When I think back on my travels during my early 20’s I fondly remember the planes, trains, and automobiles, the random people we met along the way, the grungy hostels (and some nicer hotels) we stayed in, and of course the sights and tourist attractions. Times have changed. Once upon a time I backpacked around Europe – and spent as little money as possible on food. Nowadays, food is the first thing I think about when visiting a new city. My husband and I spent this past Easter weekend in New York City, and although this was my third time visiting, it was the first time I went as a self-professed foodie!
This trip was all about food – and a few tourist attractions, of course! Today I’m sharing my favourite foodie experiences in New New York, from food trucks and well-known restaurants to street fare and snacks in Central Park.
Nuchas food truck is located on 32nd Street at Greeley Square and was also my first food truck experience, albeit it was just a quick stop for coffee and some pastries.
We perused the aisles of Dean and Deluca – an upscale grocery store lover’s dream, with everything from fresh pastries and foods to gourmet gift baskets.
Note: A grocery store in which you can also spend $20.00 on 8 pieces of gourmet chocolate (but it was soooo worth it!).
We strolled through Central Park before stopping for lunch…
And I couldn’t contain my hunger so I grabbed the only gluten-free treat I could find…honey-coated almonds! (I’m nuts about them-no pun intended, lol!)
Fresh fruit stands in China Town (these were much more appealing to the eye than the cooked chickens hanging from their bottoms at other stands)…
Les Halles restaurant, the home base to the one and only Anthony Bourdain, my all-time favourite chef and TV personality.
We noshed on so many delectable meals at a variety of restaurants – some of which we stumbled upon and others that were recommended by our good friend who lives in New York.
The Butcher’s Daughter is a quaint, Provencal decor-inspired restaurant located in Nolita and has a ton of with delicious vegan menu items, such as white bean sausage links and “bean” bacon.
You know a vegan restaurant is one of a kind when an anti-vegan (my husband) polishes off his meal and even dares tasting some kale chips.
Parker and Quinn is a chain of upscale gastro pubs. Such a simple meal-Atlantic char with roasted potatoes, carrots, and Brussels sprouts- but one of the most delicious pieces of Atlantic char I’ve ever eaten!
Mission Cantina on the Lower East Side is a small, simple, trendy restaurant, but very deceiving. This was my ultimate favourite meal and was also the highlight of our trip. Our friend recommended this place because I was craving authentic Mexican fare.
We completely underestimated our appetites, and consequently how unbelievably delicious the food was. The intention was to only order a few appetizers, but that idea wen out the window the minute the food started arriving at out table. Nacho chips with two salsas, fried chicarrones with thinly sliced radishes, queso oaxaca, and spicy hot sauce.
Spicy, crunchy, (humongous) chicken wings, with mole spices, sesame seeds, topped with crema.
Almost every taco on the menu…
And the star of the show…this tostada with octopus, potatoes, and green olives on a bed of creamed masa! I opted for this as my “main” and was absolutely blown away!!
(Blank) Coffee Shop at Wallplay is located on the Lower East Side is the best place to enjoy an authentic – and also delicious espresso, might I add. The perfect end to a delicious meal at La Cantina.
Our last dinner was at Barbes in Murray Hill. This French-Moroccan restaurant was the perfect bon voyage meal. Here I am showing of my kefta meatbealls tagine with a side of couscous.
Penelope, also in Murray Hill is a tiny, quaint, French-inspired restaurant. We made it just in time to order brunch. The entire menu looked amazing!
And there you have it…a foodie’s guide to New York!
Which was your favourite restaurant in New York?