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When we’re looking for restaurant partners, we’re searching for the best of the best from trendy downtown restaurants to scrappy food trucks to hidden-gem mom and pops. We’re proud of our roster and each year we celebrate it with the Best of Fooda awards, asking you to choose your favorites. The votes are in, and here are your winners for New York City’s Best of Fooda 2019.
Baby Brasa Organic is NYC’s Single Best Lunch thanks to its rotisserie chicken that’s marinated for 24 hours in a unique blend of Peruvian spices. Its menu also features simple sides and starters including yuca fries, which are best consumed with a spicy yellow Huancaina dipping sauce, and mango salad with arugula, cucumber, sesame seeds, avocado, and ginger miso dressing. Many of the dishes here have a health-conscious bent and that’s because founder Franco Noriega—who studied at Le Cordon Bleu and New York’s International Culinary Center—moonlights as an underwear model and draws upon his own eating habits when designing the menu.
A pioneer in the NYC food truck revolution, Korilla BBQ has received rave reviews from countless media outlets from The Village Voice to Man Repeller. One bite of their Korean rice bowls will tell you why. Each bowl is made to order with fresh ingredients such as bulgogi, pico de gallo, and kimchi that when combined give off a Korean-meets-Mexican vibe.
Lobster Joint’s simple menu focuses on the ultimate New England comfort food: the lobster roll. Schedule a mental vacation in the middle of your workweek with chilled, dressed lobster meat on a potato roll with coleslaw or a fresh mixed green salad with tomatoes, onions, carrots, and radishes.
Kati rolls are an authentic Calcuttan dish made of skewer-grilled meat, cheese, and vegetables stuffed into a buttery flatbread then topped with chutneys and spices. Kati Roll Company serves this classic street food alongside homemade chips and organic mango lassis.
Seems like no matter who you ask, Blue Smoke is always credited as one of the most influential BBQ spots in all of NYC. Customer favorites include beef brisket burnt ends, red dirt rubbed pork shoulder with apple cider vinegar sauce, creamy coleslaw with poblano peppers, buttermilk drop biscuits, and barbecue baked beans spiked with pork.