Where To Eat and Drink in NYC Round 2

Hi everyone, apologies if you have deja vu – I may have done a post like this before – but New York is a never ending opportunity to eat, drink and be merry so on my most recent trip I had the best of both worlds and visited old favourites and new spots on the to-do list.

If you’re heading to NYC anytime soon or just fancy looking at some delicious food then look no further. Below is everywhere I’d recommend if you’re visiting the Big Apple.

Kat’s Deli

It’s half worth going to this infamous joint just for the experience alone – it is the spot from When Harry Met Sally after all. The other half is of course to experience the food which is like nothing else.

I’m lucky on our visit that my mum was happy to order and share (one of my fav ways of exploring more of a menu) and so I had the chance to try their smoked salmon (called Lox in this part of the world) bagel and still try half of the pastrami sandwich. They were both delicious but I’m glad I had the chance to have half of each, they were both so rich I’m unsure I could’ve done it all in one go.

When you arrive you’re handed a ticket to either wait in line for table service or head straight to the deli (and if you’re heading for lunch I’d recommend turning up just before midday if you want to avoid a queue). Table service is easier if you don’t want the stress of spotting your own space, but note that the customer service is no nonsense, and its best to know what you want and order fast!

Punch Bar & Grill

Found completely by accident (which sometimes is the best way to be honest) but Punch bar and grill is great for several reasons. The first being that their happy ‘hour’ runs from 1-9pm which is the longest hour I’ve ever seen. Not only that but their prosecco was really tasty and one I would recommend heartily.

Secondly that their aioli is the best aioli I think I’ve ever had. Great with both their calamari and their fries – which were both large enough portions to feed all three of us well. If you’re around the flat iron area and fancy a drink or some cracking calamari then I would definitely recommend this spot for a drink and a snack.

Maman

I had this cafe on my list for several years but was drawn back to it recently by a recent ManRepeller post about ‘Seeking Pleasure in New York‘ that directed me back to Maman. It is a spot I would have previously put into a ‘too healthy for a New York brunch’ spot, but what can I say, it won me over.

I was initially drawn in by their coffee butter waffles, but the salmon on a hash brown waffle with avocado and runny boiled egg absolutely swung me. And I’m glad I did.

It was a larger-than-life American brunch of course, but it was nice to have some fresh produce and vegetables after a few days of fried shrimp and frozen margaritas. And of course the interiors were a beautiful cherry on top of an already delightful cake.

Bubby’s

An oldie but a goody, because I certainly have waxed lyrical about this chain before. but you can’t beat a good portion of Bubby’s brunch when in NYC. I love the friendly service and warming brunch menu to start you off for the day.

Don’t forget to try their ‘biscuits’ which are fresh scones – a perfect addition to a giant brunch that is a habit I want to start here in the UK. I finally had the chance to try their pancakes this time around and they did not disappoint. The greens omelette is also a tasty treat which still packs in quite a lot of veg if you’re in a carb coma. I also left this time with my own Bubby’s mug that I’ve been delightfully sipping tea from since I returned home.

Jack’s Wife Freda

I have to admit I’ve insta-stalked these guys since I last went to visit over 3 years ago, but I can’t help it. Their enthusiasm for their restaurants is palpable from their insta stories, and it draws me back every time I visit New York city.

I hadn’t been for dinner before so I was delighted to find the menu was delicious, and topped off with the special of the day, Watermelon Margaritas with a spicy edge. I chose to have the Madam Freda, which is essentially a croquet madam but with duck bacon – a perfect addition if you ask me.

I’d recommend this spot for brunch and dinner as I’ve had the privilege of trying both. The atmosphere and interiors is delightful, and it’s always a treat to eat there.

Anywhere great I’ve missed? Please let me know in the comments or on my Instagram @GrundyTravels where more of my holiday snaps can be found!

