Quick, what comes to mind when I say New York? For some it is the monuments and historical buildings, or the horrible rush hour traffic that happens every hour, or the fashions. Along with that, one very important component cannot be missed; the food.
One of my favorite things to do when visiting any place is to find the cutest, most photogenic places to eat because if you don’t take a picture of the venue, what is the point, right? With that said, I found some of the cutest little hole in the wall and well known places to eat in NYC that will guarantee you great food and photos.
This little gem is tucked away in The Jane Hotel in West Village, near the water. When we first got dropped off, I thought the Uber driver was at the wrong place because when I looked out, all I saw was some construction and steps to a beautiful hotel. However upon entry, you would never guess that you were in a hotel, as the checkered floor, posh lighting, and pristine countertops fill your vision. We ordered mimosas, scones, fried chicken & waffles, and the Little Gem Salad. I had never had fried chicken and waffles, and although the chicken was a little dry, the fluffy waffles and homemade syrup made up for it. The scones were absolutely divine and I do not even really like scones. I do not recommend ordering the Matcha Latte unless you know you LOVE matcha (I discovered i did not and opted for a regular latte). Service was a little slow, but it gave us time to take lots of pictures.
While We Were Young
Located in the heart of Greenwich, this is the perfect place to go if you love luxury and do not get claustrophobic. No joke, you will miss this place if you are not looking for it as it is no bigger than an average size bedroom, but it is definitely worth it. The pink couches and marble tables emulate class and sophistication. The food is all gourmet health food and it tastes so great. Like seriously, I never thought I would like kale, but the kale Caesar salad was delicious and made me feel like I was some instagram health blogger. Drinks come in cute glasses. If you want great pictures, go during the day when the lighting is good, because they do not allow flash photography (as I learned after taking flash photography, oops). Service is pretty great considering it is packed and there are only a couple servers. I recommend making a reservation because it does get really busy at night, like they literally had to scoot the table out to fit people in, but definitely on the New York City bucket list.
So this is cheating a little bit because it is not unique to New York City, but still worth mentioning. It is known for its different flavors of cookies, cakes, and pies. We got a slice of the pie and some compost flavored soft serve with sprinkles. The flavor compost for me conjures up mental images of corn and half eaten meat in a bin outside, but don’t be fooled by the name, it was the perfect balance of sweet and salty. The Pie was equally delicious.
Famous Joe’s Pizza
This pizza joint is a staple among celebrities in New York, featuring photos with Kirsten Dunst, John Stamos, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Leonardo DiCaprio, neil Patrick Harris, Matthew McConaughey, Conan O’Brien, and more, as well as being featured in the Spiderman franchise. Pizza is a must when going to the city and what better place to go than this infamous pizza place? Food God, Jonathan Cheban also raves about it along with best friend Kim Kardashian, so naturally, I had to go. Turns out there are lots of Joes pizzerias in New York, but the one you are looking for is Joes Pizza on 7 Carmine Street in Greenwich. I had a lot of expectations walking up to the joint at midnight in my sweats, and it lived up to them. The owner (not named Joe) reminded me of the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld, very efficiently cutting up pizza and charging it up for $3.00. Pizza was very flavorful, cheesy and a must try.
Also a little number that has locations in places other than new york city, but still makes the list. Found this one last minute when we were looking for a place to brunch before leaving. It is also on the small side, but very cute, nonetheless. It is health oriented, so if AVOCADO toast is your thing, this is the place for you.
Mah Ze Dar Bakery
Nothing better than a little something sweet after a healthy meal and Mah ze dar bakery provided just that. They offer quick bites and sit down entrees. We were in a rush so we grabbed a donut with the hole cut out. Such a cute place to stop by and take a break from strolling the streets of Greenwich.
So that is my short list, keep in mind that I was there for one weekend and did quite a bit of damage. I cannot wait to explore more of the cuisine that comes with New York.