10 Cupcakes to try

In part I of the sweetness galore, I shared my favorite Ice Cream spots with you. But I had more guilty pleasures, not just ice cream but also cakes, donuts, cookies, chocolate martini’s, candy bars…. Basically everything sweet and unhealthy. Now the last sweet thing I’d like to share with you are cupcakes. I cannot imagine that there’s a less cupcake minded city than New York City. Besides the big M sign, there’s not just a coffee shop on every corner. Also a cupcake place. There’s no way that I will be able to try them all out, but here are my 10 favorites so far (in random order):

 1. A Coconut Cupcake @ DC Cupcakes 

(111 Mercer street, between Spring and Prince street. Soho)

DC Cupcakes New York

 2. Mini Cupcakes  @ Baked By Melissa (various locations all over)

Baked By Melissa New York

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My 10 favorite sweet treats (except from ice cream)

I am not just an ice cream addict. I am having a weakness for all kinds of sweets. Besides ice cream, here are ten of my all time favorite sweet treats I could eat every day at any time (in random order):

1. A Cheesecake @ Eileen’s Special Cheesecake 

(17 Cleveland Place at Kenmare street. Soho)

For light, airy and super delicious New York Cheesecake. 

Eileen's Special Cheesecake New York

2. A Classic Cheesecake @ Junior’s (various locations

For a fabulous heavy classic cheesecake at New York’s most iconic cheesecake spot. 

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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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3 x Hotpot

Hotpot is something I’d like to eat when the weather is cold. And because the weather cooled off rapidly , I thought it would be a good time to eat hotpot again. Here my top 3 favorite hotpot spots in New York City (in random order):

HOU YI HOTPOT (112 Eldridge street at Hester street. Chinatown) $$

Like most of the restaurants in Chinatown, this place has a lack of ambiance. But the best thing about Hou Yi is it’s all you can eat concept. For $30 you can eat as much fish balls,meat, tofu, vegetables and ice cream as you want. And drink as much as you can. Within a 2 hours time frame. There are many hotpot ingredients to choose from, so I am sure there must be something you like. And the broth is very tasty. Thus is you have big appetite, the all you can eat hotpot at Hou Yi is definitely worth the 30 bucks. 

Hou Yi Hot Pot New York Chinatown

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My 6 favorite seafoods

I eat meat much more often than I do eat seafood. Not I don’t like it, I do like it a lot but the type of seafood that I like the most are not the dishes you typically eat everyday (lobster, crab, oysters, sashimi). These type of dishes are often quite pricey in restaurants and I don’t know how to well prepare it myself (I know I should learn). I have been to some seafood restaurants but the number I have been to are still countable on three hands. Here are my favorites of those where I have been to:

1. Fish (280 Bleecker street at Jones street. West Village)

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

Fish has great reasonable priced dishes and a nice ambiance. I would go for the Famous raw bar special (6 blue point oysters or 6 clams on the half- shell with a house wine or beer. $8). A good deal I think. I can also recommend the Lobster Bisque ($6-$8)

Fish New York West Village

Famous Raw Bar Special @ Fish

Fish New York West Village

Lobster Bisque @ Fish

Fish New York West Village

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My 29 favorite coffee and tea discoveries

 

coffee

I am a big tea drinker and not such a big coffee drinker. But I still drink about 1 cup a day (mostly lattes and flat whites). Not having a fancy looking espresso machine or being able to make specialty teas such as the teapuccino or maté laté forces me to visit the coffee shop or tea salon to have my daily cup . Now luckily with a Starbucks on every corner of the street in Manhattan, finding a cup of coffee is an easy task. Besides finding the green and white logo in abundance, New York City has a countless number of other shops where you can get your shot of of caffeine. I personally like to hunt for the more smaller shops rather than the gigantic chains. They are often more personal, cozy and sometimes even a bit hipster and great people watching instead of tourist watching. Now I must admit I am not really a connoisseur when it comes to coffee or tea and I have probably only seen the surface of what New York has to offer in terms of coffee and tea, but these are my 25 favorites so far (in random order per neighborhood)*: Continue Reading →

Ice Cream Part II: My 15 favorites

Ice Cream New York City

New York City was so freaking hot last summer, the only way I was able to cool down was by eating ice cream every day all summer long. Here are my favorite ice cream spots from last summer (in random order):

1.Davey’s Ice Cream 

(131, 1st avenue, between St Mark’s Place and East 9th street. East Village)

Fresh ice cream, handmade from scratch. 

Daveys Ice Cream East Village New York

Ice Cream East Village New York

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My 18 favorite Italians

A lot of Italian restaurants are concentrated in and around Little Italy and there are actually some really good ones such as Torrisi, the Italian Food Center, Alleva Dairy and my favorite sorbet spot Mo Gelato. However, I normally don’t go to Little Italy if I am up to Italian food because of all the tourists that turn me off. Other than that I personally believe the majority of restaurants in Little Italy are just tourist traps not worth the quality your paying for. 

I really love pasta’s so I’ve visited tons of Italian restaurants (outside Little Italy) but since there are so many to choose from, my to do list of Italian restaurants is still endless and just keeps growing and growing when new ones are popping up.

These are my favorites so far:

West Village 

1. ROSEMARY”S ENOTECA AND TRATTORIA  (18 Greenwhich Avenue at West 10th street. West Village). $$

A spacious popular West Village restaurant with a great ambiance and decent dishes. The weekends are always packed with a young and trendy crowd. Have dinner on the roof during summer. Read my previous post for more details. 

Rosemary's enoteca New York West Village

Linguine @ Rosemary’s

Rosemary's Enoteca And Trattoria New York

2. L’ÁRTUSI (228, West 10th street. Between Bleecker street and Hudson street. West Village). $$$

A modern Italian restaurant, good for any occasion. Delicious food, even better service. Their pasta’s are my favorite in town (next to the tagliatelle from The Nomad). My personal favorite is the Orecchiette (sausage, salumi, pecorino. $18). 

L'Ártusi West Village New York

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Jazz bars and live music venues

New York has a great Jazz scene with many talented performers. Most of them are located in the Village/ NYU area (Mac Dougal street). Many of the live music bars are still on my to do list but here are 5 that I can recommend so far:

1.CAFE WHA (115 MacDougal street annd Minetta Lane. West Village)

An iconic bar where artists such as Jimmy Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen started. Café Wha has different performance every night but most bands are great. My favorite band is the Cafe Wha House band. Have a look at their schedule to see which band is playing. Free admission on Sundays and Wednesdays ($20 cover during the weekend).

Cafe Wha New York

Cafe Wha

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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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