So in true Diane style, my New York Food post has more photos than the actual New York Travel Diary post.
And words for that matter. This is a bit of an epically long post sooo maybe grab a brew and a biscuit
packet and get stuck in.
Having done a load of research before we set off for the big apple (as well as the rest of the holiday), I knew exactly where we were eating everyday. OTT sure but Topher agreed when he found that we didn’t have a bad meal for the whole trip. Boom. Job done and I’ll pat myself on the back. I hate wasting money on crap food and I love trying new things so I was super excited to get stuck in.
A bit of context for those who don’t know Topher and I. My eyes are bigger than my stomach and it has a horrible habit of being starving and as soon as I start eating gets full very quickly. Especially with junk food. Topher on the other hand can eat everything and anything and will always finish my leftovers. So when you see him struggle with something, you know the portion size is too big!
I’m just going to post these in the order we ate them so here we go:
Topher did wonder why I dragged him 15 blocks for pizza on our first night but as soon as he tasted the pizza, he understood. Grimaldi’s is famous for it’s Brooklyn location but we went to their Manhattan store as I think 15 blocks was more than enough for that night.
I did get a look when I suggested one of the smaller sized pizza’s but as you can see below it’s freaking huge so I’d be afraid to see the big ones. We got half one topping and half another so we could share. The pizza itself was delicious and I’d definitely recommend it! A great introduction to New York and starting our trip in style.
A chain you can find in locations all around the USA (as well as 5 stores in Japan!), Luke’s Lobster definitely had to be on my list. I’m a huge seafood fan and have been searching for a lobster roll that isn’t just tiny pieces of lobster overwhelmed by sauce and salad. We went to the Financial District branch.
As you can see, there was plenty of lobster (and what is it with this country and pickles? They’re everywhere!) and it was so incredibly delicious. I could have eaten another one quite easily but obviously being lobster, its not the cheapest.
I also had an own brand blueberry lemonade which was really interesting. I could really taste the honey and it was a nice spin on lemonade.
I have to thank my friend Claire for spotting this one online for me. Cookie dough that is safe to eat? I’m in! Due to their heat treated flour and their pasteurised egg product used in the mix, it’s totally safe. I was really looking forward to trying this. There were only a few people in front of us so it appears we got lucky.
The original plan was to share a scoop between us but we kinda got excited and got one each. Little bit of a mistake as neither of us could finish ours! There was even a guy sitting near us regretting his two scoop option. Don’t get me wrong, this stuff is so incredibly delicious but it’s really rich so it’s difficult to have a lot in one sitting. And this is with Topher who can really pack it away.
Luckily they had plastic lids to put on top of your cups so you could take them away. We dropped ours off in the fridge at the hotel and they made great midnight snacks later! I had the classic chocolate chip and Topher had the brookie dough. I would really love to try all the flavours though as they sound amazing. It would be cool if they did cookie dough flights where you got a sample of each flavour and they’re all bite size. I’d pay for that!
I saw a recommendation for this place on Carrie’s blog and it’s been on my wish list for a while now. We went to the Chelsea location and got seated right away. Sorry for the awful photos, it was super dark in there!
Unfortunately for me, it turns out the classic meatballs are a mix of beef and pork so I told the waitress I guess I would have the chicken. Luckily for me, she recommended the veggie meatballs and I’m so glad I did. They were absolutely amazing and went great with the mashed potato and tomato sauce. Topher had the spicy pork.
Portion size was good, I almost finished mine but had to hand the remains over to Topher who polished them off happily.
After The Meatball Shop, we went to the Chelsea location of the Doughnut Plant to get a single doughnut each. I loved this display on the wall. They’re all cushions!
It was difficult to choose but I went with the mini creme brûlée filled doughnut which was the perfect flavour and size for me.
Topher chose the Coffee Cake doughnut obviously being the coffee fiend he is and he liked it.
Some say this has turned into a bit of a tourist trap but I still wanted to get my hands on one of their pastrami sandwiches.
Much to Topher’s dismay, I suggested that we share a sandwich after seeing their size on a Youtube video. Looking from the top, it’s not a particularly big sandwich but the height is what makes you realise it’s a good idea to share. And after we polished it off, Topher agreed. I definitely agree with him that I’m ruined for pastrami now. We’ve just been spoiled by this tastiness.
Ice and Vice
Ice and Vice is an experimental ice cream shop and I certainly agree with that description. I had the “Yellow” flavour which is Buckwheat Honey, Tumeric, Sunflower and Butterscotch with a blue cone. I didn’t realise that the cones themselves were flavoured too and as they don’t say what they are on the website, I can’t remember what this tasted of. The server recommended the pairing so that’s all I can say.
Topher had the “9AM” which is Vietnamese Coffee and Donut Truffle in a black cone. We both enjoyed our ice creams and I’d definitely recommend this place for something a little bit different.
In search of a decent burger, we found it at 5 Napkin Burger. A sit down restaurant, we chose their Hell’s Kitchen location as it was a stones throw away from The Majestic Theatre where we saw The Phantom of the Opera. Forgoing fries turned our to be an excellent idea as I couldn’t finish my burger. Thanks again Topher! I had the Original 5Napkin burger which had caramelised onions and rosemary garlic aioli and I think Topher had the Bacon Cheddar. We were both left happily full and definitely recommend.
Pretty much every blog I read recommended a visit to Sarabeth’s so we visited the Tribeca location. A bit on the expensive side but we really enjoyed it.
