Well, well, well. My taste buds finally meet the eats of New York streets. All the foods we ate below!
Xi’an Famous Foods: Spicy and sour spinach dumplings, cumin lamb pulled noodles (biang biang), pork noodle soup / Highlights: house-made noodles, that dumpling sauce
Spot Dessert Bar: Matcha Lava (dark chocolate cake filled with green tea ganache, served with green tea ice cream, chocolate crunchy pearls, and cookie crumbs), Yuzu Eskimo (frozen Japanese citrus cream bar with Oreo crust, chocolate ganache, strawberries, sorbet, and chocolate crunchy pearls), mango passionfruit soda / Highlights: the crunchy pearls!
Joe & the Juice: Breakfast Club (acai, avocado, banana, hemp granola, almond milk), Iron Man (strawberry, kiwi, and apple smoothie), and chocolate fiber muffins / Highlights: light and filling!
Levain Bakery: Dark chocolate chocolate chip cookie / Highlight: melty chocolately goodness
Shake Shack: Shack burger, ‘Shroom Burger (crisp-fried portobello mushroom filled with melted muenster and cheddar cheese, topped with lettuce, tomato, and ShackSauce), crinkle-cut fries / Highlight: cheese ooze
Halal Guys: Gyro platter / Highlight: Halal Guys yelling at me while I’m adding all the hot sauce “No, no! It’s very hot! Spicy!”
Chalait: Golden chai, avocado toast (hard-boiled egg, radish, vinaigrette on multigrain) / Highlight: It’s in Chelsea Market!
The Doughnuttery: Coco Loco (chocolate cereal, cocoa), speckled strawberry (strawberry, lemon-thyme, rainbow sprinkles) / Highlight: You can purchase their sugar/topping mixes.
La Newyorkina: Basil-lime, strawberry-lime paletas/ Highlights: refreshing with a view!
Doughnut Plant: Wild blueberry, brooklyn black out doughnuts / Highlight: all the donut decor
Pomme Frites: Regular fries with rosemary garlic mayo, wild mushroom mayo, and dill lemon mayo / Highlights: all the dipping sauce choices
Ippudo Ramen: Pork buns, sishito peppers, agedashi tofu, akamaru modern (pork broth, Umami Dama paste, pork chashu, cabbage, sesame kikurage mushrooms, scallions, garlic oil), Karaka-men (tonkatsu pork broth, spices, pork chashu, cabbage, sesame kikurage mushrooms, scallions, garlic oil), strawberry sake / Highlights: Dem buns and dem tofus.
Clinton Street Baking Co: Eggs Hemingway, Blueberry pancakes / Highlights: perfect meal before a nap / to put you to sleep
Gramercy Tavern: Ricotta Cavatelli (with beef bolognese, black olives, pickled peppers), arctic char (with celery root, quince, brussels sprouts), selection of sorbets (raspberry, strawberry, and concord grape), ginger swizzle…plus: butternut squash soup (with Brussels sprouts, pecans, and pumpkin seeds), pork loin & belly (with honeynut squash, spigarello, and pistachio), cookie plate with Battenkill creamery milk, birthday cake / Highlight: plate after plate of delights — The three course prix fixe came with an amuse bouche, petit fours, and a granola bar for later.
Cock & Bull: Young’s double chocolate stout / Highlights: super chill (maybe) local hangout
Russ & Daughters: Garlic bagel with lox cream cheese, lox, and tomato / Highlight: My first New York bagel! The lox practically melts in your mouth.
Dr. Smood: White ginger and herbal teas / Highlights: quiet and cozy cafe
Prince St. Pizza: Pepperoni pizza / Highlight: My first New York Pizza! Pepperonis on pepperonis!
There are so many more places on my to-try list! Do you have some fave spots in New York City? Share your tasty travel tales below.