I can do a lot of things well, but there are a few things I am simply a PROFESSIONAL at…1.)Tying a bow – present bow, hair bow, bow tie, dress sash bow – I got bows. 2.)Making Lists – my lists even have lists…you need a list, I’m your girl. 3.) TRAVEL EATING – I can try out new restaurants and eat like a champ on a trip. What can I say? It’s a true gift. My trainer, Matty G, should just stop reading now. Every one knows that calories don’t count when you leave your home state. To really experience a place, you have to experience the food. (And honestly, that’s what I remember best about most places I have traveled.)
So we thought we would begin this NYC series with all the wonderful food we ate while we were there. We want to highlight five (kinda six) of the restaurants we tried that were new for us. Hopefully you can get the opportunity to try out some of these amazing restaurants on your next trip to NYC.
Numero 28 (Rehearsal Dinner Restaurant)
We arrived in New York on Friday morning and had many errands to run that day to get ready for our family wedding and somehow just never ate. By the time we got to the rehearsal dinner that night, we were famished. However, this upscale pizzeria would have been AHHmazing even if we were stuffed walking in the door – which we definitely were walking out the door. We crammed about 35 people into the back of the Upper East Side location.
Our cousin Sasha and his bride, Cicek, ordered family style for the group which is my favorite because you get to sample multiple menu items as they pass by. We had the Bruschetta Originale for an appetizer, the mista and rucola salads, the capricciosa pizza, the margherita pizza, and the Numero 28 pizza. This signature pizza was definitely our favorite! It has smoked prosciutto, truffle cream and mushrooms on it. (Gather fingers to mouth in an Italian kissing motion and shout,”Bellissimo!”)
We finished off the night with a torta a cioccolata or chocolate pizza which is really an incredibly amazing sweet crust smothered in nutella. MMMMMmmmmmm.
Numero 28 was wonderful. Definitely give it a try, there are several locations around the city. You can find more information on their website here.
Fl!P Burger and Forty Carrots
On Saturday we had some time to do a little shopping. We heard Bloomingdales was having a shoe sale, so obvs. We didn’t want to leave so we tried out the burger place on the bottom floor. I wasn’t quite in the mood for a burger so I got the signature grilled cheese and my first diet coke of the day. You know that first soda drink of the day when it “burns” and then an angel chorus sings… It was delicious.
Whitney chose the Heritage burger and it looked amazing. You can find more about Fl!P here. After lunch we continued our shopping. Frank in the shoe department was wonderful and super helpful even with a mixup over a certain boot I was dying to purchase. It all worked out and for our “trouble” they gave us free frozen yogurt cards at the Forty Carrots cafe. So it would have been rude if we didn’t, right? Yum! Highly recommend.
Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel
After our Saturday night wedding and quite a late night (a full post coming about the wedding soon), we decided an 11am Sunday Brunch was just the ticket! I had been wanting an NYC rooftop experience, and our cousins told us that Gallow Green would be perfect. On top of the famous Mckittrick Hotel, there’s this secret garden that even in July was breezy and comfortable.
They serve a buffet style brunch with an omelet station, a hot station with salmon, fried chicken, suckling pig, frittata, and moussaka; a cold station with salads and shrimp cocktail; and a pastries and sweet station with fruit and yogurt, waffles and croissants and chocolates…there is way more delicious food than you can imagine.
They had a wonderful jazz band playing – it was fancy and serene, fun and relaxing all at the same time. We loved it! It was probably my favorite food experience of the whole trip.
After a long Sunday, we were looking for dinner fairly close to our hotel. It was raining and we were tired. Our concierge suggested The Smith – Midtown Location which was directly behind our hotel – we may or may not have taken a taxi anyway. The Smith is a busy, loud atmosphere perfect for after work, comforting dinners, and group celebrations. It was dressy and casual all at the same time. The industrial iron window walls and black and white tile floors made it feel homey instead of cold.
We were tired and hot and wet so comfort food was just what we wanted. We ordered the fried green tomato rings (with a charred almond romesco dipping sauce) as an appetizer and literally fought over who got the last one. They were delicious!!!! Whitney ordered The Smith Burger and I ordered the special of the night which was spaghetti and meatballs. This gal has been on a keto diet and was CRAVING NY pasta! Ha! The only thing I would mention is that Whitney’s hamburger came out a little more rare than she asked for so she sent it back. They were so very nice, brought her a new burger (which was perfect), apologized profusely and then took her burger off the check. Such impeccable service will bring us back again and again. However the tomato rings were so delicious we probably would have gone back even if the service was awful! Ha!
The Plaza Food Hall
One of my all time favorite places in New York City is The Plaza Hotel. My first trip to New York, I got to stay at the Plaza. I’ve been ruined ever since. I love to have afternoon tea at the Palm Court and to just browse all the gorgeous floral arrangements. It’s just simply a magical place. We didn’t have enough time for tea on this trip (I’m still crying about it just a little), but we did have to make a stop to purchase a few Eloise books for my girls. Eloise is a fictional character that lives at the Plaza. There are books and movies made about her. Maybe I’ll post more about that later. I am feeling an Eloise Birthday Party for the girls sometime soon. Anyway, we were starving so downstairs in the Plaza Food Hall right beside the Eloise store was a little pizza place called Pizza Rollio. It touted the “thinnest crispy pizza in NYC”…how can you pass that up? I ordered the Margherita pizza and Whitney ordered the Big Bang pizza.
I’m pretty sure I ate the whole thing. Yep. I did. So good. The service was super fast. It was perfect for us as we were on the go and headed to the airport. There were several other restaurants downstairs in the Food Hall and then some wonderful food stations at the Todd English Food Hall. Definitely check it out.
I don’t think I have ever not eaten well in New York, but this time was exceptional. I’m sorry if I made you as hungry as I am now. Let’s plan another trip really soon and eat a whole lot. I’m just going to need to work out for two months first…. Hit me up if you have tried any of these places and let us know your favorites for our next trip!