Last week I visited New York and as usual the Big Apple gave me tons of new ideas, inspiration and energy. I always visit my favorite places in the city (I never miss Dough’s donuts, a Shake Shack burger and Mighty Quinn’s BBQ food), but I also discovered some new restaurants. In this post I share 6 wonderful spots that you really don’t want to miss.
1. Two Hands Cafe
My new favorite breakfast place in the city is this Australian café. It has that no-nonsense and relaxed Aussie vibe and is visited by a colorful mix of people. From sportive fit girls who take their breakfast home after finishing a workout to complete families during weekend days. Two Hand’s acai bowl is exactly how it should be (and has a lovely touch of cacao) and their avocado toast is thick and spicy.
2. The Butcher’s Daughter
This vegetarian café (how cool is that name?) is a real Instagram-favorite, but this spot is definitely more than a pretty face. On the menu, you’ll find vegetarian breakfast and brunch dishes and many kinds of juices. Most of the dishes are healthy, but they also offer hearty sandwiches, pizza’s and some salads are generously sprinkled with fried onion rings (good thing!). The prices are kind of steep, but the quality of the food is really good and the servers are all attentive and caring. And that lovely terrace right in the middle of the city is a bonus, of course.
The owner of the popular Meatball Shop recently opened a new concept: Seamore’s. This place is clearly designed with women in mind, with lighter dishes and the spotlight on fish. On the menu you find dishes like ceviche, poke (oh yes) and a custom-your-own ‘the reel deal’, served in a bowl. That truly made me happy, especially because the romesco sauce, the firm monkfish and freekeh were all perfectly executed. Bonus points for the many wines available per glass, the gorgeous entourage and sharp service.
Former Condé Nast editorial director James Truman and Michelin-chef John Fraser opened their NIX a couple of months ago and the place has been packed ever since. The interior of this elegant spot reminded me a bit of Ottolenghi’s NOPI in London, just like their very Mediterranean menu. Dinner here starts with amazing flatbread from the Tandoor oven with a variety of dips (i.e. a very good labneh with cucumber). Following, you can share several small dishes from the lighter of bolder section of the menu. NIX has been called a vegetarian restaurant for meat-eaters and that’s a decription I totally understand. The dishes are rich, generously flavored and will most definitely impress even the most hardened carnivore. The steamed buns with fried cauliflower are locally famous, but I was just as much a fan of the simple Persian cucumber salad with goat cheese and kumquats. I definitely will be back.
5. NOMO Soho
I stayed in the wonderful NOMO SOHO hotel, right in the middle of the – not surprising – Soho district. The hotel recently changed owners and was completely renovated. It has a lovely terrace, which is the perfect place for a drink at the end of the day. Bright, white rooms with blue accents and marble bathrooms. And they offer an unbeatable view of the city. From my room, I could see the Brooklyn Bridge and I took a shower pretty much in front of the Freedom Tower. Truly amazing.
6. Luke’s Lobster
This is very simple. Luke has the best lobster roll ever. A slightly sweet brioche roll, generously filled with juicy lobster and a subtle touch of mayonnaise. Tip: rent a bike, cross the Brooklyn Bridge and enjoy a lobster roll with the perfect view over Manhattan’s skyline. Best lunch ever.