We are five days into our love affair with this unbelievable city. It's no secret that this place is famous for it's wide variety of foods which can make it overwhelming when deciding where to eat. Thanks to my meticulous planning and too-many-hours on the likes of Yelp, Trip Advisor and UrbanSpoon, I composed a list of places we couldn't leave without trying. I figured I would share it here, in case you're anything like me and completely food obsessed and/or heading to NYC any time soon.
Levain Bakery 167 West 74th Street
Order the choc chip walnut cookie without questioning it. It's as big (and fat) as your hand and taste better than any other cookie you've eaten before. I'll paint a picture for you - hard and sugary exterior, gooey, hot centre.
Mimi Cheng's Dumplings 179 2nd Avenue
We came here for lunch on Saturday and trekked back for dinner Sunday. The real proof to it's greatness however? It's over 30 blocks from our hotel. Worth the trip, even in the middle of New York winter. Mimi's prides itself on being completely organic and filling it's dumplings with special concoctions of either pork, chicken or vegetables. I also ordered a side of lightly fried garlic broccoli and it was gone before my dumplings arrived.
Blossom Bakery 174 9th Avenue
Gluten free and vegan dreams are made of this bakery. Order the gluten free gingersnap cookie and if you're up for it - the vegan hot chocolate. Oh mercy, that thing is thick and sweet and everything you want from a hot chocolate. Blossom bakery goods are also stocked in various WholeFoods fyi, if you don't fancy the trip to Chelsea.
Dean & Deluca 560 Broadway
An experience/new york city attraction in itself. Aisles of small goods, bakery goods, fresh fruit, cheeses, juices, salads, you name it. I am not proud of how long I spent in this place.
Artichoke Basille's Pizza 111 Macdougal Street
So we came here on a food tour of the village. The crust is beautiful, the toppings are beautiful etc etc. Unfortunately we didn't get to taste what they are famous for (the artichoke slice) but two things tell me it's as fab as the tomato/basil slice. 1. That baby needs double crust to support the weight of it's toppings. 2. I saw at least 20 people come and go with that slice of pizza in the space of 5 minutes.
Doughnut Plant 220 West 23rd Street
There is one regret I will bring home with me: not having the appetite to try the full menu. We had the blackberry jam filled doughnut and going off that alone, you wanna get yourself here and stay for lunch. I'll be trying to get my hands on the blackberry jam alone for the rest of my days.
Beyond Sushi 229 East 14th Street
Completely vegan sushi in the middle of the upmarket Chelsea Market. Probably up there with the best sushi I've ever had. Also - don't make the same mistake I did and ask if it comes with soy sauce. Each handcrafted sushi roll comes with a special sauce created to compliment the specific roll you are buying. Magic.
Xi'an Famous Foods 24 West 45th Street
Don't bother if you don't like spicy foods. But if you do, order the spicy cumin lamb noodles. The noodles are hand made and ripped individually, in front of your eyes. We hit up the midtown location, but there are several dotted throughout NYC.
There you have it & it doesn't even skim the surface. This place is brilliant.
Photos of our non-food-related adventures to follow soon.