New York City has a far from modest food culture. The New Yorkers’ love of cheese is showcased in crazy combos such as mac & cheese with lobster, and raclette cheese melted onto ‘hot dawgs’.
From high end fine dining restaurants to the comfort food served at street markets and diners – the passion for full flavoured food is consistent. I found myself repeatedly commenting “Wow, this is soo good…” for every meal we tucked into. I hope you enjoy my Foodie’s Guide to New York.
BRUNCH & COFFEE
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
We went here 4 out of 5 days – the coffee is awesome. You can drink your coffee in the lobby of legendary Ace Hotel – a hotel lobby full of artists, vagabonds, and other eccentric types. Very cool.
Address: Ace Hotel, 18W 29th Street, NY 10001
This bakery and restaurant has the most amazing bagels – one of New York’s greatest food traditions. Sliced-to-order salmon with freshly baked hand-rolled bagels, cream cheese, chives, tomato and red onion are served on a three tier cake stand. I still dream about those bagels.
Sadelle’s is located in the heart of SoHo so you can spend your afternoon visiting numerous art galleries and boutique stores – a calmer better shopping alternative to the 5th Avenue frenzy.
Address: 463 West Broadway, NY 10012
Bluestone Lane Coffee
Australian coffee hub serving the connoisseur style quality coffee you’d expect to be served in the cafés of Melbourne’s narrow lanes – the world’s gourmet coffee mecca. Organic trade fair beans, roasted by coffee artisans and my Macchiato perfectly prepared by expert baristas – can’t complain!
Address: 55 Greenwich Ave, NY 10014.
Sex and the City fans – look here! Bring your TA cup of coffee, cross the road to grab a cupcake from Magnolia Bakery, and head to 64 Perry Street. On the steps in front of this house Carrie Bradshaw (and her shopping bags) spent endless time smoking her cigarettes or kissing dates.
Contrary to what the name might suggest, Butcher’s Daughter is a juice bar and – as they refer to it themselves – “a vegetable slaughter house”. The menu is full of delicious and healthy non-dairy vegetarian dishes and fresh juices. Most menu items are also vegan and gluten-free. Located in West Village I recommend a stroll around this pretty neighbourhood after brunch.
Address: 581 Hudson Street, NY 10014
Russ & Daughters Cafe
This cafe is perfect for an interesting light lunch. On the Jewish inspired menu, you’ll find smoked salmon, herring, rye bread, bagels, a variety of caviars, and potato and egg dishes. The friendly staff are wearing iconic white lab coats and you’ll feel like you’re transferred back to the 1950’s, especially when served one of their home made sodas.
Address: 127 Orchard St, NY 10002
The Spotted Pig
What led us to The Spotted Pig was their reputation for serving the best burgers in New York. The burger construction is simply a juicy beef patty topped with Roquefort cheese in a brioche bun with shoestring fries on the side. No other toppings required – the burgers are simply delicious.
After this big meal, if weather permits, walk off the calories along the High Line – a public park built on a historic freight line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West side.
Address: 314 W 11th Street, NY 10014
Baked Cheese Haus
One of the stalls located in Bryant Park that any cheese lover must visit is the Baked Cheese Haus. Here they offer a raclette service where they will melt cheese straight onto your hotdog or on a slice of ciabatta. Whilst here you can also try out the free ice skating rink.
Inspired by the best tapas bar in Barcelona, every dish has been packed with flavour and love, and the portions are generous as they should be. It’s romantic and intimate making it a perfect place for a date night.
My favourite tapas were the Gambas al Ajillo (garlic shrimps), Patatas Bravas and sautéed wild mushrooms with Manchego cheese.
Photo credit: Boqueria NYC
Address: 171 Spring St, NY 10012. Website: www.boquerianyc.com
The service is top notch (the only place we visited in NYC that was worth a 25% tip), the décor is dark, sexy and stunning, the crowd is cool. Main reason to visit is the amazing Asian fusion food – a throughout 5-star experience.
I highly recommend the Foie Gras & Chicken Dumplings in lemongrass consommé as well as the perfect Peking Duck (one serve caters for four people).
Address: 75 9th Avenue, NY 10011
The Top of the Standard
Only a 5 minutes’ walk from Buddakan you will find the golden, glamorous and iconic The Top of the Standard bar at the Standard Hotel.
This jazzy bar has spectacular views over New York city, beautiful guests and exquisite (and pricey!) cocktails. Great place to have a fancy pre drink before heading to Buddakan for dinner.