Those of you who follow me in Instagram know I post food shots almost as often as outfits. In a city with endless dining options, how can I resist? From a cozy breakfast to unique autumnal desserts, I'm sharing some of my favorites from recent dining adventures around NYC. PS. Be sure to follow me on Zomato as well for in-depth reviews of my restaurant experiences!
1. The New Seamless. You know when you get home after a long day and can't find the patience to cook (basically me every day)? For those living in NYC, Kitchen Surfing is offering a unique at-home dining experience that includes a personal chef, weekly schedule, and meal of your choice made with fresh ingredients. This beef tagliata and polenta dish was hands down one of the best meals I've had at home to date. Feel free to use the link here to get your first meal free!
2. Toast Two Ways. For a cozy morning outing, the Soho classic Two Hands does it best. We went for a sweet start with avocado toast topped with chili flakes, ricotta toast topped with berries, and a side of fruit salad. Breakfast never looked (or tasted) better.
3. Hole-in-the-Wall Perfection. Hidden in the streets of LES is Soy, my new favorite stop for Japanese home cooking in the city. What it lacks in ambiance it makes up for in its delicious (and reasonably-priced) dishes, especially this spicy avocado tuna bowl. It is the bestseller for a reason!
4. Popsicles & Prosecco. A.k.a. the Instagram star of rooftop bars. My roommates and I finished off Labor Day Weekend sipping on fruity Prosecco at the Conrad Hotel's Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar. While the prices will likely make this place a one-time experience for us, I would definitely recommend stopping by for a relaxing girl's night out with a view.
5. An Italian Brunch. Free mimosas along with an Italian brunch? Count me in. I made a rare trip up to Harlem to visit a friend and was quickly impressed by Babbalucci's hearty dishes. The Burrata pizza with cream-centered mozzarella, tomato, and basil, along with the stack of crepes, were enough to keep us stuffed and convince us to return for round two.
6. Fall-ing for Dessert. Spot Dessert Bar is ready for fall, and so am I. My foodie friend Carissa and I had the opportunity to taste the popular dessert shop's new autumn menu, and it quickly exceeded our expectations. Our favorites included the Vegan Coconut Monkey Bread, Black Truffle Hazelnut Dacquoise, and Toasted Rice Ice Cream.
8. Japanese Inspiration. Williamsburg is home to some of my favorite New York restaurants, usually for their eclectic menu options and friendly atmospheres. House of Small Wonder has recently made it to the top of that list with its cozy European-inspired interior and Japanese-influenced dishes. My personal favorites are Sashimi Zuke Don (yes, yet another poke bowl) and Tsukune Don with Japanese meatballs and a soft egg over rice.