Cups, Cats, Cafes

August 5, 2010

Hi Hi!

Other than a short flight delay, all travel went smoothly! Mom and I made it; Larbs is on the way by train. So fun to have company on this journey.

Airport nourishment:

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I paid $8 to try to watch Caitlin live on the Today Show and had no luck with the streaming! I think the blog community crashed their site :)

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During my flight I studied my RD flashcards. I now know them ALL!!! Feeling good about the looming exam I hope to take sometime in the future :)

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Arrival

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Taxi

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TRAFFIC

HUNGER!!

Had half of this for a tide-me-over that worked like a charm. And LOVED the flavor!!

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We got to our hotel and ventured back out at 1:30 to find a place to eat. Upon previous blog recommendations, we found Amy’s Bread.

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Sadly the line was out the door and there was no where to sit, so we kept looking.

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We just happened to be in Hell’s Kitchen and found an array of awesome cafes all in a row. We chose Riposo for its indoor/outdoor table!

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I could not have designed a more perfect cafe myself –

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Mom and I ordered salads – which were DIVINE and just what I wanted.

Hers

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Mine

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LOTS of arugula!

Dressing on the side

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Mom’s was kalamata olive and I took some too – it was almost a paste and was such a great salad enhancer

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And thenn…….

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We thought we were getting a tiny flatbread, but this guy was huge! Huge meaty mushrooms, creamy goat cheese, parmesan – it was incredible!!

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I had two pieces and stopped before I felt full – mindful eating. I could have easily inhaled all of this myself!

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We brought the rest home for Larbs.

We are all in need of a pedicure and are hoping to find something inexpensive nearby. Recommendations welcome!

Do you have a favorite NYC restaurant? Dinner? Brunch? Cupcakes? Please share!

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1 Heather (Heather's Dish) August 5, 2010 at 2:23 pm

i’ve never been to NYC before, but always wanted to try magnolia! i just love looking at all of the pictures :) plus there’s a dessert bus i saw on foodnetwork one time that has bread pudding with bacon creme anglaise that i would DIE if i got to try!

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2 wishful nals August 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm

sadly, i don’t have any recommendations! i leave tomorrow morning for NYC and the conference myself. can’t wait to be there and to feel the energy! enjoy the pedicures :)

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3 Christie {Honoring Health} August 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Glad you arrived safely! Your lunch looks delicious!

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4 Evan Thomas August 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Those salads look sooooo good.
I’ve never eaten in NYC but I hear good things about Magnolia Bakery

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5 Marilou @ Mostly Healthy August 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm

This place seems awesome! It so worth it some times tom go outside of the “tourist trap” … :)

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6 ruby red August 5, 2010 at 2:26 pm

You MUST go to Candle Cafe while you’re in NYC! It’s all hearty veggie food, generous portions, such an exciting menu! (And healthy too, not greasy-tasty!)
It’s on the Upper West Side, in a beautiful area, and is a great, do-able 2.4-ish mile walk from Times Square!

I also like take-out from One Lucky Duck (all raw). I recommend the S&M salad and a side of manna bread – it’s the best salad I’ve had in my LIFE!

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7 Lolly August 5, 2010 at 2:27 pm

OMG that all looks divine. You are going to have a lovely weekend of weather in NYC. BTW>>>Trader Joe’s has a frozen Wild Mushroom & Black Truffle flatbread pizza w’mozzarella that is absolutely amazing for a “frozen pizza.”
I always keep a few on hand for impromptu guests/cocktail snacks.

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8 Kim August 5, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Kath, that first picture of you especially is stunning! You’re gorgeous!

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9 Ellen August 5, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Welcome to NYC :) I have a few recommendations! Rouge Tomate is a great restaurant featuring a fresh, local, seasonal menu (and great drink concoctions). Also, the BEST pizza is at Keste in the West Village (I’ve started to go there weekly, haha). Get the margarita pizza (well, they’re all good, but margarita is where it’s at). Can’t help you with cupcakes, though, I think they’re all pretty good :) Enjoy!

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10 Lolly August 5, 2010 at 2:52 pm

the best pizza WAS at Una Pizza Napoletana but Keste is very good too!

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11 Gillian August 5, 2010 at 3:51 pm

You cannot go to NYC and not visit Crumbs for their amazing cupcakes. There are several locations:
http://www.crumbs.com/

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12 Cheryl August 5, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Yes! Crumbs has THE best cupcakes. I want to say it’s in midtown. I highly recommend the triple chocolate (not sure of the exact name) and the S’mores.

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13 Tricia August 5, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Crumbs is the best!!! The carmel apple cupcake is to die for!!!

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14 Lisa - respect the shoes August 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm

If you want a good brunch/lunch place, I recommend Petite Abeille. There’s one location in the Flatiron District and another a few blocks from Magnolia Bakery on Hudson St. They’re breakfasts are awesome.

And if you’re looking for a good bagel, try Murray’s. They’re located in the West Village between 6th and 13th. GOOD bagels and tons of different lox choices.

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15 Lisa - respect the shoes August 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Ugh, I meant “their breakfasts” not “they’re.”

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16 Jess August 5, 2010 at 2:30 pm

If you want seriously the best nachos of your life (and a cheap shared meal), you should go to Cilantro on the Upper East Side. There’s a location on 71st and 1st that has a nacho plate for $9 that is huuuuge and topped with guac, jalapenos, homemade salsa, black beans, sour cream, veggies, and great cheese distribution! I get that with my boyfriend all the time and it’s seriously more than enough food for the both of us. If you in the mood for incredible veggie food, Candle Cafe and the Green Bean Cafe (both on the Upper East Side) have great eats. As for cupcakes, I really don’t think you can beat a basic Magnolia yellow cupcake with chocolate frosting — the magic is in that buttercream frosting and since they now have several locations, it’s even easier to now get a Magnolia fix! Good luck and have so much fun!

