20 Big Apple Sandwiches worth eating

Sandwiches New York

One thing I noticed immediately the first time I visited New York, was the habit to buy sandwiches every morning for breakfast or afternoon for brunch. From plumber to  policemen to businessmen, I noticed that basically everyone was buying their sandwich. Not a very common thing (yet) in Amsterdam, where I used to make my own sandwich every morning and take them to the office in a plastic lunchbox.

Anyway, since I think that most Big Apple sandwiches from the sandwich place (with multiple thick layers of cheese or meat) are way better than my own-homemade (single layer of cheese or meat) sandwich I took over this habit and stared buying my sandwich outside instead of making my own homemade sandwich. Consequently, I tried out many different sandwiches from various places in Manhattan. I am mostly familiar with the sandwiches available in the Lower East Side, West Village and Midtown West/ Hell’s Kitchen. Because that’s the area where I had most of my breakfast- and lunch breaks.

I did not discover that many yummy sandwich places in other neigbourhoods yet and there are still an uncountable number of sandwiches still to discover yet. That’s right, I am reaaaallly interested in more insider tips :). 

But here some sandwich places that I think are worth a visit during breakfast time or at your daily lunch break: 

Lower East Side

1. Tiny’s little giant sandwich shop

(129 Rivington  street, between Essex and Norfolk street. Lower East Side)

For indeed. Giant Sandwiches in a small cozy cafe. Check out more of my Lower East Side Favorites here

Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop New York Lower East Side

Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop New York Lower East Side

2. Cheeky Sandwiches 

(35 Orchard street., between Canal street and Hester street. Lower East Side)

 A cute little sandwich shop serving the best fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits in town.

Cheeky Sandwiches Lower East Side New York

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A (culinary day) in New York’s Lower East Side – 50 places to visit

Sons of Essex

Lower East Side Collage2

What use to be the home of millions of working class immigrants families living in pour conditions during the late 19th century has now become one of Manhattan’s prime dining and shopping area renowned for it’s countless of trendy restaurants, hipster bars, live music venues, fashionable boutiques and local art galleries. I personally love this area not only for these reasons, but most of all for it’s melting pot of cultures and explosion of creativity.  Here a quick guide to my favorite LES (eat and drink) spots. 

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4 x Brunch @ Le Pain Quotidien

LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN (all over the world) 

$$ / €€ Food *** Ambiance ***

Another Le Pain Quotidien recently opened in my neighborhood and for the sake of convenience and my laziness to travel for food, I decided to have brunch here. In contrast to the American- based Le Pains, there is no information about the number of calories on the menu so I decided to just order something I was feeling up to at that moment (which was the chicken salad) rather than the the dish with the least number of calories (what I normally do in New York City). 

Regardless the city, the menu (fresh x local x organic) and interior (wooden communal tables) at Le Pain is more or less the same everywhere. Here are some snaps I made over the last couple of years of four different dishes at four different Le Pains. Two in Amsterdam and two in New York City:

Amsterdam area:

1. High Tea @ Le Pain Quotidien Oud-Zuid (Johannes Verhulststraat 104 & Cornelis Schuytstraat, Amsterdam Oud Zuid)

High Tea @ Le Pain Amsterdam, Oud Zuid

High Tea @ Le Pain Amsterdam, Oud-Zuid

High Tea @ Le Pain Amsterdam, Oud Zuid

High Tea @ Le Pain Amsterdam, Oud-Zuid

High Tea @ Le Pain Amsterdam, Oud Zuid

High Tea @ Le Pain Amsterdam, Oud-Zuid

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Boozy brunch party @ Bagatelle

Bagatelle New York

BAGATELLE (1 Little West 125h street and 9th Avenue. Meatpacking district)

$$$ Food *** Ambiance *****

Up for a party during daytime? Bagatelle is well known for it’s boozy party brunches. A fun French/ Mediterranean restaurant with a St. Tropez feeling.

