I can’t believe I’ve been in NYC for a month now! It absolutely flew by. If you know anything about me by now, you know I’m a complete homebody. My happy place is on the couch, in my sweats with Mike and Millie watching Friends. But it’s not every day you book a three month job as a writer in NYC, so I’ve been very intentional about taking advantage of it. I set out to do one new thing every day while I’m here, and for the most part, I’ve been able to stick to it. Today, I’m sharing any favorites from my first month in the city!
I think I’ve eaten more in the last month than I’ve eaten in an entire year. NYC has amazing food for every palette. Here are my top five picks from August:
- Ippudo Ramen: Far and away the best ramen I’ve ever had. I don’t claim to be a ramen expert, but I’ve eaten ramen in every city I’ve lived in, and nothing has tasted this good to me. I get the vegan ramen and it’s unbelievably flavorful. There are two locations – one in Midtown West and one in East Village. Make this your first dinner stop. My mom had ramen for the first time here and LOVED it.
- Tacuba: Don’t repeat this… but I’ve been here four times in the month that I’ve been here. This spot is the real deal. Tortillas are made in house. Guac is made fresh to order. The queso fondido is unreal. Vegetarian friends, their veggie tacos are too good and the prices are totally fair for NYC!
- Madame Vo: Excellent Vietnamese food in East Village. We had the banh bot Chien (I took the sausage off of mine) and it was delicious. This is a great place to order a few things and share. All of the portions are a great size.
- The Original Soup Man: Seinfeld fans, this one is for you! “No soup for you!” is based on this spot! Located in Midtown West on 55th street, it’s seriously a hole in the wall, grab and go soup stand, and it’s delicious. Mike had a lobster roll and I had the lobster bisque. Fast, affordable, and iconic. Definitely worth stopping.
- Levain Bakery: It’s a must. I made Mike stand in a long line for gelato, and at the end of the day, it wasn’t worth it (and didn’t make this list, clearly). We stood in another line to get into Levain’s, and both of us sang a different tune. Jumbo, warm, melt in your mouth gourmet cookies.
For Coffee Lovers
There are great spots for coffee lovers in NYC! Here are a few of my favs so far:
- Breads Bakery: Great spot in union square. Flavorful coffee and an amazing assortment of fresh baked goods and other breakfast items. The chocolate rugalach was very tasty – their babka is next on my list!
- Ground Central: Cozy coffee shop in Midtown West with excellent hot coffee. Smaller food selection, but a great pitstop if you need to refuel after exploring the west side.
- La Colombe: It’s a classic. Rich and hearty and flavorful. Highly recommend.
Sights and Sounds
- TodayTix: You guys know theater was my first love, and TodayTix is the best way to see Broadway shows for cheap. We used it to see mean girls and paid $59 per ticket. You purchase online/through the app, and on the day of the performance, you meet a TodayTix concierge outside of the theater for your tickets! So easy. There’s also Broadway for Broke people – you can enter every active Broadway ticket lottery here!
- Metropolitan Museum of Art: I’m going to be honest with you – I’m not a huge museum buff, but they have a very cool exhibit happening right now through October 1 called Play it Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll. My mom and I got to see The Beatles’ iconic drum set, Prince’s guitar, and Lady Gaga’s piano, among other awesome things. It’s definitely worth spending a few hours here, googling “What to see at the met” and hitting the big pieces.
- See A Talk Show for Free: Since I’ve been here, I’ve gone to a taping of Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert – and it was totally free! Sign up for 1iota and check it regularly for free local events and tapings. In the summer, they offer tickets to GMA’s Summer Concert Series and more!
- See a Game at Citi Field: Truth be told, I’m not a huge sports fan either, but seeing a Cubs vs. Mets game at Citi Field was so much fun. Even in the rain, Mike and I had a great time. We took the subway there, had ice cream, and heard a bunch of awesome New York accents. Totally worth it.
- Tea at The Plaza: Make believe you’re Eloise! Tea at The Palm Court is such a decadent experience. Get dressed up and feast on delicious tea and pastries.