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17 Nicole August 5, 2010 at 3:23 pm

The Hummingbird Cake at Magnolia is pretty amazing!

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18 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 5, 2010 at 2:30 pm

The flatbread looks amazing! Totally my type of pizza. :D

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19 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 5, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I’m glad you arrived safe! That is so awesome that you know all of the cards!!! I’m a huge index card person

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20 Suzanne August 5, 2010 at 2:31 pm

You definitely won’t be at a loss of places to check out! In Hell’s Kitchen, you should go toRuby et Violette for gourmet cookies! I love that place! And when I reviewed them they sent me a huge box of cookies as a thank you. Definitely a plus :)

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21 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 5, 2010 at 2:32 pm

That is awesome! A girls trip. Enjoy it…I miss my mom and sisters!

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22 Heather @ The Single Dish August 5, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Try Baby Cakes (vegan bakery in the village) and of course Magnolia Bakery for their very famous cupcakes and banana pudding (a lot of celebs too)! As for food…so many places to eat! Bryant Park Grill is great for a view and a great place for happy hour on The Porch.

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23 amy August 5, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Dinner at Perilla is pricy but amazing. Harold from Top Chef Season 1 is the chef and owner.

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24 Laura August 5, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Spotted Pig for lunch is amazing…
Little Owl is great.
CO for Pizza is really good
Go to Chelsea Market where there are a bunch of great choices like Fat Witch and Eleni’s. Ronnybrook Dairy there has a great breakfast place as well.
Have fun. NYC is the best.

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25 Shion August 5, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Kath, I just sent you an email with a list of my favorite restaurants in New York City. Have a great time!

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26 Kaitlin With Honey August 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Try the PB & Co. Sandwich Store in Greenwich Village!

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27 Kristin August 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm

manis and pedis: $20 for both at Bao Mei Guo on 14th street near 7th Ave or $25 for both at Chelsea Nail on 23rd & 6th Ave.
Restaurants to try if you want some cheap but really good thai/ asian fusion is Cafetasia on 8th street. i love the cupcakes from crumbs – locations all over the city!
enjoy new york! i love this city!

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28 Kristin August 5, 2010 at 2:36 pm

also – the limelight marketplace on 6th ave and 20th street is very cool. a bunch of cute shops and cafes in a converted church/ club. they have good cupcakes there but i cant remember the name!

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29 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) August 5, 2010 at 2:35 pm

That cafe looks great! I would love to be in NYC today! Have fun =D

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30 Beth P. August 5, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I would second Ellen’s pizza recommendation – Keste is great for pizza! One of my favorite places is Penelope’s (Midtown East – Lexington and East 30th). Best veggie burger ever – seriously! Really cute place too (cash only though). I also love Jadis – it’s this great little wine bar in the East Village (has scallops wrapped in bacon, great quiches, salads, and wine) with comfy couches and exposed brick. Totally chill – 42 Rivington Street is their address. Re: treats – there is always the Treats Truck (www.treatstruck.com). Check the website for locations – great brownies & cookies. Re: cupcakes I’d say either Magnolia or Crumbs – both are delish (Magnolia it depends on what cupcake you get….). Brunch – Marsielle in Hell’s Kitchen has a great (and affordable – well for NYC) brunch! It’s on the corner of 44th and 9th. Have a great time during your visit to NYC!

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31 Danielle August 5, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Hell’s Kitchen is my hood! If you want to go back for dinner, try Kashkaval on 9th and 56th. They have the BEST spreads (think hummus, eggplant tapanade, babaganoush), great wine, and a cozy atmosphere. You could walk down to Amy’s for a cupcake afterward! Although I am partial to their chocolate chip cookies.

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32 Kristen K August 5, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I live in Hell’s Kitchen too and Kashkaval is my FAVORITE restaurant in HK. Other good places: 9th Ave Vintner (46th and 9th), Wondee Siam for yummy Thai (the one on the east side of 9th Ave and 52nd I think, BYOB), Aaheli for Indian (54th and 9th, also BYOB). Billy’s Bakery and Butter Lane are good cupcake places.

People’s Pops in Chelsea Market makes AMAZING locally-sourced handmade artisianal popsicles – amazing!

Have fun and enjoy NYC :)

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33 Rachel August 5, 2010 at 8:40 pm

ooo yes to Kashkaval! The whole foods in columbus circle is fab for park picnics, too.

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34 melissa August 5, 2010 at 2:39 pm

You’re in nyc?! Maybe i’ll see you at OS tonight?

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35 Deirdre August 5, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Some of favorite restaurants in New York: Perilla in the West Village, The Smith in the East Village, Lure Fishbar in Soho, and all three of those places also have great brunches. Mercadito is great for tapas. I prefer Magnolia Cupcakes over Crumbs but its a constant argument New Yorkers get into. I just prefer frosting that is not sickingly sweet and that’s why I like Magnolia. I hope I get to see you while you’re here but there’s always the Summit next week! I hope you have a fab time with your mom and sister.

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36 Callie @ Callieflower Kitchen August 5, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Mmm that pizza looks both gigantic and delicious!

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37 Camille August 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Caitlin put the clip up on her blog. She was amazing!
Oooh, favorite NYC eats? You must have some cheesecake from Roxy Deli in Times Square. It will change your life :)

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38 R @ learningasichop.wordpress.com August 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I love that you’re in NYC! You should definitely venture out to Brooklyn. I think you would really like it

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39 Jen August 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm

This little NYC resident recommends: Citrus, Josie’s, Peacefood Cafe (MUST!!), Blossom, Good Enough to Eat (if you go for brunch, show up right as they open their doors), Community Food & Juice… The list could keep going. Enjoy!

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40 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 5, 2010 at 2:46 pm

When I was in New York the only memorable place was Carnegie Deli — the pastrami sandwich is massive but delicious.

