new york city travel guide, 2009

February 25th, 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.

Food Shops:
Murray’s Cheese
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.

Despana
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.

Chelsea Market
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.

Bakeries:
City Bakery
Anyone who thinks up a pretzel croissant is good in my book. Tack on a month of hot chocolate experiments and you’re golden.

Magnolia Bakery
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.

Tuck Shop
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.

Pinkberry
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.

Papabubble
Watch them make hard candy in crazy bright colors right in front of you.

Vosges
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.

Coffee:
La Colombe
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.

Cookbook Heaven:
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.

Comments: 9 Total

  1. Whitney

    February 25, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Man this makes me want to plan a trip to NYC pronto. I went last May but for only a few days. My bf went to Columbia for undergrad so we stayed uptown mostly.

  2. Shaheen

    February 26, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Hey Kelly thank you so much for putting this list together. :D Really kind of you to have responded so promptly. I will be thereon 10th March so will read up on it before I go. Also, thanks a tonne for marking the places on google maps! xoxo

  3. k

    February 28, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    great idea!!
    for food shopping…kalustyans on lex ave(28-29st) got everything!
    http://www.kalustyans.com/

    amai tea house has great baked goods and tea, on 3rd ave(16st?).
    http://www.amainyc.com/

    bakery across from papababble.
    http://orobakerybar.com/index.php

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  7. Shaw Girl

    January 31, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    OMG, this is amazing! I am coming up to NYC for my engagement photo shoot in April and was seriously considering staying in Brooklyn and trying to find delicious restaurant must tries. I’d love, love, love any advice/suggestions/tips you have for hotels in Brooklyn and for must eats. It also happens to be my birthday that weekend and we’re looking for an amazing food experience for my b-day.

    And I’ll happily return the favor if you ever come to Washington, DC!

  8. kelly

    February 1, 2011 at 7:17 am

    shaw girl-
    hi there!
    i’ve been meaning to update this list and this just motivates me to do it. so give me a week or two and i’ll post an updated brooklyn food tour.
    congratulations on your engagement!

  9. Shaw Girl

    February 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks so much! I’ve been looking around and my head is filled with places I want to try while we’re there. I may never leave!

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