It’s official I have left New York and am back in London. Moving there was hands down the best decision we’ve ever made and New York is now the second city to have my heart. Paris being the only other place where I swooned from the moment my feet stepped off the plane.
So here is a round-up of the best restaurants and museums in no particular oder. (Do you realise I ate at over 40 places all together!?! I also gained four and a half pounds in the process. )
Best brunch atmosphere and mimosa’s: Beauty and Essex
Who to take: Your girlfriends or tourists. This speak easy sums up what’s fantastic about New York.
Tip: Book way in advance and make sure to boogie into the late afternoon upstairs.
Who to take: A date. Its low lit and very romantic. Plus you know what they say about oysters!
What to order: Prawn corndog, lobster corn fritters with truffle honey and lobster rolls. The first two dishes you won’t find anywhere else in New York.
Who to take: A date, but they also have huge wooden tables that would perfectly suit a group of 6 friends.
What to order: Crab toast, pumpkin and hazelnut salad, fried chicken, popcorn sundae
Best ramen: Totto Ramen
Who to take: Anyone hungry
What to order: Miso ramen with avocado on top
Tips: Arrive with stretchy trousers on and an empty stomach because the portions are huge. Order avocado as an extra with your noodles – it’s aways worth the extra dollar. Best indoor food stands: (TIE) Luke’s Lobster and Los Tacos No. 1
Who to take: Anyone who likes lobsters and Mexican.
What to order: Lobster Roll at Luke’s and Chicken Quesadilla’s with all the dressings.
Tips: Los Tacos. No 1 has no seats so either stand like everyone else does or wonder around Chelsea Market and find a tableBest Pizza: Lombardi’s
Who to take: Anyone, not the right first date atmosphere though
What to order: Any pizza with a tomato base is going to be the right choice.
Tips: You can customise your order so the sky is the limit.
Best dessert and best place to take a date restaurant: (Tie) ABC Kitchen and The Dutch
Who to take: Date
What to order: ABC- Crab toast, pumpkin and hazelnut salad, fried chicken, popcorn sundae. The Dutch- Foie Gras, spicy seafood pasta, banana crepe.
Who to take: Anyone who loves modern art
Why: They had such an impressive collection of famous artworks from Pollack to Duchamp, I was completely blown away and could have easily spent a whole day admiring their curation.
Who to take: Anyone who loves history, animals or planets
Why: The museum might be a bit dated in some parts but the dinosaurs are definitely the favourite amongst visitors young and old. We also loved the space and planetarium section, which is a real must-visit while you are there.
Tip: Luke’s Lobster is just around the corner, so you can make a food and cultural day of being out in the Upper East.