Alexa Mehraban is a born and raised New Yorker with a serious passion for food and an even more serious hit list. She hopes to inspire people to try new restaurants and experiment new dishes, all while keeping her fans up to date on the latest food trends.
Finding the perfect spot for a sit-down meal in NYC can be tough, especially on a budget, but what these restaurants lack in price they make up for in flavor! Whether you’re craving a juicy burger from Bar Sardine or soup dumplings from Noodle Village, here are our top picks for great sit down meals under $50.
Brunch is a lifestyle in NYC and something we look forward to every weekend. If you’re like us and use special occasions as an excuse to go all out for an epic meal, then this post is for you. Some of our favorites include California-inspired restaurant Upland and contemporary all day restaurant and cafe La Mercerie. Keep reading for more!
Last week I travelled across the UK with Great British Food where I tried more scotch, gin, wine and beer that I could’ve ever imagined along with loads of traditional British dishes ranging from scotch eggs to crumpets and everything in between.
Here’s a little run down of the trip by city:
Cheerio! I loved London. Though quite similar to NYC (big buildings, people in a rush, etc.) it definitely has a Euro-feel, is much cleaner and it’s pretty hard to beat the accents. As for food, I was able to make it to a bunch of the spots on my list (many of which were recommended by you).
Here’s a short list of my must-eats:
– Borough Market (preferred over Camden Market). Must eats: Bread Ahead doughnuts, Basta Pasta and the raclette
– Sketch: go for high tea and do the pre-fixe for the full experience.
– Dishoom for approachable Indian food. The waits are crazy and they only take reservations for 6+ so plan accordingly. Must orders are the fried okra, black Dahl, lamb Bryant and all the breads.
– Mille’s Lounge The Ned: super trendy, perfect way to start a Saturday night. Very good burger.
– Duck & Waffle: Go here brunch. Self explanatory.
– Padella: incredible pasta next to Borough Market. The lines start around an hour before opening so go early and be ready to wait!
Kent: During our one day stop in Kent, I learned more about wine (and probably drank more wine)in any 24 hour period. Here, we visited Gusbourne, Hush Heath and Chapel Down wineries. My favorite was probably Chapel Down, probably because our visit here included an incredible Michelin star lunch at Swam Chapel Down, which sources most of their ingredients on property.
Malton is a small town in York which has experienced a large “foodie” boom over the past five years and is now considered the food capital of Yorkshire. It’s home to a new Gin Distillery, coffee roastery and also an amazing candy shop that’s been around for over 100 years; making it the perfect combo of old and new. Malton also happens to be the most dog friendly city in the UK, so yes, there were dogs everywhere, dinner tables and bars included. Our hotel, The Talbot, is a 17th Century riverside inn and was my favorite hotel of the trip – so incredibly charming!
Edinburgh: Unexpectedly my favorite part of the trip, I knew little about the Edinburgh, (or Scotland in general for that matter) and truly fell in love with everything it has to offer. The whole city is quaint and picturesque, full of old brick buildings, cobblestone paved streets and mountains overlooking majestic castles. It came as no surprise that J.K. Rowling found her inspiration for Harry Potter here!
During our stay, we visited the Scot Beer factory and bar where we sampled exotic beers ranging from Marshmallow flavor to “Cool Beans.” The food in Edinburgh was also incredible, especially The little Chartoom, a new restaurant specializing in modern Scottish cuisine, where we had my favorite meal of the trip. I’ll be dreaming about the lamb dish I ordered – prepared with sweet breads, labneh and anchovies for the next few weeks.
As you can tell, me week long journey around the UK was jam-packed and left me feeling FULL to day the least. Safe to say that the UK is home to one of the most diverse food cultures in the world!
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Till next time,
This post was written in partnership with Great British Food.
Ordering a pastrami sandwich in NYC is a must, especially at a traditional Jewish-style delicatessen like Katz’s or Sarge’s. Some of the best pastrami we’ve tried hail from these iconic diners that have been serving New Yorkers for over 100 years. Recently, we’ve been pretty impressed by contemporary takes on this famed sandwich at spots like Frankel’s in Greenpoint and Harry and Ida’s Meat and Supply Co. Old or new, you can’t go wrong with this list of NYC’s best pastrami sandwiches.
If the cold weather is still getting you down and you would like nothing more than to warm up with a piping bowl of delicious flavor then you need to try one of these great hot pot spots. From favorites like the creamy pork bone broth from Mister Hotpot to the spicy Crayfish from the new East Village addition, Le Sia, there is something for everyone among these popular spots.
Hard to believe it’s been almost two weeks since Daniel and I returned from our honeymoon in South East Asia. It was our first time visiting this part of the world and we truly enjoyed every minute of it! From the insanely delicious wonton noodles soups in Hong Kong to the mangosteens and street pad thai all over Thailand, we ate our way through with some site-seeing and serious relaxation along the way. We hopped around a lot so our list of restaurants/must-see’s are not entirely comprehensive, but should provide you with a solid run-down if you’re planning a similar trip in the near future. If you have any specific questions, feel free to email me: email@example.com.
