I always try to squeeze in a couple of new restaurants on top of my old stand-bys whenever I'm in New York... here are some favs from my trip to the city last week:

557 Hudson Street
(212) 206–6444
CALiU has amazing Spanish tapas including one of my most favorite things to eat, Serrano jamon. At dinner with a couple of friends, we shared 2 pitchers of their homemade white wine sangria, the jamon, chorizo, mixed olives, papas bravas, esparragos con romesco, buñuelos de calabaza, and tortilla Española...  when we split the bill at the end of the night, it all came together for less than $40 each with tax and tip. You can't beat that.

Goat Town
511 East 5th Street
(212) 687-3641
I really loved the warm and intimate vibe at Goat Town, where they serve all sustainable organic farm to table items. I started with the oysters, ricotta bread, and grilled vegetables before delving into my incredible burger. I left Goat Town bursting at the seams.

282 Bowery
(212) 226-1966
My friend and I were craving the comfort of pizza and pasta pretty hard so we had our last dinner in New York at Pulino's. We shared the out of this world mozzarella burrata and fried calamari, and I had the baked ziti and meatballs. All were prepared just perfectly. This was another night that left me waddling out. Love that.

On the weekend, I totally recommend hitting Smorgasburg, a Brooklyn food flea market. I hit the Williamsburg location on Saturday and my highlight was the lobster roll from Red Hook Lobster Pound. The shaved ice stand is also a must while perusing under the blistering sun.