One of the things I enjoy most about travelling to other cities is eating out. I do this a plenty in my hometown, but there’s something really exciting about trying food elsewhere. Here are few places you MUST checkout while visiting New York. I promise, you won’t be disappointed!
What is it about this place? I can’t quite figure out how I immediately became obsessed with this burger joint. The line up at the Upper West Side location on Columbus Avenue was way long. It wrapped around the block and snaked through the inside too but it was worth it. Graeme and I had the Shack Burger (my single, his double), fries, a Fifty/Fifty (half lemonade , half ice tea – 100% yum) and a strawberry milkshake. We did take out and we sat on a bench across the street. Now, this was a happy meal.
You can eat anything here. We walked through the door and were offered a sample of deep fried porchetta ravioli. You can have a full lobster dinner! You can have an Elmo cupcake! You can have a crepe! Or pad thai! It was actually stressful to decide what to have for lunch.
On the menu is a variety of Mexican fare, served out of a converted VW van. Appropriate considering the location was once a garage. We ordered the fresh juice (watermelon), guacamole and chips and a whole whack of tasty tacos.
This place is like the Super Walmart of gourmet Italian food. You walk in through the doors from 5th Avenue and are assaulted by food in every form. Eat at the restaurants, do take out, buy your groceries, pick up some cookware, and take a cooking class. We had the hot pork sandwich, prosciutto, ricotta and arugula sandwich, rapini and garlic, pasta with fresh mozzarella and a slice of pizza. I know. I ordered too much. As usual.
If you’re wandering around the Time Square area and balked at the 4 hour wait at Olive Garden, don’t fret. Walk a few blocks west to Hell’s Kitchen and eat at Ageha Sushi.
And if by chance, you happen to be in Queens, go to SriPraPhai for Thai food. Order the Watercress Salad. It’s deliciously not healthy (just in case you were wondering).
(Eataly photos from nytimes)