Howdy from NYC… it’s been 2 months since the last article (slight hiatus with finishing up uni and galavanting around the US having way too many margaritas!) so I thought I’d better pull my finger out and start things up again.
This is a totally unrelated baby post today but more of a foodie entry for anyone travelling to, or planning on a trip here in the future. My husband, Raoul, and I have literally eaten our way around Manhattan and Brooklyn for the past 3 weeks (5 day juice detox ordered for when we get back…wish me luck!)
Prepare for lots of fezpot food shots of yours truly, Raoul got carried away playing photographer…just look at the food!
This is a bustling little brekky joint that’s easy to get to from the subway and is situated in Williamsburg. Heath Ledger’s Australian/American cafe realised posthumously, is an awesome little spot. They’re famous for their Ricotta Pancakes w/ honeycomb butter, banana, blueberries & strawberries, served with 100% pure maple syrup…however on day 2 we were hesitant to go all out gun blazing and opted for an equally satisfying savoury alternative to share. Pictured is the sage scrambled egg panini and the grilled 7 grain toast topped w/ crushed avocado, green onion & radish.
Address: 18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Phone: (718) 383-5345
I’m not a coffee wanker, but I totally became one (and it pays to be) in America! Favourite haunts over the weeks were:
Sweet Leaf (135 Kent Ave, Williamsburg (347) 725-4862)
Five Leaves (18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222)
Dominique Ansel (189 Spring Street, NY) Famous for their cronuts (apparently there’s a line in the wee hours for those bad boys), we just stuck to the coffee, which they were surprisingly great at.
Variety (146 Wycoff Ave, NY) Best “Americano” coffee we had.
Cafe Grumpy (Lexington Passage, 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017) The closest we came to Aussie coffee over the three weeks.
Note: Flat whites over in NYC seem to be cappuccinos?? So if you’re after a flat white, it’s a cap.
Down in TriBeCa near World Tower, we were fanging for some clean food. The Amish Market has heaps of salads (hot and cold) available. You can mix n match – and pay on weight.
Address: 53 Park Pl, New York, NY 10007
The food was so good in this West Village haunt that we ate there two days in a row. For dinner we had the grilled salmon salad and the fish burger, and the following day we shared the marketplace green vegetable plate. All delicious. All reasonably priced. Decor is nothing to harp on about, but it’s in a great location near the West Village shops and a short stroll from Bleeker Street.
If you’re up for an all out American blow out, this is the place. We’d been walking for 6 hours and I was on the verge of tears my sugar levels were so low…this was ridiculously evil and delicious.
Address: 135 W 50th, NY
Saxon & Parole
Great brunch spot on Bowery. Great cocktails (yes, at brunch) and service was great.
Address: 316 Bowery NY
Another great West Village spot. Salads, Burgers, Booze. All delish. Worth a visit.
Address: 47 W 8th New York.
Phone: (212) 253-9333 (booking is probably wise)
After a massive day traipsing around Manhattan (ugh I even hate how that sounds!) we did count down to Happy Hour, twice!, at this pumping Mexican restaurant. $5 Margaritas (the best Margarita I’ve ever had) and $2 Fireball (chilli, cinnamon in tequila) shots. Word to the wise…maybe eat more before the 4pm drink fest kick off, so your night isn’t as short lived as ours. You really want to be able to kick on from here. The smoked chicken tacos were delish, black bean nachos was really tasty, too and the guac could feed an army! Great bang for your buck. (345 7th Ave · (212) 244-0002)
Best. Burger. All. Trip. Just. Do. It.
They are a chain, so they are dotted around the place. No photo because we were starving, exhausted post 22hr flight and with luggage.
We found ourselves in Little Italy and spoiled for choice. Stumbled upon this hidden gem. Great Caprese and the pizza was great too! Friendly wait staff and funky Italian music. Worth a visit.
Address: 197 Grand St, New York, NY 10013
The pictures speak for themselves – the turnover of tables is insane…you’re not here for a long time, just a good time. Fab Pho & Salad bowls! Bring Cash!
Address: 114 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012
So I’m definitely a savoury gal, but I married the world’s biggest sweet tooth, so we strike a happy yet very dangerous medium…
“This Pie is Nuts”(@thispieisnuts)
We were here over Thanksgiving, so naturally we had to try a good ol’ American Pie. This is a brand that’s purely natural, vegan, paleo certified and gluten free. One of the greatest treats we had. No nasties, just goodness. Lots and lots of goodness.
An obvious one. Just walking in made me all Sex and the City giddy! Ventured away from the cupcake and we got the mini Apple Crumble to share. Yum and very weather appropriate. There’s actually a couple of spots you can pick up their goodies, but the original site is just off Bleeker St. The park across the road is littered with people catching rays eating sugary goodness. Do it!
We ate at literally a billion other places, all really good! We only had one disappointing meal all trip which was at a place called The Burger Joint (Cnr Macdougall W8th). Not into a public shaming, but this was a shocker (that we had heard good things about). Fries were feral and can definitely be missed.
Looking forward to getting back next week (soaking up the some Summer sun) and getting stuck into some writing, too. We have some great stuff coming your way in 2016, so keep your eyes peeled and ears open. xx