I went to New York! I took photos! Half of them worked!
Like what is even going on in the first photo? I do not understand how only the bottom half of the film got exposed. Weird, but it’s a kinda cool effect!
Anyway, I’ve just put some of the photos below for you to take a gander at, and there’s a list of my food experiences strewn throughout. Basically everything I ate was AMAZING so unless the note says otherwise, you can safely assume that the thing was delicious and that yes, you should eat it too.
ABC Kitchen – Kabocha squash toast, Mushroom and farm egg Pizza, Chocolate, malt and marshmallow layer cake.
The kabocha squash was to-die-for. Luckily the waitress was INCREDIBLE because she not only knew what was in it, and how it was made but she also just told us so I wrote it all down on my phone (p.s. recipe soon.). The pizza was very good – I did find it a little too intense to eat the whole thing (I was luckily sharing with others). The chocolate cake had lots of flavour but I think I would have preferred more ganache on the outside instead of the marshmallow frosting.
(P.s. the store is gorgeous. Even if you can’t get a table at the restaurant – which is like Power Lady Lunch central at midday, which is pretty brilliant! – walk around the store.)
Four & Twenty Blackbirds– Bittersweet chocolate pecan pie.
Pecan pie is my fave (I’m jittery at the thought of Thanksgiving being so soon because of the Maple Pecan Pie my mum makes) but the addition of chocolate, and the perfect pie crust made it 10000x more face-smashingly good. In retrospect, I’m a tad sad that I didn’t order MORE of this pie. Bonus points for an ultra cute business card!
Seersucker – Heirloom tomato soup, grilled cheese, biscuits, pimiento grits.
The soup was creamy and light with a slight kick. The grilled cheese was also punch-the-wall delicious (why wouldn’t you want melted cheese and bread..?). Super light biscuits (first I’ve ever had! I’ve had scones, but not biscuits) which I loved because they were also square and had three little pots of jam with them. . I also had some pimiento grits which were like cheesy, peppery polenta. MMMMM. I don’t understand how everything here could be so tasty. I also got to meet Kerry (of Cherry Bombe) and Gabi here, who were genuinely the nicest people ever.
Empellon Taqueria – Chicken and black kale tacos, Queso fundido with shishito peppers (a brilliant rec. from Gabi), goood guac & salsas
It was reallllly busy and pretty loud (mostly due to the music though) and the waiter messed up one of the orders but that meant we got complimentary guac and salsa! My taco had loads of flavour and even though I ordered the ‘app size’ which is three small tacos, I was ridic stuffed by the time I’d eaten two. The thing I REALLY liked though was the cashew salsa. It was very creamy, smoky and quite hot. #ineedtomakeit. Queso fundido was a new experience for me – it’s literally a small skillet of melted Mexican Chihuahua Cheese with peppers in it. You wrap it up in a little tortilla and just EAT it. AGAIN: Bread & melted cheese. Can’t go wrong!
Momofuku Noodle Bar – pork ramen, pork buns, lucky peach (lucky charms) soft serve.
The steamed pork buns were my favourite thing here. They had a little bit of hoisin schmeared on them and supremely soft pork. The ramen was tasty, with more of the tender pork and a nice runny poached egg on top. The soft serve was slightly strange (but still good!) – pastel green in colour and slightly salty. Having never eaten Lucky Charms in my life I can’t tell you how much it tasted like the cereal.
Zucker Bakery – selection of cookies and a ‘rose’ (bread dough swirled with chocolate chips).
Sooo cute! Had a really good latte here along with plate of the different cookies. They were all spiced with things like clove, ginger and cinnamon, but not in an overpowering way. They weren’t overly sweet either which was a relief! Go here go here go here.
Lafayette– waffles with banana and nutella from the cafe. Canneles (first time I’e ever had them!), croissant and pain au chocolat.
I always order waffles if they’re on the menu because when you don’t own a waffle iron, believe me you get your hands on those breakfast treats whenever. you. can. They were light and the bananas had been bruleed with some sugar – yuuuum! The canneles were crispy,custardy perfection. The pastries had the best texture that I’ve tasted in a WHILE, mega flakes and crisp.
Birdbath Bakery– vegan Raspberry Bran muffin (fave), blueberry cornmeal muffin ( a bit too gritty for me but the flavour was good), pear and ginger cornmeal muffin, bakers muffin.
When I visited New York 2 years ago, I went to Birdbath got a raspberry bran muffin . I got it again for the train journey to Boston this time, because it was so good last time. On a different morning I had the blueberry corn which I didn’t like as much as the raspberry, but it was still delicious corn muffin. On another day I had a bakers muffin – basically dough scraps rolled in cinnamon-sugar with walnuts and raisins, baked in muffin form. Like a cinnamon roll muffin. Delish.
City Bakery – chocolate chip cookie
I’d heard a lot about the City Bakery cookies- mostly because of Maury Rubin who started the whole ‘age your cookie dough’ thing (a rule which I’ve lovingly adopted). It was crisp on the edges and chewy in the middle, perfect texture. BUT it had semisweet chocolate in it. I felt that due to the sweetness of the dough, the semisweet chocolate made it a bit sickly and would have preferred a 70% cocoa chocolate in it instead. Plus a sprinkle of salt. But now I’m basically describing my Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, so lets move on.
The Butcher’s Daughter – the best kale salad, kale chips.
This was very close to where I stayed so we went there on the day we landed, for lunch. I can’t even describe how GOOD it is to eat something like a kale salad after travelling all day. It was just what I needed to re-set! I also tried the kale chips (which had that cashew, lemon juice and nooch dressing on them) which were A++++
BAKED – caramel coconut cluster bar, sweet & salty brownie, brookster
Coconut, caramel and chocolate in bar cookie form. Verrry goood apart from the size – it was giant! haha. The brookster was awesome – and surprisingly less sweet than I was expecting which meant it wasn’t overly rich. Hooray!
The brownie I was looking forward to trying because of the Baked brownie having so much hype. I don’t think it lived up to it though. It was too dense for me, more like eating fudge to be honest. I prefer to have brownies that are a little lighter in texture.
Ace Hotel / The Breslin – pumpkin muffin, currant scone
The pumpkin muffin had golden raisins in it which was nice, they added texture and sweetness. It was lightly spiced and not heavy or dry. woooohooo! The scone was super buttery (so it didn’t require any kind of spread with it) and totally moreish.
Blue Ribbon bakery Market – Matzoh
Crisp and addictive. Probably could be made easily at home…! One had cinnamon-sugar sprinkled on it, and one had cheese and herbs. Can’t fault it.
Ikea Ferry – easy to take across the river when coming back from Redhook, instead of trekking to the nearest subway station!
The Highline – pretty pretty pretty! You can get away from the crowded streets up to the brilliant view of the city. Somehow it was also a golden zone for my film camera which decided to actually work up there (which you can see from the multiple photos I took on the highline, above)
Brooklyn Flea (Fort Greene) – After searching for a while I bought some stacking rings here. Also got a pizza from some dudes with a pizza stall and a wood burning oven on wheels (can I have one of those too? please and thanks.)