I was quite surprised by the number of people who messaged me saying they wanted to see what I ate in New York on my trip!
To be honest, for the first time I didn’t have a lot planned food-wise (or otherwise) , I was just going with the flow. I did however find some local gems with the company I was with and visit some old favourites. There’s also links to places from my previous visits I have loved down the bottom of this post too.
It’s hard to plan where you will be at certain times of the day in NYC and there is AMAZING food everywhere. Spoiled for choice! Just open up your phone and search in maps what you’re craving (ie. ramen) and all the local restaurants around you will pop up – then just find the ones with the best ratings are hit directions and you’re off!
So, honorable mentions of what I ate on this trip…
Eataly – 200 Fifth Avenue, Flatiron, New York,
I always visit Eataly! It’s a concept Italian food store, filled with restaurants and producers and happiness. You can buy a glass of wine and do your grocery shopping here with the best ingredients for Italian cooking. I love it! This time we visited the cheese station and enjoyed a tasting platter as well as the ricotta, truffle honey bruschetta. AMAZING. There’s a fab wine list too. Make sure you have plenty of time to wander around and choose your restaurant and check out the amazing food everywhere. Oh and the bar upstairs too!
ORamen – 579 6th Ave, Chelsea, New York
Another great find on a craving whim! Googled, found the highest rating near me and went for a wander. I chose their most popular bowl the pork tonkontsu. The pork was beautifully charred and that flavour carried through the entire bowl. The egg takana is one of the best I have had!! Highly recommend!
China Blue – 135 Watts St, Chelsea, New York
This was a fab find. Possibly the best of this trip! I was craving dumplings (what’s new) so we found this place in Chelsea that looked like it had a fab menu.
The crab xiao long bao is some of the best I have ever had. And I’ve had a lot of xiao long bao! Very juicy, not too thick wrapper and full of flavour.
The wontons left a bit to be desired. Firstly, they weren’t wonton-like and secondly their skins were quite thick.
The salt & pepper fish was tender, fresh and had that great batter and salt and pepper flavour while the fried rice was also good. Oh and the greens were just what the doctor ordered!
The Standard Grill – 848 Washington Street, at 13th Street, New York,
I often come to The Standard Hotel to party but not to eat. To be honest, the lunch menu wasn’t that impressive. I had already eaten but there was nothing that took my fancy. I did however have the oysters! Served beautifully but a little salty for my taste.
The Standard Hotel is a great place to drink (check out the rooftop or the garden bar) but I would choose somewhere else for lunch.
Bryant Market – 1017 6th Ave, New York
My annual breakfast spot. I used to always stay in midtown by the park and this became my local. I love a bagel with scallion cream cheese heated up and devoured in Bryant Park. They also do a mean bacon and egg roll at 3am!
The Spotted Pig – 314 W 11th St, West Village, New York
We came here for dinner with a large group and the place was packed. I had the beef tartare and a pan fired white-fleshed fish.. if only they had updated their menu online! Anyway it is a great place to go for dinner and for drinks. We stayed there until pretty late, having a fab time at the bar downstairs!
There are sooo many other places I have visited and loved in NYC. Comment below if you have any questions!