pizza menu consisting of 11 different pies is definitely the main incentive to hit it up. The funghi pizza, a white pizza with mushrooms, mozzarella and shaved parmesan was perfectly simplistic. Truffle essences were certainly not missed here because the quality of ingredients was so high; it required nothing fancy to make up for flavour.

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We were strongly advised to use Salt & Tobacco’s house made hot honey and with the first drop, we were hooked. With a sweet base and a good kick at the end, this sticky topping is what made this pizza stand up against all others. The prosciutto pizza topped with mozzarella, thinly shaved prosciutto, generously scattered parmesan shavings and fresh arugula was another winner. The salty prosciutto paired with the peppery bites of fresh arugula was perfectly complimentary to one another and was of course, drizzled liberally with hot honey giving it a sweet and spicy finish.

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Beer, wine and various pops are offered for drink pairings and if you know to ask, house-made bitters may be added to your sparkling water for a crafted fizzy treat that goes perfectly with the meal. With fun and caring staff, amazing tunes playing throughout it’s beautiful interior, and of course, delicious food, TorEats would definitely recommend giving the Cabbagetown pizzeria a visit.

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TorEats rates Salt & Tobacco:

Food: 8/10

Service: 10/10 (take-out counter)

Atmosphere: 9/10

Price: $

Restaurant Review: Canis

West Queen West welcomes Canis, a restaurant with a brand new take on Canadian cuisine. With a cozy venue that offers unique and complex dishes that emphasize local Canadian ingredients, Canis manages to make upscale cuisine approachable and welcoming to all. Offering 100% organic wines, vegetarian, pescetarian and carnivorous dishes, the menu is tremendously attractive to all restaurant-goers.

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The Fresh Goat Cheese Beet Almond ($15.00) is not only an edible work of art that demonstrates more complexity than the name provides, but also takes texture profiling to a whole new level. The dish is composed of beet ribbons, which delivers a familiar earthy flavour. This dish takes it further with semi-dried beets that emphasize the sweetness of the root vegetable while also offering a contrasting gummy texture that pairs perfectly with the crunchy almonds that are scattered throughout. House made goats milk ricotta is dispersed among the plate and provides a nice saltiness and a luscious creamy mouth feel. Fennel seed, mint and cold pressed canola oil brings everything together and provides a crisp, fresh finish with every bite.

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The Lamb Shoulder ($29.00), which is braised for 12 hours and paired with a charred gem lettuce, which is topped with yogurt and lamb jus, was another winning item on this menu. The presentation was almost too beautiful to disrupt, but with just the touch of a fork, the meat began to fall apart and become one with the broccoli puree and baby carrot that was placed on top. With such tender meat and perfectly paired accompaniments, each bite takes your palate on a warm fall adventure that keeps you wanting more. Even the charred gem lettuce on the side hosted a smoky essence that brings to mind cooking by a Canadian fire on a brisk fall eve.

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Each dish was artfully presented and had ingredients that were strategically plated to emphasize the contrasting textures and flavour profiles of each dish, but nothing was quite as exquisite as the dessert. We were lucky enough to try the grape and chocolate offerings. Our taste buds were tickled by the texture of the fermented grape granata with its contrast to the fresh grapes and buttermilk ice cream beneath. The chocolate mousse with buckwheat ice cream holds a familiar chocolate taste with nutty notes from the buckwheat meringue, which was artfully placed atop a delicate scoop of buckwheat ice cream and finished with organic honey and candied buckwheat.

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Although every dish at Canis is (almost) too beautiful to eat, flavour is far from compromised. TorEats highly recommends a visit to this new establishment located at 746 Queen St W. for a truly unique take on Canadian flavours.

TorEats rates Canis:

Food: 10/10

Service: 10/10

Atmosphere: 9/10

Price: $$

 

Wake & Bake

Sophisticated yet sinfully decadent. None other than Simmy Jassal, the talent behind Wake & Bake pastries, perfects individually packaged varieties of velvety dessert mousse. Simmy has had immaculate training in French baking in none other than France itself and has perfected the art of making mousse. With an Indian background, she managed to maintain the traditions of French technique while incorporating aspects of Indian flavour.

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We were fortunate enough to try the delicate white chocolate and mango mousse but nothing quite beat the luscious chocolate. This delectable 52% dark chocolate mousse was coated with glistening ganache and sat atop a moist chocolate sponge that perfectly complemented the richness of the mousse. This almost (but not quite) sinful chocolate treat provides a silky mouth feel that perfectly coats every inch of your mouth with rich, chocolaty goodness.

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The mango mousse hinted at Simmy Jassal’s Indian background with minimal tartness and robust flavour. The fusion of a traditional French pastry with the bold colours and flavours of India was unique and captivating to the pallet. Perfect for almost any occasion, the packaging allows for the ideal party favour or addition to any dessert table at events ranging from intimate dinners to grand celebrations for the idyllic sweet treat in the perfect portion. Whether it’s these adorable mousse cups or immaculately detailed custom cakes and pastries that are offered as well, Wake & Bake is definitely a TorEats go-to for any occasion.

