We recently visited New York for our anniversary and had the best time eating our way through the city. I love exploring the food scene in different cities and NYC was no exception. My husband Fran says that I have FOBO (fear of better options) because I’m so indecisive, especially when I have so many to choose from. There was no way to get to all the places I wanted to eat in one weekend so I’m already dreaming of going back and hitting up all the places we didn’t get to. 11 miles and 27,000 steps later, here are all the dEATS on the places we ate…
So we were actually supposed to go to another restaurant for dinner but due to me missing my flight, we had to cancel those reservations and ate at the restaurant in the hotel we were staying, which is Top Chef judge, Tom Collichio’s restaurant. We didn’t end up eating until about 10pm but we chose the tasting menu of five courses with wine pairings, which I highly recommend doing to get a little taste of a lot of different things. Plus lots of wine is always good after a missed flight.
If you like tasty but healthy food, you’ve got to go here! I had already booked reservations for brunch at another place but as soon as I found out about this one I immediately knew this is where I wanted to eat. Lines can be long in the morning and they don’t take reservations so I wanted to get there early. We were able to walk from our hotel (The Beekman near the Brooklyn Bridge-highly recommend!) in about 15 minutes. We arrived at 10am and only had to wait for about 10 minutes for a table inside. I wanted to order the entire menu but finally decided on the yellow juice (pineapple, jicama and lemon) and tacos verdes. And let me just tell you…AHMAZING! Fran didn’t even realize the whole menu was vegetarian and mostly vegan and gluten free until after we left. It is the cutest place and I want one in Charleston.
If you love food trucks you will die over this place. Its in Brooklyn, which worked out perfectly because walking the Brooklyn Bridge was the number one thing I wanted to do this trip. They are only open Saturdays and Sundays but it has the best view of Manhattan. This is literally a foodie’s paradise. There are tons of vendors serving all kinds of grub. With my FOBO, I had to walk by every vendor to see all my options before ordering. Ordering something and then realizing someone out ordered you is the ABSOLUTE WORST. For some small bites we got some dumplings which were delicious, but by far the best thing was my taco from Goa Taco. I usually avoid pork but this cabbage and pork belly taco was calling my name, I just could not resist.
Grand Banks is such a cool seasonal spot with amazing views of the harbor and Freedom Tower. Its a sailboat that has the best atmosphere but lines can be long so be prepared to wait. Only so many people can fit on a boat before it sinks ya know? It’s a great place for a cocktail or glass of rosé before dinner. We didn’t eat but they do serve oysters, lobster rolls, and other seafood dishes.
There are a few locations around the city but we went to the NoMad location. I had the most delicious salad here called the Haystack with a maple-soy vinaigrette dressing that I’m dying to replicate. And we both ordered the grilled octopus with rice beans and beluga lentils because it just sounded too good to share.
The Spotted Pig is a must for brunch! Disclaimer: don’t go here expecting a healthy meal; nonetheless, it is delicious! Its such a cozy place with the most unique decor. I usually go for a healthier option on any menu but with this being the last meal in NYC, I wanted to go out with a bang. Plus, we had just walked all over carnation and I deserved all the sugar I wanted. I got the Dutch Baby with bacon and maple syrup (bottom plate). Its like a combo of pancake/popover/crepe, all of which I love. Fran got the poached eggs and pork cheek hash, which was surprisingly delectable.
Honestly all of these places were top notch and I’d go back in a heart beat. I’d have to say my absolute favorites were Smorgasburg for the experience and The Butcher’s Daughter since I’m partial to breakfast + healthy food. Can’t wait to go back!
Next stop: South Africa!