Oh New York, you wonderful, incredible place! Not only is it the city that never sleeps, it’s the city that makes you feel like you don’t need to sleep. With SO much to see and do, it’s easy to go into city lovin’ overdrive. The only thing that held me back, was a rather intense blizzard on Friday, and a spot of puddle dipping – wet socks and snow are not a good mix. Personally, I really loved seeing the snow, but for all those who’ve had to endure these blizzards for the past couple of months, I get how it can be annoying! Snow is pretty magical, as long as you don’t have to traipse through it at horrid o’clock to get to work.
I really thought I would be able to blog whilst I was in New York, but I seemed to rarely be in my hotel room, let alone close to a computer, so I apologize if I kept you hanging with my little disappearing act! I have a lot of fun things to share with you though- which wouldn’t be fair to cram into one post.
In this post, I’m going to talk to you about food. Let’s get real, who doesn’t want to talk food, especially in New York. You NY dwellers are seriously spoiled, and I am a super jealous foodie. No exaggeration, but every single thing that I stuffed my face with, was unbelievably, undeniably, deliciously, good. On the one hand, it’s probably a good thing that I don’t live in New York, as I would spend all my time thinking about which incredible restaurant I was going to go to next. On the other hand…who cares, I wish I lived in New York!
We stayed at the uber-hip Hotel on Rivington, which is in the Lower East Side. To me, this area of Manhattan is similar to Shoreditch in London. Here you will find an endless array of amazing bars, restaurants, boutiques, and psychics! This area isn’t your typical tourist hang out, but it does feel a lot more like where the New Yorkers eat and play. Apparently, though, you have to go below Delancey to find the real New York ( the last remaining “realness” in the city, I’m told.)
The Co-op restaurant at The Rivington had the most amazing fries that I have ever tried in my life. It’s the dash of truffle butter that makes them so mouth-wateringly good.
We also visited The Lead Belly, which is a super cute little hideaway restaurant that we were taken to by friends. It’s perfectly cozy for a cold New York night, with live music and serving up small plates of truffle mac n’cheese (truffle is a thing here) and oysters, you can’t go wrong. http://www.theleadbelly.com/
Again on the Lower East side, you will find a lovely wine bar called Inoteca which also serves plates of cheese and meats, should you wish to wash your wine down with something. Filled with candles, like most New York restaurants, I love the charming neighborhood feel, and the warm Italian style vibe. You can sit here for hours (as we did) and work your way through the wine list.
I think my favorite place though had to be Jeffery’s Grocery in the West village. Hard to get into, but well worth any wait; the Lobster pasta here is A-MAZING. The atmosphere is understated and warm, and the staff are extremely friendly.
On the last day I had a smoked salmon bagel from Russ and Daughters again, a good job I don’t live in New York as this place is a salmon lovers dream. This shop has been run by the same family for nearly a century, originally started by Polish, Joel Russ, its on the national register of Historic Places, and is a true New York experience.
Lastly, I had wanted to do a cupcake pilgrimage, but sadly only made it to the Magnolia Bakery, made famous by various TV shows, but most notably by the Sex and The City gals. The original shop was opened on 401 Bleecker St, but they now have a number of shops. I have to say as a cupcake (mostly icing) connoisseur I was a little disappointed as the cupcakes I tried weren’t as incredible as I’d hoped they’d be. I must mention though that it was the end of the day, so perhaps that had something to do with it, but next time I’m in New York I’ll be checking out Crumbs, and Sprinkles, and putting them to the cupcake challenge.