NY Restaurants & Reviews
As you guys probably already know if you follow me on IG (and if you don’t, do so NOW!), Guille and I recently spent five MIND-BLOWING days in New York City! It was my second time there and Guille’s first time, and we fell in love with the city that never sleeps. The weather couldn’t have been better, so we walked EVERYWHERE and naturally ATE SOOOO MUCH to keep our bodies fueled up, lol. Since we tried so many places, here are my top five recommendations from our visit:
1) A.O.C – The best brunch we had on our trip! This classic French Fare restaurant in the West Village was exactly what we were looking for. Guille had a veggie and cheese omelette with a side of potatoes + a side salad, and I had the Pain Perdu (French toast) with a side of fruits (+ a side of bacon by accident as we don’t eat meats). Everything was delicious! The décor was very French, they were playing some nice tunes, and I truly felt like I was eating in a little Parisian corner! J’ai adorée.
2) Industry Kitchen – We stumbled upon this gem after walking all of the Financial District, and it was such a treat. The food was great, but the best part was the location! It has amazing water views of Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge, as it’s located along the East River near South Street Seaport. The restaurant serves Modern American cuisine; it’s decorated with a very modern look featuring wood and glass windows everywhere. I had a Marguerite pizza and Guille had the wood-fire grilled salmon (which was one of the best dishes we had on our whole trip!)
3) SEA – This Thai restaurant in Williamsburg has everything you need; great prices, tasty food, and a very fun/flashy décor. A few people recommended this place to us, and we liked it a lot! After spending our morning shopping at the Dumbo Flea Market and later riding the ferry to Williamsburg, SEA was a short five minute walk from the ferry drop-off. We ordered from the rad lunch special that included a complimentary appetizer with each main dish (#score!). Guille ordered veggie rolls as his appetizer and the fish bowl as his main (both delicious!), and I got vegetable dumplings as my appetizer and the shrimp Pad Thai as my main. P.S. We also each got the coconut water, and it was freshness heaven!
4) Caracas Arepa Bar – We were a little reluctant to go here as we are both Venezuelan and eat arepas (traditional Venezuelan staple) at home often, but we are so GLAD we gave it a try! After eating all types of food during our trip, we were craving something homier – thus we went to Caracas Arepa Bar. To our pleasant surprise, these arepas were MUCH better than the ones we normally eat and SOOOOO WORTH trying them. We went to the location in Manhattan (East Village) and found it very cozy and a great time. I ordered La del Gato (Cheese, fried plantains and avocado) and Guille had an Arepa con Queso Guayanes (Cheese Arepa). We also had an order of tostones (fried green plantains) and a order of tequeños (deep fried cheese sticks) + a pitcher of sangria. Everything was incredible! #PureHappiness #VivaVenezuela
5) Shake Shack – This may be a fast-growing chain restaurant with numerous locations worldwide, but It originated in Madison Square Park and it’s based out of NY, so I’ll talk about its deliciousness in this post! Now, I LOVE and am OBSESSED with Shake Shack’s Shroom Burger and its cheese fries! In my opinion, you can’t get something as good, as fast, as cheap, and as conveniently located as going to Shake Shack. After walking all the way from The High Line to Central Park (+ a few stops along the way), grabbing some Shroom Burgers, cheese fries and a pint of beer at the Columbus Circle location, I’d never felt so good!
Hope you liked my recommendations! Have you been to any of these places? Please let me know of any other places I MUST try on my next visit!