New York City Eats

IMG_7309 IMG_7394And here it is – finally! A post dedicated entirely to what I ate during my time in New York City. Em and I ate and drank at about 60 different places in four weeks. I kept a detailed list on my phone to make sure this was documented accurately because, you know, food is life.

Before flying out we had a Google Doc with about two pages dedicated to cafes, restaurants and bars to check out – most of them recommended by friends and the Internet. Of course every now and then we’d stray off course and turn to trusty Google Maps (“a good Italian place with 4 stars or more within walking distance”) or Instagram (#nyceats).

I don’t know how to accurately compare food in NYC to food in Sydney because we did edit our list quite well but overall, food in New York = bigger portions (oh my god), generally more bad for you, more experimental.

IMG_7837IMG_7836I was quite diligent with taking photos of all my meals at the beginning of the trip. But as time went on and I realised just how much we actually ate out, I got lazy. Instagram will do.

When my friends ask me what my top five NYC eats are, it’s quite to curate that list. But, I think, if I had to, if I HAD to, it’d probably be (in no particular order):

  1. DBGB Kitchen and Bar (299 Bowery, New York)
    This place was perfect. Great service, great food, great drinks. We ordered, ate and left within an hour because the place was so efficient (and because we pretty much inhaled every meal). An entree, main, split dessert and cocktail plus tax and tip set me back about $USD80 which isn’t too bad considering everything was AHMAZING. You must order the duck and pineapple.
  2. Fette Sau (354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn)
    Not for vegetarians. This is a meat lover’s paradise. You order BBQ pork, brisket, sausages and other deliciously unhealthy foods by the pound in this rustic-looking canteen. You can balance out the protein with some broccoli salad and beans but I suggest you just eat all the meat.
  3. Dominique Ansel Bakery (189 Spring St, New York)
    I don’t really have a sweet tooth (beside for gelato) and I found this place to be mind-blowingly good. Home to the trademarked Cronut®, this bakery is every person’s dream and every dentist’s nightmare. There’s everything on offer: chocolates, fruits, hot desserts, cold desserts. BUT the obvious choice is the frozen s’more: honey marshmallow wrapped around a Tahitian vanilla ice-cream with chocolate wafer crisps, served on a smoked willow branch. HEAVENLY. I had it twice.
  4. Roberta’s (261 Moore St, Brooklyn)
    Hillary Clinton’s a fan and Beyonce’s a fan. Need I say more? There’s usually a two-hour line outside this hole-in-a-wall eatery but I’ve found 9pm to be a good time to go (and they do takeaway). It’s nothing insane but they just do really, really cool woodfire pizza. Try the Crispy Glover.
  5. Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream (2 Rivington St, New York)
    I visited this place solely because of its Kanye menu (because Kanye’s only happy when he’s eating ice-cream), which is HILARIOUS. I’ve been here twice and have always gotten the sorbet – mainly because it’s always been friggin hot. Get the blackcurrant.

Of course one of the things I most looked forward to beforehand was Shake Shack. And you know what? It was alriiiiiiiight. The curly fries were good. The shakes were okay if you like dental cavities. I’d actually recommend Five Guys over Shake Shack if you’re after some buns.

And of course Em and I had to check out Katz, home of the orgasmic pastrami burger (that’s When Harry Met Sally if you haven’t seen). It’s always super busy and operates around a ticketing system (ticket marked, pay later). The vibe is incredible and the waitstaff are great (it was one lady’s birthday the day we ate there and the staff got everyone to sing Happy Birthday and brought out a cake for her and it was really nice, okay then).

If you think you’re game by all means eat the entire pastrami sandwich (which isn’t that cheap – about $USD21 tip and tax included) yourself. I did. And oh my food baby. (Though not as bad as the food baby/coma we got after ordering way too many dumplings from Prosperity, which is now unfortunately closed 4eva.)

Speaking of eating until you’re sick, the way that America does “brunch” is not the way that Australians brunch.

For us, as you’d know, brunch = coffee, avo, eggs, sourdough, acai bowls and muesli.

For Americans, brunch = fried chicken and waffles, mimosas, wine and mac ‘n’ cheese.

Yep. And they only do it on weekends. Just prepare yourselves whenever somebody suggests heading out for “brunch”.

America’s also known for having really crap coffee. And that is correct. They have no idea when it comes to it. I once heard, no joke, someone say that Starbucks has the best coffee and Toby’s Estates was only for pretentious pricks with no taste. True story.

IMG_7437Because we’re quite the coffee snobs, Em and I were very particular when it came to coffee. My order’s a flat white so whenever I saw that on a menu I shed a single tear. Here’s some good places to check out (they’re mostly Australian cafes, ofc) if you’re after a caffeine fix:

And then there’s the markets.

From Chelsea to Brooklyn, there’s so many stalls to check out and not enough stomachs to fill.

IMG_7375 IMG_7380 Smogarsburg (90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn)

A great outdoor food market (with an accompanying flea market next door) by the water. It’s on every Saturday in Williamsburg and every Sunday in Dumbo. There’s so many options that picking just one is quite a harrowing task (come with an empty stomach and you won’t have this problem obvs). They have everything from scotch eggs to ramen burgers to mango on a stick to donuts. The only downside is that there’s not a lot of shade to sit under and it can get really hot. But just buy some aqua fresca and you’ll be alright.   IMG_7456
Chelsea Market (75 Ninth Ave, New York)

There’s not as much to pick from here as Smorgaburg but it’s still pretty darn difficult deciding what to eat. Situated opposite the Google building, Chelsea Market is opened every day. They’re very big on seafood and it’s a good option for $1 oysters and lobster rolls.

