Zest! Exciting Food Creations, 1134 E. 54th St. Why go: The food and the vibe. This popular neighborhood cafe offers excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner fare in a comfortable shabby chic setting. Chef/owner Valerie Vanderpool has also opened an adjacent cocktail bar, called Twist Lounge. Also notable: the Food Networks Guy Fieri featured Zest on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.