I love New York! The energy and bustle are one of a kind and of course they have some of the most fantastic food you could possibly imagine in all shapes, sizes and variations. Once again, I have picked together my favourites for you and hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
BREAKFAST and BRUNCH
For me breakfast is a real luxury, because during the week it is usually a half-hazard kind of meal. So on trips, vacations and weekends I love to indulge. Bubby’s and Balthazar are two places where that is perfectly normal and expected!
Bubby’s, located in Tribeca (120m Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013), is my favourite New York brunch place satisfying all my American breakfast cravings. Everything I have had here has been mouth-watering good…the pancakes, the eggs Benedict, the huevos rancheros, the milkshakes…oh the list goes on and on. I have never left here unsatisfied or with any room left in my poor overloaded stomach. The decor is inviting and homey. It’s the perfect place to start your day. (Also, check out their second location on the High Line if that suits you better.)
If you are looking for something more sophisticated, there is SoHo’s bistro Balthazar (120m Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013). The atmosphere is elegant and hip French all-in-one. You genuinely feel like you’re in Paris (and as you may have realised I love Paris). The food is of course French and delicious. The eggs are divine, the bread and butter is to die for, the smoked salmon is perfect! Also, they have great coffee and tea. The bustle of waiters and guests is also great, providing that perfect NY feeling!
I’m not a big fan of big lunches, preferring something light and delicious that will keep me going till dinner, rather than set me to sleep. This is especially important if you’re sightseeing or wandering through town, a heavy lunch will only slow you down. So here are my two favourite places for lunch. They are on opposite sides of town, so E.A.T is perfect if you’ve just been or about to go to the Met, the Whitney, the Guggenheim or the Frick Collection. Chelsea Market is better suited if you’ve just done some shopping in the Meatpacking district or been wondering the High Line.
E.A.T. (1064 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10028) is one of those deli’s where everything looks and is delicious. Walk in here hungry and you find yourself wanting to try everything. They have a great selection so you are sure to find something that makes your mouth water. My advice is stick to the great/ best sandwiches and salads ever. Of course, there are the scrumptuous bagels! You can take-away and sit in Central Park or you can sit in the restaurant. Either way lunch is bound to be memorable!
I love going to Chelsea Market (75 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011), wondering about and seeing what strikes my fancy. Considering the great choice that is assembled here I always try something new. You can sit down in the little cafés, delis, supermarkets, and mini restaurants or venture outside and sit on the High Line and enjoy your new discovery.
AFTERNOON BREAK + DRINK
After a morning and afternoon in New York you need a little rest and a something to nibble on. You can do so over afternoon tea at the Crosby Bar or a more relaxed cold German beer outside at the Biergarten.
The Crosby Bar, part of the Crosby Street Hotel (79 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012,), is a nice little treasure tucked away in SoHo. I absolutely adore the entire hotel, having stayed here the last time I was in New York. The decor is modern yet quaint English and I enjoy the easygoing atmosphere. The food is great, but even better is the special attention and detail given to the food – they have a rooftop garden where they plant seasonal fruit and vegetables, as well as fresh herbs. Afternoon tea is great here and always a treat. If you crave something a little stronger they also have a lovely bar, where you can enjoy a delicious nibble and a fantastic drink. And if you decide to stay a little longer you can enjoy their luxurious and private in-house movie screenings. What else could you want from a relaxing evening after a long busy day?
For something more chilled and outdoorsy, go check out the The Biergarten at the Standard (848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014). Here you can sit inside or outside, depending on the weather. It should be noted that you sit on typical Bavarian beer benches and have the option of drinking and eating German and Bavarian specialities. Again, it is a little world of its own in the middle of New York – and that’s exactly why I love it!
Dinner is my favourite part of the day, because I’m always hungriest. What’s particularly great about New York is great choice available to you. As such, I have picked a diverse lot of favourites.
Now, seeing as we are in New York, it seems only appropriate to include a steak house. However, Strip House (13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003) isn’t exactly your traditional steak house – the decor is burgundy and red, making quite the statement, the lighting is dim, giving the whole place a mysterious feel, and then there are the walls, adorned in black and white burlesque photos, giving the whole place a sexy feel. All in all you are transported into another era. And then of course there is the food…delicious! The meat is superb and the sides are delectable. Strip House satisfies your meat cravings plus providing that special something.
Yum, Yum, Yummy, is what Ippudo is (65 Fourth Avenue, New York, NY 10003). The decor and atmosphere are laid back and a little-grungy. The whole place is open plan space and includes an open kitchen, which I always find adds to the atmosphere of a place. Then there is of course the ramen they are famous for. However, you must also try their hirata buns, which are exceptional, and accompany them with Ginga Kogen, the best Japanese beer ever, which I discovered here! If you’re looking for a more elegant evening out, Ippudo has another location on the West Side (321 W 51st St New York, NY 10019) which is sleek and elegant and serves a more refined menu. One thing they have in common – the delicious food!
Another yummy and laid back location is La Esquina (114 Kenmare, New York, NY 10012) where they serve the best Margaritas I’ve ever had in my life. And that’s saying something, cause I’m not usually a fan. The food is equally on par and you enjoy fantastic and creative tacos. The place has several entrances and seating options. I’ve only ever been in the restaurant but absolutely love the look of the bar and seeing as the kitchen is one and the same I say pick whichever one suits you best.
Enjoy the foodie day in NYC!
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