When making my plans for New York a good proportion of things were planned around particular places I wanted to eat. These might have been places I had seen but never ventured to before, or places I had read great things about etc. Below is a collection of most of the places I ate in for either brunch or dinner. Sorry in advance for any food envy you might get.
Tik Tok Diner – Corner of 8th Avenue and West 34th Street
For me it’s not a trip to NY without a trip to Tik Tok diner which is attached to the New Yorker hotel on the corner of 8th and West 34th Street. This is one of those diners which does everything, and everything it does well from breakfasts’, light snacks (if this is possible in NY), dinner and deserts. I would have loved to have had dinner there but we had a massive breakfast before Warped Tour and I had to have my favourite from last time. The Grand Slam breakfast is three massive pancakes with bacon, sausage and ham and it was enough to fill me up for the day.
Shake Shack – Everywhere
It’s not a trip to New York for anyone without an obligatory Shake Shack. I know we have one in London so I’ve experienced it’s greatness before but everything tastes better in America right?! Of course alongside my burger I opted for the cheese fries because why not?! I don’t know about everywhere else but the location we went to the soft drinks were refillable which is a great thing in my books as I can drink a lot.
It wasn’t all about burgers and mac and cheese over my trip as I did indulge in a few treats during the day. I couldn’t manage deserts during most meals but I couldn’t resist trying Cinnabon’s cinnamon whirls. Firstly they are massive, and secondly they make a bloody big mess, but my god is it worth the mess. The whirls were soft, gooey and not too cinnamony to put me off. A complete must have for anyone who has a sweet tooth.
La Caverna- 122 Rivington St on the corner of Essex Street
I knew I wanted one ‘nice’ meal and found this restaurant which seemed to look like the inside of a cave. Instantly drawn in by the quirky interior I added it to the list. We went on Sunday evening and were shocked at how quiet it was. True to it’s word there were mini waterfalls, water features and things hanging from the ceiling to make it look like a cave, although it was pretty dark so my photos are really rubbish. The food was really resonably priced (Less than $20 for two courses) and I had calamari and mac and cheese (you might see a pattern coming). And even better their house cocktails were just $5 (an incredible price!)
Bubbys- 73 Gansevoort St by the High Line
After coming from the High Line by Chelsea Market I headed to Bubby’s for their brunch. It was a super warm day so I sat outside with a fresh lemonade which was amazing to choose my food. With so much choice I settled on their smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel and it was one of the best decisions I made all holiday. I’m going to hold my hands up and say with no doubt this was the best bagel I have ever eaten.
Juliana’s- 19 Old Fulton St, Brooklyn
After crossing the Brooklyn bridge we knew that we wanted some authentic Brooklyn pizza and Juliana’s seemed to be the place that kept popping up during every search that I did. When we arrived we knew why there was a buzz, so much so that there was a queue, although the staff did really well getting people in and out quickly that we only waited for like half an hour, and my the pizza was worth it. We went for a large margarita to share (although honesty I could have polished most of it off myself!) It was a soft thin base and just so tender and tasty. Definitely worth a trip if you love Pizza!
Bills Bar and Grill- Rockefeller Center
As we were around the Rockefeller Center during Tuesday daytime it seemed only right to eat somewhere here and I’d heard good things about Bills. Knowing we were going to have a burger that evening I went for a BBQ chicken sandwich although it looks way more like a burger, but I didn’t care as it was so tasty. They also do the best milkshakes there at a fairly reasonable price, I had the milk chocolate chip which was great.
Bareburger – 366 West 46th Street (but there are a lot more!)
Another day another burger. Not quite so obviously American as Shake Shack but another great tasting burger. The great thing with here is how customisable everything is, you can choose the type of patty, type of cheese (including vegan cheese!), and a whole load of extras and which particular bits of salad you want.