IMG_7622 IMG_7635Gansevoort Market (52 Gansevoort St, New York)

Right by the High Line and Whitney Museum, Gansevoort Market has everything from the extremely healthy to the extremely unhealthy. Here you can get BACON ON A STICK with either: a) maple sriracha or b) s’mores. Ridiculous. You’re welcome.

Gotham West Market (600 11th Ave, New York)

It feels and looks like a food court thanks to the communal seating and the way the vendors have been arranged, but it’s anything but Maccas and KFC on offer. Moderately priced, I recommend getting the Ramen at Ivan’s and then following up with Ample Hill Creamery (they have crazy ice-cream flavours like The Munchies), mainly because that’s what I did ha.

Hopefully this post has been interesting/helped if you’re heading to New York soon. If it hasn’t, here’s the full list of where I ate and drank in chronological order. I would recommend every single one of these places but what I mentioned above are the highlights.

  1. Five Leaves (18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn)
  2. Shake Shack (600 3rd Ave, New York)
  3. Smorgasburg (90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn)
  4. Bantam Bagels (283 Bleecker St, New York)
  5. The Butcher’s Daughter (19 Kenmare St, New York)
  6. The Commodore (366 Metropolitan Ave, New York)
  7. Momofuku Milk Bar (382 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn)
  8. Two Hands (164 Mott St, New York)
  9. Fette Sau (354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn)
  10. Toby’s Estate (125 N 6th St, Brooklyn)
  11. Bagelsmith Bedford (189 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn)
  12. Taqueria El Fogon (1050 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn)
  13. Laughing Man Coffee & Tea (184 Duane St, New York)
  14. Kaffe 1668 (275 Greenwich St, New York)
  15. Baked (279 Church St, New York)
  16. Momofuku Noodle Bar (171 1st Avenue, New York)
  17. Swallow Cafe (49 Bogart St, Brooklyn)
  18. Patzeria Perfect Pizza & Pasta Grill (231 W 46th St, New York)
  19. Five Guys (36 W 48th St, New York)
  20. 230 Fifth (230 5th Ave, New York)
  21. Basta Pasta (37 W 17th St, New York)
  22. Doughnut Plant Chelsea (220 W 23rd St, New York)
  23. The Tangled Vine Wine Bar & Kitchen (434 Amsterdam Ave, New York)
  24. Momo Sushi Shack (43 Bogart St, Brooklyn)
  25. Ganservoort Market (600 11th Ave, New York)
  26. Sweet Chick (164 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn)
  27. Dimes (49 Canal St, New York)
  28. Bouchon Bakery (10 Columbus Cir #3, New York)
  29. Roberta’s (261 Moore St, Brooklyn)
  30. Katz Deli (205 E Houston St, New York)
  31. Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream (2 Rivington St, New York)
  32. Little Collins (667 Lexington Ave, New York)
  33. TGI Fridays (47 Broadway, New York)
  34. La Superior (295 Berry St, Brooklyn)
  35. The Brooklyn Star (593 Lorimer St, Brooklyn)
  36. Westville Chelsea (246 W 18th St, New York)
  37. Magnolia Bakery (401 Bleecker Street and W. 11th Street, New York)
  38. Chalait (224 West 4th Street, New York)
  39. IchiUmi (6 E 32nd St, New York)
  40. Bluestone Lane Coffee (55 Greenwich Ave, New York)
  41. Big Gay Ice Cream (125 E 7th St, New York)
  42. Eataly (200 5th Ave, New York)
  43. Dominique Ansel Bakery (189 Spring St, New York)
  44. Russ & Daughters Cafe (127 Orchard St, New York)
  45. Cafe Habana (17 Prince St, New York)
  46. Gotham West Market (600 11th Ave, New York)
  47. The Standard (848 Washington St, New York)
  48. The Meatball Shop (200 Ninth Ave, New York)
  49. Jack’s Wife Freda (224 Lafayette St, New York)
  50. Dominique Ansel Kitchen (137 7th Ave S, New York)
  51. DBGB Kitchen and Bar (299 Bowery, New York)
  52. Ellary’s Greens (33 Carmine St, New York)
  53. Propserity Dumpling (46 Eldridge St, New York)
  54. Maialino (2 Lexington Ave, New York)
  55. Kati Junction (200 W 40th St, New York)
  56. Nomad (1170 Broadway, New York)
  57. The Spotted Pig (314 W 11th St, New York)
  58. Ellen’s Stardust Diner (1650 Broadway, New York)
  59. Brunswick (144 Decatur St, Brooklyn)
  60. Tutt Heights (47 Hicks St, Brooklyn)
  61. Olive Tree Cafe & Bar (117 Macdougal St, New York)
  62. Ruby’s Cafe (219 Mulberry St, New York)
  63. Hill Country Barbeque (30 W 26th St, New York)

Of course we ended our trip with the most American meal possible.

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