It’s been just over 2 whole months since me and Harry were loving life across the pond in New York City. I can’t believe how quickly time is going (and that it’s nearly Christmas!) and it’s so crazy that it actually feels like our amazing holiday was a lifetime ago now. Along with shopping and sight seeing, we of course had to spend 7 days eating a LOT of grub and scouting out some of the best food spots. I’ve gathered together a list of my top 5 places to eat in the Big Apple – whether you’re going for a full brunch, or just needing some street food for a light bite.
This vegetarian/vegan cafe and juice bar serve plant based dishes and drinks which are both healthy and oh so delicious. Not to mention super Instagrammable! This was one of the top places on my list to visit whilst out in the States as I’ve heard so many good things about it, and is apparently the best place for a yummy brunch. It did not disappoint, and me being the avocado lover that I am, I thoroughly enjoyed my smashed avo on toast. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up or a quick health boost then their cold pressed juices and smoothies do just the trick. With a range of tasty, fruity concoctions with the added ‘interesting’ ingredient such as fennel, bee pollen and evening primrose oil, they have a beverage on the menu for every need.
Alongside the food and drink, my other favourite thing about this cafe is the super cool interior decor. Light, open and simplistic with lots of greenness around marries perfectly with their healthy, tasty menu. The place is just interior goals!
Best For Street Food
Now I was adamant that I wanted to hunt down the original Joe’s Pizza and try an authentic New York slice for myself. It’s one of the top foods that comes to mind when you think about NYC, along with New York cheesecake. There are a couple of Joe’s Pizzas in Manhattan, but the original and best one is on Carmine Street, where the founder and owner himself, Joe Pozzuoli, still operates the restaurant at 75 years old! If you want a proper slice of the best and tastiest pizza EVER then Joe’s Pizza is the place to go. If you don’t believe me, ask Leo Di’Caprio as he’s been there a few times, along with Jimmy Fallon and Bradley Cooper, and their photos are all up on the wall. It really was so tasty that even though one slice is literally bigger than my head, we went back in and bought a second slice each!
Best For an Italian Lunch
We stumbled across this beautiful restaurant in Little Italy on one of our first days, when we were so hungry and tired of walking and exploring that we just needed a pit stop. Located on the corner of Mulberry and Grand Street, this Italian heaven is perfectly situated in a buzzing area which is great if you’re like me and love to people watch! We really felt like New Yorkers while we were sitting and eating in here, and I’m so happy we came across it. The menu had a wide range of Italian dishes which made it so hard for me to decide – eventually I went for the pistachio spaghetti which was SO AMAZING and packed with flavour. I actually think this was my favourite dish of the whole holiday… and we tried a lot of dishes! The wine was also bellissimo which just topped the meal off, so if you’re in Little Italy and are stuck for somewhere to go – Gelso & Grand is the one.
If you think Dominos cookies are the best, then think again. Even though Chip Bakery is a little out the way in Queens, it’s definitely worth the subway ride over to eat the most gooiest, warm, AMAZING cookies you will probably ever have. Being a bakery dedicated to just cookies, with only 4 flavours on offer (changing daily), they’ve got to be good at them, right? For such a small shop there was such a buzz both inside in the queue and outside with people tucking into their freshly baked goodies. It’s clear to see why they’re so popular – as soon as I broke apart my first cookie, the melted chocolate oozed and the fresh, warm cookie smell was toooo good. I was in cookie heaven, and was completely unaware of how massive each one was as I was happily eating my body weight in gooey cookies. Safe to say I felt rather sick afterwards…
Best For Evening Dinner
On our last evening in New York City I booked us in to a restaurant that I’d never heard of before, but after researching a place to go found it had great reviews. Riverpark is a perfect place to go and dine if you’re celebrating a special occasion, or just feel like treating yourselves to a fancy meal. This restaurant is situated on the furthest East Side of Manhattan and has beautiful views of the East river. Not to mention the stunning decor, endless and amazing wine list, and dim mood lighting – perfect for a romantic evening. The menu choices were what you would expect from a high end restaurant and everything is cooked to absolute perfection. I think the highlight of this meal for me (besides having a bottle of the most beautiful Prosecco I think I’ve ever had) was how amazing and tentative the staff were. Nothing was ever an issue and they were always so polite. Not only did they keep our bottle on ice and kept coming back over to refill our glasses whenever they noticed they were empty, but they also brought us out two free delicious side dishes with our main course! It makes such a difference to your experience at a restaurant when the staff are that lovely. With all this in mind, I think it’s 100% worth splashing a bit of cash for a memorable final meal at Riverpark.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you’re heading to New York any time soon I hope you find this helpful. I know I read quite a few NY foodie blog posts before I flew, as you discover some amazing places that you might not have found yourself!