My Favorite NYC Eats

Whew — what a time we had in NYC last week. It felt like we squeezed in 2 weeks of fun into 4 food-filled days! In all, we walked 42 miles and test­ed over a dozen restau­rants. I have my favorites list­ed below:

My first NYC bite was at Robert. I high­ly rec­om­mend pop­ping in to this lit­tle restau­rant on the 9th floor of a Colum­bus Cir­cle build­ing that over looks the most gor­geous view of Cen­tral Park and Colum­bus Cir­cle. GORGEOUS

We enjoyed a sim­ple cheese plat­ter and some shrimp from their sun­set menu. The bread and but­ter was prob­a­bly my favorite treat from this restau­rant. It was SO good — but I had been carb-deprived for 4 weeks, so I may be a lit­tle skewed in my think­ing. But the fresh, warm mat­zo bread and fresh­ly churned butter…killer.

Sarabeth’s was our favorite break­fast stop — for the sim­ple fact that we could sit street-side and look out at the car­riages and Cen­tral Park. The food was tasty too — espe­cial­ly their cur­rant scone.

I had the crab cakes Bene­dict on their famous Eng­lish muf­fin and we also enjoyed some lump crab gua­camole. The Guac was a phe­nom­e­nal bite — I high­ly rec­om­mend it!

Bou­chon Bak­ery  & Cafe in Colum­bus Cir­cle is a depend­ably excel­lent meal — every sin­gle time! hub­by & I shared the Croque Madame:

And the Gem Let­tuce:

Both were per­fect­ly sea­soned and so tasty. David and I shared both — and that made the per­fect lunch. Of course we had to top it off with a mac­a­roon (or 5).

Anoth­er stop was to Craft where we had the most deli­cious sip of cream of roast­ed car­rot soup. Mind-blow­ing. I hope I can recre­ate it!

Every­thing was so tasty — I didn’t take pics of every course (sad face) but let me tell you my faves:

This Fluke Crudo was so deli­cious. The per­fect bal­ance of sweet, savory, sour and pure “yum”.

Ricot­ta Agnolot­ti (below). So, so deli­cious. These pas­ta dumplings are like ravi­o­li halves, filled with the most deli­cious ricot­ta fill­ing and topped wth ramps, morels and a lemon oil cream sauce. 

Next, I had the Flat Iron — it was like but­ter. Every­thing I hoped for and more, per­fect­ly sea­soned, ten­der and juicy. YUM.

For dessert, David and I split a trio of gelat­tos — toast­ed marsh­mal­low and green apple were tied for our favorite fla­vors!

Next we head­ed over to the Upper West Side and ate at Mai­son Pick­le.

They are famous for their fried pick­les and their fab­u­lous sand­wich­es.

Over­all, the pick­les were excel­lent — but a few were too thick­ly bread­ed and a lit­tle sog­gy. I would order them again if I get the chance to return — but I would request them to be extra crispy.

I had the  South­ern B.L.T. which had a but­ter­milk fried chick­en breast, fried green toma­toes, pick­le slaw and crispy bacon. I was so amaz­ing, but after 2 bites I was DONE. ((Also, it may be the Okie Girl in me — but I could have used a lit­tle sauce on that bad boy!

David chose the Deluxe French Dip with fried onions and gruyere fon­due. He won the “best pick­er” prize at this place. That French Dip was the bomb.

We also enjoyed Japan­ese BBQ:

Gyu-Kaku — we select­ed what seemed like 30 dif­fer­ent things to grill — our­selves — right at our table.

We had veg­gies, scal­lops, salmon and prob­a­bly 15 types of beef includ­ing Kobe, flat iron, flank, sir­loin, strip, rib eye — and many more!

It was a fun, leisure­ly expe­ri­ence that I rec­om­mend if you are look­ing for a slow­er paced evening!

In the mid­dle of it all, David got a kabob. Notice the Mag­no­lia bag he’s wield­ing? We’ll get to that in my next post… NYC sweets!

We also made our way down to Low­er Man­hat­tan and enjoyed some famous Joe’s Piz­za and Katz’s Del­i­catessen.

The piz­za is thin, crispy, per­fect­ly sim­ple and CHEAP!

At Katz’s we enjoyed the pas­tra­mi and the corned beef. I pre­ferred the corned beef and David loved the pas­tra­mi so that worked out nice­ly. We just pur­chased one sand­wich, half pas­tra­mi & half corned beef.

The pick­les (com­pli­men­ta­ry) were tasty too!

We also hit Chi­na­town, Joe’s Shang­hai where we tried a few vari­eties of pot stick­ers, scal­lion pan­cakes and soup dumplings.

My favorite bite was the scal­lion pan­cake — I think I could have eat­en 20! I’ll be hon­est — the soup dumplings were not my fav. The fla­vors were a lit­tle mud­dled for my lik­ing, but I think I was in the minor­i­ty. That restau­rant was HOPPING! As a mat­ter of fact, there were 3 oth­er groups sit­ting with us at our table. They all ordered the soup dumplings — and loved them.

We made our way through Cen­tral Park and to the Upper East Side for my favorite meal of the trip. 

Heidi’s House — is a must vis­it if you are head­ed to NYC! We start­ed off with a sim­ple cheesy bruschet­ta, but with the first bite I knew there was noth­ing sim­ple about it. Fried capers, heir­loom toma­toes, lemon vinai­grette and thick sliced toast­ed fresh French breach, topped off with salty, cheesy good­ness. So, so good.

Then David and I split the mush­room and white truf­fle oil mac & cheese. Well — you must try it for your­self. They warn you the Mac & cheese takes 25 min­utes to pre­pare. Um — worth the wait!!

Creamy, savory, hearty and so cheesy. The béchamel sauce with mush­rooms and white truf­fle oil was absolute per­fec­tion. Best thing we ate — by two miles!

Our last stop for the trip was also in the Upper East Side: Up Thai. On a Mon­day night at 8:45, we wait­ed an hour to be seat­ed. A reser­va­tion is the way to go for this spot. 

David and I shared the cur­ry puffs (minced chick­en, pota­toes, onion and cur­ry pow­der, served with sweet cucum­ber rel­ish), cala­mari and the Mas­saman cur­ry with pota­toes, onion, avo­ca­do and peanuts, with coconut milk.

My favorite was the crisp cala­mari — but not because the oth­er food was mediocre! Every­thing was so, so good! I high­ly rec­om­mend this spot! Every­thing looked so tasty.  This is anoth­er place we will be revis­it­ing for sure.

We loved our time in NYC, I already miss it! I am thank­ful for so many friends’ sug­ges­tions of yum­my places to eat! We didn’t have time or room to try every­thing but will most assured­ly return and con­tin­ue hop­ping from place to place try­ing bites all along the way!

Next up — my favorite NYC sweets, we vis­it­ed 6 bak­eries while in NYC and I def­i­nite­ly have my faves!

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