Hey guys! Did you all enjoy Easter weekend (if you celebrate)?? Mine was wonderful. Sunny warm weather, wonderful food and awesome company. So blessed.
As some of you may know, I just got back from a week long vacation in NYC last Tuesday with my mom and sister, Kristin. I had been to NYC 2 times before, but this was their first time. It really was a lovely trip. We ate too much, walked miles on miles everyday and did all the touristy things.
and OHHH MY GOODNESS, the food that I ate on the trip… 😀 Literally was the main focus of my trip…and lets be honest it usually is the main focus of any traveling I do. I always research and try and find the best places to eat. I just can’t miss a good restaurant!!
NYC can be overwhelming for die hard foodies like myself, because there are SO many options. I owe a HUGE thanks to the fabulous suggestions from a fellow food blogger, Chris, from Shared Appetite. Chris was so helpful! He sent me a huge list of places to try and exactly what to try on the menu. Everything that I had on the list, blew me away. Check out his blog 😉
Ok, lets get down to business. I choose 10 of my favorite food adventures from this trip to share with you!
Here we go.. lots of pictures!!
- Mighty Quinn’s BBQ (East Village)– The first day we arrived to our apartment we rented around lunch time, and were starving for a good meal after flying all morning. After looking at the places Chris had suggested near the East Village we decided we needed to get some good BBQ. I got the brisket sandwich, and two sides. Baked beans with chunks of brisket and mashed sweet potatoes with maple and pecans…Cannot put into words how perfect this BBQ meal was. The sandwich was perfectly tender, and full of smoky flavor. The side dishes were the perfect, comforting component. Probably the best BBQ I have ever had…granted i’ve never been to Texas 😉
- Baked by Melissa (Multiple Locations)– The last time I was in NYC in 2009 I remember getting amazing bite size cupcakes from a little window stand. 5 years later, Baked by Melissa cupcakes has multiple locations all over NYC and is doing extremely well. I just adore the concept of having bite size cupcakes. Sometimes ya just want a bite of something! Especially a cupcake..but you don’t want to eat an entire cupcake. These are much smaller than mini cupcakes. This time I got 3 flavors for 3 dollars…peanut butter cup, cinnamon and lemon cheesecake. Little bites of heaven. A must try in NYC, promise.
- Dominique Ansel Bakery (SOHO)– This is the birthplace of the cronut folks…aka doughnut and croissant combined into one masterful pastry. Also, where the cookie shot was created. Chef Dominique Ansel is brilliant. Sadly, I didn’t get to try the cronut on this trip…apparently you have to line up at 6 am for a chance to get one…we just didn’t have the time. We actually stumbled upon the bakery wondering through SOHO. Even though we had just had a 3 course meal and were completely stuffed, I had to try something!! There was a wait for the cookie shot, so instead I got the recommended DK pastry. It was perfectly flaky, sweet and so fresh. Plus I spotted Dominique himself!! So, even though I didn’t try a cronut or cookie shot, this will be my first stop next time.
- Magnolia Bakery (Theater District)– Made famous from Sex and the City! I have been here before and became a fan. I had heard that they have amazing banana pudding…so I had to try it!! and OMG it was one of the best desserts i’ve ever had. I have always been a big fan of banana cream pie, and this pudding totally reminded me of it. Creamy whipped banana pudding, with chunks of banana and vanilla wafer. Highly recommend for banana lovers!! My mom and Kristin got a cupcake and loved them!
- Minetta Tavern (Greenwich Village)– First off, I have to tell you. We went here on a Friday night, without knowing we needed a reservation…and lucky enough, just as the hostess was turning us away because you need a reservation weeks out for a weekend dinner, the manager said she could squeeze us in. Excellent service. Chris had said that they had the best burger in the city, so had to try!! I got the black label burger which is made with “prime dry-aged beef cuts” with caramelized onions and fries. SO juicy and flavorful and centered around the great quality meat. Amazing. A $28 dollar burger, and worth every penny. Outstanding service, food and atmosphere. Just be sure to make a reservation in advance 😉
- Cabana Restaurant (Midtown)– One of my lovely friends that I met in Paris, Angie, lives near NYC and spent part of Saturday with us. We stumbled upon this wonderful Cuban restaurant in Midtown after getting a cupcake at Sprinkes 😀 We had very unique appetizers and drinks. We ordered plantains that came with an fabulous garlic sauce, guacamole, and the sampler platter. The sample platter had Jamaican chicken wings, beef empanadas, shrimp fritters and vegetable fritters. SO darn good. Especially those Jamaican chicken wings!! Overall memorable dining experience!
- Serendipity 3 (Midtown)– Just a classic spot. I was here on my last NYC trip. Frozen hot chocolate…this place masters it and takes it to a whole new level. This time I ordered the peanut butter frozen hot chocolate…gahhh i’m drooling just thinking about it again. The place kind of has a funky whimsical vibe to it, and there is nearly always a wait. However, we found a wonderful nail salon across the street and got manicures and a massage while we waited…so perfect. It’s pretty massive so you might want to share, or come hungry! A must stop in NYC 😉
- Momofuku Milk Bar (East Village)– This was suggested by many people especially foodies I follow on Instagram. Guess what they have here?? Cereal milk flavored soft serve ice cream!! Sounds strange right? It literally tastes like the milk at the end of the cereal bowl, that we all love to drink. Plus you can get a cereal crunch topping…tastes like buttered corn flakes. SO unbelievably unique. They also have the softest and best cake balls and cookies. We went here 2 nights in a row because it was that good!! Very trendy, and long lines…but SO worth it. Sorry the pictures aren’t the best, they were taken at night!
- Chelsea Market (Chelsea)– Must stop for foodies. Food Network is in this building…and this is the place where the oreo was invented. Kind of awesome!! There were tons of different food shops in here and markets. Chris had recommended the Duac pork Sandwich from Num Pang’s. Basically a pulled pork sandwich with a carrot slaw, cucumbers, cilantro and a special sauce. Honestly something I never would have eaten without someone recommending it to me. Chelsea market is the perfect place to go during lunch, so many options!
- Molly’s Cupcakes (West Village)– After the Chelsea Market, we walked to Molly’s for dessert. It was recommended by many and had great reviews. I am a cupcake whore, so naturally I HAD TO try it. Very pleased with this gem. I got the cupcake that won Cupcake Wars on Food Network, called peach cobbler. The best part about Molly’s is that the cupcakes are stuffed. Plus they are about the moistest cupcakes EVER. Pure bliss my friends. My mom and Kris tried the salted caramel butterscotch. My mom kept raving that it was the best cupcake she had ever had. They had a very happy and inviting atmosphere…even had swings for seating! Must stop for cupcake lovers!!
As you can tell, I ate like a Queen for a week. This isn’t even everything…and there were places on my list I didn’t have the chance to get to.
There is that saying though…you can do anything but not everything. Sadly I can’t eat everywhere I want due to time, but that’s just another excuse to go to NYC again.
Have any of you ever been to any of these places?? Let me know what you think?
OR any other favorite NYC restaurants!
Have a wonderful Monday 🙂