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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Best of New York

New York City is known for many things. With NYFW having wrapped up just a few weeks ago, there is no denying fashion is one of New York's leading ladies. However, I want to discuss New York's other great!

After living in Manhattan for a year and continuing to travel to the city for work and pleasure the years following, I have spent a pretty penny in attempts to find some of New York's best eats. Even so, I could spend my entire life in NYC and still not come close to tasting the vast array that is this foodie heaven.

With that being said, I have compiled a list of twelve of my favorite spots to-date. Keep in mind this list is in no particular order because that would just be too hard.

1. An Choi
A tiny Vietnamese restaurant that may not pop out just walking by, but let me be clear, this place has amazing food. The space may not be shooting for "instagramable" and it's as casual as casual gets, but the space is cute and the food is not to be missed.

2. Sunday in Brooklyn
Take a ride over to Brooklyn and explore Williamsburg, an awesome neighborhood with amazing views of Manhattan. Sunday in Brooklyn is tucked away on a little corner in the middle of the neighborhood (my favorite kind of places), but the space isn't so little. With multiple floors, this adorable eatery yields a wait for brunch. Definitely "instagramable" if that's what you're looking for, serving up honey bear cocktails and that avocado toast we all love so much.

3. Citizens of Chelsea
As cute as cute can be. Pulling out all the stops to make their space Instagram heaven, the food matched up to the hype. Often, I'm worried that the places that try too hard to be worthy of the gram will fall short in food quality, but not this time. Get the Avocado Smash if you're a basic b**** (note: I do not consider myself a basic b**** and I love avocado toast because avocados are life).

4. Amma
Oh Amma. I don't have pictures of this place and I don't need them. There is absolutely nothing special about this spot in terms of decor, but I could go on about their food for days. If you are as in love with Indian food as I am, GO HERE. Don't go for an experience, go for amazing food.

5. Ample Hills
To satisfy that sweet tooth. With several locations to pick from, Ample Hills covers Brooklyn and Manhattan with some of the best ice cream. Unique flavors that are out of this world. If you just ate, but really want something sweet, get the kiddie scoop like me.

6. Beyond Sushi
All veg all the time. This sushi spot can be found at the Chelsea Market, but started on East 14th Street, and now has multiple other locations around the city. Unique rolls when unique is not always on the menu for vegetarians and sushi.

7. Wild Son
A tiny spot located in the Meatpacking District, this place serves up great brunch. Do not go with a big group or if you're looking for a lot of personal space to have a private conversation though because you get to know your neighbors very quickly and you scoot in and out of the seats. 

8. Jajaja
All veg baby. Vegans and vegetarians eat like kings and queens and Jajaja. Great space, great drinks, great food. What more do you need?

9. Urban Back Yard
The worlds smallest coffee shop. While that fact is not confirmed, count on waiting a hot minute before scoring a place to sit if you're not looking to grab and go. Known for their blooming flower teas, this place is an urban oasis, serving up great drinks to get your day going, as well as awesome macarons and mini succulent cupcakes.

10. Smorgasburg
Not a restaurant, but a must. With endless vendors and cuisines to choose from, the only thing you'll have to worry about when you visit any of Smorgasburg's locations is long lines and too many choices.

11. Tompkin Square Bagels
You can't beat a New York bagel and Tompkins Square Bagels is up there with some of the best. Stack it, spread it, destroy it. This place serves up endless flavors.

12. Marta
Changing the game of hotel restaurants. And you don't have to tip. The owner believes in paying his employees fair wages and giving his customers the best experience. However, this spot is not for those looking for cheap eats. $30 for a pizza will hurt a little, but I would do it over and over again. 

Enjoy every bite!

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