Brunch @ Gansevoort Market

GANSEVOORT MARKET (52 Gansevoort street. Meatpacking District). $ 

Gansevoort Market New York Meatpacking District

A few weeks ago, the Gansevoort Market opened it’s doors in the Meatpacking district. The market is small but there is all kinds of food from different vendors; from Dojo sushi to Granola’s from Yiaourti, lobster rolls from Ed’s Lobster Bar, Italian deli’s from Cappone’s SalumeriaChampion coffee, crepes from Crepe Sucre, more sweets from the Gansevoort Bakery and more. 

Gansevoort Market New York Meatpacking District

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My Lower East Side (LES) Still To- Visit List (New York)

Lower East Side New York

Less than one month and I will be back in my favorite city. I did not even share all my food pictures of the 700+ restaurants I visited in this city so far but my “still to do list” keeps on growing and growing. Anyway, at the end of this month I’ll have 1.5 week to complete a little bit of this endless list. Yay! 

I’ll be staying in one of my favorite neighborhoods, the Lower East Side (check out my favorite LES spots so far here) so the majority of places I’ll eat and drink will most likely be located in the LES. No problem at all, because the Lower east side is a food walhalla full of cool and cozy restaurants, bakeries and bars. Oh help, I am already suffering from fumo again! Here is my LES and surroundings eat- options list so at least I know where to eat when in walking distance (as usual, I did read all of the reviews of the places that are listed below): 

Stay:

The last time I stayed at the Bowery Hotel. This hotel was fantaaaastic! My favorite hotel in New York City. I wish I could stay here again but I am on a tighter budget this time so I booked an Airbnb stay in the heart of the Lower East Side. I can recommend who doesn’t want to stay in a luxurious hotel anyone to hire via Airbnb, it’s most of the time significantly cheaper than a hotel. But do read the reviews on forehand. 

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Weekend brunch @ Smorgasburg Food Market + Dinner @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar

SMORGASBURG FOOD MARKET (East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave at N. 7 St. Brooklyn, Williamsburg & Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5. Brooklyn, Dumbo)

Yay! The Smorgasburg food market opened again last month. Going to this giant outdoor food market is (see their website for their opening hours) is one of my favorite weekend activities. The market features about 100 local and regional vendors selling yummy food from all over the world. I personally like the Williamsburg location (open on Saturdays) slightly better but the Brooklyn Bridge Park location (open on Sundays) has a slightly better view. But no matter where which one you visit, with so many food vendors to choose from I am sure you’ll find something you like

Smorgasburg Foodmarket New York Williamsburg Brooklyn

Smorgasburg @ East River State Park

Smorgasburg Foodmarket New York Williamsburg Brooklyn

Smorgasburg @ East River State Park

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My 15 favorite Mexican & Latin Americans

My vacation to Mexico has almost come to an end and I’ve really enjoyed all the delicious food that Mexico has to offer. I love the all the rich and spicy flavors of Mexican and Latin American inspired food and also eat it in New York often. At least once a week because most Mexican restaurants in New York City are relatively affordable and with such a huge Latino population there are so many Latin American inspired restaurants to choose from. Now I must say, the food at most of the Mexican restaurants that I’ve visited in New York are at least as good as the Mexican food I’ve eaten here in Mexico. With so much competition, I guess the standards have to be high in order to survive in a city with over 30.000 restaurants to choose from. 

Since most of the Mexican and other Latin American restaurants I’ve been to in New York, have pretty similar menu offerings (taco’s, burrito’s, quesadilla’s, fajita’s, enchilada’s, empanada’s, tostada’s guacamole etc) and they all taste pretty much the same to me (I am not an expert in Mexican/ Latin food) I decided to not discuss them all in detail repeating myself over and over again. Here an overview of my favorites so far, based on either the food (more special taco’s, burrito’s, quesadilla’s etc.), ambiance (great) or good value for money.

1. ABC COCINA (38 East 19th street, between Broadway and Park Avenue S. Flatoron, Union Square)

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

One of the many restaurants of the Jean- Georges Vongerichten imperium. This fusion Latin-American inspired restaurant uses only organic ingredients. You can’t go wrong with any of the dishes but my personal favorite is the Savory Glazed Short rib Taco’s, habanero relish and frizzled onion, $20. Make a reservation in advance.

Savory Glazed Short rib Taco's @ ABC Cocina

Savory Glazed Short rib Taco’s @ ABC Cocina

ABC Cocina, New York

Market vegetables, brown rice and salsa verde @ ABC Cocina

ABC Cocina, New York

Grilled beets, pimento cheese, cherry and herbs @ ABC Cocina

ABC Cocina, New York

@ABC Cocina

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Octopus hotdogs @ Rosarito Fish Shack

ROSARITO FISH SHACK (168 Wythe Avenue & North 7th street. Brooklyn. Williamsburg)

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

After months of freezing weather spring was finally coming up this weekend. Because of the nice weather I decided to take the train to Williamsburg for a bit of shopping and sightseeing . After some vintage hunting at Beacon’s closet, Brooklyn Junk and Monk, a coffee at Toby’s Estate and a free guided tour at the Brooklyn Brewery  I ended up for a bite at Rosarito Fish Shack, a cozy Mexican seafood restaurant/bar. 

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Weekend brunch, caipirinha’s and samba @ Miss Favela

MISS FAVELA (57 South 5th street and Wythe street. Williamsburg, Brooklyn).

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

I went to Miss Favela a few times with my Brazilian friend. When you go here on a Saturday afternoon somewhere between 3 and 5 pm, you will definitely have an enjoyable afternoon. Live music, a room full of Brazilians, samba dancing, great Caipirinha’s and delicious traditional Brazilian dishes. Despite the heavy snow outside yesterday, it still felt a bit like summer!

Miss Favela New York Brooklyn

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