The Infatuation, our go-to source for restaurant reviews, sat down with NatureBox co-founders, Gautam Gupta and Ken Chen, for Founder Fridays to get the low-down on their favorite #EEEEEATS in San Francisco and NYC. Check out their Friday Fives picks and start making reservations ASAP.
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Gautam Gupta, CEO & Co-Founder: Favorite San Francisco Eats
Action at the Bar: 25 Lusk: “With a posh vibe and fancy food, this is one San Francisco hangout that’s always guaranteed to have plenty of action at the bar.”
Authentic Ethnic Eats: Kamakshi’s Kitchen: “Off the beaten path, this hole-in-the-wall San Carlos eatery serves up some of the best South Indian food in the Bay Area. And an added bonus: it’s vegetarian.”
Date Night: Sundance Cinemas: “This cool spot has food and drinks so you can do date night without the seriousness of a formal meal. Plus, the movies are always really interesting so, if all goes well, you’ve got something to talk about over after-theater drinks.”
Day Drinking: Samovar Tea Lounge: “Offering an extensive selection of teas and cocktails, this delivers on whatever kind of day drinking you’re after. Thanks to the beautiful views and people watching, you could easily spend all day here. And, their Yerba Buena location is centrally situated making for an easy stumble home if you opt for something stronger than tea.”
Vegetarians: House of Nanking: “Although not a dedicated vegetarian restaurant, it’s my go to. The owner is so personable and greets each table. If you tell him you’re a vegetarian, he’ll have something special, off menu prepared just for you. It’s always amazing — even though I never have a clue what I’m eating. Just go with it.”
French Fry: Cuisinett: “This little French spot does their country proud, serving up expertly-crafted fries that capture the ideal crisp to salt ratio. And they come with ketchup and mayo for dipping, as any respectable fry should.”
Ken Chen, Co-Founder: Favorite New York City Eats
Best Burger: JG Melon, NYC: “This old-school haunt hasn’t changed since 1972 when it opened. It’s all about the burgers, without any of the Shake Shack hype, tourists, or lines.”
Day Drinking: La Birreria at EATALY: “Grab a quick bite at EATALY downstairs and head up to La Birreria brewery on the rooftop. Great place to catch up with friends over beers and sun.”
Classic NYC establishment: Nom Wah Tea Parlor, NYC: “This restaurant has been around since 1920 (and looks that way), and is famous for its almond cookies and Chinese autumn festival specialties. But also serves great dim sum.”
Serious Take-out Game: Big Wong, Mott St, NYC: “The white-haired owner behind the counter has been taking cash only orders in exchange for delicious Cantonese BBQ for as long as I can remember. The roasted duck does not disappoint.”
Late Night Eats: Kunjip, 32nd St, NYC: “After the show is the after party, and after the party, is Kunjip. The best Galbi Jjim in the city (Korean slow-cooked short rib), open all night long.”
Best Chicken: Flor de Mayo Restaurant, Upper West Side, NYC: “The best rotisserie chicken of your life. Go there now. Order the Peruvian style roast chicken along with a pitcher of Sangria, and get ready to be mind blown.”