• Anita Kenna

NYC: My Favourite Food & Sweet Spots

"New York is Always a Good Idea"

Follow my New York blog series and keep up to date on my latest trips to NYC. I also prepared an Instagram Guide which includes an easy-to-follow map of food locations in NYC – go to my Instagram page to view this!



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 (vanilla), and it was the perfect shot – not too sweet like many other coffee shops.


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 more so love it because it’s such a colorful and quirky store.


I visited Ralph’s 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 has several NYC locations – one being just off Times Square and is close to Shake Shack, perfect if you need dessert after a trip to Shake Shack!


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 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 love the décor which featured a lot of greenery.


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 liked it a lot. However, I probably needed something more substantial than what the salad offered on that day.



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 takeaway; 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 is located in the NoMad/Flatiron District (close to Gramercy). I very much enjoyed it here! We shared several dishes – everything tasted so good! The service was not great. However, the food and decor made up for it. 😄


I had never heard of White Oak Tavern before I visited it. 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 is composed of a tavern bar setting that 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 near the High Line walk. If you are doing this walk, Chelsea Market is a great spot to stop off for a bite to eat along the way. There are plenty of shops and stalls in here to browse through too.


The Standard Grill is located on the ground floor of the very cool The Standard Hotel in the trendy Meatpacking District. I constantly see photographs of people sipping cocktails at the rooftop bar located in the hotel. However, the rooftop bar still remains on my to-do list! For now, The Standard Grill sufficed – the food was really good here!


I had spotted reviews and photos of Malibu Farm online and I was very excited to try it out! The restaurant has several locations in L.A. and opened in NYC (Pier 17, Seaport District Area) over the last couple of 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 (cauliflower crust pizza). 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!


While wandering around Central Park, we stopped off in the Express Café – located inside 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 very much want to book a table here in the future.


As much as I’d love to get dressed up and dine out all of the time while in New York…you tend to be too tired by the end of the day and just longing for a fill of unhealthy food! In the Times Square area, I would recommend Dallas BBQ for this. The vegetarian burger and fries (with a side portion of salad) are delish! You receive a large plate….sure to have you sleepy afterward! The restaurant is comfortable and large – so you will likely not need to wait for a seat. Similarly, Applebee’s is across the street from here – I got a huge portion of nachos in here!


A couple of famous restaurants that I have not yet visited include the revolving rooftop restaurant The View (found on Times Square) and Katz’s Delicatessen (famous for its legendary pastrami). If you want something different then I would recommend Ellen’s Stardust Diner (Times Square). Ellen’s is renowned for its singing waitstaff! Many of the waitstaff are hoping to make it on Broadway – so the level of singing is of a very high standard 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 Laduree! 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 the 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 it here too, so I can’t wait to try it out.

  • Flour Shop is 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 restaurants with locations all over the 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!


On a tight budget? Check out this great video of some places to eat in Times Square for $5!

Have you any suggestions that I can add to this list and try the next time I go? If so, please comment below! 😊

Thanks for reading,