You look so beautiful in your pics! Have a great time!

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41 Jen August 5, 2010 at 2:47 pm

My favorites in NYC are Magnolia for Cupcakes and Blue 9 Burger for cheap (really! in NY!) burgers that are both homemade and FANTASTIC. You just have to be willing to brave the NYU crowds, depending on what time you go!

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42 Julia August 5, 2010 at 2:48 pm

If you’re in the mood to try something completely different, a little pricey, but totally incredible, try Pure Food and Wine. It’s an upscale raw restaurant. If you can’t make it to the restaurant, at least try to go to The Takeaway. There raw ice cream is to die for. My sister and I went to the restaurant last time we were in NYC. It was an unforgettable experience. http://www.oneluckyduck.com/purefoodandwine/

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43 JENNA August 5, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I’ve heard so much about magnolia of course! I’m sure you are in foodie heaven in NYC! I hope you have a great time! So cool it’s just an all girls trip with your mom and sister.

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44 Morgan August 5, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Hey Kath! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, but I’m not sure that I’ve ever commented before. I actually lived in New York for two years and I was just visiting this past weekend. Max Brenner’s is one of my favorites, but I think you said that you’ve been before. My favorite cupcakes are from Crumbs (http://www.crumbs.com/). The day before I left, some friends told me about the cupcakes at Dean & Deluca (http://www.deandeluca.com/Aboutus/Default.aspx?id=190&selItemId=190&parentItemId=14 -supposedly better than Magnolia or Crumbs) and Baked by Melissa (http://www.bakedbymelissa.com/ -scrumptious itty bitty cupcakes). Both are apparently amazing, but I sadly never got a chance to try either. While I was in town, I tried cupcakes from Butter Lane (http://www.butterlane.com/) and, though they were incredible, I still think I prefer Crumbs. If you like cheesecake, I suggest that you try Junior’s (http://www.juniorscheesecake.com/) It’s so good!

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45 Lauren August 5, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Cafe Lalo for delicious coffee drinks (both adult and non-adult ;) ) and great fruit, tarts, baked goods!

Another delicious place – Republic. It’s a noodle bar!

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46 Amanda August 5, 2010 at 2:51 pm

You must try Spring Street Natural Restaurant in SoHo. They have the best food! I ordered a all natural smoked turkey sandwich that had a sharp cheese and ligonberry perserves on a really fresh baked bread! I actually ordered it when I was on vacation to NY because of your cheese jam combo!

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47 Jess August 5, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Divine Bar is my fave place! Go there if you can :) It was on Sex and the City episode back in the day too! They have great Sangria.

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48 Jen @ Jen is Green August 5, 2010 at 2:53 pm

The pizza looks incredible! I’m putting this on my must-eat-at list for when I go to NYC next weekend! Looks amazing!! I love the city–so many great places for food! :-)

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49 Tiffany August 5, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Glad to see you arrived safely. Your lunch looks amazing (per usual) and I’m totally wishing I could have that instead of my boring sandwich.

Try Crumbs! I’ve had Magnolia and Crumbs, and I honestly thought Magnolia was overhyped.

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50 Allison K August 5, 2010 at 2:54 pm

I wish I had recs. but I’ve never been there! It’s def. near the top of my “to visit” list!

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51 Dorry August 5, 2010 at 2:55 pm

My favorite brunch is at Bubby’s! And I love Billy’s Bakery (maybe b/c my fiance is Billy?) :)

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52 Janna (Janna's Keeping it Real) August 5, 2010 at 2:56 pm

How fun that your family was able to join you! That makes traveling so much fun!

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53 Jenn August 5, 2010 at 2:57 pm

As far as restaurants:
Becco’s on 46th Street between 8th and 9th (call for a reservation) – Great reasonable Italian
Craft on 19th street is great (Tom Colicchio’s restaurant)
Also for an overall food experience, you should head over to the farmers market in Union Square if you will be here on Saturday, or head to the Chelsea Market on 9th Ave.
Cupcakes you need to go to Billy’s Bakery in Chelsea – 9th Avenue between 21st and 22nd. It’s in my neighborhood – we could always meet up for a treat!

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54 Jason August 5, 2010 at 2:57 pm

TAO (kinda expensive)
Public
Blue Chili (off Broadway)
Nobu, I think the lesser expensive is called Nobu Next Door

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55 Megan August 5, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now, but have never made a comment. I’m currently in New York for work for the next 6 weeks. Pure Food and Wine is amazing! They have takeout, too, if you can’t get reservations/don’t have time. It’s an upscale Raw food place. The story about their everyday work life is incredible! If you are lucky, they will take you through their kitchen where they begin “cooking” everything VERY early each morning!

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56 Pam August 5, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Pommes Frites on 2nd Ave in the East Village… twice-fried Belgium style french fries with TONS of dipping sauces… I never go to NYC without visiting Pommes Frites!! :o)

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57 Melissa August 5, 2010 at 9:31 pm

mmm… I’ve now got a craving for their fries with some Vietnamese pineapple mayo. My fav.

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58 stephanie@Avocado Nation August 5, 2010 at 3:02 pm

For cupcakes, Magnolia cafe. If you want some awesome veggie food and an amazing organic wine selection try Counter in the East Village. Best NY pizza is Grimaldi’s under the Brooklyn Bridge. Man, I do miss NY sometimes.

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59 Beth P. August 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm

I would 2nd this Grimaldi’s is truly THE BEST (In my opinion!)

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60 Kathi August 5, 2010 at 3:02 pm

How fun with your Mom and sister along! We love Pigalle on 8th and 48th. Also if you want to picnic in Central Park, there is a fabulous Whole Foods in the bottom level of the Time Warner Center right across from the park. Have fun!

