When I booked my trip to New York last year, I had big ideas about the food I would be stuffing my face with. Pizza, pancakes, bagels, burgers, cheesecake – I wanted it all. Tom and I had spent ages looking into the best places to eat and getting recommendations from our family and friends. We had compiled a list that we were both quite satisfied with. I couldn’t wait to eat all the food. One thing I wasn’t counting on was getting major jet lag and losing my appetite. The foodie in me was absolutely devastated and a little disappointed. We did manage to eat at a few places we had on the list.
Ok this wasn’t on our list but it was by far my favourite meal of the whole trip. I hadn’t eaten anything on the flight so when I woke up at 5.30am the first morning (thanks again jet lag) I was so hungry. I looked at the list of places and none of them were jumping out at me so I had a quick look on Google and Skylight Diner popped up. I read some reviews and it sounded amazing. Needless to say, the reviews were 100% correct. It was just like a typical American diner you would see on TV and the staff were so friendly. Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day so I was super excited to try proper American pancakes. I went for the Lumberjack Pancakes which came with ham, Canadian bacon, sausage and two eggs. I’m drooling just thinking about the Canadian bacon.
I’ve never been to a Planet Hollywood so I was excited when I saw there was one located close to the hotel. We’d eaten at 9am that morning and our reservation wasn’t until 7pm but I was still so full. So of course I opted for some pasta. I had the Six Cheese Chicken Macaroni and Cheese. Sliced chicken breast, cavatappi pasta covered in a creamy six cheese sauce, with mushrooms and spinach and topped with ricotta cheese and seasoned breadcrumbs. I was defeated. Definitely one of the better pasta dishes I’ve had and I’m still thinking about it.
Bill’s Bar & Burger
Tom and I both love burgers, so obviously they were going to be on our list. We decided to try Bill’s Bar & Burger as there was one located by the Rockerfeller Center and we were heading that way. It’s a sports bar with a great atmosphere and even better food. We both had the Rock burger, which had smoked bacon, cheddar, pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, crispy onions and BBQ sauce on it and shared a side of cheese fries. The cheese tasted… different but I liked it, Tom wasn’t much of a fan (which meant more for me).
Everyone knows about Katz’s Deli right? You know, it has that famous scene from When Harry Met Sally. Yep, that one. But that’s not why we went here. We like watching Man Vs Food and Katz’s was featured on an episode with the most amazing sandwiches and ever since, we’ve wanted to visit. It’s located in the lower east side of Manhattan and serves up the most incredible pastrami, corned beef and Jewish deli classic sandwiches. We went for Pastrami on rye each and we knew they’d be big but we weren’t expecting them to look like they’d last us the whole week. They were so delicious, the meat was so tender and we had no problem finishing half the sandwich off. We definitely could have just shared one.
Tom’s favourite meal in NYC was his three egg omelette (just out of shot in the photo) from Pershing Square with cheddar, bacon and ham as the fillings. I went for Brioche French Toast with bacon, which came with some strawberries and blueberries. I’ve not had bacon with fruit but went with it anyway and it was tasty, especially as the brioche had a hint of cinnamon to it.
Southern Hospitality BBQ
Before the Rangers game we decided to go out for some ‘light bites’, what with my non-existent appetite and the idea that we were going to get snacks at the game. We decided to share a few starters so we opted for the Smoked Jumbo Wings, Tennessee Fried Chicken Tenders and the Smokey Mountain BBQ Nachos with chilli. Now the name of the nachos should have given it away but I thought nothing of it. Until they came that was. They were heaped into a massive pile. Considering we only wanted some light bites, there was enough food to feed a small army. Tom started on the chicken wings and tenders and I made my way through a small section of the nachos. We ended up leaving quite a bit here even though we were sharing, which is a shame. But I guess you can’t complain about them skimping on portion sizes.
Ah, Juniors. We went here one day when it was pouring down with rain and I needed something to cheer myself up… cheesecake. We weren’t sure if we could just go in and order cheesecake and drinks as it was so busy (it was a Saturday afternoon) so we ordered food here too. We went for a Grilled Cheese, which I’ve heard about so much in films and TV shows so I wanted to try (yes I know it’s basically cheese on toast). It was alright, nothing special. But we also ordered the most amazing milkshakes. I had vanilla and Tom went for chocolate.
By this point we just wanted the cheesecake and I’d already chosen which one. Devil’s Food Cheesecake. It was unreal. We took one look and were in chocolate heaven. We managed to eat some of it, but decided to get the rest to take out. It was too good to leave behind. Oh, and FYI, you can just go in and order a cheesecake.
There are places we went that haven’t made the cut for this post but I’ve mentioned all the best ones. I should also mention that we did eat copious amounts of snacks (especially Cheetos Crunchy Flamin’ Hot and Oreo Birthday Cake) and we got to try Magnolia Bakery which was a delight. But sadly, no pizza, bagel or Shake Shack was to be had, which means we have to go back again and sooner rather than later. Hopefully with my appetite intact.