First stop if you’re a foodie visiting Manhattan should be a hop over the bridge to Prospect Park in Brooklyn to Smorgasburg, my oh my… foodie heaven is an understatement. We’re talking about some of the best street food vendors all in one place! Just look at these mozzarella sticks from Big Mozz Sticks! We sort of created our own system of picking up a single portion of food from a few stands and splitting them between us – that way we got to try our fair share of a variety of food (unfortunately not all)… without filling up too quickly.
Don’t Miss | Big Mozz Sticks, Honey Whiskey Cake, Bourbon Maple Syrup
Skip | Philly Cheese Steak
Next Time We’ll Try | Pork Belly Tacos & Ramen Burger
Now we hit a few well known Breakfast spots when we were in town and we soon learnt what not to order… First up the popular vegetarian spot The Butchers Daughter, now the decor is about as instagramable as a vase of peonies alongside a healthy helping of a new Charlotte Tilbury purchase with a West Elm book case in the background. Our advice would be to wait for a table outside if it’s nice weather, we were seated at the swing about stools inside and once we’d ordered we weren’t allowed to move outside even though some tables had become available. The service wasn’t great and being on the slightly uncomfortable stools just made waiting so long for service slightly frustrating. Having said that I was very happy with my food… H not so much.
Dont Miss| The Juices- The Red one was delicious & The Farm Eggs and Toasted Soldiers
Skip | The Breakfast Bagel
Our favourite breakfast spot of the trip had to be the beautiful Russ & Daughters we both thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast here, we got there slightly before 10 am when it opens and there were a few people already waiting but we were swiftly seated in a booth. We then got a choice of seltzer or still water whilst we perused the menu in search of something to fill our bellies and any other beverages we might fancy.
Don’t Miss | The Classic Board with the Everything Bagel & The Eggs Benny
I’d also recommend a trip to Jack’s Wife Freda especially if you’re looking for a nice lunch spot. It can be quite busy and it’s the only place we had to queue whilst we were there but the 15 – 20 minute wait quickly passed. I love all the details here including the sweetly branded sugar sachets.
Don’t Miss | The Prego Roll
Next Time We’ll Try | Madame Freda
You can’t go to NYC without having a burger.. and well… we had three. Our number one spot was Mikey’s Burger Joint in the Lower East Side (the cheese fries blew our minds!! .. literally amazingness we’re still talking about them) and the turkey burger was outrageously good. Pictured above is the chicken burger from Buddy’s Highline.
Don’t Miss | Mickey Burger Joint’s Cheese Fries and Turkey Burger
If You Have Time | Buddy’s Highline Chicken Burger
Mission Cantina is a fun Mexican and Chinese corner restaurant in the heart of LES. We’d spotted the turquoise tables and a fun interior consisting of triangular mirrors, yellow zigzags and cacti several times before we actually decided to stop here for a bite to eat. They use organic chicken and grass fed beef in their dishes swell as serving fish tacos and having a few vegetarian options.
Don’t Miss | General Tso’s Chicken
Skip | Waffle Fries
Next Time We’ll Try | Masa Fried Chicken & Sunflower Seed Guacamole
On our week long trip to NYC we ventured to two pizza joints. Pizza Beach on our first night and Speedy Romeo on our last. Although both lovely and reminiscent of Franco Manco in London. Speedy Romeo had to be our favourite for the versatility it gives you to create your own taste. The choice of toppings are just that much more thought out and advanced. Sorry for the over lit photos but it’s a rather dark place! We sat at the bar which normally I wouldn’t like but the bar stools are such a decent size I was actually really comfy!
Don’t Miss | The Dangerfield & The Dick Dale
Converted from a Gulf Station in 1993, B Bar & Grill is a quirky little eatery in the Bowery Neighbourhood. A well sized menu, an open outdoor fire.. beer garden and taco bar, there really is something for everyone here! The warm, American diner style interior with it’s booths, brass detailing and well stocked open bar is a contrast to the Mediterranean open outdoor area which mixes different tiles.
Don’t Miss | The Loaded Truffle Fries
Hello, Dough! Aka the doughnuts of dreams. There are not many places that live up to the hype but my god do these pillowy soft dough rounds, glazed or filed with the perfect sauce/ icing. The only disappointment is that in the UK… we have nothing like this. Some will then throw in Cross- Town doughnuts which are similar in the sense that they are a gourmet doughnut but my honest opinion is that the two do not compare. The first time I tried aCross- Town doughnuts I was a bit disappointed ( I have since tried 5 and am still slightly disappointed) . The first time I had a Dough doughnut I vowed I would drag H back there so I could get my hands on another flavour!
Don’t Miss | Plain Glaze, Nutella or Salted Chocolate
After being very let down by the ice creams at The Big Gay Ice-cream Shop we went in search of something better to chill our palates, thats when we ventured into Il Laboratory De Gelato. The growing list of over 200 flavours are made in small batches ensuring the highest quality. As the name suggests, this is a lab encouraging chefs to collaborate with them to create new flavours.
Don’t Miss | Strawberry Sorbet Gelato & Salted Caramel
If you have any places you think we missed and should try on our next trip please let us know in the comments.