On day one, my boyfriend and I went to one of my favourite brunch spots - Sarabeth's. Everything on the menu sounds incredible, and with my sweet tooth, I chose the lemon ricotta pancakes topped with strawberries. They were perfect. Extremely light and fluffy with just the right amount of lemony zing. I polished these off in no time. My boyfriend stuck to simple scrambled eggs, but the star of the show was the croissant with Sarabeth's famous homemade jam. The croissant on its own is extremely delicious and buttery, but topped with the preserves added an extra sweetness.
Cafe Habana was next on our list. This little Cuban restaurant is famous for their corn on the cob topped with mayonnaise, cotija cheese, cayenne pepper, and a squeeze of lime juice.
Dinner took place at Ruby Foo’s in Times Square. We ordered plenty of delicious Asian favourites including chicken lettuce wraps, fried calamari, lobster and shrimp spring rolls, Kung Pao chicken, and fried rice.
As the night approached, we were looking for somewhere to go for drinks and some late night eats. The Meatpacking District is always bumping so we took a stroll through there trying to find somewhere fun to go. Everything was really busy, but eventually we landed at a place called The Diner. The food and drink menu looked appealing to us, as well as the DJ playing old school music. For a snack, we munched on mac and cheese. I can tell you right now that I am still dreaming about that dish. It was incredibly creamy, cheesy, and smooth, with the perfect crunchy breadcrumb topping.
The next day was filled with even more deliciousness! I am a huge fan of Eataly (How can you not be?!) so I was super excited to revisit this food heaven for lunch. We shared a prime rib sandwich and a caprese sandwich which was topped with yellow tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil oil. As simple as these sandwiches sound, they were to die for. Mario Batali is a genius.
The three of us split the two sandwiches (the entire sandwich is not pictured, it was bigger than that!) in order to save room for everything else that New York has to offer. That being said, our next stop was The Doughnut Plant. The peanut butter and blackberry jam donut was our choice. There is nothing better than the flavour of the fried dough, dunked in peanut butter, topped with peanuts and then stuffed with blackberry jelly.
Later that day, we were ready for some more. What started off as a truck called The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, soon turned into a storefront. All of the publicity on the Food Network and word of mouth certainly did some good for this little ice cream truck. The creations are quite unique ranging from wasabi, olive oil, cayenne pepper and sea salt as toppings for your ice cream. As we approached the small East Village shop, my excitement had to be put off just a little bit longer to wait in the long line up out the door!
Once we entered, it was definitely worth it. I will get to the ice cream in a minute, but the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, offering samples of anything you could dream of. My choice was the "Salty Pimp" which was vanilla ice cream, drizzled with dulce de leche, sea salt and then dipped in chocolate. Never have I ever tasted something savoury and sweet together that quite compares. With each bite I savoured the moment and dreaded when it started to get smaller and smaller. I didn't want this cone to end. My boyfriend ordered the "Bea Arthur", which was vanilla ice cream, drizzled with dulce de leche sauce, dipped in Nila wafer cookies. His addition to this though was cayenne pepper. We were both in heaven.
Our last day in New York had sadly approached, so we ended off on a sweet note. Max Brenner was our lunch spot. This restaurant specializes in chocolate and dessert, but also has a savoury menu. My boyfriend, myself and his cousin all ordered milkshakes. I got the dulce de leche one, and the boys ordered a cookies and cream and a chocolate and vanilla one. YUM!!!
Since it is Max Brenner after all, I ordered the chocolate chip pancakes as recommended by our waiter. These consisted of 60% dark truffle chocolate cream, pure milk chocolate shavings, spiced pecans, and caramelized bananas. Do I need to even explain how good these were? Let's just say the waiter was right!
This pizza with fresh and smoked mozzarella, Parmesan, fresh basil and avocado was my boyfriend’s choice. It also did not disappoint.
On the side we ordered waffle fries topped with chili and cocoa powder. We could not resist this unique, yet amazingly satisfying combination.
Last but certainly not least, we indulged in a cupcake from my favourite bakery, Magnolia. I like to think of Magnolia as one of the first cupcake shops around, setting the trend that exists today. I think the simplicity, buttery, perfection makes them the best around.
Shelby Morrison is a Toronto-based food blogger and freelance writer. She has a passion for living the most delicious life while enjoying every step of the way! She eats her way througout Toronto, yet loves to travel to different cities for some unique and tasty finds.