Where:Motorino, East Village (and Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
An insanely good pie with tomato sauce, fior di latte, spicy soppressata, chili flakes, garlic, oregano, pecorino and olive oil. The brussels sprout pancetta pizza is probably better, but I always go back for the soppresatta.
The lone surviving Jewish "appetizing store" in the Lower East Side serves up super legit New York classics. Bonus: it is extremely close to Katz's deli where you can get a pastrami sandwich and relive the infamous orgasm scene from "When Harry Met Sally."
Braised All Natural Berkshire Pork Belly Served with: crushed peanut, cilantro, Haus Relish, and Taiwanese red sugar. You can get the famous Momofuku pork buns elsewhere, but a dinner there will set you back a week's pay.
I don't know what they do to get the grilled octopus so tender, but it's just so, so good. You'll wait in line at the original Astoria, Queens location for sure. They don't take reservations. Beware, the portions here are huge.