Bagatelle New York

The menu consists out of a selection of small French dishes. I personally like the Tartare au deux salmon (organic salmon, smoked, salmon, dill, lemon, crostini and olive oil. $14-$22) and Le Croque monsieur (Ham, Emmental, truffled béchamel. $14) and Lobster Macaroni and Boursins cheese (with asparagus, roasted tomatoes, herb breadcrumbs. $19). Continue Reading →

12 American/ French restaurants to take your parents to

In New York City, there are lots of restaurants that I personally love a lot for the good quality of food but which are not per definition the most trendy, cool or unique ones. Here are some of my favorites American/ French ones (I will discuss the Italian, Japanese, Chinese etc. ones later) of which I personally think offer high quality of food but without the loud club scene, hip hop music, seen to be seen scene, cramped seats or packed with hipsters or fashionistas. Just a good variety of descent dishes to choose from, great service and suitable for all ages (also your parents, or grandparents). Hopefully your parents buy you a meal when you take them out for dinner at one of these places because they are all in the higher price range ;-). Make a reservation in advance. 

$$$ Food ****(*) Ambiance ****(*)

1. ABC KITCHEN (35 East 18th street, between Broadway and Park Avenue S. Union Square)

Organic food from Jeane- George Vongerichten. A modern airy restaurants where couples, groups and mothers and daughters are usually seated together in the middle or on the side. 

Order whatever you like because all dishes are yummy. My favorite appetizer is the crab toast (with lemon aioli. $16), my favorite entree the fried organic chicken (with swiss chard and hot sauce butter. $29). As an ice cream lover, my favorite dessert is obviously the sundae (salted caramel ice cream, candied peanuts & popcorn, whipped cream, chocolate sauce. $14)

ABC Kitchen New York

Photo credit: nymag.com by Melissa Horn

ABC Kitchen New York

Crab Toast @ ABC Kitchen

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My birthday meals

Lunch @ MINCA ramen factory (536 East 5th Street, between Avenue A and Avenue B. East Village, Alphabet City). 

$$ Food *** Ambiance ***

Yesterday was my birthday and like every year, I celebrated it with food. In the Chinese culture, it’s a tradition to eat “long life” noodles for your birthday as a symbol for the many years ahead of you.

Minca Ramen Factory New York

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My last visit to Pastis

PASTIS (9, 9th Avenue & Little West 12th street. Meatpacking District)

$$$ Food **** Ambiance ****

This afternoon I visited the iconic French Bistro for the last time. After 15 years of business, Pastis will close due to renovations. It’s supposed to re-open in 15 months. But right now nobody is sure yet IF it will really re-open at the same place. I doubt if it would still be the same  scene. But luckily there is always still it’s sister Balthazar

Pastis New York

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My 20 favorite New York’s West Village breakfast and brunch spots

The West Village, East Village and Lower East Side are my favorite neighborhoods in New York. The West Village is a neighborhood were many television series and films were filmed (such as Sex and the City, Friends and the Cosby Show) and many celebrities reside. Because of the university buildings centered on Washington Square Park, it’s also a popular area among NYU students.

Unlike many neighborhoods in Manhattan in the West Village you will not find any skyscrapers but more narrow streets, brownstone buildings with the typical New York fire exit stairs and pre-war victorian houses. 

West Village New York

The West Village is the place to be for me for several reasons:

1. Less (but still) bumping into tourists with every step you take.

2. Streets with real trees.

3. Tons of small boutiques selling unique things you won’t find at the big chains.

4. Tons of affordable bars and (Jazz) venues with life music every night (see my post on these).

5. Tons of charming cozy coffee shops, cake shops, ice-cream shops and restaurants.

Also some of my favorite breakfast/ brunch spots are located in this area:

1. OATMEALS (120 West 3rd street, between MacDougal street and 6th avenue/ avenue de Americas). $

For a healthy breakfast. I am normally not a super big fan of oatmeal, but this cozy place has such an extensive list of outstanding oatmeals I would never be able to make at home. And not just oatmeals, also lot’s of yummy cookies and beverages. 

Oatmeals New York West Village

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Weekend brunch @ DB Bistro Moderne

DB BISTRO MODERNE (55 West 44th street, between 5th and 6th Avenue. Midtown West, Bryant Park)

$$$ Food **** Ambiance ***

When you hear the name Bistro Modern, located in the City Club Hotel, you would expect a modern bistro type of restaurant. Well in my opinion, the opposite was true; the restaurant did not like anything at all like a typical french bistro but more like a traditional hotel lobby. The interior wasn’t modern either and the crowd consisted mainly out of retired grannies and parents with their grown up children. No music, no romantic ambiance but very friendly fast service.

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Bites and Burlesque @ Hotel Chantelle

HOTEL CHANTELLE (92 Ludlow street at Delancey street. Lower East)

$$$ FOOD*** AMBIANCE ****

Yesterday evening, I visited Hotel Chantelle. Hotel Chantelle is a bar located in the Lower East side, with a rooftop restaurant. They have different activities going on different days of the week such as Jazz brunches during the weekend and Burlesque dancers on Friday evening. Because I was curious about seeing the burlesque dancers I decided to have dinner here as well before the show started at 9.30 pm.

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