A foodie’s weekend in New York City.
I might be biased but NYC is theeee best! Having been back here for a little over a year after living in Los Angeles I couldn’t be happier with our decision to come back to the concrete jungle. We’ve had our fair share of visitors this year, so I thought it was time to share my travel guide for a weekend in the Big Apple! This guide is primarily food focused rather than sightseeing (if you’re looking for a post about Times Square I suggest you head somewhere else).
Before we even get to where to eat let’s dive into where to stay! It can be overwhelming trying to figure out which area of Manhattan or Brooklyn to book your stay but I’ve narrowed down a few neighborhoods that are central and surrounded by delicious food and drinks! The source of my travel anxiety usually stems from trying to find a place to rent, but thankfully VacationRenter.com has made it so much easier to find the perfect place!
Where to stay
The East Village is great if you’re looking for a super lively area surrounded by cocktail bars, dive bars, and frat bars. If you love the nightlife and late night food I’d definitely tell you to book your stay in the East Village. You can see available East Village properties here.
The West Village is SO charming and perfect for a romantic weekend in the city or with your family. It’s super close to Greenwich Village and there are some great piano and jazz bars along with some amazing restaurants. View West Village rentals.
This is one of my favorite areas of Manhattan. It’s within walking distance to so many neighborhoods and some of the best restaurants in the city are here. Also, if you love to shop then stay in Soho! View available Soho rentals.
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Where to eat
Bakeries and coffee shops
This is by far my favorite coffee shop in NYC. Luckily there are multiple locations in the city but the best is the OG. Get an oat milk latte and continue walking around the city with the best latte of your life.
This small coffee shop is usually packed, and for good reason. Trendy AF but they make some delicious coffee. My go to is the cortado. Go there, snap a pic for your Instagram feed and thank me later.
Dominique Ansel Bakery:
The Cronut. Get up early, get in line and get the best pastry of your life. But also, walk a lot after because this treat definitely calls for some exercise after!
The croissants and pastries here are literally out of this world. It’s a little bit on the pricier side but IMHO it’s totally worth it. If they have cruffins left get them, but also get the banana foster croissant and prepare to be mind-blown.
Prince St. Pizza
While we’re on the topic of pizza I have to mention Prince St. The lines are long but they move quickly and so do the slices. The walls are plastered with celebrities who stopped by and the small place is loud with people yelling what they want. Get the Spring St Square. It’s a crunchy, greasy, slightly spicy slice of heaven.
A few blocks from Prince St. Pizza is another NYC Institution: Parisi Bakery. Making Italian subs since 1903 and still going strong! Wait in line with cash and order “The Dennis.” Filled with layers of fried chicken cutlet, mozzarella, tomatoes, prosciutto, balsamic, and an herbal spread on a piece of Italian bread.
I’ve driven across the US twice and have had BBQ in Los Angeles, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas, and Hometown BBQ is still my favorite. Their melt in your mouth brisket with perfect bark and short ribs are worth the trek to Red Hook Brooklyn.
If you’re looking for a place that encompasses old school New York this is it. Always bustling, always loud, and always delicious. Raoul’s is known for their Steak Au Poivre, but if the restaurant happens to be full grab a seat the bar and get the burger. It tends to sell out nightly but it’s one of the best burgers in the city, if you can order it.
Joe’s Shanghai Chinatown is must! The soup dumplings are perfect and worth the hour plus wait on a Friday night. The large round tables are communal so be prepared to share a beer with new friends and take in the scene.
A weekend in NYC isn’t complete without a stop at Roberta’s. Venture out of Manhattan and into Brooklyn to Roberta’s. The don’t take reservations so get there early-ish. Order the Famous Original but also order their Cacio Pepe. For a pizza joint this pasta is incredible.
I hope this guides help you plan out your next trip to NYC! Stay tuned for my favorite bars coming soon!