Ooohhhh my! I think I may still be full from my trip to New York this past weekend. Jonty and I decided to take a weekend getaway filled with plenty of shopping, sight seeing, and of course plenty of eating.
I will start with breakfast on day one. We went to one of my favourite brunch spots-Sarabeth’s. You may remember it from my other New York post last summer. Everything on the menu sounds incredible, and with my sweet tooth, I chose the lemon ricotta pancakes topped with strawberries. They were perfect. Extremely light and fluffy with just the right amount of lemony zing. I polished these off in no time. Jonty stuck to simple scrambled eggs, but the star of the show was the croissant with their famous homemade jam. The croissant on its own is extremely delicious and buttery, but topped with the preserves added an extra sweetness.
Cafe Habana was next on our list. Although I have been before, I knew this was right up Jonty’s alley. And boy was I right! He couldn’t stop raving about the corn on the cob topped with mayonnaise, cotijta cheese, cayenne pepper, and a squeeze of lime juice.
For dinner we met up with some cousins of mine including a five year old boy in Times Square. We thought it would be a fun atmosphere not only for him, but for Jonty who has never been to Times Square. We went to an Asian restaurant called Ruby Foo’s. We ordered chicken lettuce wraps, calamari, lobster and shrimp spring rolls, kung pao chicken, and fried rice. Everything from the food to the ambiance was lovely.
As the night approached, we were looking for somewhere to go for drinks and some late night eats. The Meatpacking District is always bumping so we took a stroll through there trying to find somewhere. Everything was really busy, but eventually we landed at a place called The Diner. The food and drink menu looked appealing to us, as well as the DJ playing some old school music. Jonty ordered a beer, while I got an Arnold Palmer, with iced tea, lemonade, and vodka. For a snack, we munched on mac and cheese. I can tell you right now that I am still dreaming about that dish. It was incredibly creamy, cheesy, and smooth, with the perfect crunchy breadcrumb topping.
The next day was filled with even more deliciousness! For lunch we met up with my brother who lives in New York. I am a huge fan of Eataly (How can you not be?!) as mentioned in my other post. Last time I indulged in a prime rib sandwich which I haven’t stopped thinking about. We shared that and a caprese sandwich which had yellow tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil oil. As simple as these sandwiches sound, they were to die for. Mario Batali certainly is a genius.
The three of us split the two sandwiches (the entire sandwich is not pictured, it was bigger than that!) in order to save room for everything else that New York has to offer. That being said, our next stop was The Donut Plant. It was also mentioned in my previous post, but the peanut butter and blackberry jam donut is too tasty to pass up. Obviously Jonty loved it too. There is nothing better than the flavour of the fried dough, dunked in peanut butter, topped with peanuts and then stuffed with blackberry jelly.
Later that day, we were ready for some more. I have been dying to go to the Big Gay Ice Cream shop. What started off as a truck soon turned into a storefront. All of the publicity on the Food Network and word of mouth certainly did some good for this little ice cream truck. The creations are quite unique ranging from wasabi, olive oil, cayenne pepper, sea salt as toppings for your ice cream. As we approached the small East Village shop, my excitement had to be put off just a little bit longer to wait in the long line up out the door! Once we entered, it was definitely worth it! I will get to the ice cream in a minute, but the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, offering samples of anything you could dream of. My choice was the ”Salty Pimp” which was vanilla ice cream, drizzled with dulce de leche, sea salt and then dipped in chocolate. Never have I ever tasted something savoury and sweet together that quite compares. With each bite I savoured the moment and dreaded when it started to get smaller and smaller. I didn’t want this cone to end. Jonty ordered the “Bea Arthur”, which was vanilla ice cream, drizzled with dulce de leche sauce, dipped in Nilla wafer cookies. His addition to this though was cayenne pepper. We were both in heaven.
After all of this day’s food had digested, it was finally time for dinner with my brother and his girlfriend. We went to Schiller’s which is a trendy, buzzing restaurant turned bar late at night. My drink of choice was lemonade, vodka citron, with muddled strawberries, while Jonty ordered a Hoegaarden beer. To start we ordered calamari, which was perfectly crisp, along with oysters. Jonty had never tried them before and was a little hesitant. After a little bit of peer pressure he took down a couple. He didn’t love them but nonetheless he was able to handle them.
For the main course, Jonty and I love to share two dishes so we can try a bit of everything. This place is known for their steak frites, so naturally we chose this. Also, we got fish and chips, but substituted the fries for a green salad. Attempting to be a little bit healthy was our goal here if we didn’t want a heart attack right then and there. Everything was just amazing, enough said.
Our last day in New York had sadly approached, so we ended off on a sweet note. Max Brenner was our lunch spot. This restaurant specializes in chocolate and dessert, but also has a savoury menu. Jonty, myself and his cousin all ordered milkshakes. I got the dulce de leche one, Jonty got cookies and cream and his cousin ordered a chocolate and vanilla one. YUM!!!
Since it is Max Brenner after all, I ordered the chocolate chip pancakes as recommended by our waiter. These consisted of 60% dark truffle chocolate cream, pure milk chocolate shavings, spiced pecans, and caramelized bananas. Do I need to even explain how good these were? Let’s just say the waiter was right!
Jonty ordered a pizza with fresh and smoked mozzarella, parmesan, fresh basil and avocado. This also did not disappoint.
On the side we ordered waffle fries topped with chili and cocoa powder. We could not resist this unique, yet amazingly satisfying combination.
Last but certainly not least, we indulged in a cupcake from my favourite bakery, Magnolia. I like to think of Magnolia as one of the first cupcake shops around, setting the trend that exists today. I think the simplicity, buttery, perfection makes them the best around.
New York, we shall meet again soon to continue our tour of the city through our mouths and stomachs!