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61 Rachael @ Mrs-Adventure August 5, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Since I have never been to NY before I am living through you… That salad looks awesome, now I’m hungry :+)

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62 Jo @ Steamed Broccoli August 5, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Love that you’re in NYC! Cupcakes: Magnolia, Bily’s Bakery, (definitely not Crumbs!). Restaurants: Uva Wine Bar, The Green Table in Chelsea Market, Candle Cafe. Have a great time & enjoy!

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63 Lauren @ 40Apples August 5, 2010 at 3:05 pm

- If you like falafel, you should try Taim in the West Village – legendary and delicious: http://www.yelp.com/biz/taim-falafel-and-smoothie-bar-new-york
- On that note, since you’re staying in Hell’s Kitchen you could check out Azuri http://www.yelp.com/biz/azuri-cafe-new-york – I’ve never been but aside from Taim this is definitely the other NY falafel favorite!
- If you do get to W. Village, Magnolia is, of course down there. But my favorite cupcakes in the city are Baked (not Baked by Melissa, just “Baked” :) ) – their chocolate sea salt caramel cupcake blew my mind!! They’re made in Brooklyn but you can find them at Royale Cafe on 6th Ave. and 11th St. (also West Village)
Other random recommendations:
- Birdbath Bakery (amazing organic baked goods, locations around downtown)
- for brunch: Little Giant (Lower East Side) or their sister restaurant the Tipsy Parson (Chelsea) – both have their famous buttermilk-chive biscuit with honey butter! (LG’s brunch menu: http://www.littlegiantnyc.com/menus/menubrunch.pdf)
- for dinner: Otto (in the Village), Mario Batali’s pizza place – a great and much cheaper taste of his amazing good; wonderful pizzas and lots of vegetarian (and not) antipasti; plus famously amazing gelato

Oh man, I could go on and on! That’s a start for you :)

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64 Simply Life August 5, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Oh that restaurant looks amazing!

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65 Ilana August 5, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Too many recs! Ack, ok here are a few.
Candle cafe is a go, blue ribbon: cafe, bakery, sushi are all good.
Personally I love babycakes for vegan and glutenfree muffins and
cupcakes- I know!! but they are really yummy.
Patsy’s pizza in Brooklyn heights is the very best but you have to take the subway
and might not have time. John’s is good too. Prune for brunch.
Vong is amazing and sometimes has deals/ prix fixe menus. Fancy.
Grom and laboratorio de gelato for gelato!

Any small clean looking nail place on the mid to upper east side on Lexington or Madison
is good! ==Have fun!!

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66 Angela (the lady loves to eat) August 5, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Oh that food looks divine! Your moms salad looked so pretty and delicious!

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67 Jenny August 5, 2010 at 3:14 pm

I really liked Tea & Sympathy…lots of cute british teacups everywhere :-)
On Greenwich between W 12 & W13th.

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68 Katie August 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Hey kath! I moved to NYC last September and so have been on the hunt for great restaurants since…you have to try Beyoglu on the upper east side! seriously my favorite restaurant- mediterranean food and they give you as much warm, soft pita as you want before your food comes (we usually order hummus to dip it in too!).

also- i think magnolia’s is a little too sugary for my taste, plus i’m partial to cookies- levain’s cookies on the upper west side are a-maz-ing. they were featured on throwdown with bobby flay, and levain’s won in the taste test (obviously) theyre warm, and HUGE- a MUST

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69 Jen August 5, 2010 at 3:18 pm

I also recommend Pigalle for dining with family- good atmosphere.

Please skip Magnolia- overrated. There are lots of other great local places. I lurve the huge cupcakes in Veselka in the East Village, for example. Two cool joints- Momofuku and Kytotofu- and the latter is not just tofu! Really cool little desserts!

I hope you get out of the city as well. Get to Brooklyn Heights and the promenade, Jackson Heights and try some good Indian/Pakistani food, and even Sunset Park for $1.25 tacos at Matamoros Tacqueria.

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70 KathyZS August 5, 2010 at 3:21 pm

http://www.thepumpenergyfood.com/

And Candle Cafe – awesome organic, vegetarian food.

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71 Theodora @ Losing Weight in the City August 5, 2010 at 9:28 pm

For fast and healthy food, I second the Pump! Or Energy Kitchen.

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72 Cassandra August 5, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Kath you MUST try Babycakes on the Lower East Side- it’s an all vegan bakery that has cupcakes, breads, cookies, muffins… and everything is delicious. Sugar Sweet Sunshine is another awesome cupcake place nearby. Motorino or Co. have the best pizza in the city… Republic or Spice (both in Union Square) are great for Thai food, and Terroir Tribeca is a really great wine place.

Enjoy!

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73 KathyZS August 5, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Sorry about that, hit send too fast. The Pump is not fine dining often just small bar style space to eat, but their food is awesome and very healthy.

For fun, if you feel so inclined and don’t mind spending more than what it would cost you to buy an entire bottle of wine for only one glass, you should go to the King Cole Bar at the Regency Hotel – huge Maxfield Parrish mural of Old King Cole behind the bar and rumor has it that you can experience a celebrity citing (but I did not personally) – also Behmelman’s bar in the Carlton Hotel ( Madison Ave) has drawings by the illustrator of the Madeline’s books on the walls. Warning, also a high end, very pricey place!

Keep your eyes peeled, I have encountered the following celebs while walking around:
Patrick Stewart of Star Trek Fame
Ethan Hawke
Rebecca Romain and her hubby Jerry ????
Sydney Pollack
The guy who played Gil the food critic on Fraser

kinda fun!

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74 kathyzs August 5, 2010 at 4:48 pm

ACK – correction – King Cole Bar is at the St. Regis, not the Regency!

