Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Dining and shopping in New York City




I have a slight obsession with New York City. Having visited this amazing city twice, I am constantly craving another trip there. When a "Facebook memories" photo popped up on my newsfeed this week of my first trip there 5 years ago, I decided to write a post on NYC, focusing on the best places to eat and shop. While I have previously written a post on my top 10 meals in the US, I thought I would narrow this down a bit to NYC, and incorporate a bit of info on my favourite shopping spots as well.


Dining out

Best spots for breakfast

Norma's

- located in Le Parker Meridien Hotel on 56th Street

- must try: their crunchy french toast with caramel sauce, or their Huevos Rancheros


Gemma

 - located in The Bowery Hotel, not far from SoHo

-  must try: their brioche french toast with berry compote and marscarpone

Balthazar

- located on Spring St in SoHo

- must try: their sour cream hazelnut waffles with berries

Best spots for lunch

Shake Shack

- various locations, but the one I went to was located on 8th Ave, not far from Times Square

- must try: their burgers and fries, but more importantly, their 'concrete' desserts

Grimaldi's

- the original location is in Brooklyn, but I went to the one on Avenue of the Americas

- must try: their 'make your own' pizzas

Sarabeth's

- there are a couple of locations, but I went to the one next to Central Park

- must try: their avocado and feta toast

 

Best spots for dinner

Eataly

- located on 5th Ave, near the Flatiron Building

- must try: any of their pizza or pasta (the lasagne is to die for)


Buddakan

- located  on 9th Ave, near the Chelsea Market

- must try: their charred fillet of beef


Koi

- located on West 40th Street

- must try: their rainbow roll



Babbo

- located on Waverley Place

- must try: their pappardelle with wild boar ragu


Best spots for snacks/dessert

Dough

- located on West 19th Street
- must try: their salted chocolate caramel donut



The City Bakery

- located on West 18th Street (conveniently close to Dough)
- must try: their choc chip cookies



Serendipity

- located on East 60th Street
- must try: their frozen hot chocolates or ice cream sundaes


The Plaza Hotel

- located on 5th Ave, just near Central Park
- must try: their chocolate high tea


Alice's Tea Cup

- located on West 73rd Street
- must try: their cupcakes with a cup of tea



Dominique Ansel Bakery

- located on Spring St, in SoHo
- must try: their nutella milk bread


Shopping

- SoHo - for shops like Cos, & Other Stories, Brandi Melville, Madewell, Topshop, Zara, H&M

- Fifth Ave - for shops like Tiffany's, Henri Bendel, Saks on 5th Ave, endless designer stores...

- Madison Ave - for the 4 storey flagship Kate Spade New York store

- Times Square - for slightly more affordable shops like Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Loft, Sephora

- Bloomingdales - for a range of higher-end brands

- Macy's - for a range of more affordable (yet still some designer) brands











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