FOOD TRIP IN NEW YORK CITY
So if you don't know already, we visited New York the second time around, and we made sure to take the food route this time. The first time we visited NYC, we visited all the touristy places. We didn't get to eat as much because we were mostly tired of walking!
A friend asked me recommendations for great food places to try in New York and what we mostly ordered. So today, I'm sharing a round up of cafes/restaurants we got to try out during our 3-day trip. Again, we didn't go to New York to create content, so I don't have the most appealing food photos, but I linked their social media platforms so you can check them out too!
I only found out about Grimaldi's Pizza in New York, and I was thrilled our friends introduced us to the place. Grimaldi's is one of the best pizzerias in America, and though the line was daunting, it was worth the wait. We went to their Brooklyn DUMBO branch, and the menu was very small. We assumed that because it was a tourist area, they made it easy for everyone to order. And yes, we ordered the Pepperoni Pizza. It was the most basic looking pizza but boy it was delicious. The crust was thin and crunchy and had the perfect mix of base to it.
BAR PA TEA
So we were walking in the area, and our friend found a Tea Bar nearby called Bar Pa Tea. Just so you know, I like my pearls/bubbles sweet and my tea with just the right amount of sweetness. This Tea Bar didn't cut it. Julian ordered the classic Bubble Milk Tea for us to share, and I'm glad we did because it tasted so bland. Mind you; we ordered everything in regular (ice and sugar) just like how we do it at other Tea places, but the drink was bitter. So we asked to add more sugar, but it still tasted terrible.
We didn't get to try the swirl soft serve ice cream but assuming that their bubble tea tasted bland, I'd think of the worst. But who knows? Maybe we'll try again next time.
Two things: If you haven't had Ramen, get one now. If you haven't tried Ramen at Ichiran, well you better make your way here as soon a possible.
Ichiran is not your typical Ramen place! We were seated at individual booths with individual orders which we found cool. I ordered their signature Tonkotsu Ramen, and you can add as much topping as you want (with an extra cost of course). Your order can get pricey (we paid about $20 for one ramen bowl) but it was worth it. The broth was very creamy and the noodle was perfectly thick. What's more intriguing was how they served our dish in a very traditional way I would say. Yet again, I haven't visited Japan, and I can't wait until we taste the "authentic" one.
VAN LEEUWEN ICE CREAM
I wouldn't say it's different than the rest of the ice cream places, but the fact they do have unique flavors give them a little edge. Oh, and did I say their ice creams are all vegan? Yes, you read that right!
I ordered a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and it tasted divine. It was probably the most delicious chocolate chip cookie flavor I have tried. I tasted the Honeycomb flavor my friend ordered, and it was so similar to Pralines 'n Creme (my favorite flavor)!
Location: Hudson Yards Mall
BLANK SLATE COFFEE + KITCHEN
Okay, it's official. This is the only place I'll order Avocado Toast from now on. Wow, I say that like Blank Slate is just around the corner. Haha. So, the place was compact, but that didn't matter. Their Avocado Toast was UHHHMAZZZZIINGGGGGGG. I don't get to say that often because I'm not a big fan of avocados for breakfast. It was not your typical overpriced Avocado toast you can also make at home! The chilly honey added so much flavor to it, and I can confidently say that it was different from the rest.
CHA CHA MATCHA
Too bad we arrived late at Cha Cha Matcha, and the sun was almost down, but I didn't let that get in the way. I ordered their Signature Matcha and badly wanted to take pictures but because the lighting was off, I just enjoyed my cup, and it was superb. Matcha usually gives me a tummy ache, but this one was super pleasant. I'm definitely going to visit again and try other stuff on the menu!
I suggest you visit while the sun is still up so you can enjoy the drink and the place itself. Take lots of photos! The place itself was very instagrammable.
KANG HO DONG BAEKJEONG
I'm not going to lie; this place is costly for a Korean place that does not offer unlimited meat, BUT, I'm also not going to lie that their food is excellent. We love Korean BBQ, and we wouldn't want to miss it for the world trying it out in New York City. I've seen so many NYC Bloggers posted about this place and how much they talk highly about it so might as well try it out! ($120.00)
We got there, and we got so lucky there was no line and got seated in just 5 minutes. Our table was pre-set with side dishes, and the egg and corn were already cooking! It was super yummy and just the perfect appetizers before the main.
We chose to order a Beef Combo/Set Menu good for 3-4 people (L)
+ Sliced Brisket
+ Marinated Short Rib
+ Prime Boneless Short Rib or Prime Rib Eye
*Unfortunately, the combo isn't unlimited unlike other Korean combo but it was enough for the four people.
The awesome part though, was the sides were unlimited
+ Mushroom + Sweet Potato + Radish + Kimchi + Lettuce Wraps + Soft Silken Tofu + sauces
Their service was too, and they always make sure our meat didn't overcook. It's definitely worth the experience!
I have to say, we visited this place for the gram, but they were overpriced. I've only seen this place on Instagram but seeing the actual cafe in person was a total let down. First of all, the tile seats were beside the bar, and it wasn't the cleanest setup. The dining area wasn't that pretty either. Overall, the place was meh.
I ordered the Bling Bling Honey Latte, and it didn't taste bad at all. The edible 24k gold was a little challenging to drink because it got all over my lips at one point. It wasn't that easy to remove either! We also ordered the most expensive but basic Affogato. Haha!
If you are looking for a place to get your gram and glam on, this is the place to be. I can not recommend their drinks and food though because of the price point.
Well, there you go! Those were the cafes/restaurants we visited during our 3-day trip to New York City. We definitely loved some and I hated the place I thought I'd like. Haha! Have you been to the places mentioned above? Let me know if you've been. I want to know your thoughts!
If not, I hope this helps you with your food bucket