Recommended by : Carla Gugino (Actress)

Cuisine:Café. Price: $. Location: .

This petite takeout spot is the success story of an American culinary student who fell in love with a French butcher in Paris. The two got married and moved to New York with dreams of opening their own restaurant. The French-influenced fare at Paradis comes in the form of soups, sandwiches, salads, quiches and sweet treats. Fair-trade coffees are perfect to pair with chocolate-chip cookies, which some claim to be the best in the city. The space is tiny, so your best bet is to find a spot at the park to enjoy your quick and easy lunch.