NYC: My Favourite Food & Sweet Spots
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1. COFFEE / TREATS
Magnolia Bakery has several locations in Manhattan. One of the most popular being that of their Greenwich village bakery (Bleecker street). The Greenwich bakery featured in Sex and The City - this is one reason for its popularity! Carries stoop is located just around the corner from here too. I love this location because it's a lovely area to wander, and there's a little park opposite the bakery where you can sit to enjoy your treat. Their bakeries can be small so, you tend to have to buy to take away.
Maison Kayser is a French Artisan Boulanger that has a selection of nice bread and pastries. They also have several locations scattered around Manhattan. Maison Kayser is great for a quick pit stop to grab a coffee to go while wandering the city. I got a flavored cappuccino (I think vanilla), and it was the perfect shot - not too sweet like many other coffee shops.
DYLAN'S CANDY BAR
Dylan's Candy Bar (founded by Ralph Laurens' daughter) has its flagship store opposite Bloomingdales (60th Street). It has remained on several Top 10 lists of New York City tourist attractions since its inception! As of 2018, its flagship store reported welcoming over 2 million visitors per year. Many famous people, such as Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Al Pacino, and Tom Cruise, have visited the store; there is even a section of the store dedicated to autographs whereby celebrities have signed their favorite sweets from the store. The decor is very pop art-inspired, and it also hosts an Ice Cream & Dessert Parlor, Candy Cocktail Bar, and Party Rooms. I must admit that I don't tend to buy much here; I love it because it's such a colorful and quirky store.
I visited Ralphs Coffee coffee shop by chance while browsing in the Ralph Lauren store. I was pleasantly surprised by the standard of coffee! If you are tired of Starbucks and in need of a proper coffee, then I suggest trying out Ralphs!
Juniors are renowned for their cheesecake. Its website even lists it as the 'world's most fabulous cheesecake'! I'm not a huge cheesecake fan, but I still found it very nice here! Junior's have several NYC locations - one being just off Times Square and is close to Shake Shake, perfect if you need dessert after a trip here!
Hershey's Chocolate World and The M&M Store are both located in Times Square. They are both tourist traps but worth a visit if you are a first time tourist to the city. Hershey's offers the American chocolate experience (Reece's, Kisses, etc.).
As well as all of their chocolate, M&M's is a great place to browse through their multitude of merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, etc.)!
Juliette is another French restaurant. It is located out in Williamsburg and is well worth popping into if you are in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me on the day that I dined here....which was a shame as the indoor garden area is so so pretty! We were lucky enough to have pre-booked seats for this area.
THE BUTCHERS DAUGHTER
The Butchers Daughter is one of my favorite breakfast spots in NYC to date! Though this is probably largely because I'm vegetarian and loved that it is a plant-based restaurant, cafe and juice bar - they describe themselves as a “vegetable slaughterhouse" 😂 There are three Butchers Daughter locations in New York (Nolita, West Village, and Brooklyn) and I visited the Nolita location. I loved the décor which featured a lot of greenery.
JACK'S WIFE FREDA
Jack's Wife Freda has three locations in the city (SoHo, Chelsea and the West Village). One of these locations is not too far from The Butchers Daughter West Village location. I visited the SoHo restaurant and really liked it, however, I probably needed something more substantial than what the salad offered on that day.
3. BRUNCH / DINNER
EAT BY CHLOE
I absolutely loved the veggie burger I had in here (I had the guac one)! There are several Eat By Chloe locations found in NYC - they also have a London location. It is great for a quick stop off in the evening for take away; you can dine in here too. They also do salads, sweets, brunch, dog treats and have a juice bar. Even though I am vegetarian, I didn't realize until I arrived that it is a plant-based food restaurant and holds a vegan menu. (Note: they only accepted cards as payment in the restaurant that I visited - no cash.)
iIili creative Lebanese restaurant located in the NoMad / Flatiron District (close to Gramercy). I really enjoyed here! We shared several dishes and everything tasted so good! The service was not great but the food and decor made up for it 😄
WHITE OAK TAVERN
I had never heard of White Oak Tavern, however, my friend's been living in NYC for a few years and it came recommended by someone she knew. It is located near Washington Square Park and composed of a tavern bar setting which also features craft beers. The food was fabulous! If you're looking for somewhere with a casual setting but where the food still tastes amazing then I would recommend here (the brussels sprouts were AMAZING!). The reviews on TripAdvisor seem to agree too!
Chelsea Market is obviously located in Chelsea 😊 It is situated quite near the High Line walk. If you are doing this walk then it is a great spot to stop off for a bite to eat and wander through the shops and stalls in here.
