2.4.13

new york pt. 1


If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that Geoff & I were in New York last week. We were ambitious before we left: we’ll spend a whole day at The Cloisters! Nope. We’ll hang out in Central Park a lot! Nope. We’ll make it to MoMA PS1 on Tuesday! No, Wednesday! No, make that Friday! We ordered a box of film from B&H and had it sent to our friend Annie in Brooklyn thinking that we would use it all up; we finished a mere two rolls of film that we had brought from home, and mostly took pictures with our phones (my favourite ones, in fact). We didn’t contact too many people to set up lunches or coffee because it seemed an overwhelming proposition, but luckily we did manage to coordinate plans with a few lovely people while we were there (not enough, but we will be back!). We ate like the most gluttonous of kings and walked for miles and miles and bled money as though we had an endless supply of it.

I think this is crucial information so I am posting it immediately: a few good eats below! I wish we had been able to get through more of the recommendations we had, but that would have taken about a year.

Vegetarian Dim Sum House on Pell Street. Recommended by a friend. We went there the day we arrived and ate a late lunch that was so filling we didn’t need dinner. $22 for both of us and every bite was delicious.

Roberta’s. Yum. This was our biggest splurge (bottle of wine and appetizers along with our pizzas) but worth it. Afterwards we went to the Tiki Bar in the back for micheladas. Thanks, Annie! I think they filmed a scene here on Girls (lolololol).

Caracas Arepa Bar. We went to the location on the east side. Delicious, but trying to get a table there was a bit of a bloodsport. I’ll never forget you, dude (a patron! Not staff) who was astonishingly rude to my friend for no good reason except maybe that he was in desperate need of chilling out. I had the La del Gato.

Momofuku Milk Bar. We ate so many cookies last week. The birthday cake shake was so good, as was the chocolate swirl bread (and the kimchi-bacon croissant, says Geoff). I hope we never get a Milk Bar in Toronto.

Motorino. We had lunch here with Natalie and HENRY (cutest)!! Amazing Neapolitan style pizza (think Libretto in Toronto).

The Smile / Smile to Go. Yum. Good cookies & coffee at To Go, great lunches at the restaurant. Thanks, Derrick!

Xi’an Famous Foods. So cheap, and the best, freshest spicy noodles. We went to the location in Chinatown because it had more seating. I had noodles with vegetables and a side of soft tofu and I am getting so hungry just thinking about it. Thanks, Trevor!

Doughnut Plant. I think I read about this place on a blog or Instagram? Overwhelming menu. I had a pistachio... something (a yeast doughnut? A cake? I don’t remember), and one with a rose petal on it. Geoff had a Meyer lemon thing and a matcha thing and it was all so good. Pretty good pour over coffees too.

Wythe Hotel. We didn’t eat here but had some drinks and the rooftop has the best view of the city.

Iris Cafe. Our last meal was at this lovely spot in Brooklyn Heights. This would be a nice place to take your mom and I mean that in a very loving way!

One Girl Cookies. I waited outside with Annie’s brother’s dog while Annie went in and got me an Americano and a whoopie pie from this place (Dumbo location). Love that Annie.

El Beit. This is just a coffee shop but it’s where we met Amy while we were with Kaitlin (we met Kaitlin at the Met; more on that later) so it will always be special to me. Aw.



I wore my Samantha Pleet cloak (from Robber) all week because the weather was just right for it; I am a closeted (?) Doors fan so I loved the staircase at Opening Ceremony.




Geoff at Creatures of Comfort with his favourite plant ever.




Remember when Toronto actually had real bookstores? I loved Rizzoli.





We went to the opening for a painting show in Hell’s Kitchen (-ish) and had a nice view walking back to the subway.






We had to visit the J. Crew Liquor Store and Geoff found something there within seconds (a Penfield jacket).

51 comments:

  1. i was waiting anxiously for your posts on new york because i knew your pics would be amazing and was hoping for lots of tips so cheers, geoff and i hope to get there this spring for a small getaway (will be my first time, his second). love your eye, lady (and your coat). that rose was put there just for you, right? seems so.

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    1. Aw, thanks! Ugh, I loved that rose SO MUCH. The last time we were there they had HELL YES up, which I also loved (http://archive.newmuseum.org/index.php/Detail/Object/Show/object_id/6665) but this was even BETTER.

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  2. Oh, this is making me want to go back to New York. My family visited for a week in the summer, and we did all the touristy things, but it's such a huge city and we barely even scratched the surface. It's exciting to feel some vague recall towards these locations, but mostly this has just made me want to go back.

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    1. Yeah, I bet. I think even if you live there you'll never see and do even half of what you can! Hope you get back there soon!

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  3. Ohhhh. I was there in October and this is just making me want to rush right back. So yes, am also open if anyone wants to fly me there for a meeting!

    Momofuku Milk Bar is the most, to say the least. Just when I think my body can't consume a molecule more of sugar I'll have another bite of their cookies and it will all make sense.

    Beautiful pictures (and adore the cloak), I love the flashes of shadow and sky and reflection in the windows and on the walls.

