*Thanks to Jrrny for partially sponsoring my experience in New York City!
Hands down the most read and commented post on my blog is the 10 Eateries in Maui That Will Blow Your Mind. It was my first post dedicated to food and I’m so glad to know everyone enjoys food as much as I do, especially while traveling!
One thing I do before a trip is research local food spots. I’m all about trying places that are hyped up, whether it’s ‘touristy’ or not (because really, who cares? I discussed that a little on this post). Since New York is the mecca of food, I knew I had to try as many places as my stomach could handle!
I have a few close friends from Tokyo that live in New York and I would be lying if I didn’t stalk their Instagram Stories. They always have little bags of Doughnuttery donuts and I knew I had to have some! Doughnuttery has a few locations throughout New York and you can thank me after you visit. I went to their Plaza Hotel location and wasn’t disappointed. Their donuts are miniature, fresh and have delicious flavors! Because they’re smaller, you can try several flavors – love that about the Doughnuttery!
Fun fact: I even lined up their donuts to celebrate hitting 20k on Instagram, check it out right here!
Chelsea Market: 425 West 15th Street, New York, New York 10011
Turnstyle: 1000S Eighth Avenue, New York, New York 10019
Plaza Hotel: One West 58th Street, New York, New York 10019
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beers
Admittedly, I went to Black Tap for their famous and ridiculous milkshakes. And yes, we got the crazy $15 milkshakes and I don’t regret it! The presentation of the milkshakes is fantastic and definitely made for Instagram. Pictured are the Fruity Pebbles Shake and the Cookies & Cream Shake, which were both delicious! It looks huge but the actual milkshake portion is most likely a regular drink size; most of it is whipped cream and toppings. One thing I didn’t expect though, was how delicious their burger was. We ordered a basic burger and the patty was so juicy! Highly recommend Black Tap for burgers and a shake!
Soho: 529 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013
Meatpacking: 248 West 14th Street, New York, New York 10011
Midtown: 136 West 55th Street, New York, New York 10019
Bread & Tulips
Is there a cuter name for a restaurant? Bread & Tulips is located in the same building as the Hotel Giraffe on Park Avenue South, serving rustic Italian. When you go down the stairs into the restaurant, you’re greeted by a warmly lit space decorated with tulips and a homespun vibe.
Bread & Tulips is known for their wood-fired pizza and homemade pasta. Supposedly their oven was brought in from Italy! We started off with a glass of wine (excellent selection!) and a Rosemary Collins, a cocktail mixed with vodka, lemon, rosemary honey, yellow chartreuse seltzer and topped with a rosemary sprig. The Rosemary Collins was refreshing and a perfect start to dinner!
For food, we started with the Artichoke & Squash Frittelle, which we ate up quickly! They were tasty on its own but the lemon-rosemary aioli kicked it up a notch! For entrees, we enjoyed the Hen-Of-The-Woods Mushroom Pizza and the Pappardelle pasta. The mushroom pizza was delicious but my favorite was the crush – the wood-fire oven does an excellent job! The winner of the entire meal however, was the Pappardelle pasta. I can’t pick which part was my favorite; the homemade pasta or the braised leg of lamb sauce. I’m drooling just thinking about it!
365 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10016
Baked by Melissa
I found out about Baked by Melissa a few years ago, when someone sent me cupcakes for my birthday. Baked by Melissa isn’t just another cupcake shop. They sell bite-size cupcakes with fun flavors in perfect packaging! They’re portable, transferable and makes for a great gift. My favorite? The Tye-Dye cupcake! Oh, and for all you gluten-free foodies, they have a menu for you too!
109 East 42nd Street, New York, New York 10017 + 12 more locations!
……there’s 4 more on the list! Click here to get directly to my blog post for the rest!
Going to all these spots on a weekday if possible, is key! No crowds, no lines!