Our guide to New York
We travelled to NY last September. After walking up and downtown and crossing the Brooklyn and Williamsburg Bridges many times, these are some of the places we loved. We are not including the museums and sightseeing spots because we all know which ones we have to visit in order not to feel guilty coming back home.
This is more a list of what we basically did most of, which was to eat. There is nothing more frustrating than wandering the streets of an unknown city, hunger pans hitting at you hard and resigning yourself to having lunch in whichever place seems to be near and which is generally not very good. You don't get a lot of opportunities to eat out in NY unless you live there, so you might as well savour them while you can. You can always exercise when you get back home to justify the calory intake. Or visit all those museums and burn all the sugar and fat away.
Coffee shops and sweet things:
- Gasoline Alley Coffee (325 Lafayette St). Small and modern café with the best iced latte in the city.
- Blue Bottle Coffee (160 Berry St, Brooklyn). Good coffee and better sweets which are made with Mast Brothers chocolate.
- Ost Cafe (441 East Street 12 street). Cozy café in Nolita.
- Everyman Espresso (301 West Broadway – Soho). Charming baristas and another good cup of coffee.
- Brooklyn Roasting Company (25 Jay Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn). Great place to learn more about coffee, how its roasted and take some home.
- Dough Doughnuts (448 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn). The best doughnuts we have ever tried. Worth traveling to Brooklyn just to have one (now also in Manhattan).
- Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream (2 Rivington Street). Best ice cream we have ever tried, even though we nearly passed it by after having just had a big lunch. You understand the meaning of cream and subtle flavours when you taste their burnt honey vanilla best seller.
- Bakeri (150 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn). A very charming backyard with great pastries.
- Stumptown Coffee at the Ace Hotel (W. 29.TH). Close to the Labo. Grab a coffee and enjoy it inside the lobby of the Ace Hotel.
Where to eat:
- Diner (85 Broadway Brooklyn). A part of the Marlow & Sons empire. They make you understand the value of simplicity and care. You will want to have brunch, lunch and supper there, but only after you buy some groceries at their shop.
- Russ and Daughters (127 Orchard). A sophisticated café from the owners of a legendary deli. Try some of their drinks along with the smoked fish.
- Reynard (80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn). A bistro-style restaurant in the ground floor of the Wythe Hotel. Have a look (maybe you will just be able to look) at the Marlow Goods store while you are waiting for a table.
- Roberta's (261 Moore St Brooklyn). The best pizza in town and a really authentic place. We often miss it.
- Shake Shack (Madison Square Park). Burger done right. Don't get daunted by the queue. If you are lucky, you might catch a folk concert in the park.
- Burger Joint (Le Parker Meridien New York, 119 West 56th Street). Another burger done right. Another queue, and this time the location is not as nice as Madison Square Park.
- Momofuku (171 first avenue). We were really looking forward to the ramen & pork buns and they didn't disappoint.
- The Joinery (263 South 1 Street, Brooklyn). Shop were we could wear all their clothes, have all their furniture at home. Minor problem, not too cheap.
- J. Crew Williamsburg (234 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn). J. Crew with a twist.
- The Primary Essentials (372 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn). Ana's favourite store: Helen Levi, Caroline Z Hurley, Clam Lab, Humble Ceramics, what more can we say?
- Le Labo (14 W. 29th Street). Since then our home smells of Santal 26 and we love that.
- Pilgrim (68N 3rd Street, Brooklyn). A surfer's shop done right.
- Mociun (224 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn).Beautiful ceramics and jewelry.
- Strand Books (828 Broadway). A good selection with very good prices.
- The Powerhouse arena (37 Main Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn). Modern bookstore in the Dumbo area. Keep an eye out for their events.
- Union Square Greenmarket (East 17th Street). A cook's paradise. Fruit and veg like you have never seen them before.
- Chelsea Market (75 9th Avenue). A labyrinth of food centric stores from different cultures.
- Marlow and Daughters (95 Broadway, Brooklyn). An animal butcher shop with She Wolf Bakery bread and organic produce.
- The Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost Street, Brooklyn). Perfect market near our home for the week. Cast iron pans, ball mason jars and all these thing we non Americans love to bring back home.
As you always need to leave something to look forward to for the next trip, here are a list of places we have jet to visit: