Where to eat in NYC? Part I

New York, the city of dreams, the city never sleeps. It is packed with life and energy, and most importantly, good food. New York is so much more than just a slice of pizza, a bagel, or a Shake Shack burger. Here’s a round up of some of my favorite spots in the city.

1. Okonomi

A true hidden gem in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Okonomi serves traditional Japanese breakfast set by day and ramen by night. The restaurant adheres a “no-waste” philosophy, and it is embodied in not just the food but also the interior, elegant and minimal. Equipped with only 12-seats in the house, you will be able get the full experience of intimate service and the full taste of authentic Japanese dishes. The breakfast set menu typically includes seasonal veggie accompaniments, fish available that day, a bowl of rice and miso soup. The food is impeccably presented, almost a work of art. Make sure to order an extra poached-egg to put over your rice! One last thing to keep in mind, they don’t take tips!

Address: 150 Ainslie St Brooklyn, NY 11211

2. By Chloe

As the vegan trend continues to grow and people getting cautious about what they put in their body, more and more vegetarian-friendly shops are popping up in the city. By Chloe stood out from the rest by creating a menu that is fun, hearty, and delicious all around as it celebrates the clean eating regime at the same time. The café offers meat-free burgers, sandwiches, salads, pasta, baked fries, vegan baked goods and juices. The guac burger and the avocado toast are two must-gets! The restaurant features an extremely cute and old-fashioned black-and-white theme, with thoughtful design and décor through out the space.

Address: 185 Bleecker St New York, NY 10012

3. Happy Bones

New York City in particular is saturated with coffee shops; it is highly possible that you will run into one in every corner. Opened by two New Zealanders, Happy Bones is located right in the heart of Nolita. The space is not big with minimal seating, more of a grab-and-go place. However, it is insufferably trendy- cosmic paints, white marble tables, brick wall, and exposed light bulbs – basically the epitome of hipster. Besides their famous flat white, they also offer a wide variety of Bellocq tea. If you need any kind of caffeine to fuel you up for the day, this is the spot!

Address: 394 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

4. Egg Shop

As we all know there is no shortage of wonderful brunch spots in this city. Egg Shop is located in the Lower East Side with a single devotion to eggs. Just like its name, everything you see on the menu is egg-oriented with a wide range of options and many styles available: scrambled, poached, omelets, eggs in a salad, eggs in a bowl, eggs in a sandwich, you name it, they have it. Egg Shop has all the key elements that will make up an Instaworthy picture, from the open front façade to minty chairs, it is the perfect paradise for Instagrammers!

Address: 394 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

5. Levain

No NY trip is completed without trying Levain’s cookies. Get prepared to taste the best chocolate chips cookie of your life. I caught myself drooling just thinking about it. These are not your regular cookies, they are giant bricks of pure happiness: slightly crunchy on the outside, soft and warm on the inside. The texture almost has this gooey consistency as you bite towards the center. I’m usually not a huge fan of sweets, but these cookies are not sickeningly sweet. Every bite is heavenly and worth every calorie. Stop by to get your hands on them before taking a stroll in Central Park!

Address: 167 W 74th St New York, NY 10023

6. Russ & Daughters