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NYC, October 2017

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love NYC. I’m originally from Houston, but I lived in NYC for a few years, and I try to go back as often as possible. Each time I’m there, I hit my usual favorites and also try a few new spots.

Saturday 10am. My husband and I had just landed in NYC and put our bags up at our hotel. It was sort of a last minute trip, so this was our first time where nothing (no restaurant reservations / didn’t look up any new spots / had no idea what we wanted to eat) was planned. Hungry and slightly delirious, we made our way out of LES and went west.  We were a couple blocks away from Sushi on Jones, an outdoor 30 minute 12-piece omakase for $58 including tip. Last time we dined there was a year ago, and it was a really enjoyable experience so we texted the reservation line to see if anything was open. Nothing for the next 3 hours. By now I didn’t care what we ate, I was hangry. Looked across the street to see the cutest shop Fish Cheeks NYC; I had never heard of the restaurant, but Yelp said it was good so that’s where we were eating lunch.

Fish Cheeks
How cute is Fish Cheeks NYC?

 

Just as cute inside!
Just as cute inside!

 

$1 Oysters during happy hour. These were so fresh and delicious
$1 Oysters during happy hour. These were so fresh and delicious.

 

She-Crab Lon: Swimming blue crab meat simmered in coconut cream, shallots, green mango served with fresh veggies and sticky rice cured fish
She-Crab Lon: Swimming blue crab meat simmered in coconut cream, shallots, green mango served with fresh veggies and sticky rice cured fish.

 

Grilled Pork Cheeks: Compart Duroc pork cheeks marinated in fish sauce, palm sugar served with Jeaw sauce.. DELICIOUS!
Grilled Pork Cheeks: Compart Duroc pork cheeks marinated in fish sauce, palm sugar served with Jeaw sauce.. My fav!

 

Next stop: dessert. This was just across the street at The Bowery Market. Kokus had a pop-up shop, and they were serving beautiful bowls of yogurt, fruit, and other delicious hippie shit. I got something with a lot of blue and brown in it.

Kokus coconut bowl made with Blue Majik (blue-green algae) and other majikal foods
Kokus coconut bowl made with Blue Majik (blue-green algae) and other majikal shiz!

 

It tasted okay, but it sure was pretty.
It tasted okay (above average), but it sure was pretty and IG worthy.

Of course, that didn’t satisfy my sweet tooth so we trekked across town to Dominique Ansel Kitchen for their seasonal soft serve (fyi the window is now closed until next spring).

Dark chocolate olive oil softserve with fig agrodolce, olive oil gelée, and Maldon sea salt. Isn't it pretty?
Dark chocolate olive oil soft serve with fig agrodolce, olive oil gelée, and Maldon sea salt. Isn’t it pretty?

 

Still craving for sushi, we texted the Sushi on Jones reservation line again (I had texted Sushi by Bae a couple nights before our trip for a Saturday dinner, and they were really rude in response) to see if there were any spots open for dinner at The Bowery Market location. No luck, but there was an opening at their new location in the West Village. Hooray! I wanted to try the Caviar Supreme (caviar on top of toro and wagyu) that was only available at this location, but it was $40 extra so that was a fat NOPE. I didn’t really get any great pictures of the sushi because it was dark and I only had 30 minutes to eat, so I will only post one bad photo of the excellent meal.

We had:
Oyster
Hamachi
King Salmon
Scallop
Albacore
Arctic Char Salmon
Tuna
Wagyu
Botan Shrimp
Uni
Wagyu-Ni (shown below)
Eel
Bonus: Wagyu-Ni Handroll for $12

The Wagyu-Ni
The Wagyu-Ni

And after dinner, I ate more ice cream because of my sweet tooth. But really, I did it for the ‘gram.

The Pineapple Sundae from Pineapple Express
The Pineapple Sundae from Pineapple Express (a pop-up inside Chelsea Market)

While I ate that, the husband went across the market and got a lobster roll and some clam chowder because who gets full on sushi? A second dinner is always in order after an omakase.

And of course second dinner wasn’t enough so we got a pop from Popbar in West Village.

Lobster roll for second dinner Lobster roll for second dinner Pop from Popbar for second dessert. The lady behind the counter gave 0 fux making the pop and whether it was IG worthy or not. Pop from Popbar for second dessert. The lady behind the counter gave 0 fux making the pop and whether it was IG worthy or not.

 

That was only Saturday. We walked across town back to our hotel in LES and called it a night.

The view from our room at Hotel Indigo LES
The view from our room at Hotel Indigo LES

Sunday. I woke up early so I could get a good spot in line at Supermoon Bakehouse (from the people of Mr. Holmes) on their second day of opening. I was expecting Cronut-type lines (I once waited 4 hours for a Cronut in the winter; never doing that again), but this queue was very doable. Got there at 7:50am, store opened a little past 8am, and with 15 people ahead of me I was inside within 5 minutes; ordered, paid, and received my goods within another 10 minutes.

Passionfruit Cruffin. This thing was insanely crispy, crunchy, delicious goodness
Let’s Pash Passion fruit Cruffin. This thing was insanely crispy, crunchy, delicious goodness.

 

How insanely good does this cruffin look?
How incredibly good does this Cruffin look?

