Hi friends, welcome back to another edition of my monthly series showcasing all my delicious eats during the month. As you know, one of my favorite parts of living in NYC is the abundance of incredible food, and I’ve been on a mission to try all the best places and share my finds along the way. Disclaimer: these posts will cause hunger 🙂 If you want to stay up to date on all my foodie finds, you can follow my food Instagram here.
As usual, I went to Dominique Ansel to grab the monthly cronut flavor of Blueberry & Sweet Corn. It is described as “Homemade blueberry jam, fruity and tart and complemented by a creamy sweet corn ganache” and this was one of my favorites! I was a little nervous after being burned by the Black Truffle & Caramel Popcorn last month, but Dominique Ansel made up for it this month! I tasted the tart blueberry and then a hint of creaminess to balance it out.
My ordering so far of most to least favorite: Salted Caramel Pretzel, Lychee Ganache & Mascarpone Ganache, Blueberry & Sweet Corn, Ube Ganache & Thai Coconut Ganache Cronut, Strawberry Poppyseed & Buttermilk, Honey Peach Jam & Graham Cracker Ganache, Almond and Fig, Passionfruit & Vanilla, Caramel Flan & Orange Marmalade, Green Apple Butterscotch, and Black Truffle & Caramel Popcorn Cronut.
Jon and I went to Mister Dips for the July cone called Summer Patriot. It was vanilla soft serve coated with sweet cherry, bourbon vanilla, and blue raspberry. This was all over my hands in about thirty seconds. I love these cones, but they are so hard to eat in the summer with the hard shell.
I was invited to all of the following restaurants:
Nish Nush had some of the creamiest hummus I’ve ever had, it was delicious! The falafel was very filling too and a great spot for a quick, healthier meal.
Jon and I got to try Brooklyn Farm and had the most delicious Pad Thai and Ka Pao Gai Kai Dao (ground chicken, garlic chili, basil). You know something’s good if I forget to take a picture until after I’ve tried it.
The Tang is a Chinese noodle bar restaurant on the Upper West Side. I loved the Drunk Noodles (Braised beef soup mixed with Momofuku Hozon and chickpea paste, fried ground pork sauce, fried garlic, scallions and topped with beef shanks, sesame seeds, and chili) and Spicy Diced Chicken (Crispy diced chicken with red chili and Sichuan peppercorn). My friend enjoyed the Tang’s Herbal Chicken Noodle Soup. This restaurant is a bit far north, but the food is delicious!
Little Alley is a very popular Shanghainese restaurant in Midtown and earned a spot on the Bib Gourmand-designated restaurants list by Michelin. My favorite dishes were the Shanghai Stir Fried Noodles, Pork Soup Dumplings, and Dong Po Pork with Buns. We loved this meal and trying out a different cuisine than we usually indulge in.
I had so much fun at Peachy Keene, a 70s inspired restaurant in Midtown. It felt like stepping into a different decade and I loved drinking out of my light up disco ball cup while ABBA played. I’d say the drinks and vibe is slightly better than the food, but we had a great time! We tried the Crab & Corn Beignets, Truffled Mac & Cheese, PK Smash Burger (wouldn’t order again), Chicken & Waffle, and Groovy Vanilla Milkshake.
Black Tap is famous for their crazy milkshakes, and Jon and I stood in the rain for 45 minutes back in February 2018 to try this spot out. You can read about it here, one of my first blog posts when I didn’t know how to edit pictures, and as you can see my photo quality has increased drastically!! My friend and I went to a pop-up Blacktap location called Singles & Doubles where they have a shorter menu and the burgers are smaller than the regular location, but all the great taste! This is intended to be a delivery/takeout spot, but they have plenty of indoor seating and as you can see, the portions are still massive!! I got the Mexico City Burger (prime burger, pepper jack cheese, crispy onions, pickled jalapeños, chipotle mayo) and Black Tap Cheese Fries (queso, parmesan, smoked bacon, scallion, sour cream & onion)
The famous shakes: BROOKLYN BLACKOUT (chocolate frosted rim with mini chocolate chips topped with two chocolate brownies, whipped cream & chocolate drizzle), THE CAKESHAKE® (vanilla frosted rim with rainbow sprinkles topped with a funfetti cake slice, whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles & a cherry), THE COOKIE SHAKE (vanilla frosted rim with cookie crumbles topped with a ‘cookiewich,’crumbled cookies, chocolate chips, whipped cream & chocolate drizzle). These are very sugary so I’d definitely recommend sharing!
Cucina 8 ½ is an upscale Italian restaurant right by Central Park. It reminded me a lot of Lincoln Ristorante and was even featured in an episode of Sex and the City. We ordered the Meatballs, Focaccia Bread, Raviolo, Spaghetti Al Limone, Spaghettini, Braciola Di Maile (Pork), Zeppolas, and Gelato. Their summer drink is a Limoncello Spritz and this was so refreshing and delicious!
Insomnia Cookies now has their own brand of ice cream with their cookies mixed in. They only had mint and cookies n’ cream when I was there, but they both tasted yummy! Insomnia is such a classic, they had one at Michigan State when I was there and I loved stopping in during finals week.
Funny Face Bakery is one of my favorite bakeries in NYC and they have a limited edition banana, toffee, and chocolate chip cookie. It tasted just like banana bread in cookie form. I prefer their regular flavors, but this was fun to try!
What caught your eye this month?