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Eating Through New York City: Must Try Spots in the Big Apple

New York’s known for a lot of things:  broadway shows, flashing lights, beautiful people and of course, bomb food.  We spent the week eating through the Big Apple so you’re in for a treat.  Get ready to learn more about delicious ramen, inventive Asian desserts, must try dim sum and more.

1.  Treat Yourself to Ramen at Ichiran

ichiran ramen

We’ve heard mixed reviews about this place, but we’re not sure why because their ramen is the bomb.com.  They have three locations in NYC:  one in Brooklyn, one in Midtown, and one in Times Square.  Their ramen was on point, but the experience in itself was worth the trip.

Instead of tables, they have individual stalls to help you enjoy your food without any kind of distractions.  Human contact is optional!  You order by filling out a form, and you can customize everything (ie. saltiness, richness, noodle texture, etc.) to your liking.

ichiran ramen ny

We recommend going with their set ($24) which comes with ramen, chashu, dried seaweed, scallion, kikurage mushroom and a soft boiled egg.  It’s really quite delicious, and we liked that their broth was subtle.  If you want more noodz, all you have to do is place the “kae-dama” plate on the sensor located at the upper right corner of your table.  It’ll play a short melody, and someone will magically appear with more.  They don’t accept tips here so simply pay for your food at the cashier before going about your day, BOOM!

2.  Crazy Delicious Desserts in Chinatown at Alimama

alimama cream puffs

Alimama was, hands down, one of the coolest dessert places we’ve ever been to.  Everything about this place was instagram-worthy, and we can’t wait to go back.  They only really do four items here, but they do them damn well:  mochi donuts, mochi munchkins, cream puffs, and various teas.

alimama mochi munchkins

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, you can’t go wrong with anything you get, and there are vegan options available so there’s something for everyone.  It’s hard to pick favorites, but their matcha munchkin ($4), ube cream puff ($4) and lychee rose drink ($6) were exceptional.  You will literally let out a loud “mmMMMMmmmm” when so do yourself a solid and get down here stat.  We promise you’ll be blown away.

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alimama lychee drink

3.  Get Your Italian Fix at Cardoncello Divino

truffle appetizer

Words can’t even begin to express the magic that is Cardoncello DiVino.  If you’re in the mood for incredible Italian food, head on over stat.  They named their restaurant after the cardoncello mushroom, which is “the pride of the agricultural tradition of Southern Italy,” and they’re the first NYC restaurant to use this unique ingredient in many of their dishes.

cardoncello divino olive oil tasting

Their osteria is warm and inviting, and the ambiance is perfect for date night.  Start off with an order of their cardoncelli ($17) before indulging in an EVOO tasting.  We’re not exaggerating when we say this appetizer will blow you away – roasted cardoncello mushrooms with potato, caciocavallo cheese and truffle tortino?  Heaven in your mouth.

cardoncello divino olive oil

The olive oil tasting’s also a must!  You get a selection of 4 (from light to intense fruity), and they’re paired with small bites to enhance the undertones of each.  They give you an in-depth explanation of the tasting, which makes it a really fun and educational experience.  Must try entrees include their fettuccine (turmeric noodz, cardoncello mushrooms, tomato filet and cacioricotta cheese) and their paccheri (large tube pasta served with veal ossobuco ragout, bone marrow and gremolada sauce).

cardoncello divino fettucine

4.  Enjoy Hand Pulled Noodles at Very Fresh

very fresh lamb noodles

Located inside Chelsea Market, Very Fresh will make all your dreams come true.  They specialize in hand pulled noodles so go and indulge ASAP because who doesn’t love carbs?  Their tingly and spicy cumin lamb is hard to beat.

Seasoned with cumin, sichuan peppercorns, chili oil, celery, cilantro, and fresh herbs, these flavors will leave your tongue buzzing, and we mean that in the best way possible.  On top of dry bowls, they also have noodle soups and vegan options as well!  Pro tip:  order a side of their fresh-made douhua pudding to cool everything down.  Uber soft tofu that’s served in a ginger sauce with citrus and cinnamon?  Yes, yes and yes.

