The food scene in New York rivals that of other big cities. Almost every major and micro cuisine is represented in the Big Apple. Here are some of the best things I ate during my trip to New York. This list is based on no particular criteria whatsoever, and the list goes in no particular order. And, seriously, you have to try the cronut when you’re there. You just gotta. You can thank me later.
1. Blood Orange Almond Cronut Dominique Ansel Bakery
Dominique Ansel Bakery, in SoHo, is the original NYC spot where the cronut was invented. Yes, there was a line out the door. Yes, I woke up early on a Saturday morning in New York to stand in line (alone) so I could get my friends and I some cronuts. Yes, it was totally worth it, and, yes, I would definitely do it again. Ever since they started selling cronuts, they have changed their cronut flavor every month, and a flavor has never been repeated!
2. Butter Roasted Monkfish Union Square Cafe
Union Square Cafe can be found in the Gramercy/Flatiron district. The monkfish came in a mushroom broth with turnips, napa cabbage, and toasted croutons. The fish was cooked perfectly. The mushroom broth brought all the components of the dish together. The broth had a strong, yet not overpowering, mushroom flavor, which I appreciated since sometimes vegetable broths can be a bit bland. Also, fun fact about this restaurant- you don’t tip here! The tipping costs are included in the food prices on the menu.
3. Hot Stone Bowl Bibimbap BCD Tofu House
Bibimbap is one of my comfort foods. At BCD Tofu House in Koreatown, I ordered just that. My favorite part about this dish is the layer of crunchy rice that forms at the bottom of the bowl. It adds a nice texture and complements the rest of the components in the dish. There are many BCD Tofu House locations on the east and west coasts. If you’re in the New York or Los Angeles area, you should check this place out!
4. Smoked Salmon Tartine Bar A Vin
My friends and I found this Financial District restaurant by accident and during their happy hour nonetheless. It was meant to be. The smoked salmon was super fresh, and the capers added the perfect tartness to the overall flavor of the tartine. We also had some amazingly delicious oysters, which were only $1 each since it was part of their happy hour deal. They weren’t too briny, they were big, and they had a lot of meat in them. It was my first time eating oysters from the east coast actually on the east coast!
5. Dumplings Buddha Bodai
I was so excited to stumble across Buddha Bodai, a vegan restaurant in Chinatown, since I don’t eat meat and most dumplings have meat in them. I finally got to try soup dumplings, or xiao long bao. You have to eat them fast or else the hot soup inside will overcook the dumpling wrapper. The cha siu bao was wrapped in this really fluffy, slightly sweet bao bread, and the filling inside was savory with an umami flavor. Needless to say, I was pretty satisfied after I ate here.
6. Shrimp Ceviche Los Mariscos
This little pocket of sunshine hidden inside Chelsea Market only does Mexican, street style seafood. Tacos AND fish? It was like a pescatarian dream come true. They had small plates of different kinds of ceviches, seafood tacos, etc. The shrimp ceviche was packed with flavor. It was spicy, citrusy, and the shrimp was not overcooked. The portion size was not too big, which is ideal since, if you’re in Chelsea Market, chances are that you want to try more than one thing.