Alright, I’ve talked about The Basics of our trip and I’ve talked about all The Places We Went. Now it’s time to share all the places we ate on our trip to New York City. I think we literally ate our way through the city. New York has so much delicious food and places to eat. We obviously couldn’t eat everywhere we wanted to or heard about but these are the places that made the cut……
On our first day in the city we went to the September 11th Museum and Memorial. After we toured the museum and memorial we were very hungry. I had remembered a little place just down the street called Essex World Cafe. It had been used as a medic station immediately after the 9/11 attacks. They took in and cared for those that needed help. It seemed appropriate that this be the place we had dinner that day.
We ate a delicious meal there (I had a yummy panini) and we had our first slices of cheesecake of the trip. Just looking at this picture I want to go back and grab a couple more of those desserts. They were so delicious!
In my first post about our trip I shared where we stayed. Well our hotel was very very close to the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. The Shake Shack specializes in burgers, hot dogs, and of course shakes.
The line at the Shake Shack is notoriously long. You can even check to see how long the line in through their website. In my opinion it’s worth it; the line goes fairly quickly, the food is super yummy, and it was nice to sit in the park and eat. If you’re looking for a good burger in the city consider stopping here.
On the third day of our trip we made it up to Central Park around lunch time. Before we headed to The Museum of Natural History we wanted to grab some lunch. We stopped at Le Pain Quotidien located in Central Park. It is a nice little French cafe in the middle of the park. We chose to sit outside (of course) and enjoyed a super yummy meal. I had the quiche and a salad. It was perfect.
So if you’re going to be spending a lot of time walking around the city you’re going to work up an appetite. You may even crave a little something sweet. Well if you were thinking of visiting Crumbs Cupcakes like we did….you’d be out of luck. Right after we returned from our trip Crumbs went out of business. Luckily we got to enjoy some of their last cupcakes….their last delicious cupcakes. We even made multiple trips there during our trip and brought some back for our kids. I’m sad that they’re gone….we’ll have to look for another guilty pleasure next time we’re in the city.
On Saturday after our time at the Intreped Museum we headed to SoHo for lunch and shopping. We had heard good things about Balthazar Restaurant so decided to try it out. It’s a a nicer resturant with a little higher prices….it made a delicious lunch for us but it would be a great dinner spot too. Sometimes it’s nice to get some new exotic dish at a new restaurant and sometimes it’s nice to get an old standby like mac and cheese. Granted this was super fancy mac and cheese. Super delicious too.
Saturday night we headed to see Jersey Boys on Broadway. Afterwards we went to Junior’s for dinner. Junior’s is famous for their cheesecakes but they also have some pretty delicious food as well.
Yes you have to get their cheesecake….it’s a MUST. You won’t be sorry. Junior’s is located super close to Times Square which is covered in big chain restaurants. The goal on our trip was to not eat anywhere we could back home. So if you’re close to Times Square and need a bite…head for Junior’s!
On Sunday we walked around and explored Little Italy, which is obviously a great place for yummy Italian food. We had lunch in a little place and then grabbed an cannoli from a street vendor. Yum yum. You may be surprised what yummy things you can find from New York street vendors. Another day we had some yummy gyros at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge. Just have to be willing to be a little adventurous.
That night we ate at John’s Pizza in Greenwich Village. I think there are about a billion places you can eat pizza in NYC. You can probably pick any number of them and you will eat delicious pizza.
We choose to eat at John’s. It’s a pretty popular place and depending on when you get there, it may be a bit of a wait (they don’t take reservations). We got there before the dinner rush and got in within 15 minutes. You can’t order pizza by the slice….but chances are that won’t be a problem because you will want to eat the whole pie anyway!!!
On our last night we were at a loss for where to eat. We were tired and didn’t want to venture far from our hotel. We happened upon Tre Stelle. OH MY GOSH. This *I think* was our favorite meal of the trip. It was random and unexpected and so good. I had Spaghetti Alla Carbonara and just thinking about it makes me want some more. We had great drinks, great food, and great service. We will be heading back to this place the next time we’re in the city.
Alright folks…..that’s about it. Of course I didn’t include every meal of our trip but this is the majority of them and the most memorable. I suggest doing some research before you head to NYC for the first time. You can search for places to eat based on the areas you’ll visit or the types of food you prefer. Either way….have fun with it, get adventitious, and try something new!
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