Sep 15, 2013
New York City Eats
Oh man does it feel good to be home. Don't me wrong, I love travel and I loved visiting Seattle and New York, but there is nothing quite like your own bed, your own bathroom and a normal schedule. I also may or may not have spent a ridiculous amount of time frolicking through Whole Foods yesterday grabbing up every vegetable in sight. Who am I?
Speaking of food, I typically do my travel posts in two parts: (1) hotel and food (2) activities and sight-seeing. Since our hotel in NYC was far from luxurious, we'll skip right over that little detail and get down to business.
We were in city for six days, so I'm not going to cover everything, but I will mention the highlights.
Yelp lead us to Capizzi in Hell's Kitchen for authentic NYC pizza. It's a tiny restaurant that is very adorable inside, with just six or so tables and a giant fire wood pizza oven in the back. So very cozy. We were hungry and indecisive, so we each ordered a 12" pizza: pepperoni and sausage for Brandon and margharita for me. Crispy crust and just the right amount of cheese and sauce. The pepperoni was handcut and a little spicy, which we loved. We finished things off with tiramisu and practically licked the plate clean.
Also, I am a sucker for Diet Coke in bottles, which seems to be all the rage these days (almost all restaurants we went to were serving these). So much for that no diet soda thing.
Feed me pizza, please.
Say what? I know, NYC is not well-known for its taco scene, but there's a little hidden gem in Chelsea Market, behind the spice shop, called Los Tacos No. 1. They serve street tacos wrapped in paper and offer a variety of salsas. We each tried a chicken and steak taco and our taste buds about exploded. Brandon liked these so much that he went back the next day while I was working and ordered four more. While both were great, the steak ones were our favorite. And they even come with a creamy guacamole on top, which I normally don't like, but enjoyed on these.
On Friday night, I worked ... oh about 13 hours ... and came home exhausted to find a box of cream puffs on my bed (there seems to be this theme in NYC where all of our hotels give us two small beds. This happened last year too. Happy Anniversary!). Brandon walked 50 blocks to get me cream puffs. I love that man.
So at 11pm at night, we feasted on Beard Papa's cream puffs. Just looking at these makes me drool. We both agreed that the original ones (without the chocolate) were better. Beard Papa's is a chain, so you might have one near you! While we try to avoid chains in new cities, we'll make exceptions for cream puffs.
I'm a sandwich person. I could eat a sandwich for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, everything single day and be totally content. So naturally, we researched Yelp for the best sandwich in NY. Our quest ended at Bite at their 14th Street location. Just like Capizzi, Bite was not only serving up good food, but a great ambiance. It's definitely a hole in the wall joint with a couple tables, hippy-inspired artwork and a live performer singing acoustic versions of "I'm a Barbie Girl". I kid you not.
I don't discriminate when it comes to sandwiches, but I have a particular fondness for paninis. So I ordered a chicken pesto panini with a bag of BBQ chips. Perfection. Brandon and I shared the Vegetarian Morrocan Cigars, which were incredible. They were filled with a black bean paste and had a ton of flavor, perhaps due to the fact that they were deep fried. You only live once.
The Fancy Anniversary Dinner
My business trip to NYC fell on a great weekend, the weekend of our 2 year wedding anniversary! Brandon told me to pick wherever I wanted to eat and after a little research, we made reservations at Blue Hill, a farm-to-table restaurant in Greenwich Village. Last year when I was in NYC for business (with my old company), I actually got to visit Blue Hill Farms in Tarrytown NY. While there, I toured the farm, saw the free-range animals enjoying the fall weather and tasted fruits and vegetables right from the source...making this an easy choice.
Since Blue Hill is fancy pants (Obama and The First Lady dined here recently), I didn't break out my camera or phone, so you'll have to trust me when I say that the food was beautiful and amazing. We shared The Morning Egg, Five Bean Salad, Free-Range chicken, and a variety of desserts. The waiter knocked Brandon in the head with a plate, so we even got free dessert wine! Since he doesn't drink, I happily sipped both glasses and slept like a baby that night. You wine people are onto something...
So that's our food tour of NYC. Plenty of Shake Shack was consumed as well, as evidenced by my Instagram. Warning: they are changing the Shake Shack french fries to shoestring from crinkle cut and this makes me sad. The crinkle cut fries are so much better! Travesty.
I'll be back soon with all the activities and sight-seeing. Fun stuff!
Been to NYC before? What was your favorite restaurant?
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