A Taste Of The Big Apple

January 15, 2012


Mornin’ y’all! I’ve been doing my own thing this morning to make the most of my NYC visit. I slept in and then whisked myself over to Whole Foods for a quick bite before meeting friends for yoga.

Plain yogurt, fruit and cereal from the salad bar!



Ashley and Melissa met me at Strala Yoga for a STRONG class. This studio was near-perfect with a spacious loft feel, a super friendly owner to greet us, a modern vibe, a wonderful instructor who led one of the best classes I’ve taken with lots of adjustments, the perfect room temperature (very warm, not hot) and great music. During savasana I was thinking “The only thing they are missing is aromatherapy” and then I was swiped with a lovely scented balm on my forehead!

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[Photo courtesy of Ashley]

After class, we bundled up – MAN IT IS SO COLD TODAY!!! I was on a mission to get a Sunday afternoon NYC bagel thick with cream cheese and the girls took me to my dream bagel:





I had a Pumpernickel (my fav!) Raisin with a thick layer of plain cream cheese. Totally hit the spot!



We walked around for a bit and Ashley showed me the highlights of the Gramercy Park neighborhood


And we warmed up with lattes from Irving Farm


Now if only I could get a glimpse of Blair, Serena, Chuck or NATE ARCHIBALD, my weekend would be complete!

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1 melissa (fitnessnyc) January 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm

wow, you are fast! Great seeing you.:)


2 KathEats January 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm

: )


3 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot January 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Oh New York Bagels are the BEST! Delish!


4 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles January 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Sounds like a great day…yoga, friends, bagels and lattes…perfect combo!


5 Mom January 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Gosh those bagels look good. Reminded me of our New Jersey Grandma Younger days. Keep on having fun!


6 KathEats January 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Yes, this is always what I got!


7 Stephanie B. January 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Omg, that yoga studio is SO pretty! The hardwood floors are amazing. And the bagels and lattes look absolutely divine. I love the name of the bagel shop, too. On my last trip to NYC my friend and I actually went looking for “Chuck” (Ed Westwick in real life) at a bar where he supposedly hangs out, haha. Unfortunately we didn’t see him, but we did pass Mary-Louise Parker near Washington Square Park! Enjoy the rest of your time in NYC, and stay warm!


8 Cait's Plate January 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Gah! You’ve found more amazing places there than I ever have in my 5 years of working in the city!


9 Hillary January 15, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I want to dive headfirst into that bagel. Good heavens.


10 Kim January 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Did you get to take the yoga class with Tara Stiles? Love her! Looks like you are making the most out of your trip! Man, now I want a bagel!


11 KathEats January 15, 2012 at 3:49 pm

No, but I met her. She was the friendly owner!


12 ilovefetacheese January 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm

yayy tara stiles!! i love her too. I agree with kim, you’re hitting all the spots i’d want to go . bagelll droooll


13 Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm

That yoga class sounds DIVINE!


14 Kim January 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm

You’re making the most of it. I travel to NYC for work and will have to try that yoga studio next time I’m in town!!


15 Kathy W. January 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm

ess-a-bagel is def. one of the best! I miss that and my fave H&H on Broadway in the Upper West Side, which (sadly) recently closed.


16 Kathy W. January 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm

er, ON the Upper West Side.

(I even ordered a box of my beloved H&H poppy seed bagels, frozen, a few years ago…)


17 jana @ newly wife healthy life January 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Haha definitely let us know if you see the Gossip Girl crew! :-) I would be so jealous! Sounds like a perfect day to me: Whole Foods, Yoga, Lattes, plus a thick and chewy New York bagel! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!


18 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm

There are some things that are better in NYC: Pizza and bagels are in the top 5! :)


19 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 15, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Sounds like a perfect Sunday to me!


20 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon January 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm

A pumpernickel raisin bagel?!
I know what the next type of bread I’ll be baking is…


21 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm

those bagels look so delicious! That’s one thing I’m sad about now that I can’t eat gluten, I’ll never get to try a classic NY bagel! Haha oh well.


22 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 15, 2012 at 9:59 pm

It’s true – and I even scoured NYC for a gluten free one. No dice.


23 Antonia @ healthinspirations January 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Sounds like a perfect NYC day. I would love to go to Strala Yoga one day! Glad to know that you like the Gossip Girl gang (especially Nate) just as much as I do!


24 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Perfect latte swirl and love the vibrant fruit cup.