THE STANDARD GRILL
The Standard Grill is located on the ground floor of the very cool The Standard Hotel in the trendy Meatpacking District. I constantly see pictures of people sipping cocktails at the rooftop bar located in this hotel and it still remains on my to-do list! For now, The Standard Grill sufficed and the food was really good.
I had spotted reviews and photos of Malibu Farm online and, I was very excited to try it out! The restaurant has several locations found in L.A. and, it opened in NYC (Pier 17, Seaport District Area) over the last 2 or 3 years. Its location is pretty amazing! The restaurant sits at the end of Pier 17 with a view over the Hudson River and Brooklyn Bridge. The service was super friendly, and it has a very inviting cocktail bar!! I wish I had met friends here for drinks! While the food was nice (it was nicer than it looks in the gallery photo!!), I did not think it was outstanding. However, this may be due to the dish that I ordered - which I'm not sure from checking their current menu if it is still even on the menu! The restaurant receives great online reviews so, I would definitely go back and try out another dish next time...and enjoy a few drinks while here too!
THE LOEB BOATHOUSE (CENTRAL PARK)
While wandering around Central Park we stopped off in the Express Café which is located inside of the The Loeb Boathouse. The food in the cafe was okay, however, it is the restaurant area that is more renowned for dining in. The restaurant has an outdoor seating area along the water and it is where the most popular and scenic seating of the Boathouse is. I still really want to book a table here at some point in the future. [Update 2020 - currently shut!]
As much as I'd love to get dressed up and dine out all of the time, if you are staying in Times Square area and tired after a long day of walking and just need a sit down with a filling of unhealthy food, I would go to Dallas BBQ. The vegetarian burger and fries with a side portion of salad is delish and you receive a large plate....sure to have you sleepy afterwards! It's very big so there's always been seats available when we visited last minute. Similarly, Applebee's is across the street from here too and I got a huge portion of nachos in here!
4 STILL ON MY LIST
A couple of very famous locations that I have not yet visited include, the revolving rooftop restaurant The View (found on Times Square), Katz's Delicatessen and, if you want something very different then Ellen's Stardust Diner (Times Square) is renowned for their singing waitstaff! Many of these waitstaff are hoping to make it on Broadway so the level of singing is of a very high standard in here.
Coffee Pastries Treats
Levain Bakery Their cookies look so good! Many would say that they offer the best cookies in NYC!
Milk & Cream Cereal Bar... yes a cereal bar! They offer a large selection of toppings for your cereal as well as cereal infused ice cream!
Milk Bar Store offers a selection of cakes, pies, truffles, and cookies.
Laduree I think everyone knows Lauduree! Again, they have 3 locations in the city. However, the SoHo bakery has a pretty garden area hidden outside. This looks amazing for outdoor dining during the Summer!
Cookie Do NYC offers a variety of edible cookie dough...this looks so good!
Big Gay Ice Cream has been named best ice cream parlor in the country!
Rice to Riches Rice pudding shop selling a long list of unusual flavors! I've heard great things about here too, so I can't wait to try it out!
Flour Shop More of a special occasion (pricey!) cake store but if you want to go all out for a birthday etc. then order a very colorful cake or box of treats from here!
Breakfast / Lunch
The Bagel Store for the most colorful and instagram friendly 'rainbow' bagel!
Egg Shop NYC A menu full of egg based brekkie / lunch dishes. Alcohol served here too.
Butlers Bake Shop Brooklyn based, breakfast & lunch. Consistently receives great reviews!
Tao I think any foodie is aware of Tao Asian restaurant with locations all over USA
Balthazar Iconic French brasserie, very chic...was once a hot spot for celebs (still may catch some visit here!)
Eataly Italian mixture of market, restaurants, cheese & wine counters all under one roof.
Sarabeth's Another NYC staple that consistently receives great reviews.
Russ & Daughters Cafe One of 'The 10 Best New Restaurants of 2014' - New York Times
Pietro Nolita Italian food and lovers of all things pink! Very photogenic for the 'gram!
Rolf's German Restaurant & bar for some of the most festive Christmas interiors in NYC!
Pizza / Fast Food
Shake Shack Any fast food lover should try these burgers & shakes!
Black Tap NYC Award winning craft Burgers & Beer. It has quite an American diner vibe to it.
Joes Pizza It wouldn't be a trip to NYC without some pizza...with Joes Pizza being the most famous!
Have you any suggestions that I can add to this list and try the next time I go? 😊
Thanks for reading,
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