As a lovely and ridiculously kind present from my grandfather, I spent the first week of September this year in New York City, loving and living life. As it was my first time, I was in total tourist mode, and did all the tourist things, from visiting Lady Liberty to going to see 3 different Broadway shows (I’d be a terrible theatre student if I hadn’t!), and most importantly for this blog, eating out at roughly 30 different places over the course of the week. The weight I put on was totally worth it.
I thought I’d make a list of some of my favourite places I ate in whilst I was there; some tasty places to go if you’ve not already been (and if you haven’t, I insist that you go as soon as possible. You’ll be in Heaven!)
Pennsylvania 6 NYC (http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/pennsylvania-6-nyc-new-york)
I went here for dinner one night accidentally, as I was actually looking for another restaurant and couldn’t find it. Yelp failed me for the first time in my life. Luckily though, this restaurant was incredible. It’s definitely on the fine dining side, and I absolutely loved my experience here. The staff were incredible and attentive, the restaurant was beautiful, and most importantly the food was absolutely stunning. With an amazing looking food menu and wine menu, this is definitely somewhere I’d recommend in the city. It’s right next to Penn Station, hence the name. Go!
Pershing Square Cafe (http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/pershing-square-new-york)
Located directly across from the front door of Grand Central Terminal, this quaint little restaurant was one of my favourite dining experiences whilst in the city. My friend Maria who I met whilst there had a “NYC to do list” with her, and this place was on the list. Despite it’s location, it was very quiet when we went which I can only imagine improved the service. Our food was quickly ordered and delivered, and just as quickly scoffed down. It was so delicious – I had the duck and Maria had the mussels, and I was in food heaven. Yum! The host was lovely and made us feel very welcome, and the strawberry cheesecake I had afterwards was delicious.
Without a question of a doubt, Japanese cuisine is my favourite of all time. I absolutely adore it, and if it was the only cuisine available to me for the rest of my life, I wouldn’t complain. Safe to say I ate a lot of it in the city, and this place was by far the best. As you can probably tell by the name, this tiny restaurant, located in an upstairs space just off 5th Avenue, specialises in Katsu Curry, and that was definitely what I was going to order. The chicken katsu curry came, delivered by the very lovely staff, and definitely lived up to some of the reviews claiming it was the best in the city. I would argue this to be true. I was in food Heaven, and although it was inevitable that the plate was going to empty, I truly didn’t want it to. If Japanese is your thing, go here. Now!
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria (http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/grimaldis-brooklyn)
With many people claiming this to be the best pizza in New York City, an hour wait in a queue outside in the blistering sun, and almost 3,000 reviews on Yelp, I expected a hell of a lot from this tiny little pizza place in Brooklyn. After walking across the Brooklyn bridge, I’d built up an appetite, and almost looked for somewhere else when I found out that this place wanted me to stand outside for an hour, but I stayed and I eventually was served my huge pizza with mushrooms, mozzarella, ham and fresh garlic. And I 100% agree with this being the best pizza in New York. It’s definitely the best pizza I’ve ever tasted, and I’d tasted quite a lot of it. Despite slow service, which was expected as the restaurant was packed, I had an amazing experience here and whenever I’m back in NYC will definitely be returning for some more pizza.