HungryBecs in New York: part 4
The clocks have sprung forward in New York and it has FINALLY stopped snowing. That mean’s it’s warmer, the days are longer and I’m more inclined to get out there and explore this wonderful city.
This week I’ve cast my net far and wide. From Chelsea to Chinatown, Williamsburg to the bright lights of the Theatre district, and everywhere between.
Sorry if I make you hungry…
A huge Italian food hall where you can do a casual shop or sit in one of the many mini restaurants, drink wine and eat good food. A great place to go after work for a quick drink and small plates – the burrata, served with charred leeks and almonds, was creamy and indulgent.
An upmarket American seafood restaurant where you might spot a celeb and will definitely spot high prices on the menu. If you go, make sure you eat just one thing: the lobster macaroni cheese. A rich, creamy mascarpone pasta dish with huge chunks of fresh lobster and a crispy breadcrumb topping. Yes it’s $22 (about £15) but it’s totally worth it.
Pies ‘n’ Thighs
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the pies at this Williamsburg restaurant are pastry-lined and chicken-filled but you’d be wrong. The pies are strictly sweet – more bourbon and pecan than steak and ale. Mains are mostly chicken-based… on waffles, in a burger, with a buttermilk biscuit (a savoury scone) or deep-fried and served in a box. Pies ‘n’ Thighs is comfort food that’s hangover-worthy.
Lucky King Bakery
Chinatown is where you must go for really, really cheap and really, really great dim sum. There are lots of little bakeries to choose from; just follow the locals to get fluffly white pork buns for as little as $2 (about £1.30) and shrimp filled dumplings for even less.
There’s many a speakeasy to discover in New York, this is just one of them. Head through the splendid and luxurious lobby of the Le Parker Meridien hotel and find a dive bar-style burger restaurant with a simple menu (do you want cheese on it or not?) and pickles as big as your head.
Little Cupcake Bakeshop
A cute little cake shop that has cupcakes galore but the counter is also home to cheesecakes, 4-layer cakes, bundt cakes and cookies. The staff work their magic before your very eyes – watch the super speedy video of chocolate cupcakes being iced here.
Take friends and an appetite to this trendy warehouse in Williamsburg that serves craft beers and Vietnamese food. The spicy ginger chicken lollipop wings are finger-licking good, beef pho is hot and punchy and the classic banh mi is a must.
There are over 30 sandwiches and bagels to choose from at this sandwich shop in the Lower East Side. Stick with, what they say is the best thing on the menu, the spicy rizzak: turkey, crispy bacon, melted cheddar cheese, tomato, onion and a spicy chipotle mayonnaise in a sesame semolina roll. Ooosh.
Watch in wonder as two chefs work their magic on your Mexican taco feast (the crispy fish and barbacoa are the best) from inside a converted VW van, parked inside a huge converted garage. The corn esquites (toasted corn with lime and chipotle mayo) and pitchers of sparkling sangria are a must to complete the party.