We at Flight 001 HQ take food seriously, so when we received the first shipment of our new NYC 'Best of' maps, it sparked some serious interoffice debate. Naturally, we felt the need to whittle down the experts' picks one step further. Check out our personal endorsements in the burger, ramen, and doughnut categories.
Black Market Burger
“There are almost too many Pat la Frieda burgers in this town, but Black Market has my favorite blend. It may be the most elegantly served burger you can find in the East Village at 1 AM—I recommend pairing with a dozen oysters and one of their delicious cocktails. It’s also a perfect date night spot.” —Loribeth C., Ecommerce Director
“Truffle burgers + truffle fries= THE perfect pair!”—Gisselle H., Junior Accountant
“It’s definitely my go-to burger place in the city! No frills or fancy fixings, just a great burger in one of the few dive bars left in the city. Plus, you can't beat the $3 McSorley on draft.”—Melissa M., Buyer
“I used to go to Corner Bistro a lot when I was working in the store. It’s just a good, old-fashioned, no-frills burger.”—Brad J., Co-Founder
They have tons of options and plenty of creative combos. Get sliders for a light lunch or go all out with a giant bison burger with the works! My personal fave is "The Western"—smoked mozzarella, bacon, slaw, cornmeal crusted pickles, and smokehouse sauce! Dietary perk: they also have gluten-free and vegan options.—Latisha B., Assistant Store Leader
“The deep fried veggie burger is incredible and totally different than any other burger I've had. Instead of a bun, it's enclosed in a warm, fried pita-like bread. Slather on the beet ketchup, and get the fried halusky on the side—thin shredded fries!”—Jamie S., NYC Store Crew
“The line may be long, but it’s so worth it. Send an emissary through the express ‘B-line’ for beers while you wait in the burger line, and know that you’ll be rewarded with an incredibly fresh burger at the end. Take your prize to one of the folding tables and bask in string-lit Madison Square Park while you eat.—Hannah M., Brand Voice
“This Upper East Side pub may not be fancy, but it’s good.”—Fernanda C., Brand Designer
“The house burger, with pickled beet, harissa mayo, and sunny-up egg, can’t be beat.”—John S., Co-Founder
“Vegan, gluten-free…and guilt free, as most of their desserts are sweetened with agave and made with coconut oil. It's hard to tell it isn't the real thing.”—L.C.
Peter Pan Donuts & Pastry Shop
“I live right by Peter Pan and my favorite is their Red Velvet Donut—it's cake-y and decadent. Plus the girls working the counter all wear cute retro uniforms, and the place makes you feel like you are transported back to a 50's coffee shop.”—J.S.
“By far the best doughnuts I've ever had! My favorite flavors are Hibiscus, Blood Orange, and Earl Grey. The shop is small and always packed, so you have to get there early to ensure optimum flavor selection. The location is great for grabbing a snack before heading to the park, too.”—L.B.
“Their Chocolate Chip Cookie doughnut is my favorite: chocolate chips and pecans inside, chocolate glazed, and covered in cookie crumbs. YUM.”—G.H. “My vote goes to the PB&J doughnut.”—J.S.
Union Square Farmer’s Market
“There’s nothing better on crisp, cool fall mornings than the sugar-dusted, cinnamon-y cider doughnuts they sell at this year-round outdoor market.—H.M.
“The most authentic ramen I’ve had in New York so far! For authenticity, order Ozeki One Cup sake, which comes in a glass with a sealed metal pull-off top. It’s the cheap sake sold in Japanese convenience stores, but you would never see it in a real restaurant. Fun!”—Kandice L., Product Designer, who lived in Tokyo for five years
“My go-to spot. The food is great, there’s usually hardly any wait, and you can even customize noodle texture and broth richness. It has the same owner as Totto Ramen, and the food is just as good without the lengthy wait.”—Hua S., Controller
Momofuku Noodle Bar
“If I was to show someone around town, this is where I would take them. David Chang started the ramen craze with this spot. It’s delicious; there are always new additions to the menu; and the wait is generally reasonable.”—H.S.