No Place Like New York: Food

A little over a week ago, I was preparing to jet off to hands-down one of the best cities in the world, no place other than New York. Though I can’t write this article as a local (yet! but let’s hope that changes in the next 5 years), I did extensive research to find some of the best places in the city to dine. NYC is too much to cover in a long weekend trip, but the following constitute some culinary highlights I couldn’t miss:

BREAKFAST/BRUNCH

Black Seed Bagels

Grab a classic New York bagel (the egg & avocado is unbeatable) and a cappuccino in this cozy cafe, and be prepared to munch contentedly while you page through the latest New York Times. (SoHo, 170 Elizabeth St.)

Buvette

Fancy some pâtisseries and oeufs from this sunny French bistro’s dainty menu, or perhaps sample the saumon fume (toast with eggs, creme fraiche, smoked salmon, and capers) for something truly delectable. Get there early to avoid the mid-morning rush. (West Village, 42 Grove St.)

Jack’s Wife Freda

Savor this Jewish-Medditeranian cuisine at one of the most photogenic restaurants in the city. Don’t forget an order of cantaloupe juice, and try the Green Shakshuka (two eggs baked in a shakshuka green sauce, served with toasted challah) for an enticing twist on a traditional egg & toast breakfast. Again, arrive early or during the week. (SoHo, 224 Lafayette St.)

Russ & Daughters Cafe

Appreciate the retro ambience of this eatery, a sit-down version of the Russ & Daughters market, which has served as a New York staple in smoked fish and caviar for over 100 years. Bagels come deconstructed on a simple cutting board for you to assemble to your liking. (Lower East Village, 127 Orchard St.)

LUNCH/DINNER

Balthazar

For French fare, look no farther than this effervescent restaurant. If the bright and bustling atmosphere isn’t enough, the cuisine is unmissable, with a delicate balance of seafood (I recommend the salade niçoise with fresh seared tuna!) and hearty entrées. (SoHo, 80 Spring St.)

Eataly

An authentic Italian market, a hub of mini restaurants, a lifestyle. Take a seat inside and order pizza now, because you most certainly won’t regret it. We went to La Pizza and La Pasta and ordered the La Stella, a $14 antipasti that came as a disassembled arugula and cherry tomato pizza and gratified our craving. (Nomad, 200 5th Ave.)

Little Owl

For farm-fresh morsels that will put a smile on your face, come to the little red restaurant with the blue awning. This quaint dining experience is intimate, charming, and downright delicious, and you can’t go wrong with whichever dish you choose. (West Village, 80 Bedford St.)

Parm

Grab you family, and be prepared to consume parmesan cheese in every food group at this dynamic Italian joint. Don’t forget the garlic bread! Though we went with an arugula salad and the eggplant parmesan, our tongues were definitely salivating as we eyed the dishes of neighboring tables. (Upper West Side, 235 Columbus Ave.)

Rubirosa

Go with a pizza (doesn’t matter which!) and cannoli, and your Italian palette will be more than satisfied. Thin crust, a rich tomato sauce, and toppings of your choice, a NY pizza is in order, and this one is like no other. (SoHo, 235 Mulberry St.)

DESSERT

Dominique Ansel

Yes, it is home of the cronut, but visit for a shopping break and a kouign amann, a caramelized croissant that simply melts in your mouth, beside its crunchy exterior. Other sweet treats include cookie shots, frozen s’mores, and fresh mini madeleines — a basic dessert lover’s childhood fantasy. (SoHo, 189 Spring St.)

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Ladurée 

Fall in love with the pastel blanket of colored macarons that lay before you, as behind these doors lies unrivaled confectionary indulgences, artistically inspired and handmade with the utmost care. This is a must-stop for me, an everyday treat when I’m in the city because these Parisian delights are best when eaten day-of. As for a favorite flavor, I couldn’t possibly decide, but I never forget to order a rose or a strawberry marshmallow. (SoHo, 398 West Broadway; Upper East Side, 864 Madison Ave.)

Levain Bakery

This little storefront can’t be overlooked, what with the usual line running out the door.  Relive memories of grandma’s baking with four fantastic cookie flavors (chocolate and walnut, dark chocolate, dark chocolate peanut butter, and oatmeal raisin) that drip chocolate as you relish each bite and must be fully enjoyed with milk or coffee. (Upper West Side, 167 West 74th St.)

XOXO

-H

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3 Comment

  1. Everything looks delicious! My favorite NY food are bagels and high quality burgers.

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    1. NY food is unbeatable!!

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