Manhattan is one of my all time favourite cities in the world. There is no shortage of museums and galleries to wander around. So much to see.. and eat. Even if you have been 15 times you won’t be bored. There’s an abundance of places to eat in this beautiful city. From hipster coffee hangouts, pizza joints, markets and bars: you will be spoilt for choice.
Here are some of my favourite places to eat in NYC, I think even Carrie Bradshaw would approve of a couple of these places.
B R E A K F A S T & B R U N C H
I am a big fan of Bluestone Lane. They have great coffees, matcha lattes and their food is to die for (very Insta worthy too) We loved their Green Baked Eggs and the classic option of smashed Avo with a poached egg. They also have a really great lunch menu and a tempting selection of baked goods – the I bought Cronut was unbelievable. Trust me on this one.
Multiple locations in NYC and LA also.
I love that in the USA you get potatoes with breakfast – I haven’t ever come across this in the UK, unless you’re counting the humble hash brown or a rosti. No these were altogether different : Chunky, soft yet crispy, the perfect blend of spice. Theatre Row Diner holds a special place in my heart for introducing me to potatoes with breakie so this little joint makes the list. They have a great breakfast menu where you get coffee, juice, toast, eggs, bacon & the hold grail of potatoes for about $10. BREAKFAST POTATOES WE SALUTE YOU.
Pershing Square is conveniently right across the road from Grand Central Station so it made the perfect place to get brunch before exploring Midtown. The french toast was excellent – another first i have never had bacon with maple syrup (dribble dribble) Rupert went for the New Yorker Set Menu breakfast – which is a really great way to save some pennies. Great location, the food is fab and the staff were lovely too.
If a quiet place to eat is your thing then Ellen’s Stardust Diner isn’t for you. Here you can enjoy your breakfast whilst the waiters and waitress’ sing you songs from the musicals. The diner is a 50’s theme so think big stacks of pancakes and milkshakes in red leather booths. The staffs are the future stars of broadway so they can really sing too. The atmosphere is really fun so if you have kids it’s perfect (In all honesty I love musicals so it was perfect for this adult too)
One thing i will say is only go for breakfast because the burgers etc. are pretty basic and not worth the money – the pancakes however are excellent.
L U N C H & D I N N E R
C H E L S E A M A R K E T
Did you even visit Manhattan if you didn’t go to Chelsea Market? Of course you did but this should be on everyone’s NYC bucket list in my opinion. The furthest thing from a horrible smelly food court – this indoor market has everything your hungry tummy would desire. We go every time we go to NYC and it never gets old. I recommend walking through the market, checking out each food spot and plan what you’re going to eat where. You need a battle plan for this place to get the most out of every spot!
My Favourites at the market.
Very Fresh Noodles – The vegan mock duck wet noodles & the cumin lamb is the bomb. We go here every time we go to NYC, no exceptions. Just don’t were a white top. Trust.
Los Tacos No1 – The Nopal tacos (grilled cactus) are so tasty!
Doughnuttery – Fresh Doughnuts with some crazy toppings. The cinnamon sugar ones were just… just get them okay.
Sarabeth’s bakery – CHOCOLATE BROWNIES
Lobster Place Seafood Market – In here they have everything. Sushi, Chowder, Fresh oysters, Lobster rolls, fresh seafood. The oysters are particularly good.
Now it isn’t just food here – they have all sorts of shops including a flea market where i got my brother some pretty cool cufflinks made using old typewriter letters. They have a kitchen appliance shop and even a lady who does knife sharpening.
P I Z Z A
A little fact about me : I do not like Pizza. I know, madness. It’s nothing personal. I’m just a pasta kinda gal that’s all. However my first New York Slice from Trenta Tre Pizzeria changed my mind that all pizza tastes like a greasy Dominos. This pizza was something of beauty: The base was thin and crisp, it had the perfect amount of sauce and the cheese was just the right amount. This place changed my mind that all Pizza tastes like it’s from Dominos. I will say however that I have tried Pizza since in the UK and still nothing compares. I save my pizza time for New York … Or until I visit Italy.
Trenta Tre Pizzeria, 29 e 33rd Street
We also love Prince Street Pizza, 27 Prince St – Their Pepperoni Slice.. well nothing compares to it really. It is just unbelievable. Be prepared to queue though.. like out on the street. But trust me. It is worth it.
P A S T R A M I O N R Y E
Make your way to Katz Deli and watch as they make you the biggest sandwich you may ever eat. Katz Deli is the place where they shot that famous scene in the movie, Where Harry Met Sally. You can either get table service or go to the counter to order. We went to the counter, here you they give you a sample of the pastrami and you watch as they make you a monster sarni. This bad boy is a two-handed job. Our eyes were bigger than our bellies and we got sides too.. they weren’t really needed as this sandwich was HUGE. Rupert couldn’t finish his.. me being a girl who hates food waste scoffed his left overs down. I was very happy I wore my gym leggings that day because a button would have defiantly popped off my jeans! We didn’t have it but i have it on good authority that the Matzo Ball Soup here is epic.
R O S A M E X I C A N O
A place where they make fresh Guacamole at your table in front of you just how you like it. Take or leave the spice or the coriander (some people are very anti coriander – you cray cray whoever you are) And they aren’t stingy with it either, you get a lot. This place is a gem. The margaritas are dangerously good. I recommend – Guacamole en Molcajete (obviously) The tacos were epic … tbh you could order anything and I bet it would be good. I am getting hungry just writing this post. If you love authentic Mexican you will love this place. They for 4 locations in the city to choose from so wherever you are in NYC you can find one that is easy to get to.
H A P P Y H O U R & B U R G E R S
I am a Yorkshire girl and I love a bargain. Clinton Hall has great happy hour offers with food and drinks. They also have a tempting and not so basic bottomless brunch menu too. Their burgers have won awards and they have a great selection of rotating craft beers. It is also a really fun place – they have JENGA and other fun games. Their Buffalo Cauliflower bites were soon good and so was the Garden Burger.
I love this city and i cannot wait for my next trip! Let me know any recommendations that you have