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75 Kim August 5, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Momofuku Saam Bar (Asian Tapas), Pure Food and Wine, Magnolia Bakery (cupcakes)

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76 Emmie August 5, 2010 at 3:29 pm

I hands-down agree, you MUST try Candle Cafe. I believe it’s on 3rd avenue near 75th? I also love Spice Market in the Meat Packing District (which, by the way, is the up and coming district for restaurants) which has flavors that I’ve never experienced before.

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77 Joy Tanksley August 5, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Okay, since you already have plenty of restaurant reccommendations, may I suggest a 20 minute power nap at Yelo Spa? http://www.yelonyc.com/spa/yelo-treatments/powernaps/ It’s only 15 bucks and it’s DIVINE! You can go longer if you have the time and add massage or whatever. But just the basic nap is HEAVEN…

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78 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 5, 2010 at 3:31 pm

when i lived in nyc for 7 years, my fave place was spring street natural in soho:
http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com/2010/01/02/lynn-rewind-repeat/

some new discoveries:
peace food cafe on the upper west side (description in the same blog post above)
grey dog cafe and blossom in chelsea:

http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com/2010/01/03/lynn-chillin-in-chelsea/

and if you have time to trek out to queens (my old hood) the most amazing greek/mediterranean food ever at aliada in astoria:

http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com/2010/01/03/lynn-baby-its-cold-outside/

and the cheapest, most authentic dim sum in flushing at dong yi feng:
http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/lynn-going-back-to-cali-to-cali-to-cali/

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79 Meghan August 5, 2010 at 3:32 pm

It’s a shame Amy’s had such a long line… it’s soooo yummy! If you like Mexican, Mole is my all-time favorite restaurant in the city (they have two locations – one in the lower east side and one in the west village). Have fun!

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80 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] August 5, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Goodness, your mama’s salad look SO divine!

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81 Emily August 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Congrats on memorizing all of your cards, Kath! I knew you could do it! :-) You are going to rock the exam, and then you will be an RD!

I’m sitting in the Cville airport right now, hoping my flight won’t get delayed again (it’s the last one outta here). VA was gorgeous…wouldn’t mind living near the Shenandoah Valley at all; it looks like a great place to hike!

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82 Kath August 5, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Thanks again for sending them!

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83 Natalie August 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm

For cupcakes you have to try Billy’s Bakery and Baked By Melissa – Baked By Melissa is just a little stand downtown and they serve the most yummy mini cupcakes in great flavors so you can try alot!

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84 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales August 5, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Woah, that flatbread looks mega!!

Have fun in NYC.

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85 McKella August 5, 2010 at 3:50 pm

That pizza looks amazing. My attempts at mindful eating would probably go out the window if I were faced with that! Kudos to you for listening to your fullness. And good luck on your RD exam!

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86 Joanna @ landanimal.wordpress.com August 5, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Amazing looking salads!

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87 Marge August 5, 2010 at 3:54 pm

If you are in Hell’s Kitchen
…and if you are opening a bakery!!:)…Sullivan Street Bakery-533 West 47th Street
…if you want funky dessert (ie “creamed corn soft serve” or “crack” pie) I 2nd Momofuku “Milk Bar” off of 5th avenue on 15 W. 56th St or in E. village, 207 2nd Ave (near 2nd Ave)
….best gelato: Laboratorio del Gelato (on Orchard near Delancey) or GROM, multi locations, L’arte del Gelato (W. village or Chelsea Market)

…Fancy, long lunch? BEST deal in the City
Jean Georges in Columbus Circle near Central Park. You will love the beautiful, light options as well as the kingly service and ethereal space. $29 lunch includes 2 beautiful plates, plus small amuse bouche and petite fours. If you have time tomorrow(special weekday price) you will never forget this meal. And you will get gorgeous pics.

Alternatively, ABK Kitchen near Union Square (where you should visit the Farmer’s Market tomorrow!). The chef is also Jean Georges and the food is farm to table. You would also love the decor in ABC Carpet, the store it is next to.

Something Easy? Found all over, is Le Pain Quotidien (many locations). Satisfying, casual lunch and good iced tea, coffee.

Hope this helps! If you need on the spot recs, I am handy!

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88 Caitlin August 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm

You should go to Ten Bells–it’s a wine bar on the Lower East Side. They are super friendly, will guide you through their wine list, and the small plates are delicious. And, bonus–it’s right across the street from Babycakes, which a bunch of other people have recommended!
http://thetenbells.typepad.com/

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89 laura August 5, 2010 at 3:58 pm

La Bonne Soupe. French. Its wonderful.

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90 Caitlin August 5, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Oh! You should also go to Luke’s Lobster (lobster rolls with Maine lobsters from the owner’s father’s business–amazing!)–on East 7th between 1st and A. Or Porchetta–same street, for an amazing pork sandwich. Also the Bourgeois Pig–same street, for a drink.

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91 Jen August 5, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I second (third, fourth?) Candle Cafe despite its price! Yum food!!!

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92 Mary & Christina (Sisters Running the Kitchen) August 5, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Yum!! Those salads and that mushroom pizza look amazing!! We recently went to NYC and we went to FIG & OLIVE…check out our food from there http://www.sistersrunningthekitchen.com/http:/www.sistersrunningthekitchen.com/2010/07/24/fig-olive/ Was really, really great! Fresh, Simple ingredients.

Have a good time!

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93 lauri Watson August 5, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Hey–> Just FYI, I would HIGHLY recommend taking the practice exam from the Jean Inman course! I think it helped me a lot! Good Luck!

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94 Alex August 5, 2010 at 4:17 pm

go to Chelsea Market – it’s foodie heaven!!

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95 Alexis @ Mission: Ambition August 5, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Those salads look delicious! And that flatbread looks amazing. Have fun in NYC!

