I love New York. It's my absolute favorite place to visit. I recently had the chance to go for a work trip and was giddy about it!
We were staying right near Little Italy - so that was my first stop - CANNOLI TIME! Turns out my nose knows where to go because I literally went to the same shop I went to maybe ten years ago (pre-Food Hussy). As soon as I walked in - I recognized the counter. The cannoli was just as delicious today as it was oh so many years ago. If you've never had one - it's a must! The shell is light and flaky and crispy and then the filling - it's creamy but not too sweet and not too cheesy. And let me say - a good cannoli should not be overwhelming - you should be able to devour it and not feel like you just ate a pound of butter. And Caffe Palermo has a great cannoli!
I also stopped by Dean & Deluca and when you are a huge Seinfeld fan and you're in NYC and you see a slice of Cinnamon Babka - you must purchase it. It's not as good as the chocolate babka but it's still a babka - albeit the lesser babka. (It actually was just ok - but the Seinfeldian in me loved it.)
After my belly was cannolified - I went shopping!!
Nike Lab and got Larry some new fancy kicks. He's not really into "fancy" kicks - but the clothes there were way to NYC hipster - so shoes it was. Then after getting him some shoes and my mom some salt & pepper shakers - I had to get something for me. And yes - those shiny shoes were it!! Oh how I love shiny. The best part is - they are SUPER comfy!!! Love love love! I have gotten so many compliments on them - and it's always fun to say, "Oh I got them in NYC!"
David Burke Kitchen. I tend to have a rule about dining in NYC - that I eat one really nice meal out ($100+) and then street food the rest of the time. But - I was with girls that weren't quite so food obsessed so I had to break my rule. booo.
fellow blogger Angie Six) - we started with the house made ricotta ($12) and crostinis. It was fine - I guess I like ricotta but maybe not as much as I'd thought. It's creamy and was good on the bread but not something I would order again - not much flavor to it.
I really don't know what I was thinking but I got the 28 day aged ribeye ($55) and shared it with a friend. It was fine but I can get steak in Ohio - I guess nothing on the menu was inspiring me too much.
All in all - I was a bit disappointed in David Burke Kitchen and my rule stands. A meal under $100 in NYC is about like a $25 meal in Cincinnati. If you go - go all out - and go someplace fabulous like Daniel. Splurge - it's worth it. I ate there once and it was like 15 courses and a never ending stream of men coming and scraping crumbs and bringing silverware. The food was the most amazing I have ever had. Trust me.
That was all for that night but there were more nights ahead and more food!
We wanted Dim Sum but the official Dim Sum places were booked so we just walked around until we found someplace good.
We found Shanghai Cafe Deluxe and it was PACKED!!! Good sign!
We just started ordering a bunch of appetizers - and figured we would stop eating at some point. Steamed dumplings, fried dumplings, steamed buns and spring rolls. Bring 'em on!
The best part was the price. We felt like we ordered a ton of food and it was $20! Split between 5 of us! $4 each (plus tip). Seriously?!
The best part was after we left - we saw another place two doors down that was completely empty. Shanghai was still packed with a line out the door. Apparently - we chose correctly!
At the beginning of the night we could not decide between Little Italy or Chinatown - so in the end - we decided what every red-blooded American would do - EAT BOTH!
Therefore, after our noshing on Chinese, we decided to seek out meat and tomatoes.
Parm - a very quaint, tiny place that was blaring some old school Eminem when we walked in. I'M HOME!
The girls split a S'mores Ice Cream cake ($12) - I did sneak a bite of this cuz duh - how could you not?! I will always choose Savory over Sweet so I was more than content killing the meatballs and garlic bread but the ice cream cake was a big hit!
Again - big score here! So yummy!
Then we're walking back to our hotel and Candy said she'd heard about a place that only serves rice pudding. Cuz in NYC - that happens - supposedly we were close and now - we were on a mission.
Rice to Riches - with many flavors of rice pudding and lots of sarcasm to go around. The rice pudding was kind of expensive at $8 for a small container. I really don't like rice pudding but decided to at least try a bite - so I went for the Coconut Cream and it was really good. If it had been $3 - I would have gotten some - but not $8.
My favorite sign was on the way out. Jesus loves you, but I'm his favorite. Duh.
After the crew had their rice pudding - we headed back to the hotel and then... (oh boy - more food) - we saw a window with a girl sticking her head out selling cupcakes!! It was like Two Broke Girls came to life right in front of us!!
Inside the window was Baked by Melissa - she was selling bite size cupcakes for $1. How can you not buy food that costs $1? And then - how can you not buy 6 of them? They were really great and threw in extras for my crew that laughed at me. But you see I didn't have the rice pudding so I could have cupcakes - right?! I mean - I didn't get the ice cream cake - I didn't get the rice pudding - I needed the cupcakes.
So there you have it - my culinary adventures in NYC. There was a little more but these were the highlights. I did stop at a pasta store and took home some dried pasta and bought some fresh sauce without realizing that I had no refrigerator in my room. So yes - I got ice from the machine in my hotel and set the sauce in the ice. And then - the morning I was leaving - I sat in my room and ate marinara sauce with a plastic spoon in my hotel room. And it was delicious.
So when you get to NYC - explore, try new things and EAT!