The most buzzing television show of the season isn’t even on television— network or cable that is. Aziz Ansari’s new and highly-bingeable Netflix series, Master of None, tells the story of Dev Shah (Ansari), a thirtysomething New York actor looking for love in the age of Internet dating. But in addition to touching on the realities of modern day relationships and the everyday racism that comes along with being the child of immigrants, Master of None also does an excellent job portraying New York dining culture.
Throughout the 10-episode series Ansari’s protagonist, Dev, frequents an array of Manhattan foodie hotspots. In one episode Dev gets cut in line at Morgenstern’s ice cream parlor; later he takes a date to Dirty French; and speaks with his father over a meal at El Rey Luncheonette. Considering Ansari is a foodie himself, all of these restaurant choices were selected quite deliberately. Other five borough destinations featured in the show include Greenpoint’s Achilles Heel, Chinatown’s Mission Chinese Food, and the Upper West Side’s Shun Lee Palace. By the end of the season Dev and his friend Arnold (Eric Wareheim) search for the best tacos in the city, ultimately ending up at Tacos Morelos after an exhaustive Yelp search. For a full breakdown of every bar and restaurant featured in the show, click here.
As if many of these restaurants and food trucks weren’t already difficult to get in to, Master of None‘s highlighting of them each is sure to make for even more frequenters and food Instagrammers. Thanks for the great new TV show, Aziz. But not for making these hot spots that much hotter. I guess we’ll have to settle for the second best tacos in the city.