What are the best things to eat in New York City? That’s a tough one! You’ll find cuisines from around the globe located on every corner, whatever type of food you fancy, this city has got it. During our most recent trip to New York City in April and also from our trip way back in November 2017 we ate a lot! We consumed a lot of delicious breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks from all areas of the big apple. So if you’re looking for some great places to grab a bite to eat here are my suggestions for the top places to eat whilst in New York.
Where to Grab Breakfast
If you’re looking for a hearty, and reasonably healthy breakfast whilst in New York City, head to Bluestone Lane. We headed to the Upper West Side cafe on Amsterdam Avenue as it was the closest to our hotel. This Australian inspired cafe is a great option for breakfasts if pancakes have got a little too much. I opted for their Green Baked Eggs, a combination of chimichurri, cherry tomatoes, spinach, feta and baked eggs, served in a hot skillet with sourdough toast. Whilst Dan went for the Classic Avocado Smash.
If you’re staying close to Times Square like we were, Treehaus is the place to grab a quick breakfast on the go. Their pastry selection was great and in true American style, the portion sizes were a lot bigger than those in the UK. Towards the back of the store, you’ll find the bread section where you can get a bagel with butter for just $1.75. A bargain and an absolutely delicious way to start the day. They’re open 24-hours so if you wake up at 5:30 am due to jet lag like we did it is a great spot to have an early breakfast before you start the day.
Ellen’s Stardust Diner
If you’re looking for good food in an insane showbiz dining atmosphere Ellen’s Stardust Diner is for you. Located in Time Square, Ellen’s wait staff are all future stars of the stage and screen. Whilst you wait for your waffles and pancakes they treat you to performances of famous musical numbers. We’re talking Disney hits, confetti and dancing on tables! They’ve been around since 1987 and you can see why. The atmosphere is incredible and well worth the hour-long queue to get in.
Where to Eat Lunch
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You can’t have a New York food post without mentioning pizza. No word of a lie we ate pizza every single day we were in New York during both trips. At $3 per slice (for a regular cheese slice) Joe’s Pizza is cheap, tasty and they do absolutely massive. But it wasn’t just the pizza that made this place, it was the atmosphere too. Celebrity photos and newspaper cuttings decorated the walls and people from all over the world lined up to get a slice from the friendly slice. We loved it that much we even got ourselves a T-shirt!
For a quick and super healthy lunch head to Chopt. This awesome salad place is a great choice if you’re looking for a super healthy and filling lunch. Choose from their pre-designed salad bowls or opt for a custom craft salad and pick all your own leaves, toppings and dressings. For two craft salads we paid $22, which we thought was pretty pricey for a salad, but once you start eating the flavours and goodness make you forget the price tag.
Where to Stop For Snacks
We visited the West 74th Street branch whilst in the Central Park area and I must say Levain Bakery has produced some of the best cookies I have ever tasted. During both our visits we went for one of each of the cookie flavours. We’re talking chocolate chip and walnut, oatmeal and raisin, double chocolate chip cookie and chocolate and peanut butter cookies. They also have gluten-free options available too! These cookies weigh an absolute tonne and are so full to the brim with chocolate! Add this to the fact that they’re so buttery and still warm when you eat them you’ll struggle getting through just the one!
Little Cupcake Bakeshop
If you’re looking for somewhere to get an authentic piece of New York cheesecake the Little Cupcake Bakeshop is the place to go. They’ve got original, cookies and cream, berry cheesecakes, as well as a whole selection of cupcakes (voted the best in the US by Food & Wine magazine) and smores. Once you’ve made the difficult choice of what to eat you can sit back and watch the staff decorate the cupcakes from your table. The prices are a little steep, $7 for one piece of cheesecake but it’ll leave you feeling full and satisfied for a long while.
Where to Have Dinner
Don Giovanni Ristorante
We visited this beautiful Italian restaurant on our first trip to New York City. After an awful experience at Applebee’s the night before we headed away from Times Square in search of food. We found Don Giovanni’s a traditional Neapolitan restaurant with a homely family feel. The exterior with its burnt orange leaves and fairy lights drew us in. We were tempted by the brick oven pizzas but me and Dan both went for pasta. The cheese ravioli was extremely fresh and tasty, and the broccoli with garlic sauce has changed how we eat broccoli forever. Slightly dramatic but honestly wait until you taste it. Plain steamed broccoli will be over for you.
Pure Thai Cookhouse
We ventured into the Hell’s Kitchen area for dinner and were delighted with what we found. Off the back of a recommendation in Time Out New York, we decided on Pure Thai. It was small, cosy and absolutely packed but it was great. We’ve both visited Thailand in the past and this meal was reminiscent of the food we had eaten when staying in Krabi. We opted for veggie spring rolls and a Pad Thai each and it came to less than $40. It was one of our favourite meals during the trip and I would thoroughly recommend it to you all.
And that’s my top places to eat whilst in New York City. So if you’ve been to New York or are planning a trip let me know what’s on your list in the comments. We need more food inspiration for our next trip there!
Until next time.