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48 Hours in NYC: Eating Through the Big Apple

It’s been a minute since we last ventured to NYC so we’re beyond stoked to share highlights from our latest trip to the big apple!  We were only there for 2 days, but we still managed to schedule a TON of delicious eats and drinks.  We’ll be covering a slew of places today so make sure you stick with us until the very end to see what’s worth the splurge, and what’s not.

…Rainbow Bagels…

We’re going to refrain from naming this place because we don’t want to bash a “small” business, but man, these were probably the worst bagels we’ve ever had.  Rainbow bagels may look cool, but these tasted like straight trash.  And the shittiest part?  We waited 40+ minutes to get them!  The line was crazyyyyyyy long, so their marketing efforts must be A+!

rainbow bagels

Sometimes a trend goes viral and it’s amazing.  Sometimes a trend goes viral and it’s not so amazing.  Unfortunately for us, this was the latter, but that’s ok.  How would we have known otherwise?  Ha…ha…hahah….

Toloache

We heard incredible things about chef Julian Medina’s restaurant so we obviously had to swing by, especially since we had just finished watching a musical at Walter Kerr Theatre.  Although this wasn’t the “best” Mexican food we’ve ever had, it was still a very solid meal.  We kicked things off with an order of their rojo guacamole ($15).

toloache guacamole

Made with avo (obviously), tomato, red onion, chipotle and queso fresco, they say this guac’s spicy…but it’s not.  We definitely enjoyed it as a starter, but it was pretty mild so if you’re cravin’ a kick, maybe let your server know that you’d like yours with a bit more heat.

toloache queso fundido

We weren’t too, TOO hungry at this point so we decided to share an order of their queso fundido ($14 + 2 for chorizo) and birria tacos.  Both dishes were tasty, but we wouldn’t categorize it as a must try per se.  The queso was made with poblano rajas and tomatillo salsa and came with a side of warm flour tortillas.

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toloache birria

The birria ($18) was made with braised brisket – instead of goat – and was topped with melted chihuahua cheese, onion, cilantro, salsa verde and came with a side of consome.

Dim Sum Palace

We absolutely LOVED this place!  We hit up their midtown 56th location for lunch on a Monday and were seated immediately.  They may have dim sum carts on weekends, but we ordered straight off their menu when we went.  The food was fantastic, and we honestly can’t wait to go back.

dim sum palace

Must try dishes include their shrimp dumplings, shu mai (shrimp & pork), Shanghai juicy pork bun (aka soup dumplings) and pan fried turnip cake.  There was so much more we wanted to try, but we didn’t have room to get more.  Here’s to next time though!  Have you guys been to this gem?  Where’s your go-to dim sum place in NYC?

Hyo Dong Gak

We went to K-town hoping to enjoy BCD Tofu, but they were closed for maintenance so we ended up going to Hyo Dong Gak instead.  We were super confused at first because they had a sign for pho up front?  Don’t let their diverse menu fool you though – they’re known for their Korean-Chinese food so definitely stick with that.

hyo dong gak nyc

They have good jjajangmyun (or noodle with brown sauce), but if you want to try their jjamppong as well, you can get half and half!  Load your bowl up with gochugaru (chili powder) and enjoy your noodz with pickled daikon.  So, so good.  The acidity complements the savory nature of the dish so beautifully – it’s really truly a must.

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Katana Kitten

Holy shit, Nomsters.  If you’re a cocktail head, Katana Kitten will high key blow your mind.  We can’t even begin to tell you how much we enjoyed their drinks.  The food’s crazy too so make sure you go on an empty stomach.  There’s so much to love, but our favorite drink of the night was the Panda Fizz, made with haku vodka, pear, calpico, lemon, pandan, soda and lava salt.

katana kitten nyc

We also tried this shot duo called the umami situation.  Are you intrigued? It was definitely interesting, BUT we probably won’t do that again anytime soon since it was veryyyyy expensive, lol.

Your bartender rolls out this cart with two ginormous prawns.  They takes a lemon, salt it generously and add the head of both prawns to the mix.  They’ll then press it all together in a dope looking device to create two shots and serve it with two additional shots of shochu.  As for the rest of the shrimp?  You munch on it after, and yes, it’s scrumptious.

Note:  it’s a PARTY at KK so be ready to let loose.  People are dancing, people are partying, it’s a good time all around so be ready to have some fun.

Clover Club

clover club nyc

Clover Club was another legendary cocktail bar we adored.  We finally got to try their Clover Club cocktail (gin, raspberry, dry vermouth, lemon, egg white), but our favorite drink of the night, and of the ENTIRE trip, was their Apple Turnover.  It honestly tasted like Christmas in a glass, and we’re bummed we’re no longer in NYC because we’re in serious withdrawal.  Made with scotch, calvados, apfelkorn, cinnamon, ginger and lemon, this cocktail’s one we won’t soon forget.

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Lucali

Speaking of legendary, we FINALLY got to try Lucali in Brooklyn.  We’ve been wanting to enjoy their ‘za for god knows how long so we were thrilled to get a table.  So, here’s how it works, you line up outside their restaurant at 4PM and sign up for a table.  They open at 5PM so you want to make sure you get there earlier rather than later because it all fills up FAST.

Their menu’s small but mighty! You either get a pizza or a calzone, and you have the option of adding a handful of different toppings.  We went with shallot + pepperoni and pepperoni + hot peppers.  Both were awesome, but the pie reigned supreme.  The dough was so perfect, and the sauce/topping/crust ratio was on point.  This was, hands down, one of the best pizzas we’ve had in the states, but we have yet to try Pizzeria Beddia in Philly – we hear it’s world class so we’ll make sure to let you know post nom sesh!

Leyenda

Located right across the street from Clover Club (and owned by the same badass ladies behind CC), Leyenda was a trip.  Hands down, THE best tacos we’ve ever had, which was surprising since we were mainly there for drinks.  We got an order of their tinga pollo tacos, and they were absolutely incredible.  Suffice it to say, we’ll definitely be back to try more of their menu the next time we’re in town.

Alright Nomsters, we hope you enjoyed our latest travel post!  Have you been to any of these places?  Let us know by leaving a comment below, and stay tuned for more content coming your way.  Want to browse more NY content – click here to see more, friends!

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