While living in New York City one of the many things I never fail to spend money on is food. The number of cute little café’s or trendy vegan spots is endless, and I plan to eat at as many as I can until I leave in December. This post will always be growing with my new favorite places and foods so be sure to check back often!
RUSTIC TABLE | 504 W 42ND STREET
When I first found our apartment for the semester I checked nearby coffee shops to see if there were any spots worth checking out. The first one I came across was Rustic Table, featuring farm fresh food and modern, minimalist, industrial decor. The food was amazing, but if you want to eat here be prepared for a wait. With only one long table in the restaurant it can be hard to get a seat, however, they do offer takeout! (Not gluten free but does have options that do not contain gluten).
LADURÉE | 864 MADISON AVENUE
My first stop the day I moved to NYC was Laduree, hands down the best macarons ever. They’re a gossip girl fav for Selena and Blair and if you go you’ll understand why. The shop itself is beautiful with french decor and pastel macarons everywhere. If you go make sure you try the Rose flavor, it is a unique but sweet flavor. (Gluten free Macarons).
BLUESTONE LANE CAFE | 2 E 90TH STREET
I know, not the best picture, but after walking around the Met all day I couldn’t wait to finally eat at Bluestone Lane. This ranks as one of my top meals in NYC so far. I got gluten free toast with almond butter, honey, blueberries, raspberries and pears on top. Amazing to say the least. (Gluten free options).
DŌ, COOKIE DOUGH CONFECTIONS | 550 LAGUARDIA PL
When it comes to dessert, nothing beats good cookie dough, and if you’re anything like me you know dough is better than baked cookies. DŌ is amazing and worth the wait, but the flavor is so rich I recommend getting one scoop or adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream to tone it down. (Gluten free flavors available).
JACK’S WIFE FREDA | 50 CaARMINE STREET
Jack’s wife is probably the most aesthetically pleasing restaurant I’ve ever been to. The food is amazing and worth the wait. Perfect brunch spot but sadly lacking in gluten free options.
THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER | 581 HUDSON STREET
My friends and I went to the butcher’s daughter twice in one week, we loved brunch so much we wanted to try dinner too. Both were amazing and the restaurant itself is super cute, however you may have to wait an hour for a table if you go for Saturday brunch.
RUBY’S | 219 MULBERRY STREET
Ruby’s has a great Chai Tea Latte if you don’t like super sweet drinks, and its always very hot, unlike some other restaurants. They have great brunch options and a large dinner menu as well.
CHA CHA MATCHA | 373 BROOME STREET
Loved the honey ice cream at cha cha matcha and its dairy free! Sadly I didn’t get to try anything with Matcha in it but my friends said their matcha drinks were amazing.
CAFE CLOVER | 10 DOWNING STREET
Perfect brunch spot that has cute outdoor seating in the summer. Food was awesome and very filling.
CANAL STREET MARKET | 265 CANAL STREET
We went to Canal Street to try Lulu’s acai bowls, however we were disappointed when we got there that they didn’t have the ingredients so we had to get a smoothie. The smoothie was good but the works there and at Fresh & Co. were not very nice so I wouldn’t waste your time or money at the food here, the shops however are awesome!