Hi guys! It’s been a minute.
In the midst of wrapping up my final semester of senior year, I took a fun Easter weekend trip to NYC with my dad. I’ve been many times in the past (my dad is a native New Yorker and we still have family there), but I always like to prep for my trips by making a list of all the places I want to eat at and visit while I’m there. And because I love food, the list of places I want to eat at is usually 75% longer than the places I want to see haha.
So, although this post will be a bit different than my normal Austin-focused food posts, I thought I’d share with you what I ate this past weekend in New York City. Maybe it will give you inspiration on places to eat at if you’re visiting in the near future or you can just reminisce with me about all the amazing food I ate over the weekend. Firstly, I thought I’d share the list I made for this trip.
- bagels & schmear
- momofuku noodle bar
- prince street pizza
- katz’s deli
- chelsea market
- vanessa’s dumpling house
- jack wife’s freda
- black tap
- levain bakery
- culture espresso
- morgenstern’s finest ice cream
- van leeuwen’s ice cream
- oddfellows ice cream
So, as you can see, I had pretty big ambitions to eat at as many places as possible before heading to the Big Apple last Thursday. Not shockingly, I wasn’t able to cover most of the items on my list, however, I did get to check a few places off!
chelsea market // very fresh noodles
My first stop was Chelsea Market. If you haven’t heard of Chelsea Market, it’s basically an enclosed urban food court in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC. with different restaurants offering cuisines ranging from Asian, Mexican, American, and the list goes on. I’ve always wanted to go because I’m a big fan of food courts and public markets. (Fun fact: I first discovered my love of public markets when I went to the Granville Island Public Market in Vancouver three years ago.) There’s always a fun atmosphere (and general chaos) that comes along with visiting public markets/food courts.
Ok, let’s talk about Very Fresh Noodles.
I walked into Chelsea Market starving, but unsure of what I wanted to eat. However, towards the back of the food court, I stumbled across Very Fresh Noodles and after seeing how long the line was to order, I knew I had come across something good.
After some quick investigating on Yelp, I decided to order the highly-rated La Mei Tawainese Beef Noodle Soup. According to their menu, this homemade soup is filled with slow-braised beef shanks and hand-pulled noodles, served with pickled mustard greens, bok choy, scallion, chives, cilantro, and a touch of chili oil. I ordered it mild and, boy, am I glad I did because it definitely had a kick to it and literally cleared my sinuses lol. But this soup was SO good. It was warming, rich, yet also extremely filling. It was the perfect savory lunch for a semi-chilly day (or at least it felt chilly to this native Texas gal). However, the star of this dish was those fresh hand-pulled noodles; they really made all of my carb dreams come true!
Overall, although this soup is on the pricy side ($12.95/bowl), it is worth checking out if you love Asian style noodle soups like me. Regardless, Chelsea Market is worth a stop alone just to see and smell all the amazing types of food under the convenience of one roof. I’m looking forward to visiting the Market again on my next trip to see what other food spots I can stumble my way across.
409 W 15th St, $, vfnoodles.com
bagels & schmear
A trip to NYC is never complete without bagels. To me, it’s almost a mandatory stop whenever I visit there since it’s one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast/brunch. After perusing on Yelp, I came across Bagels & Schmear, which had great reviews and was conveniently located in the Flatiron District. A quick subway ride over and we made it to bagel heaven.
Let me start off by saying this place is no frills. There’s one counter filled with all the bagel, cream cheese, and topping options you could imagine. I ordered my usual bacon, tomato, and scallion cream cheese on an everything bagel. I know my order sounds weird, but it’s good and I like it. (Another fun fact: I was actually inspired to copy Chef Christina Tosi‘s bagel order after watching her episode of Chef’s Table on Netflix, which you should totally watch btw.)
I’ll admit this was not the best bagel I’ve ever had in New York. However, compared to Texas bagels, this one was definitely one of the better bagels I’ve had in my life. It satisfied my craving though. The flavorful scallion cream cheese with the cooling tomato and salty bacon all paired really with the everything bagel. However, I’m not sure if I go back again. I’d probably hit up Ess-a-bagel instead.
116 E 28th St, $, bagelsandschmear.com
prince street pizza
Another must in New York is pizza. My dad and I loooove pizza especially New York-style pizza. Last time we were in New York we came across this pizza spot while walking around Little Italy and I made a note that I wanted to try it out the next time we had a chance to visit. So, we made a late night pizza stop on Saturday night.
No surprise that Prince Street Pizza is located on Prince Street in Nolita. This place is an institution in the city as evidenced by the walls inside lined with pictures of celebrity customers. When we got there around 9 pm there was already a line out the door, but I was prepared to wait for their famous pepperoni Sicilian-style pizza.
Y’all, I am still dreaming about this pizza. It was saucy and cheesy and the crust was perfectly crunchy around the edges and soft in the center. The pepperonis were also super unique; they were small and circular and there was A TON of them loaded on top of the pizza. The only downside to me was that it was pretty greasy, but that’s to be expected when a pizza is covered in a million pepperonis. Overall, this was worth the hype and I would for sure recommend you guys try this place out.
27 Prince St A, $, princestpizzanewyork.com
oddfellows ice cream
We followed up our late night pizza run with a stop for ice cream. I was stuck between choosing to stop at OddFellows Ice Cream or Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream and obviously ended up picking the former based on Yelp reviews. I went in kinda blind only knowing the place was known for inventive ice cream flavors. After looking around at their options and sampling a couple of flavors, I decided on a small cup of the Strawberry Jam.
This was pretty good. My favorite part besides the delightful strawberry jam swirls was the richness of the overall ice cream. It was like you could taste the quality of the ingredients used to make the ice cream. The inside was also very modern and aesthetically pleasing which was a plus. However, it was a quick in and out stop since all the tables were taken inside. Side note: we ended up passing by Morgenstern’s on our way back to the hotel and I almost wished we’d stop there instead. It looked like one of those old school ice cream parlors that offered a million flavors and topping options. Next time though. Overall, this was a solid stop, but I would venture out and try one of the other many nearby ice cream shops instead.
55 E Houston St, $, oddfellowsnyc.com
Culture Espresso was our final stop before heading to the airport. I had been wanting to pick up chocolate chip cookies from the famous Levain Bakery during our trip, but we ran out of time. So, after some quick Yelp searching (can you tell how much I love Yelp yet?), I discovered this artisan coffeehouse and their highly-rated signature chocolate chip cookies, which were without nuts, unlike Levain. Now, I’m not going to get into the nuts/no nuts chocolate chip cookie debate, but we went in and picked up three for the plane ride home. I also picked up a chai latte with oat milk since it was chilly and rainy outside and sounded like a good idea.
The chai latte was smooth and well sweetened. Sometimes, I find chai lattes can be overly sweet, but this one was perfect. It also really soothed the scratchy throat I had that morning. The cookies were really good as well– a little crunchy outside and soft on the inside. They also didn’t skimp on the chocolate chips which I appreciated. Overall, I would go back alone for the latte and certainly again for the cookies.
72 W 38th St, $, cultureespresso.com
that’s a wrap on my NYC food guide!
I hope you guys enjoyed this post. I hope it maybe inspired you to try some of these places out on your next visit to NYC or even to create your own restaurant list for your next trip. (Pro tip: Yelp is a great tool for this and will most likely become your new best friend lol.) There is so much great food in the world, and I challenge you to take advantage of it and eat local as much as you can!
As always, I’d love to hear from you on this post and/or on social media.
See you in my next post!