Food portions were huge, weather was arctic and the people were surprisingly friendly.
I felt weirdly at home. It was so easy to get around that I didn’t get lost once. I didn’t attempt the subway though, I opted for a windy tour bus with an open top. Not so nice in February but I got to see a lot of the City quickly.
Before I went on holiday, I read quite a few blog posts on where to eat in New York. They were all really interesting, helpful and did actually give me a few good places to eat. However, a lot of the places people recommended where too far away from the centre of NYC for me. There was also way too much choice.
I was being a typical tourist; staying in Times Square. Only there to shop, sightsee and eat. Since I was only there for 5 days, I didn’t have time to travel far out from where I was staying. I think that a lot of people visiting New York are probably in the same predicament as I was in; trying to fit everything into a small amount of time.
Because of all this, I’ve decided to make a list of my three favourite places to eat; all only a stones throw away from Times Square. They are also all very reasonably priced, nothing expensive.
Of course all of the meals/snacks that I ate at these places were sweet.
Yes, my sweet tooth controls my life.
P.s. There are about a million Starbucks which line the streets of NYC. Never say to your travel partner, ‘ok lets meet at Starbucks.’ You’ll never find each other.
Now for a few (lots of) pictures from my travels and then to the important foodie stuff.
150 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019
- The Russian Tea Room is really unassuming from the outside but once you get inside you feel like the mafia could walk in at any moment (in a good way.) Really cool atmosphere, traditional russian music and good service.
- The menu is mostly traditional Russian dishes with some american classics mixed in; like these Buttermilk pancakes with Candied Pecans.
- As the name suggests, they do Afternoon Tea as well. I think this would be a really nice and different setting to have Tea, however I haven’t personally eaten Afternoon Tea here.
- Price: For breakfast/brunch it’s very reasonably priced; around $20 per dish. For dinner and lunch the dishes are around $30.
220 West 23rd Street, New York, NY, United States
- There are various Doughnut Plant locations across New York within other cafes but there are only two flagship stores. The address above is the one I visited.
- Seriously delicious doughnuts ranging from yeasted, filled square and cake doughnuts.
- Interior is super cool; doughnut shaped cushions line the walls and glossy painted doughnuts make up the benches.
- The Creme Brûlée Doughnut was my favourite with the Black Out Cake Doughnut coming close second.
- I went there with the mind set that I would order three, eat one there and take the rest back to my hotel for later. Yet they failed to make it that far and I ate all three over a Valrhona Mocha.
- Doughnuts that I had: Creme Brûlée, Peanut butter & Banana Cream (square), Black Out (Cake doughnut), Valrhona Chocolate and Vanilla Bean.
1 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019, United States
- The food hall was definitely my favourite place to eat whilst in NY. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual. It’s the perfect hide out on a chilly winters day.
- There are a lot of counters to choose from including a medium sized restaurant and many patisseries. The cuisine is diverse from american subs to sushi and caviar. Theres something to suit everyone. Grab a bite from one of the counters and select a comfortable chair in one of their seating areas.