Whenever I visit NYC, there are some staples that are nonnegotiable – a good bowl of ramen, a lot of sugar, and a good multi-course meal. Luckily, my friends on the East Coast think similarly and make sure that these things happen. And the best part is that given the size of the city, I can visit different places each time and still cross all three necessities off my list. This year, I ventured to some new places to get my ramen and coffee fix, so take a look!
What are some of your NYC staples?
- Spoon (Flatiron): A cozy spot close to the iconic building that has amazing savory tarts and galettes perfect for a weekday lunch.
- Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop (Hell’s Kitchen): Although not as good as Ippudo, I like the fresh spring vegetables and the broth for this bowl.
- Momofuku Milk Bar (Multiple locations): This has become an annual sugar pilgrimage for a compost cookie and slice of crack pie. I have their cookbook signed by Chef Tosi, and I bought a bunch of cookies to take back with me. Apart from the great taste, I love this place because it is exactly the style of pastry work that I try to emulate in my own products and hope to someday make a career out of.
- Blue Bottle Coffee (Williamsburg): Call it whatever, but even on the East Coast, this is a damn good cup of coffee.
- Rabbithole (Williamsburg): I definitely repped the cozy spots this trip, with this place following suit. Salads are fantastic, as was the bourbon apple cider that was perfect for a rainy day.
- Cocotte (SoHo): A small French restaurant with French servers to match. You can’t go wrong with anything involving goat cheese or eggs.