What We Ate in NYC

What We Ate in NYC

I’m such a foodie.  I love to cook, eat, watch the Food Network, read Bon Appetit magazine. So even though we didn’t have a ton of time to eat amazing meals, what we did eat was SO good.

We grabbed pizza across from our hotel initially because we were starving. But it was legit the best NYC pizza we’ve had.  The crust was crispy yet bready (in the best way- so it wasn’t crackery crispy). The sauce wasn’t too sweet or too heavy handed.  They had traditional toppings (I happen to love a veggie pizza and mom likes sausage), but they also had pasta pizzas, like spaghetti with meatballs!  The garlic knots weren’t my fave, but the pizza was AWESOME.

Little Italy Gourmet Pizza on 45th between 6th and 5th

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We had an iconic dinner at Sardi’s. It’s known for being a hub of theater meals. It was a pretty traditional Italian menu.  We thought the food was great, but the service was so-so. The atmosphere is why you go- it was worth it and I would go back.

We shared an appetizer sampler.  Everything was SO good except for the green olive stuff under the shrimp. It was Bruschetta; Prosciutto and Melon; Asparagus Rolled in Smoked Salmon; Roasted Bell Peppers; Mozzarella And Capers; Truffled Chicken Liver Pate; Grilled Shrimp (taken from their menu, since I couldn’t remember what it all was).

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Mom got cannelloni crapes and I got a white broccoli lasagna. They were both great.

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We were stuffed, but decided to get desserts to share. ha!  Tiramisu (which wasn’t as coffee flavored as normal, and almost tasted like it had orange liquer- it wasn’t my fave) and creme brulee…which was AMAZING.

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We grabbed our favorite treat- Schmackary’s cookies (on 45th and 8th). Sadly, they were pretty picked over, but we did get 3 different cookies.  The cereal killer and cookies and cream are my faves- and they had both.

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Another must eat for us is Shake Shack.  It’s the BEST quick service burger (I think better than In-N-Out. They are now all over the NY area and even across the country).  We got Shack burgers (OMG YES SHACK SAUCE), fries and shakes.  It’s just so good and worth the wait.img_4114

Our next dinner was at Nizza, another must-eat while in the city. Nizza is on 45th and 9th.

We got a delicious appetizer- the burrata cheese (like a cross between mozzarella and ricotta) which was served over an arugula pesto, yummy tomato and garlic bread.

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Mom got the special- a paprika pasta with lamb ragu, and I got the cacio e pepe, a garlic butter parm pasta. I also got a meatball at the urging of our waiter and it was SO good.  We got cocktails- mom got a frozen aperol spritz and I got a peach bellini martini. Both were GREAT (also recommended by our waiter).img_4119

 

We snagged cheesecake at Juniors on our way to the hotel to change clothes so we could eat it for dessert.  Mom got a brownie explosion and I got apple crumb.  To be honest, hers was better.  We also got a pecan bar, which was YUMMY. img_4132

After the Tony’s, we got “street meat” at the Halal guys.  Their carts are everywhere, but it’s because it’s good.  Don’t fear the street meat. We both got lamb gyros. VERY good.

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We got treats before we left from Magnolia Bakery (at the urging of a coworker). We got banana pudding (which was the BEST banana pudding I’ve ever had) and some brownie/cookie bars. All were good.img_4197

We also got donuts from Dough. They were bready, but airy.  They describe them as brioche donuts.  Mom got a cafe au lait, and it was DELISH.  She also got a plain glazed, which showed off the donut. I got a cinnamon sugar, and a passionfruit- which was tart and cut the sweetness perfectly. Very good. img_4196

We also ate breakfast at Europa and Pick a Bagel, which were both good grab and go breakfasts…but I didn’t take any pics of those. Oops.


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