After a long weekend of nothing but eating in New York City, I couldn’t help but wonder if locals had discovered even half the restaurants in the dining paradise they call home. They couldn’t possibly! They’d have to spend every waking moment dining. There is a vast number of eateries and this means standards are high. Choosing where to dine is overwhelming…and whose recommendations to trust?!
Thanks to tips from NYC locals, staff at respected restaurants and discerning online guides, here’s my ultra-mini guide based on two long weekends in the big apple, in which I barely scratched tip of the dining iceberg (despite constant eating!). I look forward to adding to this list every time I visit.
Other reliable NYC dining guides:
NYC baristas operate on a different level. The speed at which they pump out cortados and other specialty beverages is simply mesmerizing. A local told me it’s because they don’t want to be yelled at by New Yorkers. Bottom line: wherever you are, a very well-crafted cup made from finely roasted beans is never far away. Here’s my small list of favourite cafes (which will continue to grow each time I visit NYC). If you only have time to visit two coffee shops, get to Sweatshop and El Rey.
To a breakfast lover, the vast number of New York City restaurants serving this morning meal is thrilling. New Yorkers clearly want their breakie made for them! My favourite New York City breakfast spots are the Melbourne-style cafes, of which there are plenty. These Australian hotspots are design-forward spaces that take as much pride in serving good espresso as they do in crafting good simple food with a healthy twist. Avocado on toast is just one of their menu staples. If you have to pick just two breakfast or brunch spots to visit on your trip, I'd suggest El Rey or Bluestone Lane.
Clearly I didn't make it to enough ice cream spots. On my hit list for next time: The Big Gay Ice Cream Shop, Sundaes and Cones, Il Laboratorio Del Gelato and Oddfellows and The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.
It's totally ridiculous to even broach the topic of NYC's best casual restaurants, isn't it? I realize that. This list, however, is a work in progress and more than anything, serves as a reminder of the spots I've really loved in the city that never sleeps. I look forward to updating it after each visit. So here it is, a tiny and discerning list of the casual eateries I've really really enjoyed during trips to New York City.
Mission Chinese Food
If you're a cold pressed juice juice addict, you'll be happy to hear the good stuff is on every street corner in New York City.
Just to reiterate, I am scratching the tip of the tip of the tip of the food iceberg with these lists. I visited several bakeries, but for your sake and your time, I'm keeping my recommendations extremely high level here. Behold, the two dessert destinations I'd make a point of getting to in New York City.
New York City restaurateurs have got what we (often) need: healthy, delicious food on the fly. Here are my favourite spots for a no-fuss, nutritious meal.