One of my favorite places to visit in the U.S. is New York City. I seriously spend hours looking at Manhattan real estate online and dreaming of one day moving there. There is just something about the city that speaks to me. It has it’s own rhythm and energy. Its addicting. There is always something going on and always new experiences to be had. And since I’m a total foodie, one of my favorite things about New York is the amazing food. One of the best thing about the ethnic diversity of the city is the fact that you can get any type of cuisine you can think of. Since I have been dreaming of my next trip to NYC I figured I would put together a list of a few of my favorite places.
I just happened to stumble upon this place when looking for a somewhere that was open Christmas day to have brunch with my family a couple of years ago. They have several locations in NYC and are open breakfast through dinner everyday. While I can’t speak on their lunch or dinner menu, their brunch options are amazing! We have since eaten there a handful of times and each time has been great. They get very busy on the weekends during brunch time so it is a good idea to have a reservation. Luckily they are on OpenTable so it is very easy to select a time that fits your schedule.
A few of my favs: their famous mac and cheese, avocado toast(pictured below), Sicilian baked eggs, and vanilla bean french toast.
On our first trip to NYC we spent the day in Chinatown and decided check out a large dim sum restaurant. Among our favorites were the soup dumplings. They are dumpling wrappers filled with pork(or crab and pork) and broth. You bite a little hole in the top and drink the soup then eat the dumpling. They are so addictive! The next trip to NYC we decided to do some looking for great soup dumplings and came across Joe Shanghai. We waited for almost an hour outside in the streets of Chinatown to try their dumplings. While we were waiting we started talking to a few other people who were waiting as well. They assured us that the dumplings were worth the wait. They were not wrong. We went through one batch and ordered seconds. Now we know to order at least one basket per person. They are seriously that good!
My favs: pork soup dumplings and scallion pancakes,
One of the best ways to find great places to eat is to ask the locals. When we asked a few of the staff at another restaurant what their favorite places to eat were a couple of them mentioned Sweet Chick. After checking out the menu online we knew it was a must visit. It didn’t disappoint. Its a small place with a friends’ kitchen table vibe. At night the lights are low, R&B is playing, and the tables are lit by candlelight. They are known for their chicken and waffles and have several varieties. Everything we have tried, from drinks to appetizers to dinners to desserts, has been delicious.
A few favs: pork belly nuggets, shrimp and grits, cordon bleu chicken and waffle, and the nutella molten cake.
When I say I’m a foodie I mean it. I can appreciate good food whether its a five star restaurant or a food cart. In my mind a trip to NYC isn’t complete without a trip to the Halal Guys food cart, the one on 53rd and 6th of course. Its the perfect cheap lunch or after drinks second dinner lol. They have a two different options, sandwich or platter, and both are around $7. If you’ve been to NYC then you know that is a bargain. The platters come with your choice of protein on top of rice. The sandwiches come with your choice of protein in a pita. The shining star though is the white sauce. Im not exactly for sure whats in it but I can’t get enough of it. Word of warning, be careful with the red sauce. Even my husband who loves spicy food found it very hot. Start with a small dab and work up to your limit.
My pick: chicken and rice platter with TONS of white sauce.
If you asked me my favorite, can’t miss stop when I’m in NYC it would absolutely be Rubirosa. We love this place so much that that we flew to New York on a whim one weekend just to have one of their vodka pizzas(pictured below). Its an intimate place in Little Italy. They are always on a wait so its best to make a reservation. But no matter what the wait is its worth it.
Must haves: vodka pizza, rice balls, ricotta bruschetta, and zeppole.
Did you even go to New York if you didn’t get a bagel? I think not. Everyone who has been to New York more than a few times has a favorite bagel place. Mine is Best Bagels and Coffee. With a name like that what else do you need to know? The line is typically long and there isn’t near enough seating, even after an expansion. But you can’t beat a perfectly baked bagel topped with a generous smear.
My pics: Everything bagel with bacon,egg, and cheese, egg bagel with bacon and cheddar spread, and plain bagel topped with lox and scallion spread.
Looking for the perfect way to end your walk through Central Park? Stop by Levain Bakery and grab on of their huge cookies! The lines can be long and its a bakery counter with only a few stools for seating. But luckily baked goods are super portable.
My favs: Pumpkin ginger bread and the dark chocolate peanut butter chip cookie.