At the top of the list when we visited NYC, was to eat all of the food (if you can’t on holiday, when can you?). For me, it was all about starting the day that bit more indulgently and maybe partaking in a Bloody Mary (or 3) along with a big breakfast or brunch (see ya porridge).
We arrived in New York City armed with a packed Evernote list of eateries, some of which we didn’t have time to visit – Jack’s Wife Freda, we will meet one day – but of those we did visit, we ended up sampling some of the best scran, like, evah.
Here’s the lowdown on some of our favourite spots:
We walked up to the Central Park branch of Sarabeth’s, and after only a 10 minute wait for a table (and with a Bloody Mary and Mimosa in hand), we ordered 2 mighty fine dishes; Eggs Benedict and Eggs with kale and almonds (guess whose was who’s?). I’d say this is an NY must.
Having first spotted this dreamy paleo/clean eating mecca on the SBC Instagram page, I knew this would literally my idea of food heaven. Clean pancakes, clean full English breakfasts (!) and lots of treats to take out including raw chocolate, housemade almond butter and kale chips.
The Top of the Standard – The Standard, High Line
Ever since reading The Londoner’s post all about it last year, I had been dying to visit the famous top floor bar at The Standard (The Boom Boom Room). It was such a fancy start to our Sunday in NYC, and we feasted on a ton of great things; sliders, eggs with spinach and shoestring fries, pain perdu, pastries and quails eggs on the tiniest English muffins I’ve ever seen, all topped off with a couple of tasty drinks. Even if you can’t get in for brunch, just head there for a drink at the bar and marvel at the cream and gold, slightly 60s/70s futuristic, interior. Insert heart-eyed emoji.
My word of advice when visiting Balthazar on a busy day? If they say they’ve got seats at the bar, take ’em. We did just that and the service was mighty quick (barman at beck and call) and the food was a treat. Much better than if we’d had table service. We had omelettes and avo on toast. A briliant set-up to a jam-packed day ahead. N.B. there also may have been a Bloody Mary…whoops.
Conveniently located in our hotel (the Ace Hotel. It’s ace! Go stay there), this was our first port of call every morning for the best flat whites and lattes we’ve had in a long while. We bought some of their houseblend coffee beans to use at home, and my oh my, did the suitcases smell awesome when we got them home. Seriously though, this coffee was the best, and a must visit in Midtown.
I’d love to know your recommendations for our next visit. Where are your favourite spots to eat in NYC?