Macbar – 54 Prince Street
I am a massive mac and cheese fan, because come on it’s pasta and cheese, what’s not to love?! This might have been one of the best things I ate all week so if you’re a fan of mac and cheese, head here as I’d say it’s the best I’ve had. It’s really reasonably priced (the one I got was like $8) and you can get it to take away (there are few seats inside). It was warm, the cheese was really gooey and not hard like you get sometimes and it was just a great meal. Optimal for lunch as you can get smaller portions.
Black Tap- 529 Broome Street by Spring Street
You’ve probably seen images all over the internet of the milkshakes which look like colossal and completely over the top, well we had to have one. With a queue which saw us waiting around half an hour (maybe a little more) we were taken into the small restaurant and given a whole host of options. We’d have loved to have had a burger and gone all out but we didn’t have the time so we looked at the four milkshake options. We wrote off the candy floss and sour versions as they looked a bit too sugary and I opted for the sweet and salty which was a peanut butter version (of course) with peanut butter M&M’s covering the glass and reeces throughout. My friend had the cookie one which looked incredible too. I dread to think how many calories were in them, but who cares.
Superiority Burger- 430 East 9th Street
Superiority is a tiny tiny shop with pretty much no seating inside but I wanted to go here as they do vegan burgers and have been dubbed some of the best in the world. That’s a claim I had to try out and I’m going to admit I think the world is right. You could not tell that this burger had no meat in it as it was so tender and so tasty. A definite one for you veggies/ vegans out there.
The Meatball Shop – 1462 2nd Avenue (There are four other NYC locations)
When you’ve spent a week eating burgers and milkshakes Italian food comes as a nice change and The Meatball Shop does exactly what it says on the tin. You can choose the type of meatball, the type of sauce and whether you want them plain, with pasta, or with anything else. I had the classic beef meatball with tomato sauce on spaghetti and it was so good! We opted for deserts as for once the portion sizes were not massive and had a cookie ice cream sandwich which was again amazing. The great thing about here is they do happy hour (pretty much until like 8pm most days) and we managed to get 2 cocktails for $7 which in NY is more than incredible.
Sprinkles Vs Magnolia Cupcakes
I’d wanted to try both Sprinkles and Magnolia for their cupcakes as both are raved about quite a lot, so tried identical cupcakes in both (Red Velvet of course). While both were really good – I think it’s hard to get a cupcake that wrong – but the Sprinkles ones were bigger and the cream icing was a lot softer and sweeter. While I’d happily have both cupcakes again I would definitely opt for Sprinkles over Magnolia given the choice.
Ellens Stardust Diner – 1650 Broadway on the corner of West 51st Street
Ellens’ is a bit of an institute in New York and a massive tourist trap because the staff are all training to be performers so sing, dance and act as they all want to perform on Broadway. This means that every few minutes someone will burst into song and perform around the restaurant. Yes it was gimmicky, yes it was a bit awkward at times and yes it did get loud but it was so much fun, and for a gimmick, the food was really good. Starting with a milkshake and mozzarella dippers I then had mac and cheese (again!)
The Bagel Store – 349 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn
You might remember seeing photos all over the internet not long ago of a rainbow bagel. An actual edible bagel which was brightly coloured. I wasn’t sure if it actually existed but The Bagel Store in Brooklyn apparently sold them son we walked over the Williamsberg bridge specifically to find the store and yes they did exist! Strangely the bagels pretty much tasted like normal bagels and we opted for just normal cream cheese but you could have it sweet with things such as red velvet cream cheese or oreo cream cheese but I wasn’t sure what I thought of this. The bagels were fresh and soft and definitely worth the trip over for.
Max Brenner – 841 Broadway by East 13th Street (there are other locations)
The final place on my wishlist was Max Brenner which is more of a desert place as they are prodominantly a chocolate bar, but they also do normal food so we stopped by for lunch on my final day knowing I wanted to be full enough to last me at the airport/ on the flight. I had a burger *surprise surprise* which was really tasty and then ended with a chocolate pizza. It was full of chocolate chips, peanut butter and all manner of other things and well worth a trip. If you’re a desert person this is a must!