DAY 5: Manhattan Munchies- food ideas from sun up to sun down.
Ladies and Gentlemen!
Instead of sharing my Top 5 favorite places to eat, I have briefly outlined 10 amazing restaurants to try in NYC.
From my list, it will be easy to discover what restaurant suits your needs; girls trip, date night, romantic dinner, or low-key spot to feel like a local. If you did not find exactly what you are looking for, review my "other favorites" at the bottom for additional ideas. If you have any questions about them, feel free to ask!
Famous for: Arguably the best bagels in NYC. They are cut and rolled by hand in house every morning. Not to mention, they are low in salt, preservatives, sugar free and HUGE!
Vibe: Casual bagel shop. Good for anyone, anytime, any day of the week.
My order: Egg, bacon, cheddar, on a cinnamon raison bagel with a side of strawberry cream cheese! *Eat the first half sweet and the second half savory.
Brunch & Lunch
Pardon My French
Famous for: Their native, attractive Frenchmen staff, oui oui.
Vibe: Fun for large parties! Parisian chic. There is also a garden in the back- if it’s not too hot outside, request reservations in the garden.
My order: Bottomless mimosa and eggs benedict for $28.
Famous for: An afternoon hangout spot and a patio for people-watching.
Vibe: Intimate Australian-American café in the Lower East Side. A place where locals dine and linger over cocktails in a romantic yet upbeat setting. Good for a small group needing an afternoon pick me up.
My order: Pistachio bread, Kale Salad with Goji Berries, Dried Cranberries, Sunflower + Pumpkin Seeds, Pecorino, and Quinoa. Espresso Martini.
Famous for: Upscale Vegan- The Vegan “Shake Shack”
Vibe: Perfect for a girl’s trip. California Cool- a well to do millennial’s fast food #goals
My order: The Classic Burger (tempeh-lentil-chia-walnut patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, beet ketchup, special sauce, potato bun) and sweet potato fries.
Famous for: Fresh seafood in West Village
Vibe: Quaint, date night. I've never been to Maine, but I get small town coastal vibes.
My order: Summer Vegetables, Cider Steamed Mussels, Chardonnay.
Cacio e Pepe
Famous for: Caico e pepe... duh! They prepare the pasta in front of you in a wheel of parmesan.
Vibe: One of my favorite date night locations. The restaurant is family owned, relaxed, and has a picturesque twinkle lit garden out back.
My order: Creme Brûlée Appetizer, Summer Salad, Caico e pepe, Branzino, Bruenello di Montealcino.
Famous for: Instagrammable walls, gorgeous interior design, Mediterranean menu.
Vibe: Trendy, fashion types. Great for larger parties.
My order: Mezze Plate, Ceviche, Seared Diver Scallops, Rosé.
*Pricing is based on dessert category, not standard restaurant comparison*
Famous for: Drool worthy macaroons, Chocolate Eclairs, and all things French.
Vibe: A momentary escape to Paris. Your very own Breakfast at Tiffany's.
My order: Box of 6 macaroons; pistachio, lemon, coffee, rose, chocolate, vanilla.
Famous for: Gorgeous, delicate crêpe cakes.
Vibe: Bright, light, airy. Best for a girls trip. Slightly pretentious.
My order: The mille crêpe cake, green tea cake, and the chocolate checker cake.
Ice and Vice
Famous for: Over the top indulgent treats that are insta-worthy.
Vibe: Edgy ice cream shop serving up the most creative ice cream treats with creative colors. Either gender loves this place.
My order: Milk and honey ice cream sammie.
Café Henrie- Healthy/Vegan
Russ and Daughters- Bagel and Lox
Balthazar- One of Soho's former "greats"
Il Buco- Overpriced, but delicious Italian
Morandi- Rustic Italian
Bar Sardine- Best burger, small space
Poco NYC- Local spot in LES
Cata- Spanish Tapas with a Southern twist
Fedora- Speakeasy vibes
Freemans- Hidden spot down Freemans Alley
Beauty and Essex- Overdone but still fun
Café Select- Date night (Swiss inspired)
La Lanterna di Vittorio- My favorite garden. Romantic!
See you for the last post for the NYC mini-series tomorrow!