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96 Lisa @ Early Morning Run August 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Cupcakes: Buttercup on the UWS or Midtown East on 1st Ave. Best red velvet. Brunch: Essex or Clinton St Baking Co on the LES or Veselka in the East Village. Love them all! I’d give better recommendations if I knew the area where you’re staying. If you do venture to Magnolia, I’d skip the cupcakes (they’re really dry, I think) and go for the banana pudding. There are a few locations of Josie’s which I think you’d like. The Hummus Kitchen in Hell’s Kitchen is great and the various Nanoosh restaurants too. Hope you have a great time here! sorry it’s so hot today!

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97 ari August 5, 2010 at 4:25 pm

go to counter for brunch! go go go! it will not disappoint! it’s in the east village.

http://www.counternyc.com/#/menus

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98 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 5, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Wow, that place looks fantastic! I love Amy’s Bread, but that flatbread definitely puts up a good competition. Favorite NYC restaurants? Candle 79 is the ultimate, but I also love Spring Street Natural…it’s all organic and all delicious. Crumbs cupcakes are my favorite! Hope you have a great time here!

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99 Lily August 5, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I hate to sound cliche…but speaking as a New York resident, Magnolia Bakery is really the best place for cupcakes in the city. Also, you MUST go to Dashing Diva for a pedicure- such a cute, fun place!

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100 The Wife of a Dairyman August 5, 2010 at 4:37 pm

That pizza looked great! Have fun in the city:) Looking forward to your recap!

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101 Anna Lee August 5, 2010 at 4:37 pm

I love thick salad dressings because I use the old Richard Simmons trick of dipping the fork into dressing, and then spearing up some salad. You save so many calories this way. :)

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102 Jenny August 5, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Best cupcakes in NYC is Crumbs – NO QUESTION!!! BETTER THAN MAGNOLIA’S!!!!

Great restaurants include:
Penelope
Blue Smoke
Norma’s (FOR BREAKFAST/BRUNCH)
Clinton St. Baking Co. (FOR PANCAKES)
Kitchenette (FOR BREAKFAST)
Motorino (BEST PIZZA IN NYC)
Otto (INEXPENSIVE AND DELICIOUS ITALIAN – A MARIO BATALI RESTAURANT)
16 Handles (SELF-SERVE FRO-YO)
40 Carrots @Bloomingdale’s (BEST FRO YO IN THE CITY)
Seraphina (GOOD ITALIAN)
Balthazar’s (HIP AND COOL RESTAURANT IN SOHO)
POP Burger (CUTE AND REALLY GOOD BURGERS AND FRIES)
Shake Shack (ONE OF THE BEST BURGERS IN THE CITY)
Levain Bakery (AMAZING COOKIES)
Bouchon Bakery
Cafe Lalo (COOL BAKERY)
City Bakery

Let me know if you have any kind of specific cuisine in mind – I AM A WALKING ZAGAT ON NYC/BOSTON RESTAURANTS

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103 rkngrk August 6, 2010 at 9:50 am

i second seraphina and balthazar’s, both are great! artisanal as well

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104 Heather August 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm

everything looks so pretty, what a cute cafe!

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105 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 5, 2010 at 4:48 pm

lol. That cafe looks like you decorated it! How fun to be in NYC with your mom and sister. I would love to do something like that with my mom.

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106 healthyteacher @ healthyteacher.wordpress August 5, 2010 at 4:50 pm

I tried to stream Caitlin’s moment on the show, too, and it was shoddy. I got up at 5:30 west coast time, but didn’t see in great quality until I came back for the 8:30. I almost cried when I saw it, though. My husband was even interested. That’s the big times.

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107 Lisa @bakebikeblog August 5, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Oh my – how good does that lunch look!!!!

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108 Suzanne August 5, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Hi Kath,

You’re in NYC! My hood!

Wow, Jenny has a great list above. I have all of those on my list too.
I have a huge list of NYC eats, so I’ll condense it:

BRUNCH:
Clinton St. Baking Company (hands down, one of the best in the city)
Sarabeth’s WEST (lemon ricotta pancakes, pumpkin waffle)

DINNER/LUNCH:
Counter (a wonderful vegan bistro with a rooftop garden)
Fig & Olive
Shake Shack
The Spotted Pig (devils on horseback and burger)

CUPCAKES (my specialty!):
Butter Lane
Billy’s Bakery
Two Little Red Hens
Sweet Revenge

Magnolia’s cupcakes are my least favorite – so overrated!

OTHER DESSERTS:
16 Handles – froyo
Levain Bakery – awesome cookies the size of your head

I hope you have a great stay! :)

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109 Teri [a foodie stays fit] August 6, 2010 at 12:20 pm

If you go to Clinton St. Baking Company, you HAVE to get their pancakes and their goat cheese scone, if it’s available.

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110 Suzanne August 6, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Yes, they have the BEST pancakes!!

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111 Suzanne August 5, 2010 at 5:02 pm

whoops I forgot a few….

VEGETARIAN:
Candle Cafe
Josie’s

MAGNOLIAS: Skip the cupcakes (yuck) and get the BANANA PUDDING (to die for!).

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112 Megan (Braise The Roof) August 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm

If you want good mexican, try Rosa Mexicana- fresh guac at the table! So good!

Those salads look awesome- that pile of pistachios is calling my name. :)

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113 AMY August 5, 2010 at 5:23 pm

I’ve lived in NYC for 7 years (and currently live in Greenwich Village). I second some of the recommendations: Taim (the BEST hummus I’ve ever tasted, amazing (gluten/grease free) falafel) and Otto (for pizza) and you would LOVE City Bakery on 18th St (their salad bar is the BEST and there are many healthy options!). I would also suggest:

Keste or Motorino for AMAZING pizza
Snack Taverna or Pylos for incredible Greek food!
Grom (the BEST gelato)
Eskimix (for their frozen yogurt blizzards) or 16 Handles
Mexicana Mama (on either Hudson St or W. 12th the BEST Mexican by far)
Two Little Red Hens or Sweet Revenge for CUPCAKES (they are the 2 BEST spots by far…don’t waste your time with Magnolia…it hasn’t been the same since the original owner sold it)
Jane or Extra Virgin for BRUNCH
Grey Dog’s Coffee for ANYTHING – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, wine, dessert; casual atmosphere, GREAT food at reasonable prices, this place is totally up your alley! The University Place location is my favorite but there are 2 other locations

Enjoy your time in NYC!

