New York Eats

New York, New York, New York, gosh I love New York

 

There is a buzz about the city, that is like nothing else, which keeps me coming back for more. Another reason I adore the city so much is my best friend lives there. And the main reason I adore New York is the food. Oh the food. The restaurants. There are so many in such a small place. Every trip to the city becomes some what of an eating tour. Lots of my friends and family ask me where they should have their meals, so here we are with my favorite New York Eats.

Spot Dessert Bar

This was a last-minute decision, we already had ice cream before dinner, then dinner and then we needed something sweet again.. a vicious cycle really. The matcha lava cake was delicious, and there were a few other things on the menu I will try next time.  This really is my kind of place, a restaurant just for dessert, what dreams are made of!

Milk & Cream

Seriously?! Ice cream blended with cereal and then toppings? When we ordered this, I told Kat, there’s no way I will be able to finish even half of this. Boy was I wrong, it was SOOOOOO good. I ate over half then forced myself to throw the rest away otherwise I would have made myself ill. I had Cookie Dough Ice Cream blended with Cinnamon Toast Crunch topped with Roasted Almonds and a Caramel Drizzle. Honestly what heaven tastes like!!

Cheeseboat

Georgian Restaurant filled with loads of bread and cheese!  Most famous for their cheese boats but I loved this Megruli Khachapuri – Tender Yogurt Dough w/ Melting Cheese Filling & Cheese Added on Top. After lunch we walked over to Van Leeuwen Vegan Ice Cream, it was absolutely delicious, the best vegan ice cream I have ever had. Then we went to the Wythe Hotel for a cocktail at their rooftop bar for gorgeous views of the city.

Look at all that cheese in those layers

We also had the Cheeseboat with Bacon added, we wanted the bacon and egg yolk, cuz DUH!

 

 

Malatesta Trattoria

True Italian vibe, loud, busy and cash only.

Loved dinner here we had the Burrata and two pastas dishes. The cheese ravioli in a pink sauce was to die for. And as you would at any Italian Restaurant we finished the meal with Tiramisu.Just how I like it, those thick layers of cream MmmM. Waiters were casual and friendly. Great experience there.

 

Momofuku Milk Bar

I always stop here. Every trip. B’day Cake Truffles are a true favorite. So is Crack Pie, Compost Cookies and duh Bagel Bombs!

 

Levain Bakery

You HAVE to stop here, you probably recognize the cookies from Instagram. They are huge and gooey, chock a block full of chocolate. MY faves are chocolate chip walnut and chocolate peanut butter chip. Honestly go!

Shake Shack  

While I am a California Girl and In ‘n Out is a favorite of mine, I do really enjoy Shack Shake. I even visit Shake Shack in London. The crinkly fries are delicious and the burgers are delicious, totally different form In ‘n Out. I think its worth a shot and an easy quick lunch when you are walking around the city.

Sadelle’s 

Breakfast dreams are made here. Bagels, cream cheese, salmon, salads, cinnamon buns… the list goes on. Classic New York brunch you should definitely make a reservation.

 

Dominque Ansel 

You can visit the bakery or kitchen, or in my case both. DA is most famous for their cronuts. They sell out and you must pre order in advance, I have had a cronut from their once but honestly cronuts aren’t my thing. DA is almost famous for their cookie shot, it was good nothing to write home about. Their apple tarte tain was delicious. One of my fave desserts. Their granola is also spectacular, you can buy some to go or I had breakfast at the Dominique Ansel Kitchen, the granola was served toasted with pear compote and yogurt, seriously delish. The cookies and pastries are delicious and beautiful. My sisters faves are the DKA’s- Dominique’s Kouign Amann, croissant like dough with crunchy sugar sweetness, you will love them.

Seriously how cute are these pastries!!

 

 

Root & Bone 

The best fried chickening NYC. Okay, I haven’t tried all the fried chickens in NYC but Root & Bone is truly delicious. Whether for brunch or dinner, you will enjoy every bite. The waffle chicken sandwich is delish, you must order the biscuits with jus and Mac and cheese, cuz Mac and cheese.

 

 

Sarabeth’s 

With locations next to Central Park this is the perfect brunch spot. A scrumptious brunch with a stroll in the park after, what a beautiful Sunday. All the egg dishes were delicious as well as the ricotta pancakes but my favorite was the almond encrusted French toast. Holy Cow, so delicious.

Hope you have a fabulous eating adventure in the big city and try some of my favorite New York Eats!

 

Hungry?

Blueberry Cheesecake usually fills me up

 

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Best Places to Eat in NYC

New York City..how I love you. I really just love the place. I wouldn’t move there but I do love it. I think I love it so much because every time I go it’s based on food and shopping. If you let me spend the day eating and shopping it would be the best day ever for me. So basically those 5 days in NYC were the best days ever! 😉

The Milk Bar

 I have always read/heard about The Milk Bar, so I decided this would be the trip I finally visited.

I enjoyed it so much I went twice. And both times it was amazing.