I hope you enjoyed this post, more New York posts will be coming to the blog every week. Thanks for reading x

Returning to New York

Even writing the title ‘returning to New York’ has me feeling giddy, I can’t believe I’ve been lucky enough to visit the city four times now! Only recently we paid a visit to the Big Apple over the holiday weekend, and were incredibly lucky to experience such great weather (and a little bit of sunburn, oops)

The best part about revisiting a city is experiencing all my favourite bits before, and ticking off more places on the never-ending to-do list. More posts will likely be coming soon, but I wanted to highlight some of my favourite parts of the trip!

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203 Rooftop Bar

This had been top of my to-do list and I’m so glad we had the chance to visit, last minute but on our first evening in the city. It was a great, relaxed spot to sit back and enjoy some Frosé with a view of the Empire State building. The top deck is surrounding by tables and hanging chairs to sit back and relax in.

They also have a happy hour and a pretty good looking snack menu, so if you’re around in the afternoon and fancy a view of the city with a drink in hand, look no further.

Katz’s Delicatessen

The infamous deli has always been on my New York bucket list but I was always slightly hesitant after hearing about how long the queue could get. Luckily we arrived early enough to only endure a 10 minute wait. We opted for table service, but you also have the option to head up to the deli yourself and then pick a table.

As promised, the food was hearty and huge. I chose to split a pastrami sandwich with a salmon and cheese bagel (top tip – smoked salmon is called Lox in the states). To be honest, picking a dish and splitting it with someone else is a great way to experience the deli, as I don’t think I would’ve been able to finish a full plate to myself.

The service was quick and no-nonsense, but not rude. So we could sit back and enjoy the atmosphere without worrying about jostling for food or a table.

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Chillhouse

On a recent quest to start looking after my nails and having them painted professionally on a regular basis. As I’m a recent convert to gel nail polish I decided New York would be a great place to treat myself and try out some jazzy nail art I’d spotted on Instagram.

After doing my research from this very helpful article on Refinery 29, I chose Chilhouse, enticed by their cool Instagram pics and their extensive menu of designs, not to mention there reasonable prices and the promise of a coffee shop there as well.

My nail artists, Marilyn, was incredible and her precision to detail was admirable and so interesting to watch. They lasted forever too and I’m glad I gave it a go whilst in the city that basically invented the manicure.

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Exploring by Boat

This was something we stumbled upon completely by accident, as we were down in brooklyn in the heat and wanted to head back up to Manhattan asap. A quick Google advised the best, cheapest and quickest route would be via boat and so we decided why not.

Turned out it was a great way to get back up to the city! It cost us roughly $3 each to get onto the boat and we sat on the open-top for roughly a 30 minute ride. The boat even had beers and wine to enjoy which we indulged in to sit in the sun and enjoy.

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Early Morning Exploring

I’ve mentioned this before, but when jet lag hits and you’re up at the crack of dawn there’s nothing better than embracing it and getting up and out to explore.

New York is a city that absolutely benefits from an early morning visit. When else can you get Times Square to yourself? Or the Brooklyn Bridge? Or the High Line? I could go on…

We got up and out before 6am everyday (jet lag really is a killer) but it was so worth it to have the city to ourselves for a few hours before everyone else came out.

Brooklyn Flea Market

Last time I was in New York with my mum and sister we stumbled across a flea market on the upper east side and so it was top of their list to try and replicate it. My sister actually came across Brooklyn Flea which runs every Sunday morning, and so it was a great excuse to head to Brooklyn and explore.

If you’re a fan of vintage and flea markets then I’d definitely recommend this, I managed to pick up a vintage wicker bag that I managed to squeeze into my hand luggage to take home.

It’s a great way to shop in New York without having to battle crowds on fifth avenue, and you can take home something a bit more unique.

Well, phew, that was quite a lot more than I was planning on writing but I hope you enjoyed this post. My most recent trip was such a treat to explore the city and see things I wouldn’t have otherwise.

If you want to head to New York and avoid the tourist spots then I’d definitely recommend all of the above to have more of a unique trip.

I hope you enjoyed this post, more Chicago posts will be coming to the blog every week, but in the meantime my holiday snaps can be found on my Instagram @GrundyTravels.

Thanks for reading x