Cupcakes and Sunshine: New York Part Three: What to Eat in New York City

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New York Part Three: What to Eat in New York City

If you are following along then you may want to check out my previous posts on NYC:

NYC Part One: In Pictures
NYC Part Two: Our Mission

But this all about what to eat and where to eat in NYC. I don't even know where to start with how incredible the FOOD is in NYC. We ate. and we ate. and we ate. Thank goodness we walked a million miles each day, or else my hips would not be lying. I apologize that the following photos are  iPhone quality, but please ignore that fact and HEAD TO THE FOLLOWING RESTAURANTS AS SOON AS YOU MAKE IT TO THE BIG APPLE.

Breakfast and Coffee:

Crop to Cup Coffee Shop-

This coffee shop was right outside our hotel and I LOVED every. thing. they had. Their coffee is straight crop to cup, nothing processed, and the shop had THE coziest most comfortable environment ever. And lots of hipsters. It was great. My weird and strange coffee motto that totally works: the higher the barista's man bun, the better the coffee?

Caffe' Bene Coffee:

We picked up chai tea lattes and coffee at this cute shop one of our first days in Times Square. Snow was still on the ground from the few days before we arrived, so it was still quite chilly out. It was the perfect stop for warm drinks as we toured the city.


Shake Shack: Thank goodness for multiple Shake Shacks throughout NYC. I ended up getting a chicken dog, and their cheese fries were fantastic. I also got a salted caramel frozen custard. We stopped here for a quick lunch one day near the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn.

Farm at Adderly:

WOWOWOW. Shoutout to my good friend Caroline for being my favorite foodie friend and finding us this amazing restaurant to try. This definitely was one of my favorites in all of NYC. The atmosphere was so relaxing, the food was so fresh, and the company was incredible.

Love these sweet friends and wouldn't want to be dining in NYC with anyone else!


Forlini's: We ended up meeting the funniest New York couple from Staten Island while we were on the ferry overlooking the Statue of Liberty. We asked them where we should go for dinner and Tommy, (prouncounced taw-my in a NY accent) told us to visit his cousins- Little Derrick and Big Joe- at Forlini's in Little Italy. We got there, and they had the whole restaurant set up for us. Little Derrick told us all about the restaurant when we got there and all of the movies it has been featured in. We got the VIP Italian food experience...aka ALL the pasta...and it was incredible.

Morgan's Texas Barbecue: Remember Caroline? My favorite foodie friend who directed us to the best places? Well she found this one after seeing it featured on Food Network a few weeks ago. And it did NOT disappoint!

Let's just talk about all the mac&cheese's real quick...

Mhhhmmm. yeah. Our table shared the chips and queso and we ordered the pork tacos. It was SO great y'all. So great.

Joe's Shanghai: Okay, Long story short...we headed out to dinner thinking we would be eating at Momofuku Noodle Bar, a mid-priced restaurant with lots of options and a casual atmosphere. Upon realizing we accidentally walked into their 5-star sister restaurant instead (where appetizers were a million dollars), we left the restaurant and headed across the street for the first dinner destination we could find- Joe's Shanghai on W 56th Street.

I don't know if we were delirious from lack of sleep or what, but it was one of the funniest dinner experiences I've ever had. First off, none of us had ever had dumplings. It was quite authentic. And I'm pretty sure the restaurant was for experienced dumpling eaters only because our waiters were not okay with the fact that we were not professional chopstick users. It was, however, one of my favorite and most unique dining experiences. ever.


Juliana's has a funny story too. A lot of pizza drama happens behind the scenes in NYC and you may just have to head over to this page here to check it out. Juliana's was our first NYC pizza experience and it was great.

We even got to meet Patsy, the famous owner, himself and he gave us the VIP treatment as well. We also didn't leave without cannolis. Because when in NYC, right?! 


And that little dessert segway brought us to one of my favorite parts of NYC: the desserts!

Levain Bakery: Y'all. Words can not describe my love for Levain bakery.

I've visited many bakeries and I have tried many a hundred cookies in my life. But NOTHING compares to Levain cookies. And I wish I had one right now.  (I hear you can order them online. I may have to do that.) We had heard a lot about the bakery and so we hopped in the cookie line to see what all of the buzz was about.

There was a line coming out of the bakery and the warm cookies were selling like hot cakes.

It was the tiniest bakery, but I'm pretty sure they make thousands of cookies each day. It was so great that we made a special stop on our way back home just to grab some more cookies.

Melissa's Cupcakes: I don't even have a picture of these, because I grabbed 3 mini cupcakes for our plane ride home and we ate them as we headed back to Georgia super quick. Melissa's cupcakes are the cutest things- so mini and so many flavors. I think I ended up with a cookie dough cupcake, a cookies and creme cupcake, and a snickerdoodle cupcake.

Junior's Cheesecake: I wasn't able to snap a picture of our cheesecake slices, but I visited Junior's a few years ago and snapped this picture then. Junior's is an NYC MUST and you have to get the chocolate cake cheesecake. ya have to.

Dylan's Candybar:

One of my FAVORITE places. It is four stories of candy and chocolate bliss. Plus they play candy-themed music throughout the store. So we danced to Tootsee Roll and were on a sugar high all day. And then we filled our bags with candybars and jellybeans.

Gelato in Little Italy: We stopped by Ferrara Bakery, known for their desserts, in Little Italy for gelato.  After walking all day, the gelato was just what we needed before our next travels.

Momofuku Milkbar: Y'all. This. Bakery. Is. Everything. It has a cool, eclectic vibe and is known all around the world for their cereal-inspired desserts.

I was so excited to cross this one off my bucket list. And I purchased a Momofuku cookbook so hopefully I can try my hand at their delicious desserts.

And that includes all the places you MUST try in NYC. We had an incredible time trying many places and spending time together around the table in the big apple.
I can't wait to visit again (and get my hands on some more of those Levain cookies!!!)

Happy, happy Wednesday friends!


  1. This all looks so delicious! Will have to remember these if I ever go to NYC
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  2. I have to tell you, I live in Rome with the best pizza, BUT your pictures make me want THAT pizza - right now! I'm going to have to save this for my next trip to NYC!

  3. The menu you share is really great and all the pictures looking awesome. Interesting post to read and view and get ideas about what to eat in New York City.
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