It is Christmas season (…if you didn’t already know), which means it’s piggy season, which means it’s absolutely okay to eat copious amounts at any time of the day, as frequently as you like. With this attitude in the air, I thought it would be fitting to give you a tour of the most fly restaurants in one of the biggest food cities in the world…New York City!
Jajaja my go-to vegan Mexican when staying in the Lower East Side (LES.) In fact, the best Mexican restaurant in the city (in my opinion), which is saying something considering Mexican food is a big thing over there. Get the nachos, the “fish” tacos and a matcha martini. They also have a bangin’ almond milk hot chocolate if you fancy something sweet and comforting. P.s. don’t go there if you’re in a rush, they don’t take reservations so you may have to wait a little…but it’s soooo worth it!
Sant Ambroeus an Italian in Soho that has a classic feel mixed in with a super cool New York vibe. It’s a great spot for lunch or dinner and is always filled with a good crowd. What to get? The Cacio e Pepe pasta, the melanzane parmigiana, and french toast for dessert. If you’re in the mood for something light and more breakfasty the tricolore omelet with a side of chicken sausages, is literally bangin!! Also, check out the collection of plates on the wall, they’re dope.
The Butcher’s Daughter in Nolita is the best for brunch. It’s got such a lovely aesthetic; super bright and airy, filled with lots of plants, and a great breakfast bar in front of the window that you can sit at and watch the hustle bustle of the city. If you’re feeling healthy order the spinach egg bowl, or the Mexican breakfast bowl. If not, the Butcher’s pancakes are a pretty good shout. P.s. the bar stools are very cool…but you’ll have to go check it out to understand why.
Mission Chinese. I was told this was pretty much the best Chinese in NYC, when I got there (very hungover) and checked out the menu, I was mega confused…it didn’t seem like proper Chinese, it was rather odd. However I stuck it out, ordered the spicy chicken wings, green tea noodles and smoked mushroom fried rice, my taste buds literally fell in love. It was the freakin’ TITS (excuse my language.) Mission Chinese is located in the LES (where most of the best things are.)
Cipriani Downtown. If you know Cipriani, then you know Cipriani…it’s one of those go to boujis places that is located in various spots around the world, and you can’t help but love/hate it because it’s kinda stuffy. However, I can’t say the same for the Cipriani in Downtown NY…it’s an absolute VIBE! The atmosphere is mega; it’s got a super New York hustle feel, and the people are mega eclectic (and easy on the eye)…it’s fab for people watching. The food is the same as it is in every Cipriani, but make sure you have a peach Bellini and the x2 scoops chocolate ice cream with x1 scoop vanilla…trust me, it’s the best ice cream you’ll ever taste!
Casa Mezcal, a super old school Mexican on Orchard Street (probably one of the most awesome streets in NY.) It’s classic Mexican, with very beautiful decor and a super chilled out feel. Order pretty much anything from the menu, it’s all good and you can’t go wrong with Mexican food.
Depending on how much time you have in NYC, you could go to pretty much every one of these restaurants and feel you’d done something different each time. They all have their own unique vibe/atmosphere, the food is great in all, and there will pretty much always be a good crowd!