Welcome to another edition of “WEDNESNAI, where does Nai go today?” (Sorry Abi)
It’s no secret that I love good food. And New York has some amazing restaurants and cafés. On my recent trip there, I got to sample some beautiful grub so I thought I’d do a little rundown on my favourites!
I am a big breakfast snob. I love a good, hearty breakfast. Nothing beats a full English so I don’t tend to have any sort of fry-up when I go abroad as I am never fully satisfied. A friend recommended that we go to Norma’s @ Le Parker Meridien for breakfast/brunch. This place is beautiful, the staff are so fantastic and attentive, and the food is so delicious, not to mention that their espresso rivalled even Verona’s. I chose to have the Belgian waffles, with an extra pot of melted chocolate (who diets at Christmas time, really), which I would highly recommend. Stacked high with Devonshire cream and berries, the plate was so beautiful I almost didn’t want to eat the food. My partner in crime, Chesh, had French toast that looked SO good; the presentation at this place is Insta-worthy. Norma’s isn’t cheap by any means, but the portions are huge and the food is to die for. If you love breakfast and wanna treat yourself, book a table!
If you want lunch in a gorgeous restaurant with a relaxed, casual atmosphere, I couldn’t recommend Lexington Brass enough. After a couple of unhealthy days, I was in need of a good juice to boost my energy levels and set me up for the last few days. Introducing the Revitalizer – fresh pressed carrot and apple juice, with ginger and lime. I would head back to Lexington Brass just for another glass. Chesh ordered their fried chicken and waffles, which she described as “food made by people who love food”, and which she still texts me about on a weekly basis! I went for their Pennsylvania Dutch organic chicken; crispy chicken breast with kale, quinoa, avocado, dried cranberries and toasted almonds. This was hands down in my top 10 meals of all time.
We turned to the internet to find a new dinner location in NYC. Turning on my current location on the maps app and just seeing what was nearby, we came across Jacks. And boy, am I glad we did! We chose to go for the Tapas option, and as our tired tourist minds could not decide on what to pick, our lovely waitress recommended the best dishes to go for. This huge plate of food arrived at our table…
This was one of those meals that you wish would never end. It was all delicious, the mix of flavours was perfection, and I’m going to be dreaming about that fried mozzarella and crispy calamari for the rest of time.
Our hotel was just across the road from this little bakery/restaurant called Juniors. We only popped in there by chance to buy some lemonade (the fizzy kind) and ended up drooling over, and then eventually purchasing, a slice of cheesecake. Oh my soul, it was divine. We both agree that the red velvet was the best; their chocolate cake was also heavenly. The worst part of my trip was returning to the hotel room one night to discover the maid had thrown my cheesecake in the bin. I think we had cake or cheesecake every day and each time, it came from Juniors. I so wish they could ship internationally. Cheesecake has now, essentially, been ruined for me, as I don’t think there’s any better in the world. I urge you to go there right now, and devour a slice, your life will never be the same again.
I’m super excited for Travel Tea TV’s upcoming adventure to the US, part of which I will be joining them for, and I’m already excited for the food that Chicago has to offer. If you have any recommendations, please feel free to leave a comment and we can check them out when we are there!
Thanks for reading and happy travels!