Before going to New York this time around I was in equal measures excited and terrified for the amount of food I was planning to eat. The city has plenty of diners, restaurants, bars, food stalls and coffee shops, and I’ve found – as I also did with San Francisco – that the portions can be absolutely huge, and with my last trip to NYC I came back a few pounds heavier than I’d have liked to…
Therefore, when it came to eating in New York this time round, we followed a routine similar to our time in Australia – which works for budgets and bellies alike – of sticking to only brunch and dinner every day, and then having a few snacks in between if needed. The great thing about this is it really saves your pennies instead of forking out for a third meal, and gives you more excuses to fill up with snacks instead, and New York has plenty of those – as I listed in my post here.
Pre-New York we had scoured the internet for recommendations of where to eat and drink whilst we were there. We even started a spreadsheet and Google map layer with where we wanted to go, and despite all this we still stumbled across some unknown gems. So I’ve listed below the places we visited whilst in NYC and the ones I would recommend if you’re looking to try the best, but also save your pennies in the process.
I had to start with Grey Dog, as this was my favourite spot of the entire trip. One of the reasons is because we stumbled across this in Soho whilst trying to escape the rain, and it was also really reasonably priced – compared to New York standards.
I had the full breakfast, complete with sausage, poached eggs and tater tots with A SIDE of French Toast with berries and maple syrup on top. That to me is two breakfasts – one main and a breakfast pudding, but it was served as one meal and at around $13 it was one of the most reasonably priced meals I had throughout the trip. To top it all off the service was really great and the staff were super friendly. The food tasted amazing, and my friend went for the same version but with waffles instead, and that looked just as good.
Another place we found by chance whilst looking around Soho – it was actually on our last day and we were in need of a big meal to fill us up before we headed off to the airport for our overnight flight. Pizza Beach has gorgeous interiors, super friendly staff and delicious food. We shared a Taco Pizza with a side of Nachos, and we couldn’t even finish that between two – when technically that should’ve been a starter and main for one person. The cocktail list also looked amazing, but I stuck with a trusty glass of white wine.
I visited the Egg Shop on my last trip to New York, but somehow my food choices this time was so much better. I chose the Sausage & Egg option, which included ‘Housemade Maple Sausage, Scrambled eggs, Vermont White Cheddar, Harissa all inside a buttermilk biscuit’ (for English folk – this means inside a scone). This meal was amazing! I couldn’t even finish the scone it was so big, but the whole combination together was really good.
The area around Egg Shop is really nice for a an explore, and is right next to Little Italy. The staff were also super helpful and attentive, so it was nice just to sit there post-breakfast with a cup of tea and a chat.
This is another place I’d been too before, but had on the top of my list to return to again. The interiors of this place is just so cosy, and the servers are so friendly, it all makes it such a nice place to eat. They have a really big menu, but we chose to stop there for brunch and I had the Bubby’s breakfast with a side of biscuit. This is exactly the order I had when I visited NYC last time, but I have no regrets of ordering it again – I would definitely recommend this place if you’re visiting the city – the Tribeca spot is beautiful, and perfectly located for a stroll around the area.
Okay, so this place definitely doesn’t count as a ‘budget’ spot to eat, but I want to recommend it anyway, as it does make for a great alternative to doing ‘The Top of the Rock’ experience. Located on the sixty fifth floor, Bar Sixtyfive/The Rainbow room boasts a 360 view of the New York skyline that you would get if you went to the top, except with the added treat of a jazzy cocktail or a bite to eat instead.
Unfortunately for us on the day of our visit the visibility was 0, but I’ve been assured it looks better on a clearer day. They have a great looking range of cocktails there too, and my friend and I chose two ‘Big Apples’ – champagne cocktails with cinnamon sugar around the edge. Our experience here was a perfect way to spend our final night in New York – despite the poor view – and I’d definitely recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment. If I’m entirely honest, I’d say try and stick to drinks as I’m not sure if I would recommend eating there, as the menu is very pricey. However, we chose a few appetizers and they certainly were big enough to feed the both of us, but I’d say this place is still perfect if just for a drink.
This is another spot we stumbled across on our last day, to have a little pit stop after doing the Statue of Liberty Tour, and wash down some really delicious chips with two glasses of prosecco. Pier A is a restaurant/bar right on the edge, giving you a great view of the River Hudson and I would recommend this place if you’re in the area, especially if it’s great weather, as the outside seating on the pier looks like it’d be a great place to stop for a bite or a drink.
I’ve written up a post all about the best rooftop views to take in whilst in New York, which will be coming soon, but I had to cheekily slip in Mr Purple to this post as well. This is mainly a recommendation for where to drink – but the bar snack menu did also look particularly good – but if the weather is as good as it was for us, it’s a perfect spot to grab a drink and head outside to take in the view.
And there we have it – all my food and drink recommendations for New York. I would definitely pay any of these places a visit when coming back to New York – I just hope that’s somewhere in the future…
If there’s anywhere you think I’ve missed and would recommend to me, let me know in the comments. Otherwise, keep a look out on my Instagram for more travel snaps! x