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A FOODIE IN NEW YORK

when it's not your first (or second, or third) time in new york, i really recommend eating your way through the city instead of hopping from one tourist attraction to the next. it's a different way to discover new york, its diverse neighborhoods and creative population. and honestly, in a city where you could eat at a different restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day of the year and not have to eat at the same place twice, it's hard not to stumble across the most amazing places.

for this trip, i met up with a couple of friends from belgium who i wanted to show some of our personal favorites, but i also ventured out to some new places (thanks for the lovely tips, pauline and kim). below is a list of a couple of places i really loved, in order of appearance of the photos above. you'll find more pictures (and places) on the 70percentpure facebook page as from tomorrow.

breakfast or brunch
the nomad // intelligentsia coffee and the single best ricotta blueberry pancake i ever tasted in my life was the winning combination here. the standard grill // a classic, from the doggy salt and pepper shakers to the american brunch staples on the menu. reynards // all the way out in williamsburg but so worth the detour, if only for its lovely interior on the ground level of the wonderful wythe hotel. but i predict i'll be back for the amazing buttermilk cream cheese donuts. pastis // if you're looking for a nice and cosy place to have breakfast in the meatpacking district (and you've already been to cookshop) this is where you want to go for cream cheese smoked salmon bagels. the butcher's daughter // without a doubt my favorite (brand) new place (opened up two weeks ago in nolita) for a healthy breakfast - think quinoa granola and superhealthy juices. i've been on a bit of a ginger kick lately, so i tried to add it to every juice i had in new york (it works most of the time!)

lunch
chop shop // i first saw this place pop up over at petitepassport.com (one of my favorite travel resources and the blog of the lovely pauline) and was immediately intrigued. i love asian food, but i'm not generally a fan of the way asian restaurants look. this one is small, cosy and nicely designed (but the menu isn't that elaborate, so check beforehand if you like what they serve). it's also conveniently located close to hôtel americano. tartinery // an old favorite for lunch while shopping in the soho or nolita area. i love the tree downstairs and leaving messages on the chalkboard toilet walls. fonda nolita // perfect for when you're craving mexican food and the real californian/mexican experience. shake shack // it's not the least bit 'design' or hip, but i highly recommend the original shake shack experience in madison square park. best. burgers. ever. in 'n out seriously has nothing on them.

dinner
the fat radish // one of my favorite new discoveries this year was the fat radish. make reservations way in advance, start with a nice 'n stormy (with ginger, of course!) at the bar while you wait for your table, and go for the amazing veggie dishes. you won't regret it. also, their decor is the coolest. red farm // it's asian food but not as you know it. their crispy spicy beef dish blew my mind, so that my friend and i had to order it twice in a row because we couldn't get over it. all dishes are served family style, so that's perfect for sharing. gwynnett st // without a doubt the best meal we've ever had in new york (or brooklyn, 'cause that's where it's at y'all). would not be surprised if this place was rewarded with a michelin star soon. three pieces of advice: try as many cocktails as possible, because they're all great; ask for the whiskey bread, because it's delicious; and go for the taster menu, because you'll regret having ordered anything less. public // the first actual michelin star restaurant we've done in new york, and we really loved the experience. nice atmosphere, great food and good value.

photos by stephanie duval 

for your information: this new york trip was made possible by brussels airlines - read my review of their business flight between brussels and new york right here.

6 COMMENTS

Lies said...

Sooo many places to discover! Zoveel zin om eens naar NY te gaan maar eerst, Boedapest!

Nicky said...

En die met de VW van is toch Tacombi he? Leuke plek :)

Absolutely Mrs. K said...

OMG! ik zit hier op mijn stoel op en neer te springen, het is verdorie half acht en ik ben compleet in XTC! but i am sure that you totally get my point

Steph said...

@nicky yes indeed - tacombi at fonda nolita :)

joana | myseastory said...

great tips, i recognize a few, and will sure use your suggestions for the next visit to NY :0

Steph said...

hey joana, thanks! if you have any ther recommendations for eating out in new york, i'd love to hear them!

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