As promised in my photo diary here's my foodie guide to NYC (if you want to see more photos from the trip you can do that here too). So as I mentioned in my previous post as opposed to assaulting my homepage with thousands of photos taken at random intervals throughout my trip I thought I'd dedicate my experience in The Big Apple to a few posts exploring what the city has to offer and today I'm talking about one of New York's most renowned and established talking points; FOOD!
Luke and I had so many memorable meals and so below I've narrowed it down to our top five. NYC is enormous and there are sooooo many restaurants but these are a few that me and Luke particularly enjoyed P.S. Prepare to be hungry after reading this!
1. Jack's Wife Freda - 224 Lafayette Street
Before visiting Jack's Wife I had seen so many Instagrams of this place and it was on nearly everyone's restaurant recommendation list that I'd spoken to. We visited Jack's Wife for brunch on our first day, there was a round a 75 minute wait for a table but luckily it's near Spring Street - which I discovered to be one of my favourite streets to shop on (next NY related post to elaborate further). Once we sat down it quickly became obvious that it was definitely worth the wait! Luke and I both got egg-based dishes with a side of Canadian Bacon and two mint lemonades; wow! The setting, including marble tables and cutesie sugar packets looks like it's came straight from a Pinterest board.
2. Sprinkles Cupcakes - 780 Lexington Avenue
This is another spot that I've seen circulating Pinterest/Instagram. I was intrigued by the concept of an ATM for cupcakes and promised myself to hunt it out when we arrived, coincidentally we completely forget about it and then just happened to stumble upon it one afternoon whilst shopping. I think the concept of a Cupcake ATM is such a unique idea, we actually went inside the cafe and ended up ordering a cupcake each; Luke got a Chai Tea Latte Cupcake and I purchased the standard chocolate; status quo but so good! Definitely worth a pop in if you're nearby.
3. Tal Bagels - 1228 Lexington Avenue
Hands down THE best bagel I have ever had. EVER. We were very fortunate to have this little gem just round the corner from our AirBNB and just happened upon it one morning whilst strolling to the subway station. The variety is insane, Luke and I were quite intimidated as this was our first transatlantic bagel venture but I think it would be very hard to make a poor choice in here as they all looked so good! We went here a couple of times; turned out to be our local! We'd order and then sit on the seats outside and just people watch. If you do manage to pop in here I would strongly recommend the 'Chicken Salad' on poppyseed; S.O. G.O.O.D.
4. Eataly - 200 5th Avenue
If you could only visit one restaurant for a 'nice' evening meal whilst in NYC then my suggestion would definitely be Eataly. Eataly is a restaurant/food department store comprised of several different restaurants all specialising in different aspects of Italian cuisine e.g. Seafood, Vegetarian. We went to the pizza/pasta restaurant and whilst waiting for our table perused the endless aisles of natural Italian ingredients and cookware. We shared a pesto pizza (as pictured above) and the most beautiful Beef Ragu pasta dish (regrettably not pictured above as we gobbled it down before any cameras had a look in). Eataly even have a whole cafe simply dedicated to Nutella; yes Nutella! So obviously after our meal we had to split a Nutella crepe; unbelievable.
5. Dough - 14 West 19th Street
As this is only a short list of my NYC eatery favourites I didn't want to include too many 'sweet' places however this was always going to feature in the list. I know I've already used this term in this post but I can honestly say that this shop homes the best doughnuts I have ever tried. Amazing selection, all home made and the smell; THE SMELL! I ordered a standard glazed and then split a chocolate with Luke, both of which were absolutely out of this world! Again this little beauty is in a really good spot - just off 5th Avenue. Definitely a must.
And that's that! I hope you enjoyed my recommendations, let me know if you've visited any of the one's I've mentioned. Let me know also if I've missed off any gooduns and keep your eyes peeled for the shopping edition of my NYC lowdown!