During our first stay in New York we were lucky enough to be put up in the East Village (with Air BnB but more on that in another post) and I think our location was perfect for everything that we wanted to do during our stay (when I say ‘we’ I mean ‘I’ and by what we wanted to do, I mean eat.)
The East Village is in Downtown Manhattan (between Alphabet City and Greenwich Village) and once our first day of touristy sites Uptown was complete – you’ll never guess how many times you can sing Frank Sinatra in Times Square – we spent long days walking around our adopted ‘hood checking out all the best grub that this city has to offer.
For the future traveller, some gastronomic points to bear in mind – go easy on the cream cheese in your bagel, in fact go easy on all ingredients and portions – a fail safe rule for this city of extremes. Shake Shack is worth queuing for (I know how disappointingly predictable) but Magnolia Bakery probably not. Finally, if you stock up on enough food during your daily rounds then a bowl of Cheerios for dinner more than suffices – what a cheap date!
Cafe Habana, 17 Prince Street, NY
Cafe Habana on Prince Street is the perfect place for an all day brunch – simultaneously satisfying my desire for French toast topped with fresh fruit and Jack’s for tacos – each to their own. This particular meal also saw me drink 2 x Mimosas after Jack thought that in this new cultured environment he might have come round to the taste of champagne – FYI he hasn’t.
Ramen Misoya, 129 2nd Avenue, NY
On an evening when we were feeling incredibly indecisive, and pretty much full from the rest of the day’s indulgence, we stumbled across Ramen Misoya on 2nd Av. What can I say – the service was fantastic and quick (a bonus when you’re on New York Minute) and the food was delicious. We opted for the Ramen with Pork and the Goyza dumpling side dish was the perfect antidote to a fairly heavy couple of days of eating. They even have home-made tofu – beat that Brighton.
Magnolia Bakery, 401 Bleecker Street, NY
We also made a stop at the famous Magnolia Bakery – expecting queues round the block – we were the only people in there. I guess all the residents of the West Village have departed to The Hamptons or Long Island, or somewhere far more chic than New York in 38 degrees. We took our cupcakes and devoured them in Washington Square Park – our new favourite of all the parks in New York,
And after 10 days of extensive research I can now assure all readers that the dog of choice in New York du jour is the Yorkshire Terrier – god only knows why – but maybe this picture gives us a clue.
John’s Pizzeria, 278 Bleecker Street, NY
Our final stop for the day was John’s Pizza of Bleecker Street – a New York classic by all accounts. But with the (let’s be honest) down right dirty feel of a late night drink fueled/insomniac’s hide-out, this place had to pull it together on the plate. And didn’t they just!
With a cheesy greasy serving to match the (kinda greasy walls) you sure wouldn’t catch the cast of Friends getting their paws into this! No, this delight is for much more authentic New Yorkers who just want tasty pies at a reasonable price. BTW we did share that thing…