Hey! Today I’m taking you on a little virtual trip to NYC. Before I get started, I’ll embarrassingly admit that these photos have been sitting on my computer waiting to be shared for more than a year now, and that if I were on top of things I’d already be telling you about the trip I took to Italy this year which was equally incredible. But anyhow, if you’re one of the amazing people who have been following me on Instagram since (basically) the beginning, you might remember a few NY photos I shared back then. So finally, one plus year later, here’s the full story. It involves amazing landmarks and food and gorgeous scenery and more food.
I was in New York for about a week, and during that time there was so much I wanted to see and do and eat that I could talk your ear off if I tried to go into detail. That might be fun for a few minutes and then we would all probably get tired of it, so instead I’m just going to talk about the highlights of the trip and let you look at lots and lots of pictures. Yeah?
So, first things first. FOOD. The truth is that New York City is overflowing with places to eat, and you can’t possibly try everything. That being said, the best places are so, SO worth hunting down (which is obviously what I did every day because I am that person).
Momofuku Milk Bar: Go here and get the chocolate swirl pastry. It’s the most unapologetically buttery, flaky, and chocolatey thing you’ll ever eat and it’s amazing.
Jacques Torres: Because you have to visit the king of chocolate in NYC (or at least his shop, you know). Also, he makes good cookies!
Blue Dog Café: You know those unexpected, spur-of-the-moment places that happen to be really good? That’s what this was. They make a yummy almond croissant, irishman’s latte, and granola bar. Also ifff you’re like me and you like fru-fru coffee drinks that are a little on the sweet side, this is your place. :) One thing I quickly learned is that most New Yorkers clearly like their coffee strong because I was constantly looking for the cream and sugar table everywhere I went.
Del Frisco’s Grille: This is a cool little bar and grill that makes amazing everything. Try the pimento cheese balls, the tomato soup with crème fraîche and sourdough, the tomato flatbread, the chicken caesar salad, the mashed potatoes, and the chicken avocado wrap. Basically try anything and everything and I think you’ll be happy.
Magnolia Bakery: Go here go here go here and get a slice of chocolate cake. That’s all I have to say.
Bluefin: This is in Times Square which is actually not my favorite area of the city, but it’s definitely worth a visit. It’s a gorgeous restaurant with incredible food and it’s not at all super touristy. They make a really good salmon and a fun chopped salad, and the bread they serve is top notch – because what matters most in life is (obviously) good bread.
Bouchon Bakery: This is another must-go if you love baking and/or baked goods. The almond brioche and the granola bars are both awesome.
Baked NYC: Brooklyn is a pretty cool place and you should go there anyway, but if you make the trip just to go to Baked I promise you it will be worth it. All their cookies are good, the Peanut Butter Krispy Bar is heavenly, and the Millionaire’s Bar (chocolate, caramel, and shortbread) is so fantastic it’s criminal.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria: Another must-go in Brooklyn. There are other locations now, but the one just over the Brooklyn Bridge is a classic. For some of the best pizza you’ll ever have ever it’s totally worth it.
Sarabeth’s: I went to the Central Park South location, but even though they all have different menus, I would venture to say that they’re all good. Highlights from here were the guacamole with homemade chips, pretzel grilled cheese with tomato soup, and salmon with chickpea fries and cauliflower purée. You may not find these exact things on the menu now since it changes occasionally, but I know they still have the pretzel grilled cheese and (hello?) that alone should be enough convincing!
Bean and Bean: This is a fun (and by fun I mean tasty) place to go to if you find yourself wandering around the Financial District. Their Hazelnut Raspberry Bar and Grasshopper Bar (which is like a big, thick oat cookie bar) both come highly recommended.
P.J. Clarke’s: The stew, the chili, and the hot apple pie. Get them all and swoon over some amazing comfort food.
Mo’s Gelato: I’ll tell you right here and now that I’m choosy when it comes to ice cream and gelato, but every flavor I tried at Mo’s was bold and incredible. The dark chocolate, coffee, and hazelnut are all dreamyyyy.
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza: This is where I fell in love with the most unexpected pizza ever. It’s a creamy artichoke pizza and it’s one of those things that I think you HAVE to eat before you die. Really. (As a quick side note, there’s now one in Berkeley, CA which I’ve also been to, and in my opinion, it’s not quite as amazing. The original one in the East Village in NYC is where it’s at. :)
Levaine Bakery: I am – without a doubt – a cookie snob and I’ve had very few cookies that can hold a candle to a good homemade one, but Levaine Bakery would be MY LIFE if I lived in NYC. They have the biggest, thickest, fudgiest cookies ever and I’m still in love.
The Redhead: This is a smallish, fun little place in the East Village with Southern-style food that’s SO good. Their grit cakes are incredible and the bread with honey butter is swoon-worthy.
Eataly: Eataly actually belongs somewhere between places to go, places to see, and places to eat. It’s literally a food lover’s paradise. If you’ve never heard of it you should definitely check out their website to see what it’s all about. I still dream about the pizza I had there with arugula and smoked mozzarella. Their gelato is also fantastic (hint: hazelnut and salted caramel). If you go to New York promise me you’ll go to Eataly and then tell me about it so we can talk about how amazing it is. :)
Montauk Bake Shoppe: As you may have gathered, this is actually not in the city but in Montauk, where you should definitely go and at least spend one day to get away from the crowds, bask in cool ocean air, enjoy the gorgeous view, and eat a signature croissant at the Montauk Bake Shoppe. It’s what I image a cronut to be like – part croissant, part doughnut, filled with jelly, and just ridiculously good. (But in all truth, everything I tried here was really good).
Tate’s Bake Shoppe: Truth – I really wanted to go to Southampton just to go here. The cupcakes are sinfully good. Like – a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting coated in chocolate? Tell me that doesn’t sound like perfection.
Andddd The Sights:
Before I jump back over to the city stuff, let me just say that Montauk and Southampton are both really quiet towns that are a complete 180 from anything near Manhattan, but they’re also both quaint and gorgeous. The beach is clean and white and beautiful and the whole environment is just completely serene. We also visited Montauk Point Lighthouse while we were there, which was so breathtaking that I absolutely have to tell you to go there.
Other than that, here’s just a little glimpse of some of my favorite places and things to do in the city:
The New York Botanical Gardens (one of THE most gorgeous little sanctuaries I’ve ever been to and totally worth the little trip it takes to get there)
The 9/11 Memorial (such a touching and emotional place to visit)
5th Avenue (just to get a glimpse of how insanely rich some people must be)
The Top of the Rock Observation Deck (at Rockefeller Center)
The Roosevelt Island Tram (Just go. It’s fun!)
The Empire State Building (Because obviously. And the view at night is amazing!)
High Line Park (A super-cool mid-air park built on an old railroad track line. I’m convinced we need more of these in the world.)
SoHo (if you like to shop, this is my favorite area)
Columbia University (which almost made me want to start all over again with college just because it’s so gorgeous.)
And now that I’ve written way more than I ever intended and shared a gazillion pictures, that’ll be all for today. If you’re still reading you’re the best and I hope I’ve given you some NYC inspiration/wanderlust!
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