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114 angierunner August 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm

it all looks so yummy!

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115 Ilana August 5, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Becco, in the theater district, is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in the city. Their menu is awesome but the best thing is this AMAZING price fixe pasta special – you get app/salad, pasta, and dessert for eighteen bucks at lunch, 22 at dinner, but the reason why it’s so amazing is because the pasta special is three kinds of home-made pastas that change daily. When I was there, there was this amazing corn and shrimp risotto, a spicy arrabiata, and an amazing herbal pesto linguini. Basically they serve you a sample of all three and then they come back with the cooking pans hot from the kitchen and offer you more of whichever one you want. Even if you’re not a pasta-eater, this is so freaking worth it. And of course the $25 wine list doesnt hurt either – every bottle on the list is twenty five bucks.
Brunch – Kitchenette in Upper West Side/Harlem. I used to go there with my friends from Columbia all the time, every Sunday morning. Brunch all day, best menu in town, adorable little place!!
South East Asian Fusion – Spice Market is AMAZING. It might be the biggest restaurant I’ve been to in the city, the menu is phenomenal, the interior is just stunning – made me feel almost like I was back in Thailand.
Of course I disagree with both of the cupcake recommendations above (but hey this is NY that’s what we do) … I think Billy’s Cupcakes are the best around. Babycakes is great too – “I can’t believe it’s vegan” status.
Maoz for falafel, Momofuku Ssam bar is alright but there’s usually a crazy wait, Shake Shack is good for burgers if you have a year to stand on line but they have an “express” line where you can just order their frozen custard or beverages and man oh man that’s definitely worth it!! Rectangles is great for authentic middle eastern food.
Big city, lots of places to go. Have fun!!

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116 Cheri August 5, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I’ve had a lot of cupcakes in New York…Magnolia, Crumbs, etc. But by far the best were from Butter Lane in the East Village. I think I had the cinnamon and honey flavor? Anyway, their French buttercream is to die for!

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117 tanyasdailyproductreviews August 5, 2010 at 5:38 pm

what great meals you are having!

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118 AMY August 5, 2010 at 5:39 pm

A few more spots to add: Moustache in the West Village on Bedford and Barrow. Don’t be dissuaded by the name…they serve delicious salads, hummus, pizzas and small plates at very reasonable prices and are part of the slow foods movement. They don’t take reservations and are cash only and there’s often a small wait. Also, Westville is another favorite spot. They have a Farmer’s Market selection of at least 15 vegetables as well as a wide assortment of menu items. It’s another tiny restaurant, so there is often a wait but it’s worth it! There are locations in the East Village, West Village and Chelsea. Also Popbar in the West Village is a fun new spot…it’s gelato on a stick and you get to chose the flavor/toppings.
Have fun!

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119 Rachel August 5, 2010 at 6:10 pm

One Lucky Duck! It’s the take-a-away place behind “Pure Food and Wine”, which is also amazing but expensive. Gobo is also great and you would love Chelsea Market if you’ve never been.

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120 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 5, 2010 at 6:21 pm

I’ve never been to NYC but I’m dying to go! I wouldn’t know where to eat first though. I’ve heard about so many amazing restaurants there!

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121 christina cadden August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Looks like you guys have had fun so far!

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122 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 5, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Wow that flatbread is HUGE.

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123 Kim August 5, 2010 at 7:08 pm

My two choices were said- Jane and the Smith..I am partial b/c my cousin runs the kitchen for both:)

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124 Becca August 5, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Kath,
I work at the Simple Kitchen Cafe on 17th St and 9th Ave, right near Chelsea Market. We’re an organic, locally-sourced cafe with most of our produce from our own garden in Connecticut! If you are interested, (which I bet you would be!) this Saturday we’re having a farm-to-table dinner with five courses prepared by our chefs featuring organic, local coffee from Dallis Coffee (based in Queen, NY). The event will feature the owner of Dallis Coffee speaking about her recent trip to Brazil (where Dallis’ beans come from), and will take us on the journey from crop to cup. The dinner includes wine and coffee pairings, plus amazing food! It’s going to be awesome!! Call (212) 924-0600. Even if you can’t make it to our dinner, you should stop into the cafe for lunch or a snack! Our food is amazing and it’s a great place to take a rest or to take out food to eat on the Highline! All fresh, organic, and healthy. Yum!!

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125 Kath August 5, 2010 at 8:48 pm

So wish I could come to the dinner! Sadly, we’ve already got plans. On my list though!

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126 aubrey August 5, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Hi!
I just moved to New York. I’m going to culinary school at the C.I.A .

I posted my favorite restaurants in nyc on my blog.

http://italktofood.blogspot.com/p/restaurants-i-dig.html

Enjoy!

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127 Melissa August 5, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Every time we go to NYC we go on a different Foods of New York food tour. They are so much fun, and a great way to get to know a neighborhood and its history! The Greenwich Village and Central/SoHo tours were Awesome! http://www.foodsofny.com/

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128 Angela August 5, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Blossom-it’s an organic vegan restaurant- one in Chelsea and one on Upper West Side
Angelica’s Kitchen-Vegan- BYOB-cash only East Village
WESTVILLE EAST or WESTVILLE-there market menu of veggies will blow your mind-one in the east village and one in the west village

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129 Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul August 5, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Love the outdoor/indoor table!

