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Top 5 hangout spots and eateries in NYC

Hello everyone! One of my favorite pastimes when traveling (and every day, really) is finding new places to try and I’m so glad I finally got the chance to write a quick post sharing my favorite finds from my recent visit to the Big Apple.

With such a an immense array of options in the city, it can can be both easy but overwhelming to pick a new place to try, so I hope this post makes your decisions easier!lol

My top 5 new hangout spots + restaurants from recent trip to NYC

  1. Chillhouse - By far one of my favorite finds from this trip (and probably going to be my regular chill place once I move to the city next year.) Located in the East Village, Chillhouse is a cafe meets nail salon meets massage spa meets rad vibes + atmosphere. It’s everything you never knew you wanted in one place, which you’ll realize as soon as you step into this self-care haven. You can chill, grab a matcha latte, and work on your computer; get some pretty dope (and may I add affordable) nail art (they even have non toxic options!); and unwind by getting any of their different massages (def want to try the strech armstrong massage next time I’m in town!) They also sell yummy vegan snacks, avocado toasts, and wine for those looking to get a little retox in their systems after all the self-care detox! Lol

  2. Foragers City Table - This cool little market with an adjacent farm-to-table restaurant is perfect for brunch. We checked out the variety of items in the market, which reminded me a bit of a tiny version of Erewhon (reference for my L.A. peeps), and then headed over to our table. Both the market  + restaurant have a rustic decor and atmosphere- perfect for a quick and flavorful bite. It was honestly one of the best brunches I’ve had in awhile! I loved everything about it. We ordered the special omelette for the day, which consisted of wild mushrooms and cheddar cheese and came with rustic potatoes and a side salad + shared the delicious orange ricotta pancakes! Service was great and so was the coffee! This spot is also great to just come get some work done and hangout with a warm drink.

  3. Out East - another cool spot in the East Village, Out East surpassed any kind of  expectations I had from reading the menu and reviews, and left me wanting to go back ASAP. It’s a cool, chic, new American restaurant that knows what’s up. Start your evening grabbing a craft cocktail from their bar while you wait to be seated and prepare yourself for an delicious culinary experience. Portions are small but SO rich and flavorful. You honestly can’t go wrong with anything from the menu. We were a party of four and ordered a variety of plates to try. It was all insanely  good! Also - the ambiance!! Out East has a cool, modern, and simplistic decor, plus dim lit lighting and chill sounds. My favorites eats were the clams caccio e pepe and the seared scallops with squash risotto.

  4. Cafe Clover - Located in the West Village, this was the perfect spot to grab a bite during a rainy day in New York. It was cozy, delicious, and in such a great location. We ate brunch here, and Ioved the healthy but gourmet options the menu has to offer. My favorite was the avocado toast + quinoa pancakes. This is definitely an amazing spot to try if you’re looking for more health-conscious options.

  5. Pastai - Walking distance from my cousin’s apt in Chelsea, we chose this place for its convenience and hours of operation (it’s an Italian wine bar + restaurant open late) and were happily surprised by how much we loveeeeed the food. It’s a very small, intimate place and the food was delicious! We all ordered different pasta options and shared a charcuterie plate and dessert. My favorite out of all the menu items I tried? The Tagliatelle Nivuri (sundried tomato tagliatelle with mussels, shrimp,  and green peas in a lemon cream sauce)

Well, there you have it! Those were my favorite eats from my recent trip to NY. Let me know if you like these kinds of posts as I’m more than happy to share updates on yummy places I️ try whenever I travel (as well as places in L.A. and more options in Manhattan once I move out there!)

Xoxo - Andreina

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