Hospitality Unleashed: Restaurants Canada Show

We had the best time at the Hospitality Unleashed: Restaurants Canada Show. We were given the opportunity to explore the pulses for the year, to try delicious food and to meet some top chefs of Toronto!

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This Chocolate Molten Lava Cake was absolutely irresistible!

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We were completely starstruck with Jonny O’Callaghan. He is the talented chef of Maple Leaf Tavern. His creations are both stunning in presentation and delicious. Check out his Instagram account: @jonathandouglasoc

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The pecan bites from Circles & Squares Bakery were so good, we came back for more!

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This beauty was made by JL International.

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Nutella made an appearance and handed out samplings of their Nutella crepes.

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We are so excited to come back next year! Nicely done Restaurants Canada #restoshow16

The Best Asian Cuisine in Toronto

Chinese

Peking Man (1108 Sheppard Ave E)

Lee garden (331 Spadina Ave)

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New Ho King (410 Spadina Ave)

House of Chan (514 Eglinton Ave West)

Dynasty (69 Yorkville Ave)

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Abokichi (258 Dupont St)

Hong Shing Chinese (195 Dundas St W)

Lai Wah Heen (108 Chestnut St)

Pearl Harbourfront Chinese Cuisine (2, 207 Queens Quay W)

Mother’s Dumplings (421 Spadina Ave)

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Modern Asian Fusion

Luckee (328 Wellington St W)

Dailo (503 College S)

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Lee (601 King St W)

R&D (241 Spadina Ave)


Japanese

Yasu (81 Harbord St)

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Yamato (24 Bellair St)

Hiro Sushi (171 King St E)

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Zen Sushi (7634 Woodbine Ave)

Sushi Kaji (860 The Queensway)

Short & Sweet Cupcakes is Delightful

Situated just north of Lawrence on Avenue Road, Short & Sweet Cupcakes is an inviting dessert shop that offers a variety of sweet treats. These range from cupcakes of varying flavours to crispy rice treats that provide a satisfying crunch with gooey marshmallow fluff nestled throughout.

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Surrounded by family restaurants and residential streets, Short & Sweet is the ideal spot for either special occasion desserts or to simply satisfy a sweet craving. The biggest challenge is choosing which dessert to purchase given the beautifully overwhelming display of freshly baked, unique varieties. The classic vanilla and chocolate cupcakes are ever so tempting but can be second guessed by the array of other unique creations. These include Dulce de Leche (a vanilla cupcake injected with Dulce de Leche and topped with a rich buttercream frosting) and the One Hundred and One cupcake (an Oreo cupcake topped with Oreo buttercream garnished with a mini Oreo cookie).

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Cupcakes are not the only treat this sweet shop has to offer. Sandwich cookies and personal cake jars are also some of Short & Sweet’s specialties. The red velvet “sammie” consists of rich cream cheese frosting sandwiched in between two white-chocolate chunk red velvet cookies. Each bite resembled only what I could imagine heaven to taste like. They had such incredible textures that perfectly contrasted one another.

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By offering the promise of 100% nut-free products, Short & Sweet makes for the perfect go-to shop. Whether you are searching for school birthday parties or office events, Short & Sweet guarantees that everyone is able to enjoy these delectable treats.

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Short & Sweet welcomes personalized requests. Cupcakes can be ordered singly, by half dozen or full dozen and can be made “jumbo” sized or “mini” to your liking. Cake customization is also on the menu and can be made to suit any occasion, formal or casual.

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TorEats rates Short & Sweet:

Food: 9/10

Service: 10/10

Atmosphere: 10/10

Price: $$

Restaurants You Need To Try NOW

There are some very important restaurants to check out now, in the holiday season and in the new year. The following list is in no particular order:

Bent (77 Dundas Street West)

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Portland Variety (587 King Street West)

Bar Isabel (797 College Street)

Khao San Road (326 Adelaide Street West)

NAO (90 Avenue Road)

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Pai (18 Duncan Street)

Rasa (196 Robert Street)

Weslodge (480 King Street West)

Drake One Fifty (150 York Street)

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Boehmer (93 Ossington Avenue)

Mr Flamingo (1265 Dundas Street West)

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Oddseoul (90 Ossington Avenue)

Omaw (88 Ossington Avenue)

Saturday Dinette (807 Gerrard Street East)

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Honest Weight (2766 Dundas Street West)

Little Sister (2031 Yonge Street)

Figo (295 Adelaide Street West)

Have any restaurants to add? Email us at toreats@gmail.com

Restaurant Review: Sotto Sotto

I visited Sotto Sotto for the first time this week and I must say, I was impressed. Oddly enough, I walk on Avenue Road just about every day and have never noticed this restaurant. The discrete setting and dim lighting is probably why it is a favourite of many celebrities.

We were greeted and escorted into the downstairs dining room of the restaurant. It was a quiet night therefore I believe that our waiter gave us extra attention. He recommended some dishes and offered to customize any dish to our liking (a very nice touch). We ordered spaghetti, a whole Orata fish and a veal dish. Everything was perfect and delicious.

Overall, I have no complaints about Sotto Sotto and I would definitely recommend it.

TorEats rates Sotto Sotto:

Food: 10/10

Service: 10/10

Atmosphere: 9/10

Price: $$$$