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130 Catherine August 5, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Smith & Wollensky is good and if you’re feeling like Chinese food, Chin Chin :)

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131 Priyanka August 5, 2010 at 8:17 pm

I am totally loving these posts. I’ll be in NYC next weekend so I am getting a nice idea of what I should looking forward to.

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132 Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 5, 2010 at 8:26 pm

What an adorable little place! The salads and flatbread looks soo tasty. I love using natural light when I’m at a restaurant and this was perfect!

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133 Hawley August 5, 2010 at 8:35 pm

You MUST try Candle 79- it is a vegan restaurant with an incredible atomosphere… I feel like you would love it! A little pricey but totally worth it (my non-vegan mother adored it).

Mani/pedis- Spa Belles are all over the city and relatively inexpensive. Soho Nails in soho seems a little *basic* at first glance but is definitely the best kept soho secret ($24 mani-pedis?! yes please!!). Email me and I’ll give you the number, I believe they’re on West Broadway.

Adorable brunch location- Penelope’s on the east side. Delicious spinach pie!

Hope that helps :)

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134 Kath August 5, 2010 at 8:49 pm

You guys have so many AWESOME recommendations!!!!!!!!!!

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135 Lorin August 5, 2010 at 9:17 pm

GO TO MAX BRENNERS!!!! It is AMAZING! It has a regular dinner menu but it has a four page dessert menu with crepes, sundaes, frozen hot chocolate, chocolate pizza! That’s in East Village. Or you can go to Peanut Butter & Co. for lunch or something in Greenwich.

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136 Hannah August 5, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Not a favourite NYC restaurant, but for exciting gourmet/healthy snacks/fancy chocolate shopping, try to get to a Garden of Eden! So much fun :)

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137 Melissa August 5, 2010 at 9:29 pm

For cupcakes you’ve got to try Magnolia. They’ve got two locations that I know of, the original in Greenwich Village and one at Rockefeller Center. Be prepared for a line-up at the one in the village.

On of my personal favourite restaurants in NYC is Indigo Indian Bistro at 2nd & E 50th. Eatery at 9th & W 53rd is also a great brunch place.

If you want to go Canadian, get a TimBit from one of the few new Tim Horton’s locations.

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138 Livi August 5, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Go to Alice’s Tea Cup for breakfast/brunch/a delicious snack!
http://alicesteacup.com/
They have three locations and are so, SO yummy!

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139 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 5, 2010 at 9:38 pm

That cafe looks perfect! I’m always looking for establishments like that. Charming and rich with wholesome foods. :)

Jenn

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140 Laughter-Loving Stacy August 5, 2010 at 9:40 pm

WHOA!! That orange salad looks INCREDIBLE!!! Oooh now I’m hungry! :)

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141 Cookteen August 5, 2010 at 9:45 pm

For cupcakes I love: Magnolia’s and Baked by Melissa (which it look like you already ate) are my all-time favorite!!
VERO is delicious, I love their red snapper and fish tacos!! So yummy!!
My sister grabs coffee from Financier all the time and they give you these ultra mini cakes that are maybe the best thing ever!!!

With love and cupcakes,
Cookteen

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142 Ella August 5, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Hey Kath! Do you know when/how often the RD exam is offered? I have looked EVERYWHERE online and can’t seem to find the info. I’m finishing up my DPD this fall and am looking to the DI, future, etc. I figured you would know :)

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143 Kath August 6, 2010 at 8:53 am

Check the CDR site- it’s registered through that. There are sites all over and it’s offered on most days.

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144 Ella August 6, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Thanks! I thought I had combed the CDR site thoroughly, but of course when I went back again and searched “exam dates” I found the answer :)

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145 Katie August 5, 2010 at 10:06 pm

For cupcakes, try sugar sweet sunshine in the East Village.
202 near Chelsea Market is great for brunch!

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146 Wei-Wei August 5, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Mindful eating FTW! I hope you’re having fun in NY ;) I don’t have any recommendations, I think I’ll just watch you have fun :D

Wei-Wei

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147 Wendy August 5, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Ok, your blog has THE best pics of any blog I’ve ever visited. Love them!

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148 Christine August 5, 2010 at 10:38 pm

The first pic of this post is so good. I love it. You inspire me to photograph things.

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149 Rachel @ Healthy Teacher August 5, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Hey Kath, I had a question for you about your blog. Did you upgrade from wordpress to have your own domain or do you have a web designer elsewhere? I’m trying to figure out what to do. I have some more specific questions, but I don’t have your email. Is it [email protected]? Thanks! I hope to hear from you. See ya at HLS next week! Have more fun at Blogher:)

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150 Kath August 6, 2010 at 8:53 am

Hey Rachel,

I’ll tell you about it at the Summit to save us typing!

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151 Pat Kilmain August 6, 2010 at 1:00 am

I saw Caitlin while hoping to see Ree (The Pioneer Woman). I never did see her, but she had her segment on her site as well, so I got to see them both…. Have fun!

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152 Cassie @ Back to Her Roots August 6, 2010 at 6:45 am

Holy crapoli that pizza looks divine! Good for you on mindful eating, I’m not sure I’d have that kind of willpower with to a beauty like that.

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153 Teri [a foodie stays fit] August 6, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Lupa has AWESOME Italian food. It’s in the SoHo area, right by Washington Park.

Grimaldi’s is the best pizza I’ve ever had. And it’s fun to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to get there.

Two Little Red Hens is a great cupcake bakery – I like it better than Magnolias.

Ah, I LOVE NY!

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154 Sarah August 6, 2010 at 5:08 pm

I hope this isn’t too late for you to consider trying it but there are very unique soy-based desserts, including ice cream, at Kyotofu and it looks like you are based near Hell’s Kitchen, which makes it perfect. I wrote it about but I think their Web site will be a better, quick resource. http://www.kyotofu-nyc.com/

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