Food Spots #12 – New York City
Hi there! Today, I’m taking you to New York, the city that never sleeps!
I was in New York at the end of the month of February. I was not planning to visit New York this year but my boyfriend surprised me (again) for my 26th birthday and gifted me with a flight ticket to this beautiful city.
This was my third time in New York, but my first time as a real foodie and blogger, so I was very excited to try all of the food spots that I have saved during the past few years (because you never know ;)).
In this article, I’ll be sharing my favorite food spots in New York from this year, but also the ones from my previous visits to the city. Happy reading and let me know if you try any of the below!
Jack’s Wife Freda
Fun story: during my previous visit to New York (during Summer 2016), I wanted to eat at Jack’s Wife Freda so badly. But when I got there around 11 am to enjoy brunch, there was a waiting line of 1hour 45 minutes, and I was starving. I ended up eating at the brunch place next door which was very disappointing.
So when I found out that I was going to New York again, JWF was on top of my list! It’s funny because the restaurant was totally empty in February – looked like a tourist-only place but honestly, it was really worth it!
The green shakshuka was absolutely amazing – I’m usually not a fan of cilantro and green herbs but it was really tasty. Served with toasted challah bread, it was the perfect brunch dish. We also ordered some halloumi toasts with homemade pesto and a cup of coffee.
The portions were a little bit small for what you pay for – but first of all, it’s New York; and second, we were planning a food tour throughout the day so we weren’t that bothered.
Jack’s Wife Freda – 224 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012, United States
Dominique Ansel Bakery
It’s really crazy how some places’ popularity depends on the season. The last time we were in New York, we really wanted to try the famous “cronut” – a mix of a croissant and a donut. Unfortunately, 1 hour after the opening time, they were all sold out and you had to queue early in the morning. Giving the fact that our accommodation was in Brooklyn back then, it was a no go.
When we came back this year, there was no queue at all and we got to try the famous pastry. The people in the shop were very rude and the cronuts were super expensive, but the taste was amazing.
I think they also changed their concept and they only sell one kind of cronut flavour per month, which allows them to produce more.
It’s definitely worth trying – but don’t expect kind service.
Dominique Ansel Bakery – 189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012, United States
Cha Cha Matcha
Are you tired of wandering in the streets of the city that never sleeps? Take a break at Cha Cha Matcha and enjoy some high-quality matcha latte. Again, don’t expect to pay less than 5 dollars for your coffee, but hey, you’re in New York!
Cha Cha Matcha – 373 Broome St, New York, NY 10013, United States
If you are a fan of Chinese pork buns, take a stop at Golden Steamer in the middle of China Town. It’s take away and cash-only, but you can try one of the best Chinese buns ever. Now that I don’t eat meat anymore, I opt for their pumpkin bun but it’s truly delicious and it’s the perfect snack if you get hungry.
Golden Steamer – 143A Mott St, New York, NY 10013, United States
On our third night in New York, we were craving good ramen! We found Jin Ramen on Google and it had just opened. We ordered some delicious (and spicy) ramen with homemade noodles, and we had a great night in this very cozy restaurant. I recommend the miso ramen and the tonkatsu ramen.
Jin Ramen – 462 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024, United States
If you visited New York before and never tried the Levain Bakery cookies, you missed out on a lot…
Levain Bakery bakes the best cookies ever – without a shadow of a doubt. They are fresh, tasty, not too sweet, melting in your mouth and the mix of flavours is just… wow.
I highly recommend the one with peanut butter, the one with walnuts, and my favorite, the oat cookie.
Levain Bakery – 1484 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028, United States
Hutch and Waldo
If you’re looking for a lunch/brunch place while wandering in the streets of the Upper East Side and all of the Gossip Girl spots, Hutch and Waldo is the place to be. They served sandwiches and salads that are quite tasty and healthy. The place is very small though so you might be waiting in line!
Hutch and Waldo – 247 E 81st St, New York, NY 10028, United States
I don’t think that I need to explain what Shake Shack is to you 😉 But if you don’t know it yet, Shake Shack is the absolute best fast food burger that I know. And believe me, while road tripping around Canada and the United States 4 years ago, I tried many fast-food burgers.
Now that I don’t eat meat anymore, I opted for the vegetarian one, and to be honest, I like it even more than the original one!
I discovered the Citizen of chain on Tezza’s Instagram page, and I really wanted to try this brunch place. I can’t say that there was anything special about the place – they serve quite standard brunches (poached eggs, avocado toasts etc.) but it tasted good!
Citizen of Gramercy – 362 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10010, United States
Ippudo NY is the first Ippudo restaurant that I had the chance to eat. I remember that back in 2016 we ended up there in quite a random way and we had the best ramens of our lives, served with homemade pork bao. The restaurant is a little bit underground which gives it a super cozy and lounge-y atmosphere.
Fun fact: Ippudo is a Japanese Ramen restaurant chain and they opened in London, New York, and Paris. But they are mainly based in Japan. Back in 2018 when we were in Japan with Pariss, we went back to Ippudo as we enjoyed it so much in New York and we were very disappointed. It was very expensive and we had tasted better ramens for much less money in Japan.
I haven’t gotten back since 2016 but I would be curious to know if it’s still as good!
Ippudo NY – 65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003, United States
We discovered Beyond Sushi back in 2016 while looking for a takeaway dinner on a late night. We ended up in this vegan sushi place and we weren’t disappointed. The sushi flavours were really good and their homemade sauces were to die for.
Beyond Sushi – 134 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018, United States