What I ate in NYC

A few people have asked me what I ate in NYC. I’ve talked about Eleven Madison Park in another post. This post is just about all the other food I ate while in New York.

I’ve been to New York about 10-12 times. It’s a family tradition of ours to go over in November for my sisters birthday. Every time I go I get very excited about what I’m going to eat and since we only go for a few days, I plan my trip in advance. This year, I copped at the very last minute (because if I had brains I’d be dangerous) that we would be in NYC for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. This put a spanner in the works food wise. I had planned on going to Five Guys on the Thursday but unfortunately, it was closed. Instead, because we were starving, we headed to Ray’s Pizza and got a pizza slice each. The place was packed. Not what we were suspecting for a Thanksgiving evening.


I actually couldn’t tell you what was on the pizza other than bacon and ham. I literally just pointed and said “Yeh gimme that one, please”. Pizza slices, as you probably already know, are huge in America so this did the job.

There are two places in NYC we usually go for breakfast. The Palace or Apple Jack Diner. It usually depends on where we are staying or what our plan of action is for the day. Since we were staying in Times Square it was easier for us to go to Apple Jack so we went there on two mornings. On the first morning, I got Eggs Benedict with Canadian Bacon (yes I’m a basic bitch). I love this bacon. My Canadian friend tells me that this is the American’s take on peameal bacon but that it’s not half as nice as the real deal. I guess I‘ll have to go to Canada and try it out for myself.


Nevertheless, this was gorgeous. I love the way in American diners (or at least the ones I go to) they give you potatoes with their own distinct way of cooking them. These were fried with peppers and onions. The second breakfast I had here was eggs, bacon, potatoes with a side of pancakes to share with my sister.


I think I’d be doing myself a disservice if I went to NYC and didn’t get pancakes. They were light and fluffy and if I could get my own to taste this good then I’d probably be a beached whale.


We don’t tend to have lunch all that much when we’re over there. We’re too busy running around. We do however stop for small snacks. One, of course, was a hotdog. When in Rome.


The other things we had were waffles from Wafels and Dinges in Harold Square. I’d previously had these in Soho from their truck and was delighted to see a stall. Unfortunately, as much as they look great, they were a bit of a letdown. The waffles felt a bit hard and I presume they were reheated rather than cooked fresh. I had strawberries, cream and chocolate and my sister had the s’more waffle.



I spotted a small stall while climbing through a crowd of people in Macy’s on Black Friday (yeh, don’t go to Macy’s on Black Friday). It was macarons from Made by Pauline. We got a selection of them. Key lime, Nutella, Salted Caramel, and Hazelnut. This was the salted caramel which was by far my favourite.


My second favourite meal in NYC (with http://whatorlaate.com/eleven-madison-park/ clearly being my first) was Five Guys. I haven’t tried the one in Dundrum yet but any of my foodie friends who’ve been have told me how disappointing it is.


I get it all the way and it was every bit as good as the first time I had it.

Other places I’ve been to and would highly recommend are:

Blue Smoke and Smith and Wollensky. There wasn’t enough time for me to go to them this time but there’s always next year.