Though not our favorite part of the trip, Hong Kong is the perfect stop for a jam-packed, two day layover. If you’re looking for a more authentic experience, we recommend staying on the Mong Kok side, which locals refer to as the “dark side,” mainly because its not as modern. While we appreciated the fancy shopping centers on the other side, it definitely felt like America in some ways, which was not quite what we were looking for on this trip. We absolutely loved staying at the Cordis Hotel, where we had an unforgettable dim sum brunch at Ming Court.
Other Must Eats: Mak Man Kee Noodle, Mott 32, Cheung Hing Kee Shanghai Pan Fried Dumplings, Ho Lee Fook
Must See: The Peak, ride the Star Ferry, The Giant Buddha, Ladies Market
Apart from the famous Angkor Wat Temple, we knew little about the city of Siem Reap before visiting. It’s a beautiful place and the temples are truly awe-inspiring (definitely get a tour guide to show you around), but the poverty we witnessed was heart wrenching. We had a wonderful tour guide who shared some insights on the political climate and we ended up learning more than we could’ve imagined. Here, we stayed a Templation, a stunning resort with wonderful rooms (see our private pool) and a great restaurant serving super high quality and authentic Cambodian cuisine.
Must Eat: Cuisine Wat Damak
Must See: Visit Night Market and Pub Street
Unexpectedly , Bangkok was our favorite stop on the trip. It’s such a well-rounded, culturally rich and vibrant city with a little something for everyone. Our hotel, the Kempinski, is situated in the city center but truly felt like a resort with it’s myriad of pools and outdoor dining. We had never seen anything like it! Not to mention the breakfast buffet here was absolutely incredible.
We heard a ton about the food court malls, but it’s just one of those things you have to see to believe. Think: the plaza food hall in terms of quality, but ten times the size. The amount of food was truly unfathomable and completely overwhelming! Our favorite was Siam Square, Bangkok’s first luxury mall, which we ended up visiting three times in our 48 hours there.
Other Must Eats: Siam Square, Chinatown, Thip Thip Samai Pad Thai, Gaggan (must reserve 90 days in advance)
Must See: Grand Palace, Wat Arun Temple, Reclining Buddha
Truly a destination for relaxation and escape. The Golden Triangle Anantara Elephant Camp & Resort was the perfect spot to ease into serious relaxation mode. The resort offers a ton of activities ranging from visiting their on-property elephant sanctuary, a visit to the golden triangle (The point where Laos, Myanmar and Chiang Rai intersect), and our personal favorite, visiting the local market with Anantara’s chef to pick up fresh produce for a delicious lunch.
Must See: Chiang Rai night and/or weekend market, opium museum, Visit Wat Rugby Kun also known as the white temple
We stayed at two incredible luxury resorts here, The Pavilions and The Slate. The Pavilions was a true escape – our suite was totally secluded and overlooked the mountains of Phuket. It was paradise and probably the most relaxing two days of our lives. Their fine-dining concept, The Plantation Club, was our favorite dinner of the trip.
The Slate offers a ton of great dining options making it a great resort for a group or family. The properties signature restaurant, Black Ginger, is worth the stay on its own. You take a small boat across a canal to get there; a truly unforgettable experience. As for sightseeing, we laid low and enjoyed our local beach but definitely encourage some island hopping!
From Taim’s Cauliflower Shawarma Pita to Junzi’s incredible tofu and long bean bings, we’ve got a pretty good selection of vegetarian friendly spots around NYC. Next time you’re looking for a quick veggie fix, look no further than these awesome quick-casual spots.
Winter is in full swing which means we are officially indulging in warm, chocolatey goodness at every chance we get. To make your NYC winter experience just a little more bearable, keep reading for some of our favorite cups of hot chocolate.
Have you ever gone to a restaurant and wished you could enjoy your meal while sipping on your favorite bottle of wine or speciality spirit? If you answered yes, then keep reading! Here are our eight great restaurants where you can BYOB in New York City.
The holidays are upon us! During this time of the year, I always find myself reflecting upon all that I’m grateful for, especially the people around me – friends, family, colleagues, etc. What better way to express gratitude for new friendships and loved ones than with a thoughtful gift? Since I have a huge sweet tooth, especially when it comes to chocolate, Baci was the obvious choice for holiday gifting this year. Apart from their gorgeous, festive packaging, Baci chocolates make for a great holiday gift. It’s a sweet and indulgent treat that definitely sends a message of love and affection.
I’ve also loved using Baci for entertaining this year. Daniel and I received a beautiful crystal glass serving bowl as a wedding gift last spring and I’ve been keeping it filled with Baci chocolates all season. I love offering them to guests and seeing a smile light up on their face every time they bite into a Baci chocolate!
Baci Perugina’s original dark chocolate truffles are my absolute favorite. I had the opportunity to make these Italian delicacies first hand at an event last winter and haven’t been able to get enough of them since. Although my chocolates did not look quite like the real deal, they definitely tasted just as good. Baci chocolates have been around since 1922, so it comes as no surprise that they’ve got the recipe down to perfection. Each chocolate include a whole hazelnut surrounded with a soft inner core of hazelnut grains and cocoa finished with a hard chocolate shell that melts in your mouth. Perfection!
Apart from the great taste of the chocolate hazelnut combo, I love that each Baci truffle comes with a love note wrapped inside. It’s a subtle touch and provides a little entertainment and feelings of warmth with each bite.
This post is sponsored by Baci Perugina. The content and opinions expressed are that of EatingNYC.