Best restaurants on Amsterdam under 110th Street

Dining halls are great and all, but it’s no secret that John Jay’s Meatless Monday can be a lil’ scary.


While Hungarian Pastry Shop and Strokos are cool, if you wanna venture off campus for some noms, there are indeed places to eat BELOW 110th Street.


So for days when you’re feeling hangry and adventurous, consider one of these top five favorites south of 110th and east of Broadway on Amsterdam Avenue. Though they’re a bit further from Alma, they’re still close enough to campus to walk.

5. Taqueria y Fonda La Mexicana

This simple Mexican taco shop serves the most authentic-tasting Mexican food you’ll find in MoHi. From burritos to tacos and bowls, they have it all (for cheap!).

Spectrum recommends: The Giant Burrito. It’s stuffed with carne asada, guac, beans, sour cream, and magic.

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4. NY Brat Factory

If you’re craving a dog, Brat Factory is the place to go. From corn dogs to chili dogs, Brat Factory has all your sausage needs covered.

Spectrum recommends: Sweet Italian Sausage and an order of churros

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3. Thai Market

Get your fill of all the popular Thai dishes for affordable prices, including, of course, classics like chicken pad thai, green curry, and some more fusion dishes getting inspiration from Vietnam and other southeast Asian countries.

Spectrum recommends: Thai Tea

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2. Yasha Ramen

With cold weather approaching, Yasha Ramen has steamy noodles to warm your body and soul. Also, if the trek to 107th intimidates you, Yasha does deliver.

Spectrum recommends: Spicy Signature Ramen with a side order of the seasoned egg (The seasoned egg is major key. Do not skip the seasoned egg.)

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1. The Ellington

This super chic tavern has some bombass brunch specials. Plus, it’s so hip that they practically guarantee you’ll be able to snap an insta worthy photo of your food.

Spectrum recommends: Eggs Florentine

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Enjoy the restaurants, Lions, and remember to snapchat us if you try any of these places!

Have any more amazing restaurants to cure everyone’s hangry symptoms? Comment down below, Tweet us, or Snapchat us @CUspectrum.

Cassandra Fernandes is a Columbia College sophomore and a Spectrum staff writer. She likes taking pictures of food. You can reach her at or on her foodstagram @hotandhangrynyc.

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