I’m coming off of a weeklong trip to New York and had the opportunity to visit some of my favorite haunts from childhood and young adulthood. High end cafés! Quirky boutiques! Pizza! The uniqueness of New York is nearly impossible to duplicate, and incredibly hard to emulate. I’m happy to come back to my adopted home of Nashville, but there is a nostalgia for the five boroughs that I’d like to satisfy once in awhile.
According to a recent LinkedIn Workforce Report, New York, NY made the list of top 3 cities that Nashville has gained the most workers from in the past year. It’s no secret that Nashville’s economy, real estate, weather, and lifestyle are attractive to those living in New York. I did a little sleuthing, and it turns out that there are plenty of local Nashville spots that are either iterations of New York originals or greatly influenced (and properly executed) by them.
I’ve listed these New York-esque places in Nashville below. Did we miss one? Let us know in the comments at the end of this post.
The Halal Guys
If you know New York, you know The Halal Guys. This massively popular cart (not even a truck, a cart), draws lines blocks long at lunchtime for a taste of their halal food. The Halal Guys has found such great success in New York, they’ve opened a brick and mortar restaurant in Bellevue! (You can thank me later.)
The closest you’ll get to an authentic New-York style delicatessen is Noshville in Green Hills. The modest restaurant boasts an extensive menu of deli sandwiches, soups, salads, and other “noshes.” They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
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This consignment shop is almost as sought-after as the designers they carry (Miu Miu, Chanel, Chloé, Fendi and much more). The New York Times called them the “Best Kept Secret” in fashion (read more here).
Five Points Pizza
As a native New Yorker, I can promise that Five Points carries the real thing, and those looking for a New York-style slice will not be disappointed. The demand is high for a slice, as the line can sometimes snake around the corner, but like any other good New York pizza place, the staff moves quickly.
Urban Cowboy is so quintessentially new Nashville, with it’s reclaimed wood paneling, whiskey menu, and homey interior. Even the name lends itself to the ongoing vibe of the “New” Nashville. But Urban also has a little-known iteration in Brooklyn, which albeit a bit more industrial, carries the same vibes as the East Nashville gem. (Read our article on Urban Cowboy here.)
For a proper New York-style bagel, look no further than Proper Bagel in Belmont. The owners hail from New York and make their bagels from scratch every morning. Proper also servs a number of other baked goods and is housed in a chic black & white interior.
This women’s clothing boutique in Green Hills is a favorite of New York-based Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge. They carry all manner of women’s dress including jeans, dresses, tops, and accessories.
Consistently ranked as one of the best restaurants in Nashville, City House offers Italian dishes but with a rustic Southern comfort twist. If you’re into a fusion vibe, eating here gives you the best of both worlds.
Adele’s was opened by New York City’s Barbuto chef Jonathan Waxman. It is one of the most sought-after dinner restaurants in The Gulch and any night of the week will yield a trendy crowd.
For any fans of New York’s famous farm-to-table eatery Jack’s Wife Freda, Café Roze on Porter Road in East was opened by Julia Jaksic, who created Freda’s menu. (Check out our coverage on the full offerings of this Riverside restaurant here.)
Coco’s Italian Market
This list would not be complete without any Italian fare. Coco’s is a no-fuss, casual eatery serving all types of Italian foods (from appetizers to desserts), but what really makes them special is their attached grocery market with prepared meals and other Italian cooking staples.