NYC, early September 2013.
A few snapshots from an afternoon spent wandering the High Line, West Village and Hudson River Park back in September last year before NYFW.
I ♥ New York.
Although I love trying out new restaurants and coffee shops, I seem to return to these places on each visit (sometimes it's nice to have the comfort of the familiar):
I ♥ coffee: Third Rail Coffee + Saturdays Surf + Joe The Art of Coffee (West Village - we usually stay in the West Village so these coffee shops are close by for morning coffee), Stumptown Coffee Roasters (Ace hotel and W. 8th), Laughing Man (Tribeca), Blue Bottle and Ninth Street Espresso (Chelsea Market. Perfect for grabbing a coffee on the run between shows during NYFW), Kava (Meatpacking), Toby's Estate (Brooklyn). I can't wait to try Intelligentsia in the High Line Hotel this February (especially as I plan on visiting a couple of the Intelligentsia coffee shops in Chicago). Also keen to try Little Collins NYC
I ♥ Keen's Steakhouse (a NY institution. Love the steak, the crudites, the service, and the atmosphere in both the restaurant and the bar. It is also brilliantly located if you are heading to Madison Square Garden - we have tickets to the Billy Joel concert plus the Knicks this Feb so will be heading to Keens on one of those night's).
I ♥ Momofuku ssam bar (three words: steamed pork buns. Best I have tasted, no contest)
I ♥ Levain Bakery (banana bread and ridiculously good cookies.....and no need to eat for the entire rest of the day)
I ♥ John's of Bleecker Street (Super Bowl Sunday = pizza day)
I ♥ The Spotted Pig (the burger)
I ♥ The Corner Bistro (nostalgia, great atmosphere + simple, good burgers)
I ♥ Eataly
I ♥ Puffy's Tavern
I ♥ The Lobster Place (sashimi on the go. My preferred place for lunch during NYFW.....although once I mistook the wasabi for avocado when I was eating and walking. eep!).
We have tried lots of other places in Brooklyn and Manhattan (some really good, some so-so, some no-go-ever-again) but the places above are reliably delicious.
I still haven't made it to the land of the cronut and DKA, I loved Difara pizza (but it is a wee bit too far to go on each visit to NY), I am keen to go back to Locanda Verde, I keep meaning to try The Little Owl but never seem to manage it, Joseph Leonard is always a nice night out, and Magnolia Bakery's banana pudding is delicious plus the West Village location is excellent for late night window peeping in the beautiful stores that line the streets.