new york city travel guide, 2009
I got an email recently from reader and fellow blogger, Shaheen asking for foodie places to visit when she comes to New York City. Hmmm, I thought. Excellent idea… There are way more places to visit than I even know about, but that’s what’s so great about this city. It’s always an adventure.
So here it is. A little collection of some of my favorite little gourmet shops, bakeries, cookbook stores and other gems. I’ve even created a handy google map for you, just click here.
Oh sweet goodness! If I could move in I would. I love Murray’s because they have so much cheese and everyone knows everything about it. As an added bonus, you can also take classes and tours.
A cute little Spanish food shop full of specialty meats, cheeses and oils. They also serve tasty salads and sandwiches.
Dean & Deluca
I always try to stop in grocery store when I’m visiting a new place. I think it’s fun to see how different regions display their food and the different specialties they have. Dean & Deluca is the fanciest grocery store I’ve ever visited and is just pretty to look at. They carry many treats from the best bakeries and chocolaties in the city.
Essex Street Market
I have to admit, I haven’t spent nearly enough time here. It’s the home of Saxelby Cheesemongers, a cheese shop specializing in American cheeses and Shopsin’s. With food like that, it’s got to be good.
Union Square Greenmarket
There are Greenmarkets (Farmer’s Market) all over the city, but Union Square is the best one. It’s huge and you can find everything from local honey, flowers, tons of fresh fruits and vegetables to hand-spun yarn. It just makes me happy. Try to go on a Saturday as that’s the biggest day.
Housed in a converted factory building, Chelsea Market is home to the delicious bakery Amy’s Bread and one of my favorite local dairy’s, Ronneybrook Milk Bar. There’s lots of other shops to peruse and dream about new recipes to make.
Anyone who thinks up a pretzel croissant is good in my book. Tack on a month of hot chocolate experiments and you’re golden.
They gained fame by being featured on Sex & the City, but they earned it. Their cupcakes are mouthwateringly delicious.
sugar Sweet sunshine
Really, you can never have too many cupcakes. Started by former bakers at Magnolia, sugar Sweet sunshine serves a mean cupcake.
The Doughnut Plant
Fresh doughnuts made with unexpected ingredients like pistachio and or peanut butter glaze with blackberry jelly. Sign me up.
It’s a tiny place, but what it lacks in space it makes up for in flavor. Savory pies with filled with pure goodness like the Thai Green Chook Curry Pie or a Lamb Shank and Vege Pie. Yum and more yum!
Sweets (other than bakeries):
Il Laboratorio del Gelato
Deeelicious handmade gelato that often comes in crazy flavors like honey lavender and green apple.
Frozen Yogurt’s all the rage and Pinkberry seems to be leading the way. Customers wait in long lines to enjoy a cup of tangy frozen yogurt topped with fresh fruit.
Watch them make hard candy in crazy bright colors right in front of you.
A few years ago they came out the the bacon chocolate bar. Ummm yeah. The shop is beautiful and is a welcome treat after a long day of shopping in Soho.
Their coffee is full of flavor and super delicious. They don’t have a menu and just serve the basics, no crazy mint mocha frappacino stuff. Their iced coffee in the summer makes my day.
Joe the Art of Coffee
This place is not messing around. Attend cuppings or other classes about coffee. Of course you’ll get a perfect cup of joe if you stop by.
Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks
This is a tiny shop filled with random and wacky old cookbooks and a few utensils. Call before you go to make sure she’s open.
Kitchen Arts & Letters
I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t been here yet, but it’s definitely a destination. The largest store in America featuring only books about cooking and wine. So dreamy!
I hope you enjoyed the list and please feel free to add your favorite nyc food destinations in the comment section.