9. Most Instagrammed Restaurant: Sugar Factory

Sugar Factory’s King Kong Sundae.Image by Matt Harbicht, Food Network courtesy one 7 communication.

Speaking of Instagram, at the end of 2016, the photo sharing social media platform announced its running list of most geotagged locations around the world. At the top of the list for United States restaurants is New York City’s Sugar Factory in the meatpacking district.

Now open in two locations in New York, with the Upper West Side location opening at the end of 2016, the Sugar Factory is best known for its smoking, boozy fish bowls and world-famous “Couture Pops,” which are bedazzled lollipops meant to be both a sweet treat and an accessory. These pops, though appearing to be simple lollipops, have made their way to the red carpet and been endorsed for special lines and signature series by the likes of international superstars including Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Britney Spears, Drake, Nicole Scherzinger, Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria and Rupert Grint among others. In fact, it’s the success these pops have brought to the company that allowed founder Charissa Davidovici to expand from her Las Vegas flagship she opened in 2010 to over 20 locations in various cities and forms of the shop, including lounges, festivals, and even a Las Vegas fashion show.

However, visitors don’t only come to the sugar factory to run into to celebrities, enjoy the $30 pops, or to Instagram either of those things, but also to “shop.” Anyone is welcome to select from over 300 options at their “retail section”– the term they use for their menu– which also includes merchandise, as well as savory options. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night munchies and brunch foods are all up for sale.