Bon appétit, New York City. In the past few months I’ve tried quite a few more restaurants and bakeries in Manhattan, and why keep them a secret when I can share them with you all.
Of course I’ve stuck to my roots and have enjoyed a pancake or two at my all-time favorite brunch place Sarabeths, but I’ve ventured off the path a bit and discovered a few new gems that are definitely worth checking out.
A place for coffee or tea, a place for the best cinnamon apple roll, and a place that has a year-round changing venue and calamari worth the try. Here are my new food places that I’ve discovered and think you should give a try
Stop One: L’Anglo TriBeCa
I hit this spot in TriBeCa after a long day of walking, and it was quite a spot to come upon. A cute place in TriBeCa with outdoor seating for the warmer months, it’s surrounded by other restaurants with a family-centered atmosphere perfect for a relaxed dinner.
Stop Two: Eataly at the Flatiron
Although the World Trade Center Eataly is closer to where I reside, the one at the Flatiron is worth the short ride. Many floors up, I got to experience it during the fall and winter season, where they have the entire rooftop decorated with autumnal leaves and in the winter you’re surrounded by lights. A more bustling and trendy place, I can’t help but always opt for the Calamari Fritti; but just this past weekend I got the Polla Alla Griglia and it was wonderful. In the spring and summertime I will definitely be stopping by the bar with friends to grab drinks.
Stop Three: Bergdorf Goodman’s Cafe, Palette
There is absolutely no crying at Bergdorf Goodmans, especially when visiting the cafe on the beauty floor. One of my favorite interiors ever, it’s like Paris Hilton threw up everywhere and it became the Berdorf’s cafe. Full of sparkles, it’s definitely a place to see, and take a few photos while you’re at it. Ashely Longshore, the artist that created all the work that you see while you’re there, is one of my favorites. This is a glamorous escape from the city streets that any fabulous New York woman can’t miss out on.
Stop Four: Spot Dessert Bar
Walking down the streets and coming upon this dessert bar was a dream after tasting the golden toast and chestnut butterscotch desserts. If you’re around Astor Place, make plans to stop at this place, it makes for a delicious late night treat.
Stop Five: Fig and Olive, Meatpacking District
A failed attempt at having a dinner at Restoration Hardware led my friend and I a few steps away to Fig and Olive. It didn’t disappoint, and the food was absolutely delicious and I daydream about the meal all the time. We decided on the orange lemon chicken which was divine, and the zucchini carpaccio is a dish I will definitely be getting again next time I visit. The Sauvignon Blanc was so delicious and one of the best wines I’ve ever had.
Stop Six: Posh Pop BakeShop
A pretty in pink bakeshop located on Bleeker Street, this bakery is home to one of my favorite desserts: the cinnamon apple roll. The whole thing is a treat. I recommend not taking your dessert to to go and instead staying, the music is great and the atmosphere is so cute with the pink flowered walls and vintage Vogue photographs. After you’re done, you may just want to grab another to go.
Stop Seven: La Mercerie
Although I didn’t stop in and eat and just grabbed tea for a day in SoHo, I’d love to go back and try this beautiful French escape’s eats. I want to go back and grab a bite to eat with a glass of one of their many wines. Did someone say taste testing, because I’m in.
Stop Eight: PhoBar Chinatown
Last but definitely not least, PhoBar in Chinatown may not appear on the outside as what it does in the inside, but that’s why we don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Inspired by the Crazy Rich Asians movie, the inside is totally inspired, with a neon sign to match. I got the Vegetarian Phở and it was a really good. My first time trying noodles and I was pleasantly surprised.
New York City has hidden food gems everywhere, and I can’t wait to keep on discovering more places to grab a bite to eat and a sip to drink
Xoxo, McKenna Ramona Jennings