With another trip to New York coming up, I thought I’d share my favorite places to stuff my face in the city. I was actually born in New York, and spent my first three semesters of college at Columbia, so I’ve spent a lot of my life going back and forth between Boston and the Big Apple. Considering how much of our lives we spend eating, it’s worth it to know the best places in the city. These are my favorites:
Jack’s Wife Freda (224 Lafayette)
New Yorkers love this tiny, very trendy spot for brunch, and people will wait for over an hour for a table. I like to put my name on the wait list and then walk a few blocks to the Glossier showroom, also on Lafayette.
Try: Poached eggs over halloumi cheese (substitute challah toast), rosewater waffles, cantaloupe mimosas
Cha Cha Matcha (373 Broome St.)
I gave up coffee over a year ago, and fell in love with matcha lattes – so much healthier! I always stop in for a matcha latte and a matcha-infused baked good when I’m in town. It’s also the cutest (read: most Instagrammable) shop you’ll find in the city.
Try: Unsweetened iced matcha latte with almond milk and matcha banana bread
My cousin brought a huge box of these to Boston for my grandma’s 80th birthday, and we devoured them in about five minutes. Even though I eat a lot healthier now, I still love their donuts for an enormous treat.
Try: Passionfruit donut with cocoa nibs, hibiscus donut, Doughka (donut-babka hybrid)
Veselka (144 2nd Ave.)
A New York staple for over sixty years, Veselka is the place to go for hearty, delicious Ukrainian food. They also have comfort foods like mac n cheese, if you somehow aren’t in the mood for any of the variety of pierogi they make. Bonus: they’re open 24/7.
Try: Borscht with mushroom dumplings, vegetarian stuffed cabbage, a plate of steamed mushroom & sauerkraut pierogi
12 Chairs Cafe (56 Macdougal St.)
My absolute favorite spot in the city is on my parents old street in the West Village. They are the only restaurant in America that has real Israeli hummus – if you’ve been to Israel, you know exactly what I’m talking about – and every meal leaves me happy and incredibly homesick. I come here to eat way too much and speak to waiters in Hebrew, a rare treat here in America.
Try: The hummus (DUH), Tunisian sandwich (if you like spicy food), Borscht, Shakshuka
What’s your favorite New York eatery? Love, Me