Another Weekend... Eating in New York

As most of you will know by now, one of my favourite things to do is eat, and I did a lot of eating in New York. I've blogged about a couple of places we found but there's so many more that I don't quite have enough photos (if any) to write a whole post about. I firmly believe that you could live in New York City & still stumble across something new every day, so I'm sure there are thousands of amazing eateries around the city that I've yet to discover, but here's a little round up of my favourite Manhattan haunts so far...


Oatmeals (Greenwich Village) - 120 West 3rd Street, between Macdougal & 6th Avenue
I have porridge for breakfast every day and Oatmeals was a 5 minute walk from our hotel, so it was ideal. Unsurprisingly, this small cafe specialises in oatmeal. First choose between baby bear, mama bear or papa bear... then milk or water... and then your toppings. You can choose from a huge variety of fruits, chocolate, nuts, seeds, spices, or more unusual toppings like bacon and cheese! Don't expect the creamy Scottish oats you're used to - these steel cut oats taste completely different but were just as good with my strawberries, blueberries & milk choc chips. Oatmeal scones, muffins and biscuits are also available.

Tea & Sympathy (Greenwich Village) - 108 Greenwich Avenue
A small but cosy little British cafe - a home away from home - in the heart of Greenwich Village, selling tea and scones in abundance and serving up a hearty English breakfast with a mountain of black pudding. I imagine the lovely, slightly eccentric ("Hands up for tea!") English hostess would happily lend a sympathetic ear over a fresh cuppa. I discovered Tea & Sympathy by googling "NYC's best English breakfast" and there really isn't much more that you need to know. Oh, except that Poppy Delevingne is a fan!


Five Guys - Various locations
Some of you will be familiar with Five Guys since they opened their first UK branch in London last year. Definitely the best "fast food" burger in the city, beating Shake Shack hands down, every time. No matter where you are in New York you'll probably find a Five Guys just a few blocks away.

Peanut Butter & Co (Greenwich Village) - 240 Sullivan Street, between West 3rd & Bleecker Street
Basically just a sandwich shop, but so much more. I had the Peanut Butter Cup (PB & Nutella sandwich) and Gordon went for the seriously messy toasted Fluffernutter (PB & Marshmallow Fluff sandwich) served with carrot sticks and crisps. PB cookies, brownies and other sweet goodies are available too. A must for any peanut butter lover!

Umami Burger (Greenwich Village) - 432 6th Avenue
Even more amazing burgers! These ones come with epic sweet potato fries and cocktails, which you can read more about here.


Houston Hall (Greenwich Village) - 222 West Houston Street, between Varick & Bedford Street
A huge hall with communal tables, tasty food, plenty beer and personality.

Murphy & Gonzalez (Greenwich Village) - 21 Waverly Place, between Greene & Mercer Street
This is a kind of Mexican restaurant come sports bar near Washington Square Park. I had the best enchiladas of my life here, along with a peanut butter and chocolate mousse pie and $5 frozen strawberry margaritas!

Vynl (Hell's Kitchen) - 754 9th Avenue at 51st
After a stroll through Times Square one night we headed to Vynl for something to eat. Gordon had spaghetti & meatballs while I chose nachos from the "small plates" section of the menu, as I wasn't all that hungry. There was nothing small about either of these plates apart from the price! As you've probably guessed Vynl has a music theme; the walls are decorated with an array of memorabilia and the cocktail menu is a showcase of musical references - personally I liked the "Fiona Apple-tini".

Whitehall (Greenwich Village) - 19 Greenwich Avenue, between Christopher & West 10th Street
This fashionable London inspired restaurant/bar was where we quietly celebrated our engagement. We shared a starter of mussels cooked in some sort of gin concoction (I can't remember, sorry) before steak and burgers. The chips reminded me of my Nan's and the pickled beetroot was by far the best addition to the Whitehall burger!


Employees Only (Greenwich Village) - 510 Hudson Street, between Christopher & West 10th Street
This little speakeasy came highly recommended. We very nearly walked past it (look out for the Eo logo & neon "Psychic" sign in the window) but were delighted when we finally entered. "The atmosphere at Employees Only was created to evoke the frivolous spirit of the 1920's and 30's"Gordon said straightaway that it reminded him of the Great Gatsby, so mission accomplished! Unfortunately I didn't feel well when we got here so made a sharp exit after my bellini but I'd definitely go back and maybe even stay for dinner.

Loeb Boathouse - Central Park
A firm favourite. They're a bit pricey but the Boathouse is a beautiful setting. In the summer you can sip your cocktails on the deck, and in the winter dive inside to get out of the snow, heat up with an Irish coffee and admire the frozen lake. We once had dinner here and it was terrible but the bar is fantastic.

Supernova at Novotel (Times Square) - 226 West 52nd Street, between Broadway & 8th Avenue
We stayed at this hotel the first time we came to New York. It was lovely then but has since been done up and is even better! It's super modern and stylish, with an extensive cocktail list and a pretty good restaurant too. Don't worry if you're not staying as a guest in the hotel, just take the elevator to the lobby and head to the circular bar. The roof terrace is one of my favourite spots in NY in the summer and has epic views of Times Square.

Saxon & Parole (Noho) - 316 Bowery at Bleecker
Winner of "Best Restaurant Bar" at the 2013 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards. We had hoped to eat here but due to flight timings it didn't quite work out and we propped up the bar for a while instead. The interior is equestrian inspired and the menus offer "grilled meats and aquatic delights" with an innovative cocktail selection, some of which are available on tap or by the bottle. My drink du jour was the Rhinebeck Collins, carefully selected with the bartender after much discussion of Bols Genever, Amsterdam and sweet cocktails. It was what I'd call a manly cocktail and not something I'd choose on my own but it had just the right amount of nutmeg and apple sweetness. Saxon & Parole's sister bar Madam Geneva is located literally round the corner. 

And there you have it, my little guide to eating and drinking in Manhattan. If you have any recommendations of your own I'd love to hear them?

1 comment:

  1. I'm so jealous, every place you mentioned sounds AMAZING. Also I now really want some black pudding but finding good black pudding in London is pretty impossible. But still, look at that cute little cafe! I definitely need to get myself to New York sometime soon.

    Sorcha x Bright Field Notes