I am so excited to share with you, 5 of my favorite restaurants & coffee shops from my latest trip to New York City. Some are old favorites, while others are amazing new finds. Either way, I highly recommend these adorable places. Whether you’re looking for a pit stop on 5th Avenue, or a delicious meal and great cocktails after a show at Lincoln Square, this post covers it all! You might want to grab a snack…the scrumptious content below is sure to make your tummy growl. (*Pizza in hand while typing*)
1. IDEA COFFEE
5th Ave. & E. 28th St.
This was my most loved place on this past trip. My hotel was only a few streets away, making it the perfect chilly day destination (read about the trench coat that saved my life here). Not to mention it was right next to the Rebecca Minkoff sample sale that I may or may not have found myself in a few times.
What to get: Power Green Smoothie (I had one almost everyday), NY Pizza Bagel, Blueberry Muffin (not just any blueberry muffin though…it’s topped with cinnamon and pecan crumble on top…yum!), Yellow or Green Light (a tea beverage of sorts served in a lightbulb! So cute! I brought two of them home to repurpose as flower vases.)
2. ALICE’S TEA CUP
Chapter I: W. 73rd St. & Columbus Ave.
Chapter II: Lexington Ave. & E. 64th St.
Chapter III: E. 81st St. between 2nd & 3rd Ave.
This is a long time favorite of mine, and if you have not been, well, you’re totally missing out. As a tea and scone lover, this place is heaven. The interior is whimsical and mismatched (hints, Alice In Wonderland) while still feeling homey, providing the perfect atmosphere for catching up with a friend.
What to get: TEA! My favorites are the Phoenix Desert Blend and the Lavender Earl Grey. They have a great deal on a pot of tea and 2 large scones (again, perfect to share with a friend), and their pumpkin scones are to die for.
3. THE SMITH
Broadway & W. 63rd St.
My friend, Eri, & I ate at The Smith after seeing ABT perform Don Quixote at the Metropolitan Opera House right across the street (more on that soon). It was a perfect spring night & we were able to get a table outside where we were immediately greeted & served bread & sparkling water. The food was delicious & the service was on point.
What to get: For cocktails I got the Splendor In The Grass (think elderflower, lemon, chamomile, & vodka…totally my kind of drink these days) and Eri got the Cucumber Loco (think cucumber, orange, lime, & tequila) & both were amazing. For food, we couldn’t decide, so we ended up sharing 2 things: Pot of Mussels in which we exchanged fries for their tasty brussels sprouts, and their skillet roasted Mac & Cheese. I mean, you just can’t go wrong with these choices! It was so good and the portions are huge! We left with definite full bellies.
4. SHAKE SHACK
E. 23rd St. & Madison Ave.
This is nothing new, I know, but I haven’t been to the original Shake Shack in Madison Square Park since I first moved to the City back in 2011! Our Airbnb (check it out here. It was an amazing place!) was literally right down the street, so of course we had to stop by in not only for some fries & a shake!
What to get: Anything! haha 🙂 You literally can’t go wrong!
5. AUNT JAKE’S
Mulberry St. between Grand St. & Hester St.
After grabbing a pink drink from Pietro Nolita, we walked around Little Italy for quite some time going from restaurant to restaurant in search of the perfect spot for our last dinner of this trip (that also fit in our limited price range…). Finally we found this hidden gem of a place! It totally looked like a hole in the wall, they even placed fake grass out front; but as soon as we walked in, we were greeted by a nice gentleman making handmade pasta. Once they took us to our table we were immediately transported to another place, a much calmer place with potted plants, hanging plants, and candles covering the walls, and somehow there were windows letting in natural light?!?! On the first floor, in the middle of the block, in the middle of the city, and there was natural light in the back. It was magical. The food was so good and just tasted homemade, like they took care of each plate of food. So good!
What to get: Farfalle with Arrabiata Sauce & Rigatoni with Sunday Sauce
I hope you enjoyed this post!
Have you been to any of these places? Do you plan to?
What is your favorite NYC restaurant or coffee shop?
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