Foodie Friday: August 2022

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 Mango Jam & Milk Chocolate Ganache. I had very high expectations for this one because I love dried mangoes and milk chocolate. I was hoping it would taste like a chocolate covered mango, but I only tasted the mango flavoring with a hint of cream, no chocolate. It was different than I expected, but still a great flavor combo worth trying 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, Mango Jam & Milk Chocolate Ganache, 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.

My friend and I went to Mister Dips and I got my favorite flavor of theirs, S’mores. It melted all over the place, but I was prepared this time so it didn’t get all over me, just the pier.

I was invited to all of the following restaurants:

Nerai is an upscale Greek restaurant that feels like you’ve been transported to Santorini. The décor is cool, but the food is even better. We ordered the Saganaki, Sun Kissed cocktails, Pikilia (tzatziki, hummus, & spicy whipped feta), Astakomakaronada (poached Maine lobster over squid ink pasta), Paidakia Sti Skara (grilled Colorado lamb rack), and Chocolate Mousse. Everything tasted so delicious and I would recommend Nerai for a date night, dinner with friends, a place to bring your parents, and great for business lunches/dinner.

We checked out Seamore’s UES Location for a $28 for bottomless Mimosas, Bellinis, Bloody Mary’s, Aperol Spritzes, and Margaritas for 90 minutes with the purchase of an entree. We enjoyed a margarita, Yellowfin Tuna Poke, Lobster 🦞 Mac + Cheese, Lobster Benedict, and their famous Churro Ice Cream Sandwich. This is a popular restaurant in NYC with a few locations, but I think it’s a tad overpriced compared to other restaurants in the city.

Our favorite brunch of the month was at Cask. On weekends you can enjoy bottomless cocktails for $29.95, or try out their delicious brunch cocktails like their incredibly popular Espresso Martini. There is also a DJ playing and we had such a fun time here! The food is delicious, portions are large, and the drinks strong. Our favorite drink was the Cask Punch and they also let us try the Bloody Maria and Espresso Martini. For entrees we had the Bananas Foster French Toast and Pulled Pork Burrito. The brownie was the perfect way to end this lovely brunch!

Xeo Cantina serves Vietnamese food with a Mexican twist and it’s such a great flavor combination. The menu has a wide variety so there’s something for everyone and I’d recommend anything on the menu. My favorites were the Xeo Wings, Grilled Pork Chop Taco, Grilled Nem Nuong Summer Rolls, and Spicy Mai Tai. We also had the Fried Crab Spring Rolls, Grilled Chicken Lemongrass Summer Rolls, and Jon enjoyed the Fried Catfish Taco.

Handcraft Burgers & Brew is located near Bryant Park and serves smash burgers and craft beer. This was delicious and would be the perfect quick lunch/dinner. I also thought it was a great deal for the quality/taste. I tried the “OG” burger (Double Certified Angus Beef Patties, Sharp American Cheddar, Handcraft Sauce, Shredded Romaine Lettuce, Tomato, Brioche Bun) and it was one of the best burgers I’ve had in a while.

I went to a tasting at Plnt Burger and I was amazed at how much vegan food has improved in the last few years. Based on the above I’m clearly not a vegan, and I don’t like mushrooms or tomatoes, but everything I tried tasted so good! PLNT Burger’s signature Mushroom BBQ Bacon Burger made history as being the first vegan burger allowed to enter Rachel Ray’s Burger Bash competition. The event is sponsored by Pat LaFrieda Meats so Plnt Burger was allowed to participate in the competition, but couldn’t win because it isn’t made of meat. I thought that was pretty neat! They are working on expanding, but have 11 locations on the East Coast.

What caught your eye this month?

P.S. We are in Germany so it may be quiet around here for the next week 🙂

24 thoughts on “Foodie Friday: August 2022

  1. That is a lot of good eating Lyssy. Love the drip cups on the cones (likely never big enough for soft serve on a hot day) and the Greek food looks amazing. We have made Saganaki at home and despite the 5 foot high flames, never burnt the house down. Happy Friday. Allan

    1. As much as I like ice cream in the summer, I’m looking forward to not having the mess this fall. That is pretty brave to make Saganaki at home! Glad the fire department hasn’t had to come 🙂

  2. Wow Lyssy! You guys eat so well, it is almost disgusting.🤣 The OG Burger is definitely OG. Yum! The bottomless drink places sound dangerous. They remind me of Steak & Brew many years ago that had all you can eat and drink days.

    1. I’m not sure how we’ll ever give up the food scene in NYC! In my younger years I would’ve been all for a bottomless brunch, but now they are not worth the next days misery. All you can eat and drink sounds very dangerous!

    1. Burgers are always a good idea 🙂 I can’t wait to share about Germany, it’s a lot more nature, less history than my Paris/London series so won’t take as long to write 🙂

  3. I am constantly amazed by just how next level imaginative and seemingly delicious those donuts are. Everything you’ve shared here looks to be 10/10, but it’s been a long time since I had Greek food, so that’s the stuff that’s stuck in my head.

    1. I would love to see how they come up with the donut flavors/make them! I don’t have Greek food very often, but it always hits the spot!

  4. My choice (and the consensus of comments so far) is anything from the Nerai menu. Every photo looks picture-perfect delicious and I’d try the Astakomaka-whatever-you-call-it just for the name 🙂 Honorable mention to this month’s cronut photo (the one split in two). I’m not a mango fan but it still looks amazing. And bottomless drinks on a timer? Here’s hoping those patrons are walking home instead of driving!

    1. Nerai was outstanding! I made Jon tell the waiter our order because I had no idea how to pronounce Astakomaka, but it was delicious! I love trying out all the cronuts, the flavors are always so unique! Luckily in NYC people rarely drive places, so bottomless brunch goers are usually not dangerous 🙂

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