For one thing, the portion sizes were absolutely perfect. After getting destroyed by a pancake breakfast in LA, these pancakes were so welcomed! Topher had the Tribeca Breakfast which he really enjoyed.
And I had the lemon and ricotta pancakes which were something that was recommended time and time again. Though they aren’t something I’d normally gravitate to, I’m so glad I trusted strangers on the internet because they were absolutely gorgeous. I finished them all off and would happily go back and have them again.
Now this place was a happy accident that wasn’t on my list. Unfortunately somehow I misunderstood when Smorgasburg was on. I though it was Sunday’s in Williamsburg but apparently not. Oops! And this was found out after we’d done our nightmarish walk through Brooklyn. Double oops! Starving and finding a different food event that was on instead we quickly took to the internet to find a replacement. I would have happily gone to this alternative event but it was online ticketed only and if you wanted to get in then you would have to wait until 4pm! This was 12.30pmish so we decided to find somewhere else.
Walking into Shelter which is just up the street from Smorgasburg, we found a hipsters paradise.
The menu was pretty limited but what we did end up with we really enjoyed and it was the perfect antidote to our long walk. Topher had a burger and I had pizza.
This was on my original list but I had bumped it for dessert at Smorgasburg. So when that plan failed, it hopped back on. The flavours that were on offer at the time weren’t particularly out of this world apart from the chorizo caramel swirl but I enjoyed what I had. Topher had a sample of the chorizo flavour and was slightly disappointed to find the chorizo element overwhelming over the others. It seems that flavours like this work a bit better when the weird element is just an obvious hint. So thanks to the server for recommending that he try a sample first. He went with the Lemon Meringue pie which he enjoyed and I picked Sprinkles which was tasty.
Last year I read Sophie’s post about this place and I mentally stored it away for our trip. Panna II is an Indian restaurant in the East Village which is mental. The place is tiny and is full of fairy lights. And I mean full!
It was crazy, there was loud Indian music played and we loved every minute of it. We picked the chicken tikka masala and their chicken makhani which is one of their best sellers and both were delicious. No photos I’m sorry but with the lighting it looked terrible and it looked like your standard Indian meal to be honest. I always find Indian food tastes better than it looks anyway.
I originally picked this because I hadn’t seen anything like this in the UK but over the last few months they’ve been cropping up everywhere. Bad as it’s not unique, good as it’s not unique! I’d really want to get this again so I’m glad I can find it in the UK somewhere.
If I remember correctly, when I found this place on Instagram, there wasn’t a website for it at that point. It does have one now though. So the first time we saw the menu, it was in the store. We were pretty tired so found the whole thing a little bit overwhelming. Luckily they had two photos next to the register with a pre-chosen option on each so we just went with those. If I ever got the chance to go back, I would definitely have a more “me” option and pick and choose. So I’m pretty sure the names for what we had were “Jessica” and “Mike”. There’s no mention of these on their website so I might just have been making them up in my tired state!
Both were delicious and easier to eat than you would think. The plastic spoons definitely helped!
We couldn’t go to New York and not have a bagel (well, I couldn’t!) so we had breakfast here the first morning we came back from the West Coast.
I had a poppyseed bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese. Classic and delicious! Topher had a breakfast burrito. Not so classic but equally delicious!
When we entered Chelsea Market in search of lunch, I remembered a post by The Cat, You and Us that recommended a little Korean Ramen bar and I’m so glad we went. I was a bit put off with the lack on non pork ramen options but I’m glad we persevered and I got the chicken ramen see below. It was delicious and surprisingly buttery.
Topher had the classic pork ramen and I will always remember this meal now. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him so happy! He ate all of his and finished mine off for me too and would not shut up about it for the rest of the day. He was in love with that ramen. So we definitely recommend it!
Looking for some comfort food and plenty of carbs, we headed to S’mac in the East Village for some mac and cheese.
You can’t really tell by the below photos but our meals are two different sizes. S’mac actually do four different sizes of skillet which was awesome! Nosh, Major Munch, Mongo and Partay! I had Nosh and Topher had Major Munch and they were the perfect individual sizes for us.
So I had the mediterranean which had goat cheese, sauteed spinach, kalamata olives, and roasted garlic. I can’t remember but I think I may have been unable to finish all of this so I gave it to Topher. It was absolutely amazing though. I may have to try and recreate this at home.
Topher had the Cheeseburger which was unsurprising beef and cheese! He really enjoyed his too and polished off the whole thing.
It’s safe to say that I wanted everything on the menu here so choosing was so difficult. We went to the East Village location and it was tiny! Definitely a place to pick up your stuff and go.
After taking ages to decide, I got the Cereal Milk soft serve and Topher got the Crack Pie Milk Quake. We also got a slice of crack pie and a compost cookie to take back to the hotel with us. I enjoyed my soft serve but Topher didn’t like it at all. It seems to be a bit of a Marmite item as I hear people raving about it but then I also saw a girl throw a lot of hers away. It does taste like cereal milk after you’ve eaten all the cornflakes though. Topher found it a bit sour so don’t expect it to be overly sweet. The flakes around it are super sweet though. He enjoyed his milk quake though so that’s good.
The compost cookie was delicious and my only regret is only getting one slice of the crack pie to share as that stuff without a better word to describe it is like crack. It was sweet buttery goodness and I’m still dreaming about it . Lucky for me, they have the recipe on their website. Score!
And that’s everything we ate in a 5 day period. Yowza.
Have you ever tried any of these places?