Everyone knows that New York is one of THE culinary and foodie destinations on the whole planet, and there’s like a million places there to eat. This was my very first visit to New York City, and I was only there for 9 days, so I didn’t even come close to eating at all of the great restaurants and venues that they have to offer. But here’s a few of the places that I did get to try. WARNING: If you aren’t feeling hungry right now, you will be by the time you finish reading this post!
These cookies aren’t just HUGE, they’re also delicious!
The chocolate chip walnut cookie and chocolate peanut butter cookie are some of the best cookies I’ve ever had. Not in the mood for a cookie?
No problem…they have plenty of other great baked deserts and breads to try.
Papillon Bistro & Bar
Before heading to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a day of A LOT of walking, I filled up on a “power” breakfast of pancakes with powdered sugar, honey butter, maple syrup, and strawberries at Papillon Bistro & Bar.
Not a bad way to start the day, right? And don’t worry… like I said, I did A LOT of walking, so I promise you that I burned off all of that sugar and calories before lunch easily!
Azusa of Japan
I started off that evening with a delicious, light dinner of miso soup, salad, and beef ramen at Azusa of Japan, where the servers all wear authentic Japanese clothing.
A nice atmosphere and good service.
Then it was off to Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre to see Bruce Willis and Lori Metcalf in “Misery”.
By the way, I don’t care what the critics say… I really liked the performances and the play!
And after “Misery”, I finished off the evening with cheesecake at famous Junior’s! They’ve been around for about 65 years now, and all kinds of people including presidents, movie stars, and pro athletes have made Junior’s a favorite New York tradition.
And there’s a good reason why…their cheesecake is AWESOME! Mom got the apple pie cheesecake and I got the chocolate swirl cheesecake. Mmm, mmm, good!
I celebrated my birthday with a trip to the statue of Liberty and lunch at El Mitote, where I chowed-down on fresh chips, guacamole, and tacos – braised lamb, chicken tinga, and spicy chorizo.
The braised lamb tacos were definitely my favorite.
I washed it all down with some refreshing Pineapple Aqua Fresca, and was ready for the rest of the day’s adventures.
Little Cupcake Bake Shop
I couldn’t end my birthday without a birthday dessert and a lit candle, so we headed over to the Little Cupcake Bake Shop!
Don’t let the name fool ya…they have cupcakes and MORE! It was a tough choice, but I decided on the s’mores brownie, and Mom got the strawberry cupcake.
DELICIOUS! Another great thing about the Little Cupcake Shop is that they are serious about eating well and taking care of the environment.
They are BIG supporters of sustainable products, using only locally and organically produce ingredients in all of their baking. Even their shop buildings and the appliances used in the shops, are environmentally friendly.
The Halal Guys
The Halal Guys is another famous New York destination.
People line up at this cart and wait for hours to order their gyros and rice bowls.
Of course, I had to stop by and try one of those gyro’s with their famous white sauce. Mom tried the rice bowl.