Last week I visited New York for the second time and what certainly won’t be the last. It’s a city that everyone I know has fallen in love with, even my mum who said it had ‘never appealed to her’ came back in love with the place, a twinkle in her eye every time she speaks about it and is already making plans for a return visit.You literally walk around with your head in the sky, craning your neck to see all the amazing buildings and places that you’ve undoubtedly seen in a film. and of course, THE FOOD. To say me and my mu ate our way around the city would be an understatement, yet walking in excess of 30,000 steps a day (according to my phone), at least we weren’t in danger of needing two seats on the plane back (but only just!)
here are some of the highlights and almost a ‘Must east in NY list’ if you will. its by no means exhaustive and doesn’t feature the full extent of what we ate AT ALL, but these are definitely the ones i’d go back and have again:
This was a peanut butter cookie that cost me $3.50 (eek) but was worth every cent. i’m determined to recreate it in some way – it was the perfect crunchiness and gooey inside.
Me and mum went to the same restaurant, The Smith, twice in a row – the first time I had this immense plate of Frencg toast (esentially an entire loaf of bread in one sitting!) with banana, and about a gallon of maple syrup (with candied bacon on the side which i could honestly live off for the rest of my life. why is bacon and sweet things so damn good???)
this was the second Smith meal – buttermilk pancakes with toasted pecans, mascarpone and yep, more maple syrup…
I was hastened to try one of the street vendor pretzels and was determined to find a ‘proper’ cafe that made them fresh but one day, hunger completely struck and they looked so appetising… and even tasted fresh as they’re kept warm. hard on the outside and soft on the inside and eeeeeeerrything a pretzel should be.
My second trip to Katz diner and I decided to go for something different with the beef brisket (the first time I got the reuben with salami and pastrami sauerkraut and cheese) – I was a bit disappointed by this, as it was drier than i was expecting, but still worthy of their great reputation.
and to complete the brunch trio i couldn’t resist having a waffle (guess what is going on my Christmas list?). This was was pumpkin themed and topped ith pumpkin seeds, ricotta, maple syrup and raisins. I can definitely feel a breakfast recreation going on.
I also visited Magnolia bakery THREE times and honestly each time was amazing. i could reccomend a slice of the pb&j cake – peanut butter sponge, grape jam filling and a peanut butter frosting. my mouth is watering even at the thought – again look out for some healthy recreations!