My favorite thing to do in New York is eat all the cool foods and then burn it off by walking miles around the city. So that’s exactly what my best friend Natalie and I did this past weekend! We wanted to hit some of the places on our food bucket lists (restaurants like Avocaderia that were made famous by Insider videos on Facebook). Here’s a weekend roundup of all the spots we made it to, and my thoughts on whether they were worth the hype.
Located in Industry City Food Hall in Brooklyn, this place went viral on Facebook, so naturally, we had to try it! Everything is made with fresh avocado, and avocado enthusiasts come from all over the world just to eat here. The food hall itself is SO cool, and the perfect place to take pictures and spend an afternoon. It reminded us of Chelsea Market, Brooklyn version. I loved this place, but wish they had gluten free toast! Instead of getting avocado toast, I got the Mediterranean Salad, which was still delicious.
B Bar and Grill
We were not planning to stop here, but we passed by on the way to get cookie dough, and oh my word it was so cute and jam packed. We decided to research, and found out this West Village hot spot is popular with NYU students and recent graduates. We were both SO glad we ate here because the restaurant patio is picture-perfect, the people watching was priceless, and the food delicious. Definitely check this place out if you want to stop for drinks or a delicious meal! To save money (and room in our stomachs) we decided to order appetizers: Mac N Cheese (White Cheddar + Gruyere + Asiago) and Loaded Truffle Fries (Bleu Cheese + Scallion).
Cookie Do Confections
I originally tried the cookie dough last summer during my time in the city, when Cookie Do Confections did not have their own storefront. Instead, they operated in an apartment in midtown. I loved it then, so I was SO EXCITED to see that they opened a store! I have to say, when I went here this trip, the gluten free flavor options were not as extensive as they used to be. And honestly, for some reason, the cookie dough wasn’t as good as I remembered. BUT it was still such a cool concept and definitely worth stopping by just to try! I recommend ONLY getting one scoop because the dough is so rich, it’s really difficult to finish.
What we ordered: Commando (plain) and Heavenly (sugar cookie + nutella + chocolate chips + caramel bits + sea salts)
Pro Tip: If you Google a place, you can see how crowded it usually is during certain times of day. DO NOT go here during the most crowded-we made that mistake originally and the line was over 1 hour long! Instead, we came back during a time Google said it wasn’t as bad, and the line was 10 minutes. I would definitely say that waiting an hour for this dough is not worth it.
This rooftop bar in East Village is so popular, we were excited to check it out. This view is INCREDIBLE! If you’re 21+ you can get in and go to the top to check it out! This was one of the coolest things I’ve done in the city. It’s worth waiting in line for.
Pardon my French
We knew we wanted a good brunch, so we made reservations here in the East Village. It’s a cute little restaurant with a lot of charm, and a French waitstaff. The food is delicious! You can get coffee+entree for $20 or a bottomless mimosa/bloody mary+entree for $30. This is a great deal in the city! The only downside? We didn’t know it was CASH ONLY.
What we ordered: Oeufs Tunisien (Eggs baked in Terracotta with Spicy Tomato Sauce, Feta Cheese, and Capers) and Eggs Benedict (Poached Eggs with Choice of Bayonne Ham & Sautéed Spinach or Smoked Salmon atop a French Baguette)
We were not supposed to eat here, but we passed by and I couldn’t resist because I’ve stalked the famous black ice cream for years on Instagram. So we waited in line to try the Coconut Ash flavor, and I must say it did not disappoint!! It was surprisingly good. I honestly just wanted the picture, so having it taste delicious was a great bonus 🙂 The down side? It gets on your teeth and dies your tongue black. Be prepared with water to chug down afterwards.
My favorite burger place in all of the U.S. Yes, it’s better than In n Out. If you are in the City, you MUST track down one of the many locations and stop here! The Financial District location even had gluten free buns, and the was a nice surprise. I also love their custard, because it pairs well with the french fries.
Where are your favorite places to eat in NYC?