Choosing where to eat in New York is fraught with potential traps – ie. you end up eating chicken wings in TGI Fridays at Times Square because hanger strikes and you don’t know where to go you and then end up paying fifty dollars for the pleasure – and every meal time should be seen as an opportunity that cannot be wasted.
So many carbohydrates, so little stomach capacity.
There are so many other places that should be on this list (lots that we visited but it was at night so I couldn’t take pictures/had too many cocktails to remember) but these are a good place to start.
Smorgasburg, East River State Park, Williamsburg (Open Saturday and Sunday)
They’re lucky that the food at Smorgasburg is so bloody good because the crowds that you have to fight to get there, make this somewhat of a testing experience if you aren’t in the right mood. When the sun is out at the weekend, I am convinced 99% of New Yorkers under the age of 30 are in this park. But it’s so easy to see why.
The lobster rolls are a work of art (either cooked in butter or garlic lemon mayonnaise depending on your preference). Not to mention the ramen burgers (yep a big-ass-steaky burger wedged between two blocks of ramen noodles) and the rosemary homemade fries…
Wear your elasticated trousers for this one kids.
Also, the view back over Manhattan is Facebook profile worthy. There, I said it.
Dough, 448 Lafayette Street
Like salted caramel doughnuts? Like being really paranoid about early-onset diabetes? Then bookmark Dough for your next trip to New York. They actually have shops all over the city (and a stand at Smorgasburg if you’re not feeling too sickly full). We opted for the lemon poppyseed, the dulche de leche with almonds and the salted caramel dipped in chocolate… words can describe the intensity of these bad boys.
Katz, 205 E Houston Street
Every time I have been to New York I have been desperate to experience Katz – because let’s get this right, it’s not just food, it’s a complete package. A classic Jewish delicatessen that has been on the lower east side for about a million years or something. It’s New York heritage. Like the cheesecake or the yellow taxi. Not to mention it gets a pretty big cameo in the film Harry Met Sally (FILM TRIVIA ALERT).
We choose the Matzo ball soup (which tasted EXACTLY like our grandma’s secret Christmas soup recipe – busted), the Pastrami on rye with mustard and swiss and the turkey on rye with mayonnaise. I absolutely implore anyone who has ever given an eye roll at the possibility of turkey being tasty. THIS WAS ON ANOTHER LEVEL. Plus you get a free meat sample plate when you are ordering (even though you’re just about to embark on the biggest sandwich ever) and anywhere that thinks you need meat whilst waiting in a queue is a good egg in my book.
Souvlaki, 116 Stanton Street
Who could turn their nose up at a little slice of Greece in downtown New York? Especially when you’re hungover (read every day, because the cocktails in this city are not to be missed) and you fancy a place of the best every oregano chips coated in feta cheese. Erm, yes please. The pita breads weren’t your doner kebab shop pita, these were delicious with grilled Greek sausage, feta, crispy red onions and delicious yoghurt and cucumber dips. So freakin’ good. Not to mention they are very liberal with the spirit content of cocktails in here.. just sayin’
Magnolia Bakery, 401 Bleeker Street
What would be a trip to New York without a little (or huge, this is America afterall) slice of cake from Magnolia Bakery on Bleeker Street? And if cake isn’t enough to sway you (who are you? Are you sure you’re reading the right blog?!) then it’s time for round two of film trivia!!!!!! Miranda and Carrie share a cupcake here (girls countin’ calories and that) whilst discussing their latest crushes. GIRL POWER. Seriously, get the cake.
Up next week is the best brunch locations in New York, because let’s be honest, they deserved their own sweet little post.