But what I’m really lusting after is that yoga space. WOW! How gorgeous! If someone can’t have a great practice in there, they never will :) It looks awesome and the aromatherapy forehead swipe…they didn’t miss a beat, did they!


25 Lethal Astronaut January 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Those berries look sooooooo good!

Okay, I’m off to the berry farm down the road to get some more strawberries…yum.


26 Cait January 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm

wow what a layer of cream cheese–did you indulge and eat it all?

I have been to NYC multiple times, but have yet to enjoy a true NY bagel.I need to!


27 KathEats January 15, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Yes of course! It was part of the experience.

But if I ate this everyday I would not have.


28 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm

WHOA….craving a bagel right NOW! Thanks 😉


29 Suz January 15, 2012 at 4:41 pm

wow, you crammed a lot during your stay here! I live nearby and I haven’t even been to half the places you hit up. Thanks for the recap – I’ll have to try some of those places out.

If you need a lunch/dinner recommendation (for future trips), you must check out ABC Kitchen. They use all organic/local ingredients, and they have such interesting and delicious dishes. My friend and I had a yummy Roasted Kabocha Squash and Fresh Ricotta on Toast a few weeks ago. It’s in the ABC Carpet and Home store. Have you been? If you love beautiful home items (and I know you do!), you’ll love this place.

Enjoy the rest of your trip!


30 Gloria January 15, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I saw Jake Gylenhaal in there and sat next to Taye Diggs and his wife.


31 Suz January 16, 2012 at 9:42 am

That’s awesome, Gloria. I guess celebrities like this place too. I saw Lucy Liu in there shopping a few weeks ago.


32 Glora January 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm

yeah ABC is a celeb hot spot!


33 Emily @ The Swallow Flies January 15, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I must be starving because I am now craving your Whole Foods breakfast and that delicious-looking bagel! What to eat, what to eat…


34 Elisabeth January 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm

That bagel looks delicious! I love anything pumpernickel :)


35 Kate @ Stripes and Polka Dots January 15, 2012 at 4:59 pm

That bagel just stopped me in my tracks. It looks amazing!


36 Bee Goes Bananas January 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I wish I lived close to a Whole Foods near my home. It always look so delicious!


37 Lynn @ the actor's diet January 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Oh my god ess a bagel! When I lived in NYC that’s where my husband and I had lunch every week since he worked nearby.


38 Simply Life January 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Looks like a day filled with such GOOD food! YUM!


39 Emily January 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Yes, you can get whole foods at home, but nothing better than NYC Whole Foods, right?


40 Ash Bear January 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I’m so thankful we’ve had the chance to spend time together. You’re NYC readers have so many new places to try. Even Bo and I now want to try some of the restaurants and bars you’ve visited! :)


41 Karen January 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm

That yoga studio looks absolutely fabulous!!

Safe travels home, Kath.


42 Emily January 15, 2012 at 6:20 pm

AHHHH…I haven’t been to ess a bagel in years and now I’m going to need to be there immediately! No other bagel compares. Thanks for the reminder!


43 Christine January 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Such a PERFECT morning! Literally just picked up my chandeller for our hallway – so excited to put it up. haha – would have loved to run into Chuck 😉


44 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I’ve never seen a WF salad bar serve fruit, cereal and yogurt before! I wonder if it’s only the NYC WF that does that or if I’ve just never gone to a WF early enough…


45 hippierunner January 15, 2012 at 6:49 pm

There’s a way to stalk the Gossip Girl cast while they film- this site onlocationvacations is great at that! It’s a fun way to check what’s out there filming. Good luck! 😉


46 KathEats January 15, 2012 at 11:06 pm

If I lived here, I would stalk that site!


47 Erin January 15, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I wish our Whole Foods had a fruit selection like that! We always have lunch/dinner stuff.


48 Diana @ frontyardfoodie January 15, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Mmmm, pumpernickel with raisins and cream cheese sounds incredible. I want that right now….


49 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 15, 2012 at 7:21 pm

looks so delicious! Sounds like a fun afternoon :)


50 Sarah (I Dream of Beets) January 15, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Beautiful pictures from the weekend. I find that I love the early mornings for myself. I have house guests now, but I’ve been getting up at 530 to enjoy some me time and some exercise. Now I just need to find a job where the hours at 4-11 am. I’m productive during that time!


51 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy January 15, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Ha, I was just saying to my husband yesterday while we were in the city that my dream is to see one of the actors/actresses from Gossip Girl out and about! :)


52 Kavi @ Lab to Fab! January 15, 2012 at 7:48 pm

haha to hang out with Serena, Blair, Chuck, and Nate you’d have to trek up to the UES! Glad you had yummy bagels and lattes to keep you warm… you picked the coldest weekend in recent memory!


