After being lucky enough to visit New York twice this year (if you’d have told me that this time last year I would have had a good old chuckle), I thought it would only be appropriate to try and document some of the gorgeous places I was able to visit, narrowing them down to a select and more refined few, and those that I truly love. Next year I want to work on more city guides on here (including a big old bumper London one)- so let me know if you’d like to see that, too! Anyway- for part one of my New York guide (part 2 will be up on Monday, and more focussed on where to stay, eat and what to see)- I’m going to be listing some of my favourite foodie places! There’s a selection for every time of day, and a fair bit of selection- so I hope this helps anyone heading to the Big Apple next year! In repayment you can bring me along in your case ; )
Part of the beautiful (and ‘hip’ and happening) Bowery Hotel, Gemma is a gorgeous brunch, lunch and dinner spot (although I’ve only sampled their amazing breakfast menu), and boasts everything from French toast, piled high pancakes and some seriously tasty granola for anyone feeling a little healthier! They also do amazing dinner- and have a really lovely outdoor seating area for some summer time al-fresco people watching if you fancy!
If you’re heading over to Brooklyn, Cafe Colette is the cutest brunch spot in town (a top tip off from my good pal Charlotte), and boasts the tastiest granola I’ve tried- and was also the place I sampled my first ever American ‘scone’ (lemon and poppyseed, which was completely delicious too). It’s in the heart of Williamsburg, so amongst some gorgeous vintage and independent shops you can pop in to too (but more on those in my next post)!
If you fancy somewhere that does everything, and in some of New York’s prime locations, Sarabeth’s is the place to head to. Joe and I visited the Central Park branch, and indulged in without a doubt the best French toast I’ve ever had (we’re talking five doorstop-size slices lathered in syrup and goodness) and the fluffiest pancakes for Joe. It does get busy so it’s always worth checking ahead, but they also usually have space for walk-ins- but definitely one to head to!
Visit: 40 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019
Jack’s Wife Freda:
A bit of a cult favourite amongst bloggers and Instagrammers, this little hideout in Lower Manhattan is amazing for every meal of the day, but their lunch menu is definitely something I fell in love with. Opting for a fresh tuna and avocado salad (with a big side helping of halloumi) and Joe a tasty burger and fries- it was the perfect pick-me-up after a long flight to the states, I only wish we’d had time to go back again!
Okay, so this probably won’t make the ‘places you’ve never heard of in NYC’ list, but much like the London and Paris branches, Ladureé is the prettiest (and tastiest) stop off for a spot of late afternoon tea, and surrounded by a plethora of beautiful shops to boot. On top of that, I found that when I visited here during Fashion Week, it was so easy to get a table in their outside patio- which, unlike their other cafes, was a pleasant surprise!
Visit: 864 Madison Avenue, New York, NY
This little Italian not far from Spring Street was the perfect place to kick back and refuel this summer, and their food was fresh, exciting and oozed an amazing variety (so not just your standard pizza and pasta, for anybody curious). We had incredible salads, pesto infused pasta and some delicious broccoli (so good that I had the cheek to ask for the recipe ; ) and left feeling full and incredibly impressed by the wonderful staff and original food.
Visit: 195 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012
The Spotted Pig:
If you’re after a delicious proper burger and the best shoestring fries known to man, you’d be a bit silly to miss this spot. The burger was one of the best I’ve had ever, and although they also have other awesome options, ranging from oysters, fish and other meat (and veg) based dishes, I can safely say this is one dish not to miss- and definitely try a dessert too if you have room afterwards!
Visit: 314 West 11th Street, New York, NY 10014
Two pizza places that do amazing, generous portions the real New Yawwwwk way- Grimaldis (there’s a few of these dotted around) and Motorino (both in the East Village and Williamsburg) specialise in amazing customisable pizza, with chunky airy crusts, drippy stretchy cheese in abundance and slices bigger than your face- which is only ever a good thing. Both places also offer take away options, so if you’re feeling super lazy (like we were) you can also box it up and have it in bed, ahem.
Visit: Various locations across New York!
Joe and I have been waiting to visit this place for an age, so finally booking a table for our visit last month was very exciting indeed. Although I ended up forgetting my camera (and eating my dinner too quick to even properly photograph it), it was absolutely amazing. We may have cheated and both opted for burgers (oops), but having tried their salads before can also confirm they’re not bloody bad either. Joe genuinely claimed this as being ‘the best burger I’ve ever had’- which is a VERY bold statement, and we could have easily stayed and eaten our way through the rest of the menu (only if our stomachs and wallets had no boundaries)!
Visit: 80 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012