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).