53 KathyZS January 15, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Essa Bagel ROCKS!! That is where my city friends send me for the BEST bagels!



54 sally January 15, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I’m not sure how healthy that that fat bagel with cream cheese, but every girl has to have a treat day (or trip :)

Would love for you to share your thoughts at our site – have a lot of people asking food question, and a dietician’s perspective would be really welcomed!



55 Tee @ She Writes, Bites, and Window Shops January 15, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I am now totally craving a NY bagel with cream cheese!


56 Jen January 15, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Oh my gosh, I love everything about this. I think I would love to spend every Sunday morning like this – cream cheese bagel included please!


57 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 15, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Bagels like that are one of the few things I absolutely love about NY :)


58 Krissy - Shiawase Life January 15, 2012 at 9:46 pm

I loved Ess-a-bagel on our trip, too! Yummmmmo!!!!


59 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 15, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Gosh I LOVE NYC! Now if only they could offer lactose free cream cheese on bagels then I could recreate that moment some day. I’ll just have to stick with a toasted bagel free of butter or cheese (it’s still delicious though). :)


60 KathEats January 15, 2012 at 11:07 pm

They actually had a tofu cream cheese, which I am assuming was lactose free


61 Blessing @ Working Mom Journal January 15, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Never been to Ess-a-bagel, will make it a point to visit next time i’m in NYC. I love how you plan to work out when you travel. I am never able to do that, it seems like I am on a full blown schedule whenever I am out of town. Have a safe trip back. Are you guys open MLK day?


62 KathEats January 15, 2012 at 11:07 pm



63 Sara January 15, 2012 at 10:43 pm

gotta ask — did you really eat ALL that cream cheese?


64 Gloria January 15, 2012 at 10:48 pm

why not?! it’s dellish!


65 KathEats January 15, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Yes! I love it and this was the time to eat it all. That would be like removing icing from a cake :)

But of course if I ate bagels everyday I would use it much more sparingly


66 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles January 15, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I would totally be thinking about Gossip Girl if I were wandering around New York, too! They definitely make it look glamorous – I just don’t know if I could handle the chilly temps!


67 Leah January 15, 2012 at 11:43 pm

My recommendation is Sugar Sweet Sunshine on the Lower East Side. It’s a tiny, 70s-tastic shop with a lot of amazing flavor combos. Gala Darling (of Icing) rated it best, and I adored it. I recommend the pistachio or the lemon!


68 Khushboo January 16, 2012 at 1:34 am

Oh boy that bagel looks delectable! After my sandwich yesterday, I am certain that pumpernickel is my favorite bread…even better in bagel form!


69 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings January 16, 2012 at 9:02 am

Oooooooooohhhhhh, that bagel! Om nom nom nom nom nom nom 😀 And the yoga sounds perfect as well :)


70 Angel7 January 16, 2012 at 9:50 am

I am hungry for an awesome bagel with lots ‘o cream cheese, and a cup of great coffee with lots ‘o cream in it!!!



71 Meagan January 16, 2012 at 9:58 am

I definitely thought this was fro-yo!


72 Brittany (healthy slice of life) January 16, 2012 at 11:11 am

I’ve never been to NYC, but that bagel alone is making me want to book a flight! Well, that and the chance of running into Chuck Bass 😉 swoon.


73 seana January 16, 2012 at 11:11 am

Be glad you were in NYC. Where I live in upstate NY was a chilly -13 yesterday morning (-27 if you count the windchill factor). Glad to see you guys having fun!


74 Mary January 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm

What a great trip and fun day.


75 Gena January 18, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Oh, Kath. It made me SO sad to read this post and realize I wasn’t in NYC to say hi or dine or do yoga with you on this trip. BUT so happy to see that you got to spend time with one of my all time favorite people (Melissa). Hope you liked Strala — I’m a fan! xoxo


76 KathEats January 18, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I had a blast and thought about you many times :)


77 KathEats January 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm

pS. And I really wanted to get some of that chai drink that we loved but didn’t have time!


78 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie January 18, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Bagels = drool.


79 lindzjane115 February 8, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I’ll be in NYC this weekend, and my friend suggested we meet for coffee at Irving Farm! I thought it sounded familiar, and remembered you had gone there on your trip, too! Such a small world. :-)


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