I recently made a 5 day trip to New York City a couple of weeks ago. It was one of the best trips I have ever been on (even though I was there for work). If you know me, then you know how much I love food –so while I was planning my trip, I searched through several blogs/Instagram accounts to find great restaurants/cafe’s/dessert spots around the city. If it wasn’t for one of my favorite bloggers, Love Taza, I would have probably been totally lost on where to eat. She lives in Manhattan with her perfect family and has an amazing NYC Guide on her blog that provides some of the greatest places in the city. I really wanted to make the best of my “work trip” and indulge on the amazing food that NYC offers. That said, I think I did pretty well on achieving that goal. Here’s my taste of NYC:
Rice to Riches
Unfortunately, Rice to Riches does not have an Instagram account and their website is under construction.. BUT basically, it is like an ice cream shop, except it’s not ice cream, it’s rice pudding. Yes, I said RICE PUDDING. They offer a ton of different dessert flavors with different toppings to choose from. This is the first place we stopped when we arrived in NYC. It’s pretty delicious but we could barely finish half of our bowl. I got the “Waltz of the Wild Berries” with graham cracker topping, my mom got “Sex, Drugs, and Rocky Road” and Debbie got “Coconut Coma”. Delishhhhh.
The Chelsea Market was one of our favorite places. It is an indoor food hall located in Chelsea (DUH) with a ton of different restaurants/shops. We originally went just to have the lobster roll but ended up eating at 2 more places (yes, in the same time period). If you are ever in the city, this would easily be my #1 recommendation.
The Lobster Place – located in The Chelsea Market
Los Tacos No. 1 – located in The Chelsea Market
**best chicken taco I have ever had**
Mok Bar – located in The Chelsea Market
Here, we shared the Spicy Edamame and their Kalbi Dumblings (amazing). I also had their Ginger Plum tea which was literally the best drink I have ever had in my life. I would buy it by the gallon if I could — no joke.
Cafe Gitane is a tiny, hole-in-the-wall French Moroccan cafe located in Nolita. It seemed to be popular by the amazing reviews and recommendations. I would have chosen to eat here every morning if I could. Everything from their avocado toast, to their cafe latte’s and their chocolate croissants were delicious. Also, the staff was great which is always an added bonus, especially in the city. It’s cash only and kind of pricey but SO worth it.
The Loeb Boathouse Central Park – Express Cafe
After walking almost all of Central Park, we needed an afternoon snack so we stopped at the Express Cafe located at the Boathouse. We all got iced lemonade and split a bucket of french fries.
You can’t really go to NYC and NOT get pizza. So while we were in the Village, we stopped at the famous Joe’s Pizza and got a huge slice of cheese pizza for only $3 (cheapest dinner ever).
We went to Crave three mornings in a row for a quick and easy breakfast. It was located right across the street from our hotel so it was so convenient. Every morning we each got a bagel and an iced coffee (which was delicious).
We went to Mamoun’s original location in Greenwich Village and got their signature Falafel Sandwich. It is another small hole-in-the-wall place that only accepts cash. We got our food within moments of ordering and ate at a small park across the street.
Mok Bar – located in The Chelsea Market
Yes, we went back to Mok Bar a second time because we HAD to try their Ramen.
Everyone has to try grilled corn “Mexican style” at least once in their life.
The coolest Mexican restaurant in my opinion. They are located in Nolita and serve their tacos out of an old VW van. The crispy fish taco is heaven.
Was dying to try this. I had seen one of my favorite bloggers, Thrifts and Threads, had stopped here during her stay in NYC and I was determined to go. I got the iced Matcha Latte with macadamia nut milk.
I randomly came across a brief review on this restaurant right before my trip but didn’t think much about it until we just so happened to pass the place while walking through Soho. It instantly caught our attention considering the line was a mile out of the door. **If you see a long line then you always know it’s worth waiting for.** By Chloe is an all Vegan restaurant so we went with my brother and his girlfriend who came up for a day and are both Vegan. It was absolutely amazing and if we hadn’t just eaten before hand, I would have bought an entire meal. Everything sounded and looked so amazing. I suggest clicking on the link and looking through their menu. You may want to be Vegan once you read about all of the deliciousness.
This small Italian restaurant was located directly across the street from our hotel so we ate here for dinner on our last night in the city. It’s one of those hidden gems that doesn’t get much attention but is still amazing. We sat outside on their patio and it was the most relaxed evening. The servers were so helpful and kind which always makes the experience 10x better in my opinion.
I had the best time in NYC and I cannot wait to go back. I am already planning a second trip in the fall and have already started thinking about the places I will eat.
Hope you enjoyed this post!
xx Zoe Saylor