B & I made a trip to New York in June 2016 (almost a year ago omg I’m terribly sorry for the lag, hope whatever I mention is still relevant!). He & his Bloomberg team (Jiehui, Melvin & Pam) had won the mixed category of the 2015 JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge (Singapore), and their amazing prize courtesy of JPMorgan? Free return flight & 3 nights accommodation to compete in the 2016 JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge World Championships! NYC has always been high up on my bucket list so I couldn’t miss the opportunity to tag along, hence we turned it into a race trip cum holiday of almost 2 weeks (:
As it would take me forever to blog about what we did the entire trip, I’m just gonna focus on my favourite part of visiting NYC – THE FOOD. NYC has the best food in the entire world, no kidding. The variety is just insane & of course almost everything we ate was superb (thanks to my awesome research skills). Some of places I mention might have multiple outlets, but I’ll just mention the outlet we visited. Here goes…
MUST EATS (in no particular order)
Momofuku Noodle Bar (East Village, Manhattan)
The pulled pork buns are off the menu, and are so good we ordered a 2nd helping! The ramen was pretty decent as well.
Katz’s Delicatessen (Lower East Side, Manhattan)Simply orgasmic!
Dominique Ansel Bakery (SOHO, Manhattan)
Knowing Dominique Ansel’s famous cronuts sell out really fast on a daily basis, we started queueing at 7-ish in the morning before it even opened, and managed to get our hands on them cronuts almost an hour later! There were a good 10-20 ppl ahead of us when we arrived. The cronut flavours change on a monthly basis and the flavour for June was Blueberry Elderflower with Lime Sugar which I really enjoyed. We also got the DKA which B actually preferred the over the cronuts.
The cookie shots are only available at 3pm everyday so we had to make a 2nd trip to Dominique Ansel, but who’s complaining when everything is so yummy!
Burger & Lobster (Flatiron, Manhattan)Only USD20 for this generous helping! Way cheaper than its London counterpart, though I’m not sure if the taste differs since I have not tried the one in London.
Shake Shack (Madison Square, Manhattan)My personal favourite is the ShackStack which is has both a meat patty & a fried portobello mushroom patty!
Eleven Madison Park (Flatiron, Manhattan)Ranked #3 in the world when we visited. Food was out of this world, & so was the price tag. We had to book this months in advance but it was worth it!
Russ & Daughters Cafe (Lower East Side, Manhattan)
Levain Bakery (Upper West Side, Manhattan)Warm, moist & chewy, yum!
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza (East Village, Manhattan)ChikaLicious Dessert Club (East Village, Manhattan) GOOD TO TRY (if nearby)
Bibble & Sip (Times Square, Manhattan)Pod 39 Rooftop Bar (Midtown, Manhattan) Very nice ambience, strong drinks, tacos & very addictive spicy beer nuts!
Jean Georges (Central Park, Manhattan)Another very good 3 Michelin Star Restaurant we had the privilege of visiting. Lunch set is very affordable at USD52. The dessert tasting was obviously my favourite.
The Bagel Store (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)Super instagrammable. The bagels were’t great but the cream cheese made up for it!
Momofuku Milk Bar (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)Brooklyn Roasting Company (DUMBO, Brooklyn) This cafe cum coffee roaster has a super hipster/cool vibe. The coffee was good & many cafes in Manhattan get their blends from here.
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken (East Village, Manhattan)
The fried chicken was pretty decent, but the winner here was defo the fries!
Los Tacos No. 1 (Chelsea Market, Manhattan)I liked the pork tacos best!
The Halal Guys (53rd St & 6th Ave, Manhattan)So simple, but so delicious. Beware of the sauces though, B was crying the whole time while eating this haha.
Carmine’s (Times Square, Manhattan)Hearty Italian food served in family sized portions. We nearly died eating this + a huge bowl of Calamari. Many Caucasians looked on incredulously haha. Queues get super long so try to get a reservation, otherwise sitting at the bar is a much shorter wait.
Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant (Lower East Side, Manhattan)Magnolia Bakery (Rockefeller Center, Manhattan) Also famous for their cupcakes, which I didn’t get to photograph as they had melted by the time I got to eat them 😦
BrisketTown (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs (Coney Island, Brooklyn) There you have it! It’s a wonder I didn’t balloon after this trip, seeing as these were only part of all the things I ate in NYC haha. Hope this is useful for all you foodies out there planning a trip to NYC!