Eating New York
We’ve been back from New York for nearly a month, so I thought it was about time we put together a little review of eating out over there. We had some decent recommendations from people in the know – and family and friends – and reckon there are a few amazing places worth checking out if you’re heading to New York sometime soon.
Macao Trading Co.
311 Church Street, (between Walker Street & Lispenard Street), TriBeCa; (212) 431-8750, www.macaonyc.com
This hidden place in TriBeCa is a trendy cocktail bar and restaurant that serves Portuguese-Chinese fusion food and was our destination for a special romantic meal the night before we got married. The cocktails were amazing and the ambience was great, all dark and romantic with unusual bits of flea market/Chinese/Portuguese trading items to look at, but the food wasn’t as edgy as we hoped it would be.
510 Hudson Street; (212) 242-3021, www.employeesonlynyc.com
This West Village cocktail bar is linked to Macao and our waitress said we should check it out. It was heaving on a Thursday night but the cocktails were great. I particularly liked the spookily accurate tarot reader in the corner.
Branches across the city; we visited Shake Shack next to the Conrad hotel in Battery Park, www.shakeshack.com
Shake Shack is a definite must-do if you’re in town. Think McDonalds, but grown-up, and with a menu including concretes – ultra thick milkshakes – and delicious burgers. People queue round the block for it, it’s so popular. I’m not sure that I’d wait an hour for a burger, but they were pretty good…
Wafels & Dinges
Central Park, www.wafelsanddinges.com
We spent a day cycling round New York and sprawling out on the grass in the sunshine with chocolate dipped waffles in hand was amazing. This Belgian waffle stand had great waffles and chocolate of course, but also this wonderful speculoos ice cream, which the guy described as tasting like a ‘gram cracker in ice cream form’. In English, I think that means a bit like a digestive biscuit. But anyway, it was great.
210 West 55th Street, near Central Park; (212) 315-1700, www.serafinarestaurant.com
Matt’s sister and her family met us here for lunch and it was an inspired choice: kids could draw on the tablecloths, the huge plates of Italian food were delicious – bruschetta, pizza, pasta with courgettes and Parmesan – and Olivia was as happy as we were (which was a first). It’s a great chain if you’re eating out with a family, and the hotel that is part of this restaurant has a fun fish tank in the lobby to check out too.
Tick Tock Diner
8th Avenue; (212) 268-8444, www.ticktockdinerny.com
This retro-styled diner was so popular it’s unbelievable! We felt that we had to eat out in a diner, even if it is a bit cheesy and touristy, and were more than satisfied with great plates piled full of blueberry pancakes and maple syrup. Unbeatable tourist Americana – the food was great and very satisfying, but it was packed with tourists, which never feels that good, and the coffee was thin and not very nice.
All over NYC; http://wholefoodsmarket.com
Apologies to anyone living near a Whole Foods in the UK – I don’t know why we don’t have one in Bristol yet – but this place was our saviour so we’re going to rave about it a bit. Honestly, we’ve never seen so much beautifully packaged food in one place. We hit the salad bar for many a lunch, stocked up on everything we’d lost for Olivia (sippy cups, cutlery) and found that all-important antidote to eating out every day on holiday: eating healthily. The only thing it didn’t stock was our favourite brand of American green tea, sob.