New York City is an absolute formula for the best food in the world. I was thrilled when my sweet sister invited me to come with her for fashion week, to help watch my baby niece and scout out the good eats. I asked a handful of bloggers for recommendations (thank you Minnie, Taza, Marisel, HungryGrls, Laura, and more), compiled my massive list into one master document, and highlighted the recommendations that came up multiple times. We didn’t even come close to chipping away at so many wonderful places, but we certainly ate well! I’m going to take you through my trip, day by day, and tell you where we ate and how we liked it. Please note that many of these restaurants have several locations, and addresses provided are for locations we ate at. Click *HERE* to see my NYC Foodie Bucket List (100+ restaurants). Cheers!
DAY ONE ——->Parm (248 Mulberry between Prince & Spring // 212.993.7189). So the real truth about stumbling into this Italian sandwich shop, is that I was reallllly trying to eat at Rubirosa. Seeing that I had baby with me, howevs, it wasn’t going to happen (nothing save it for a few bar stools and tall table to eat at). Sooooo I took my friend Kelsey’s recommendation and went across the street to Parm. The folks at Parm were accommodating and seated me instantly! I was tempted to order the meatballs per my server’s recommendation but went with the classic chicken parm hero option. The chicken was tender and cooked to golden perfection, sandwiched between a classic sesame bun with hot mozzarella. I loved how simple their menu and system was- straight to the point and quality over quantity. Tempted to try the ice cream cake but decided to save it for next time! Little Cupcake Bakeshop (30 Prince Street //212.941.9100). After my chicken parm rendezvous was over, I had plans to walk myself and baby back to the hotel but it was pouring rain (ick). I politely invited myself into this bakery that I just happened to pass. Such a lovely cakeshop with lots of sweets and treats that will make your mouth water just looking at them! This cake is called the Brooklyn Blackout Cake, and was appropriately named after the blackouts of WWII. It’s everything you want in a slice of chocolate cake and has been deemed as their best seller. You can also find this cake in Food & Wine’s list of “Best Chocolate Cake in the U.S.”. Great read. Lombardi’s (32 Spring St // 212.941.7994). When my sis got home that night she was unsurprisingly (#fashionweek #foodisforscrubs) STARVING. Okay fine, let’s order take out (hard life). I had a gazillion recommendations for Lombardi’s and now we know why! It was insanely delicious! Big thick slices of fresh mozzarella with tomato and basil. Dinner 2.0 and well worth it. Can’t wait to eat this again.
DAY TWO ——->Dominique Ansel (189 Spring Street (between Sullivan and Thompson) // 212.219.2773). Another NYC hot spot that I have been dying to try forever. I met a New Yorker almost two years ago who told me about the beloved cronut. He convinced me that there was nothing quite like it and an absolute essential to any NYC trip. We were only two blocks away from DA, so I rolled out of bed and made my way over with a mere 45 minute wait (apparently short for this world famous bakery). The staff was super friendly and courteous to us unashamed groupies waiting (sometimes 2 hours??) for their beautiful pastries. Food & Wine article), a DKA (Dominique’s Kouign Amann), and two Perfect Little Egg Sandwiches.
The Spotted Pig (314 West 11th Street at Greenwich Street // 212.620.0393). Another hot spot that was recommended time and time again. Extremely friendly wait staff who found a perfect spot for us upstairs and away from the crowds. The burger was my most popular recommendation here so I decided to order that. It was juicy and flavorful and the ultimate form of simple sophistication. Undoubtedly one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. The fries were delicious, despite how difficult they were to eat, and a fun deviation from your traditional stack of spuds.Magnolia Bakery (200 Columbus Avenue at 69th Street // 212.724.8101). I still remember when my mom took me here during my first trip to NYC. I’ve been back several times and always enjoy their baked goods immensely. Had not, however, tried their banana pudding, which was recommended by an infinite amount of people. Banana pudding doesn’t normally pull at my heartstrings, but so many trustworthy folks recommended so we had to try for ourselves. Osteria Morini (218 Lafayette Street // 212.965.8777). Hands down the best meal of our entire trip. Do you feel like I am saying that about every place?? My friend Mike and owner of Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana, said this was the best pasta he’d had outside of Italy. We didn’t ask questions and went here for dinner on our second night in NYC. The server recommended their stracciatella appetizer consisting of melt in your mouth cheese, heirloom tomatoes, and watermelon. Unreal. Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream (2 Rivingston Street // 212.209.7684). It shouldn’t surprise you at this point in the trip, that we managed to leave our Italian feast and still have room to pound some ice cream. Morgenstern’s was a time travel experience. The menu and restaurant had a very clean and retro feel to them. The sassy ladies at the counter took our order and served us some amazzzzzzzze balls ice cream. Sis’s order: a sunday with hella toppings and hella ice cream. My order: scoop of bitter chocolate. #homeostasis
DAY FOUR ——->Trump SoHo (246 Spring Street // 212.842.5500). We were running late that morning so decided to give the room service at our hotel a whirl. It was delicious! And very over priced. We both ordered the eggs benny and thought that the hollandaise was the perfect combination of creamy and tangy. Yums. Artichoke Basille’s Pizza (114 10th Avenue). I was excited when we drove past their Chelsea location because Artichoke Basille’s also came with the BEST of recommendations. Birdbath Nolita (45 Spring Street // 212.422.8141). A place I happened to stumble by and just went in for no reason. My sis and I enjoyed these cookies on our way to the airport and thought they were soooo yummy. They had some other delicious pastries and paninini’s that I’d love to try next time. Chobani SoHo (152 Prince Street // 646.998.3800). Our final foodie spot in NYC. Because eating greek yoghurt cancels out all unhealthy food yes?? Such a beautiful and clean restaurant. Nice to get some fiber in my body after all the sugar and carbs.