I think of myself as a bit of a food connosiour – if there’s good food to be had, I will find it! New York is home of some of the best food, so there was definitely some searching to be done.
Having visited before I already had some favourites I was keen to visit, but here are some of the places I ate at in #NewYorkCity during my recent visit which will hopefully help anybody out who may be going.
Junior’sI can sum this place up in 3 words – best. cheesecake. EVER. And you can’t possibly go to New York without eating cheesecake! According to the Mr they also do the 2nd best chocolate cake ever (the first is the ‘chocolate chocolate cake’ they used to do, but it’s been discontinued). In addition the decor is very classic American diner which makes the experience feel even more authentic.These came in at about $7.50 a slice before tax, but it’s worth it for the most delicious desserts that you don’t have to walk miles for. The original Junior’s is in Brooklyn but there are two around Times Square so super easy to get to.
The SmithTo be honest, we probably wouldn’t have gone here If it had been right across the street from our hotel, but it turned out to be a pretty good choice. The theme is just ‘good food’ which is all fairly traditional American fayre, including some delicious breakfast/brunch choices. This French toast was INSANE. The portion sizes are pretty generous too – we went for dinner on our first evening and just wanted a couple of starters to pick at, which turned out to be massive (but very yummy).
Viva la Cuba! We wanted to eat something a little different to pizza and pasta and found this place online, which is just off Times Square.
Side note: The light was a bit odd in here, hence the look of the pictures.
They’re well known in the area for their sangria (delicious) and margaritas, however the Mr was unimpressed with his mojito (it was fine, but I think he was expecting a bit of a showstopper). The food is yummy and varied, despite this being a themed restaurant it felt like there’d be something to suit most palettes.I couldn’t hit up a Cuban restaurant and not have coffee – I ordered this Cortidito which I expected to be like rocket fuel based on what I’d heard, but it ended up being fairly tame so I was a bit disappointed. I wasn’t however disappointed by this milk cake. That is literally what is was – cake made with 3 different kinds of milk that made it very moist, literally oozing milk, topped with delicious cream. The perfect way to end the meal.
We went to Ray’s because everybody tells you it’s THE place to eat pizza in the city, I’m not quite sure I agree with the sentiment if I’m honest.
The pizza wasn’t horrible, as you can see here it looks pretty darn good, however it tasted fairly ‘normal’ and not very New York to me.
Serendipity 3If you’re not staying close to to Upper Manhattan this could feel like a bit of a trek, but if you like chocolate and quirky decor then I promise it’s worth it!
If you’re able to find time to book in advance, do (and make sure you’re there on time or you’ll be bumped) however when we rocked up at 2.30pm on a Friday we had only had to wait about 20 minutes for a table.
The upstairs and downstairs have very different decor – downstairs was a mirror balled, Alice in Wonderland-esque affair, whilst the area upstairs (pictured) was more super girly, candy-coloured tea party.
I didn’t need to see the menu, there was only one thing I wanted to order – the famous frozen hot chocolate (before you ask – no, I don’t understand why it’s called that either)
I went for the peanut butter chocolate, and it tasted just as amazing as it looks. Very filling, it kept me going until dinner. I also bought the cutest Serendipity mug whilst I was there too.
Two Boots I didn’t get to visit Two Boots this time around, but the memory from my previous visit is still weighing hungrily on my mind! Apparently this place is a fave of the babe that is SJP too, and you try a slice you’ll know why.
We put together a great combo including locally made sweet Italian sausage which was delish. There’s restaurants and take outs all over town, and as you can see they look pretty jazzy for a hearty pizza joint too!
Don’t rule out the ‘cheesey’ chain joints!
I have never seen any blog posts that include chain restaurants when they visit NYC, which I think is a shame as they form an important part of American culture.
I was excited to try something from what seems to be viewed as a ‘cheesy’ chain restaurant by Americans, and as a result I had the best omelette I have ever tasted on a breakfast trip to Applebees.in my eyes, eating anywhere you can’t eat at home is a worthwhile experience when you’re on vacation as you’re still getting an authentic food experience from the country, so I’d definitely recommend broadening your scope and giving one a go for a breakfast or lunch.
And now, as I feel some of you may be doing, I’m off in search of a snack!