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    1. A friend of mine once gave me a jar of their birthday cake crumble that she made out of the cookbook and I am so tempted to look up that recipe! Yum yum.

      Thank you!

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  4. I had Roberta's on my list of places to eat but there were just way too many things to do, really.
    Brian was really close to getting that Penfield coat at J.Crew as well! But his long arms were even too long for the XL!

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    1. Oh that's so funny! Geoff felt pressure to get it because it was the last XS in any colour aaahhh!

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  5. Looks like you had a really lovely trip.
    :)

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  6. Your trip looks like so much fun! It looked so pretty through your instagram last week. Now I'm dreaming of New York! Geoff's favorite plant is my favorite, too!

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    1. He's been on the lookout for a moderately priced one, ha. Maybe I should get it for him as a birthday present.

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  7. Great photos! I went to New York to visit Anja years and years ago and I want to go back so bad!

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  8. lovely pictures of NYC

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  9. No excuses needed for New York I would go every weekend if it were affordable (f-ck Chicago) but alas money doesnt grow on trees watered by tears

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    1. I'd be so rich if it did. Hey, Chicago is great! I can't wait to go back there.

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  10. i loved all your nyc instas last week! we just booked a brooklyn apartment share for the last two weeks in june. wanna go back then? ;)

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  11. also! geoff is so cute. and you are so cute.

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  12. Oh, this is like living my honeymoon all over again! Thankyou! We loved the stairs at opening ceremony too. And I would die for another doughnut plant treat.

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    1. Yummmm. I love all doughnuts but those were pretty amazing!

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  13. It looks like you guys had such a nice trip! I'll keep the recommendations in mind when I visit NYC some day *wishful thinking*

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  14. i've been totally craving a trip to NYC again lately (and one to new orleans. but that's another story...) so these are making me simultaneously happy and insane with jealousy. (that one shot with the 'easy' in it is PERFECT, btw! gah.)

    so glad you guys were able to be normal people + enjoy non-work-related new york! almost more fun that way? :)

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    1. Thanks! I've never actually traveled for work but I'm going to say YES.

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  15. No one can deny it, food meetings are VERY IMPORTANT!

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  16. such good food! thanks for posting about all the places you've feasted at; i've bookmarked this for the next time i'm in the city.

    and. what. a. city.

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  17. Kate3.4.13

    We were there this week too, it's nice to see your photos of the same days!

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  18. linds3.4.13

    oh this is so lovely! i'm reading your blog out here in cape town, but i did a short secondment to boston/nyc a few years back and this brings back such great memories! was just talking about B&H this past weekend actually. thanks for the photo's - hopefully we'll get back there one day soon!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed! B&H is the best.

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  19. Ugh Toronto bookstores are the worst in the world. NY is always a dream and whirlwind - we're lucky it's so close... and also that we get to come home afterwards (for its crappy bookshops, Toronto is still pretty great!)

    Glad you had such a lovely break.

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    1. I KNOW! Last night I found myself trying to remember the name of the bookshop that used to be at the corner of Yonge & St Clair (Edward's? It's now a hair salon) and remembering that when I first started taking the subway on my own I always had about 10 different bookshops to visit. Lichtman's, Britnell's, etc. I know that the book biz is the most difficult biz for retail but I still feel so sad about it.

      I'm glad that NYC is so accessible/close too (we stayed in a four star hotel for a ridiculously cheap rate, close to about four subway lines) but I sure was ready to come home. I felt broken! So exhausted.

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  20. i loved loved loved new york in september. i want to go back! thank goodness if/when i do i can stay with my friend. i love the pictures of you guys in front of that teal building. cool dudes!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, we were offered a friend's place to crash but decided to wait until we could stay in a fancy (-ish) hotel. It's a goal of mine never to sleep on an air mattress again (probably won't make it though).

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  21. Geoff and the plant is perfectly Geoff!
    I am SO happy you posted things you liked and did in NYC! We are going soon and I needed some ideas. I'm the worst at researching what to do on trips.

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    1. Thanks! We have a Google Map full of pinned spots we can send you :)

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    2. yes!!!! Please send it along!!!

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  22. Nice eats choices! That dim sum house is one of our favorite go-tos.

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    1. We wanted to go back again and again and never made it. YUM.

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  23. FUN FUN FUN! Thanks for posting the food guide too, we are planning a trip (someday). Any good places to stay? We were looking at Wythe but its a bit $$$.

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    1. We stayed at a really nice hotel near Battery Park that we found on Hotwire. It was perfect (clean, spacious, close to a number of subway lines, lovely staff) and affordable. I kind of have a thing for those sorts of hotels. I don't even bother looking at boutique hotel rates because they're usually like $500 a night or whatever.

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  24. Anonymous5.4.13

    Toronto does have a Milk Bar! Its way in the east end, (beaches area) which I am never in but the one time I was, I found this. The girl who owns it is super cute and makes really great cookies and flavoured milks. I have no affiliation other than the fact that I stopped in once and loved it.

    http://moomilkbar.ca

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