As you guys will know if you follow me on twitter/instagram/snapchat – I have spent the last 3 days in New York! I had the most incredible trip. New York just gives me this happy feeling and – without sounding too cheesy – a skip in my step! The food in Manhattan is pretty unbeatable, but knowing where to go is very useful, so, I really wanted to do this foodie post to help out any of you guys that might be going to New York soon. I stayed in Soho (Lower Manhattan) this trip and since Jim was working lots and we had never spent time in Soho before, we ended up eating in the area most of the time. Therefore, all but one of the places I’m recommending are in Soho. Next time I go back, I’ll probably stay in a different neighbourhood, or just have time to explore the city some more, so I’ll do another foodie blog post with more recommendations! Although, if you are heading to New York soon, Soho is a great place to stay and hang out. It doesn’t feel touristy like Midtown and the shopping is excellent. Anyway, let’s get on with the food! There were definitely a couple of places I went to that aren’t making this blog post. The ones in this post are the places that made an impression on me and that I would 100% return to. Be prepared to drool…
Best Breakfast or Brunch:
Gemma (355 Bowery St)
Not only does this place do the best French Toast I have ever eaten, but they also have PG Tips on the menu! As a typical British tea-loving person, this brought me great joy. Good tea is difficult to find stateside, so it was lovely to be able to order a home comfort. Gemma is part of the Bowery hotel, which is a celebrity favourite (Alexa Chung was there recently)! There’s lots of great options on the menu, but if you go, please order the French Toast.
Bluestone Lane (55 Greenwich Ave)
This cute little Australian owned café was recommended to me by one of my good friends, Ingrid. It is now a firm favourite of mine! The food is so fresh and healthy. Jim had an amazing homemade granola with poached pear and I had smashed avocado on toast with a poached egg on top. We also ordered the banana bread to share as you can’t go to an Aussie place without ordering the banana bread! And although it was made with healthier ingredients than regular banana bread, it was one of the best I’ve tried. Can’t remember what the white stuff on top was, but it was good!
The Butcher’s Daughter (19 Kenmare St)
This is the place to go if you are really into your healthy eating or you have specific dietary requirements. Everything on the menu is vegetarian and dairy-free. The staff are so warm and friendly (my brunch date was about 15 minutes late and they chatted to me and made me feel at home). Their menu is bursting with fresh, local produce and the juices taste incredible – I had orange and carrot! I loved what I ordered (oats soaked in almond milk with homemade muesli and fresh fruit).
Jack’s Wife Freda (224 Lafayette St)
I fell in love with this spot because it has such a lively and friendly vibe. It looks really cute inside and the food is yummy. I had a tuna and avocado salad which was great, but there was so much food passing by our table that looked delicious! I’d love to try the brunch menu here as I’ve heard lots of good things about it.
Magnolia Bakery (There are a few of these around Manhattan)
Magnolia Bakery is kind of a tourist spot, but it’s also really popular with locals too as the cupcakes are to die for! It was on my list of places to go when I first went to New York a couple of years ago and now I go every time I’m in the city, I think it’s become a tradition for me.
Best Spot To ‘Grab A Slice’:
Prince St Pizza (27 Prince Street)
When I instagrammed this photo it caused quite a stir! ‘Why is the sauce on top of the cheese?’ people asked. Well, I don’t know the answer to that question, but it tasted amazing! Prince St Pizza are famous for their perfectly baked square slices, so I decided to go for the spicy salami one, although they did have regular shaped pizza slices too! The pizza guy was so friendly as you can see from the photo I got of him – so sweet! This is a little hole in the wall style pizza place with very limited seating, I’d recommend taking a stroll through Soho with your slice.
The Mercer Kitchen (99 Prince Street)
This has got to be one of my favourite dinner spots in the world. It is perfect for so many occasions, it could be a fun night out with friends, a romantic dinner for two or a place to take your parents. The atmosphere is hip and stylish and the food is excellent. There are communal tables (which you can see in the photos below), as well as singular ones. The restaurant is dimly lit with candles and the ambience is amazing, maybe due to the fact it’s inside a beautiful historical building. I had this salmon sashimi starter which was definitely one of the best things i’ve ever eaten. The same goes for the scallops! Ooo and my Mojito was great too!
That’s it for my New York foodie recommendations, I can’t wait to go back and add more to this post! Let me know in the comments where I should try next time I go! Also, tweet me if you go and check out any of these places, I’d love to know what you ordered and if you loved it!