New York City is a foodie temple, a paradise for food enthusiasts! There are little gems on every corner, all across the city and it is so much fun to explore them and try all sorts of different food. So here are some of the restaurants I tried while visiting the city:
1. Plaza Food Hall (1 W 59th St.)
One of our first stops after the long flight was the Food Hall of the Plaza Hotel by Central Park. The variety of different types of food is amazing there. Whether you are in for some fresh sushi at Sabi Sushi, french-style sandwiches at Epicerie Boulud or Tartinery or yummy cakes at FP Patisserie, you will surely find something that suits your taste.
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2. Sarabeth’s (40 Central Park S)
Sarabeth’s has several locations throughout Manhattan but the one on Central Park South has a beautiful view over the park. They serve a great variety of breakfast classics and even if it is quite pricey, it is definitely worth it! I had the French Toast and it has honestly the best! They serve it as brioche-toasts with strawberries, syrup and salty butter and trust me: it is amazing. Be sure to reserve a table as it tends to be very busy.
3. Magnolia Bakery (200 Columbus Avenue at 69th Street;401 Bleecker Street)
I think this bakery needs no introduction! Definitely the best cupcakes in town and they have a lovely interior. Be sure to try it out.
4. Chelsea Market (75 9th Ave)
Chelsea Market became one of my favorite spots in New York. It is a big market hall, which is open every day of the week and it is filled with small shops and restaurants, that serve fresh food from all over the world. It is a must when you are in town and I would take the time to stroll calmly through it, while taking in the different smells and colors. I ate at Lobster Place, a wonderful fish shop, that is also a self-service restaurant. At the back of it, you have the possibility to choose a lobster, which is then prepared and then served to you. It was amazing!
5. Ethos (905 1st Avenue)
Now this is a great Greek restaurants, located in the UN Headquarter area. It is a classic taverna with a beautiful interior design and an impressive menu filled with fresh fish and typical Greek dishes. We had their 3-course lunch menu for 33$ and believe me, after that you’re full for the rest of day. I had a fresh dorade and for the entree I chose a “poikilia”, which consists of warm pita bread with 5 different dips. The staff was very friendly and we really enjoyed our meal!
6. Obica (928 Broadway)
An Italian restaurant right across the Flatiron building. They serve one of the best pizzas I have ever eaten and they make great bruschette with different toppings. I would totally recommend it.
7. Sea Grill (Rockefeller Center, 19 W 49th St)
When we visited the city for New Year’s, we reserved a table at the Sea Grill for New Year’s Eve. They served an impressive menu, from which you could select 3 dishes. I had sushi and then for the main course a rock shrimp. The service was excellent and the view over the Rockefeller ice-rink was very enjoyable. All in all, we had an amazing evening at this restaurant, which I would surely recommend.
8. Nespresso cafe (92 Prince St)
We had breakfast at this Nespresso shop in Soho and we really liked it! Plus Soho is a lovely neighborhood to observe how the city wakes up.
9. Trading Post (170 John Street)
This restaurant at South Sea Port in between the old beautiful harbour buildings, is the perfect place for lunch. It is cozy with a friendly staff and good food. Try the lobster burger!
10. Ralph’s coffee (5th Ave, Ralph Lauren Store)
Now this became my favorite cafe in New York! It’s the cafe of Ralph Lauren on the 1st floor of his 5th Avenue store with a beautiful view on the shopping rush. They serve the best oatmeal chocolate cookies on earth and the coffee is really good,as well as the lovely interior.
11. other places to try
– BG High tea (Bergdorf Goodman’s restaurant on 5th Ave)
– Supernova (Novotel’s restaurant)
– Pain Quotidien (Belgian classic,serving organic food with various locations throughout Manhattan)