Hi & Happy Friday,
May your weekend be less stressful than mine!
So, this is probably going to be a thing. I go to New York City, eat great food, then tell all of you about it. If you feel like you’re getting the lesser end of this deal, you’re correct. No, I’m kidding. Grab a notepad, or just copy and paste the names of these restaurants somewhere so that you’re well prepared if you choose to visit.
Now that the playing field is fair, I’ll get started.
The first stop is Grace Street NY
Squeezed into one of the numerous street blocks in Koreatown is this elegantly designed cafe whose main focus is Asian dessert, teas, and coffee. I already know that the next time I’m in NY, Grace street will see my face. Here’s why:
Ho-Dduk: Korean donut filled with melted brown sugar and served with ice-cream. I’m going to bump beignets down a notch for this Korean take on a donut. It tastes exquisite. You don’t expect much from it (based on looks) and then bam! melt in your mouth deliciousness. A must-try, in my opinion.
Shaved Snow: This dessert is reminiscent of ice cream but it’s a lot lighter. It actually tastes like you’re eating snow! Don’t ask how I know what snow tastes like. Despite the cool NY air, the shaved snow was so refreshing. Imagine eating it on a hot day and letting it cool you down from the inside. Mmmm. I’m not a huge fan of ice-cream, so I like that it didn’t have that heavy creaminess that’s synonymous with ice-cream.
Waffles:We ordered three different kinds; churro waffle, caramel peanut butter waffle, and maple waffle. Consensus – sweetness overload! The churro waffle was probably the sweetest one and also my favorite! It’s topped with caramel and cinnamon sugar. What’s not to like?
Next time, I’d like to try one of the teas, maybe the rose petal milk tea!
Same Footprints Rating – ♥♥♥♥♥
Stop #2 Eataly
If you read my Chicago series, you’ll know that was the first time I had been to Eataly. I didn’t know they had
one several in New York until we got to this one in One World Trade Center. I’d describe Eataly as an Italian food market so expect a lot of pasta, pizza, gelato and Italian wines!
As a huge fan of Italian cuisine, I wanted to eat almost everything in the store, but I settled for some pizza paired with a glass (or two) of red wine. Both the pizza and the wine were delicious. If I lived in NY, I’d probably be in Eataly more often than is necessary.
Apologies, I devoured all my food before I could take any photos. I was hungry.
One downside to Eataly; if you’re trying to dine-in, there isn’t a lot of seating room.
Same Footprints Rating- ♥♥♥♥
Stop #3 Jaiya Thai
The Thai food at Jaiya is exceptional. Can I end it there? I’m a bit biased because I like Thai food. The flavor profiles usually have me oohing and ahhing all over the place!. If you’re like me, you’ll definitely like this place, and if you’ve never had Thai food, let this be your first stop in NYC.
I cannot remember our exact orders but one of them was Panang curry, and all of them were delicious.
My only issue with this place is the terrible customer service. It may have been a one-off at this location, but the waitress was rude, took forever to bring our food and still forgot some items in our order.
Same Footprints Rating – ♥♥♥♥♥ (for the food, certainly not the service)
Stop #4 Lady M
These cakes are one for the books. Who makes a cake from stacking crepes? Lady M does, and it’s fantastic! Each slice is around $8-$9. It’s not cheap but it’s definitely worth it. The store is also in One World Trade Center so you can hop in here after Eataly for some dessert.
Same Footprints Rating – ♥♥♥♥
I’m always looking for new places to eat + new foods to try and NYC continues to amaze me with its diverse, delicious options. While this remains a recurring destination for me, I plan to eat and share as much food as possible!
What are some of your favorite spots to eat in NYC ?, I’d like to try them.
To read “Eating my way through NYC Part 1”, click this sentence!
Thank you to Dera & Obusom for the stellar recommendations!
♥♥♥♥♥ – Eat here if you only have 1 choice.
♥♥♥♥ – Eat here if you have 1 + more choices.
♥♥♥ – Eat here if you’re okay with food that’s just…okay.
♥♥/♥ – You should probably never eat here.
thank you for reading.
All photos shot and edited on iPhone 6S+
same footprints, different sands