 

Banana Split Sundae Twice-Baked Croissant
Banana Split Sundae Twice-Baked Croissant

 

Lychee-Berry Jelly Bi-Color Croissant
Lychee-Berry Jelly Bi-Color Croissant

 

Peachy Mess Twice-Baked Croissant
Peachy Mess Twice-Baked Croissant

 

Golden Boy Donut
Golden Boy Donut

 

Chocolate Croissant - my favorite!
Chocolate Croissant – my favorite!

 

Order 6 or more pastries and you get one of those pretty boxes to the right. My 6 totaled $45 after tax and tip
Order 6 or more pastries and you get one of those pretty boxes to the right. My 6 totaled $45 after tax and tip

 

Next, lunch was in order. We walked down the street from our hotel and hit LES Kitchen. I wanted to share a burger with the husband (to save stomach room for more sweets), but as soon as the first burger arrived I wanted it for myself and my husband got his own.

My double LES burger
My double LES burger

 

His double Mighty Bacon burger
His double Mighty Bacon burger

 

My stomach was full and I couldn’t eat anymore, so obviously I needed ice cream.

 

Black tea milk tea soft serve with mini bubbles. So good!
Black tea milk tea soft serve with mini bubbles. So amaze!

The milk tea soft serve at Bar Pa Tea is so good. It was like eating milk tea. The shop smells amazing, and if you weren’t already craving milk tea you would be as soon as you walked in.

I was in a complete food coma by now. So to prep for dinner, we had a nap and then a snack. GG’s had $3 grandma slices during happy hour, and since October is National Pizza Month we needed to honor the occasion. We usually go to Prince Street Pizza for our slice of NY, but we changed it up this time just to try something new.

$3 grandma slice during happy hour at GG's NYC
$3 grandma slice during happy hour at GG’s NYC

It was an overall decent slice, but it wasn’t as good as the grandma pies at Emily. We’ll probably go back to Prince Street next time for our slice on the run.

We headed to dinner from there. It was a long walk of about 30 blocks (we walked everywhere and didn’t take the subway or call a car) to KazuNori, a hand roll bar with the most amazingly crispy nori. It’s been open for a short while now in NYC, but we’ve already been there four times. I didn’t take any photos of the rolls because of the dark setting, but here’s a nice shot from their Instagram page.

Delicious rice and fresh fish wrapped in the crispiest nori.
Delicious rice and fresh fish wrapped in the crispiest nori. Photo by @kazunorisushi

On the way back from dinner, we picked up some corn cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar and grabbed a bottled drink from Central Market (Sapp Birch Water, it wasn’t very good). Then we strolled through our favorite place in the city, Washington Square Park. This was something we always did after dinner when we lived in Soho.

Washington Square Park. Under the arch is Ai Weiwei’s "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors" (symbolizing the way we create divisions in cultures and nations)
Washington Square Park. Under the arch is Ai Weiwei’s “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” (symbolizing the way we create divisions in cultures and nations).

Monday morning. I pre-ordered Dominique Ansel Bakery Cronuts online a couple weeks back (the original and real Cronut), and today was my day to pick them up. The flavor for October is Pumpkin Cranberry, and like all Cronut flavors this one was delicious.

 

Pumpkin Cranberry Cronut, you are amazing.
Pumpkin Cranberry Cronut, you are amazing.

We took it easy food-wise on Monday, but we really had no choice since we were leaving on a plane in a few hours. Had our ramen fix at Nakamura. I got the mazemen (dry ramen) while he got the Yuzu Dashi (which was amazingly yuzu-y).

My Jidori Mazemen (Jidori chicken, chili granola, poached egg, bean sprouts, menma, spinach, chewy noodles) in the foreground and his Yuzu Dashi (Shio base, fresh yuzu seasoned chicken broth, chashu pork, menma, spinach, scallion, nori, thin noodles) in the background.
My Jidori Mazemen (Jidori chicken, chili granola, poached egg, bean sprouts, menma, spinach, chewy noodles) in the foreground and his Yuzu Dashi (Shio base, fresh yuzu seasoned chicken broth, chashu pork, menma, spinach, scallion, nori, thin noodles) in the background.

On the way back to the hotel, we picked up some Boba Guys and Uber’d it to the airport.

Rose milk tea, 50% sweet, with almond jelly.
Rose milk tea, 50% sweet, with almond jelly.

Our flight was delayed (thanks, United!) but really, weather was to blame. There was a hurricane coming to the East Coast, but it only rained a little (and by Houston standards, the rain was pretty wimpy). But our flight was delayed 3 hours, so we spent 5 hours at the worst airport in America, La Guardia. Thankfully I had access to the Centurion lounge so we passed a majority of our time watching the Astros beat the Boston Red Sox, charging our phones, and eating (because we didn’t eat enough on this trip).

Plate 1 of 3 that I had at the lounge. Didn't take advantage of the free cocktails though (because I don't drink).
Plate 1 of 3 that I had at the lounge. Didn’t take advantage of the free cocktails though (because I don’t drink and only alcoholics drink before a flight. JK).

Overall it was a successful food adventure (as all our trips to NYC are), and I didn’t gain any weight yippee! (we walked 4+ miles a day between meals). Thanks for a great time, NY.

Empire State Building on our walk from KazuNori.
Empire State Building on our walk from KazuNori.

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