Birthday Cake Truffles- They were a mix between a cookie dough texture and a cake ball. I am IN love! Literally in LOVE. One of the best things I have EVER eaten…EVER!! Seriously amazing. I can not speak highly enough of these damn birthday cake truffles.

Crack Pie- Another absolutely scrumptious delicious amazing slice of heaven!! I felt like the texture was that of a lemon bar but it was a buttery, carmely, toffeey ish flavor.

Ess-a-Bagel

Bagel + Cream Cheese= YUMM-O

Bagels. I absolutely love them, especially if it’s an everything or cheese bagel or if I am feeling extra special a cheese & everything bagel. I visited Ess-a- Bagel for the first time this trip. When we arrived it was busy. We got in line and waited to order. Once I ordered the bagels I went to the register to pay, it took FOREVER. It was really annoying, as I had hot food and was just waiting to eat! It was worth the wait!

We had a Garlic Bagel with bacon, egg and cheese. It was very tasty. The bagel was like GARLIC obsessed. Coming from a garlic lover, I really think the bagel had too much garlic. I never thought I would ever say there was such a thing as too much garlic. But this was it!

We also ordered an Everything Bagel with cream cheese. It was scrumptious. We enjoyed every bite!

Morandi 

My best friend lives in New York City and I often speak to her as she is leaving work for the day. She passes an Italian restaurant on her way home that is always packed. When I last visited we decided to go. That night we had a reservation so we didn’t have to wait. The restaurant was warm and inviting. We sat towards the back.

We ordered lots of food.

Grilled Artichoke Hearts

Butternut Squash Salad

Buffalo Mozzarella

Sausage Stuffed Olive Breaded & Deep Fried

Meatballs

Polpettine alla siciliana
meatballs with pine nuts & raisins

Pici al limone
hand-rolled spaghetti with lemon & parmesan

Paccheri con ragú alla napoletana
large pouch pasta with pork ragu & caciocavallo cheese

Fettuccine di castagne con gamberi e zucca
chestnut pasta with shrimp, squash & black kale

Spaghetti Bolgnese w/ Meatballs

The food was amazing at Morandi, honestly not one bad thing to say about the place. Honestly give it a go, you will not regret it!

Max Brenner Chocolate Bar

I fell in love with Max Brenner Chocolate Bar in Australia. I was there for 16 days in February and visited good ol max 14 of those days. This place is honestly AMAZING! I fell in love everytime we went.

As soon as I knew I was going to NYC I knew I would be visiting the Max Brenner in the city. We went and it was the WORST experience I have ever had. The customer service was hideous. Honestly I have never experienced anything like it. Even the manager was a joke. Coming from the business I know things happen, you run out of ingredients, mistakes are made, some staff are not the politest but seriously this place was horrible.

Luckily, I have already experienced the amazingness of Max Brenner so I did on let this affect me, compltely. I will probably never return to the NYC location. Luckily there is a location in Las Vegas that I  visited last week that was great, just like all the locations in Australia.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

 Clinton St. Baking

Clinton St. Baking was also a first for this trip. We went for breakfast with full intentions of getting the famous blueberry pancakes. But it never happened. I will be going back to try the pancakes. The french toast we had was spectacular. I loved every bite!

Farmers Plate

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Brioche French Toast w/ Caramelized Bananas, Pecans & Maple Syrup

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Alice’s Tea Cup

We wanted to go to Alices Tea Cup for brunch on Saturday but when we finally got there around 1:45pm the wait was 1hr 30 minutes. It was sad but we could not wait.. We were so hungry! I made sure to grab a berry scone before we left and I am glad I did. It was one of the moistest scones I have ever had.

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Cajun Kitchen, Santa Barbara

I recently went on a girls weekend to Santa Barbara, CA. It was marvelous. We relaxed, we went out and danced, we ate lots of food, went shopping and did a bit of drinking as well 😉

The trip came to an end Sunday morning at Cajun Kitchen. I was a bit skeptical because I can not handle any spiciness at all. I fully admit I am PATHETIC when it comes to hot/spicy food.

We walked in at about 830AM, luckily we beat the morning rush. We sat down at a booth towards the back. It was an old fashioned diner type place. All the staff were friendly enough.They had a large menu but we narrowed it down quickly as we were HUNGRY! I was on the verge of HANGRY! But let’s be honest I always am 😉

We ordered. The beignets were very tasty with the caramel and cooked strawberries and bananas.This was by far my favorite item we had. For my main breakfast I ordered the Ranchers Omelette which was eggs, tomatoes, bacon, cheddar cheese and avocado. The omelette was the perfect combination for me. And I’m kind of obsessed with tomatoes, so I enjoyed that the omelette was bursting at the seams with tomatoes. The hash browns were fine, nothing to write home about. The same goes for the French Toast. It got the job done but I have definitely had better.

The beignets are definitely the reason I will return. Check out Cajun Kitchen next time you are in the Santa Barbra area. They also have locations in Ventura, Lompoc, Carpenteria and Goleta all in California.

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