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very fresh tofu pudding

5.  Indulge Your Sweet Tooth at Milk & Cream

milk and cream dessert

If you’re big into cereal, you need to stop by Milk & Cream for dessert.  They’re known for their insta-worthy cones and sundaes ($7 a pop), but you can also get cereal bowls ($8) and ice cream milkshakes ($8).  Simply choose your fave cereal, top it with fruits, nuts, cookies and/or candy, and then get your drizzle on before devouring it whole.  Dealing with decision fatigue? No problem.  They have a slew of signature combos that will do your tummy good – popular options include their Froot Berry Bliss and Cocoa Dough!

milk and cream milk shake

6.  Solid Staples at Trademark

trademark cheese

Start your meal off with their fresh mozzarella for two, and thank us afterwards.  It’s hand-pulled to order so the texture’s otherworldly, and they get serious points for serving it soft AF focaccia.  Because who wouldn’t want to kick off their meal with cheese and carbs?

trademark pastatrademark burger

Bamf entrees include their TM burger and their rigatoni bolognese.  The burger’s topped with bacon, jalapeño jack, fried pickled onions and a special sauce, and the pasta’s made in house from scratch and served with soft ricotta and grana-padano.  Save room for dessert because the cookie skillet is a must, no ifs, ands or buts.  Too full?  No problem.  Once you take one bite, it won’t matter.

trademark cookie skillet

7.  Dope Thai Food at Thep

thep puffs

Thep translates to “angel, divinity, deity, god,” which is fitting since we think their food’s basically ambrosia.  Located on the upper east side, Thep does Thai cuisine so well.  Get a table outside if weather permits and pig out on their kra-pow puff, duck tamarind, and their khao soi.

thep curry puffs

The puffs are crispy fried pastries filled with chicken, string beans, mozz and thai basil.  They’re served with a cucumber vinaigrette, and we’re not exaggerating when we say they’re life-changing.  The duck’s served in a beautiful tamarind sauce, and it ‘s garnished with fried shallots and cilantro.  The meat’s as tender as can be, and the sauce is just the right amount of sweet.

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thep duck tamarind

However, our favorite main of the night was their Khao Soi.  This traditional northern Thai dish was served in a creamy coconut curry broth with egg noodles, which was then topped with pickled mustard greens, red onions, fried shallots, and crispy egg noodles.  Mix it all together for a symphony of textures, and save room for their sorbet.  The coconut was to die for, and the presentation was adorable.

thep khao soi thep sorbet

8.  The Best Pizza of All Time at Lucali’s

Yes, Lucali’s is delicious.  Yes, they live up to the hype.  And yes, you need to go there ASAP!  For those of you looking for delicious ‘za in the Big Apple, y’all gotta trek to Brooklyn.  There’s a system though – you line up at 4PM to sign up for a time to go get your nom on.  If you’re lucky, you get a table.  If not, you try again the next day.

Their menu’s small but mighty.  You can get two things: a pizza or a calzone.  Both are straight fire so go big and get at LEAST one of each.  They offer traditional toppings like pepp and shrooms, and they’re BYOB so remember to stock up on dranks beforehand.  Also, this establishments cash only so make sure you stop by an ATM as well.

9.  Dumplings, Dumplings and More Dumplings at Dim Sum Palace

For those of you looking to enjoy dim sum in New York City, we highly recommend making a trip to Dim Sum Palace.  They have several locations in the area, but we visited their brick and mortar in midtown.  It’s hard to pick favorites, but their har gow (shrimp dumplings), sticky rice with lotus leaf, turnip cakes, shumai and taro dumplings are must tries.

Alright Nomsters, we hope you enjoyed our latest travel write-up featuring some of the best eats in NYC.  What looked yummiest to you guys? Let us know by leaving a comment below and stay tuned for fresh new content coming your way soon.  In the meantime, browse our travel tab to see more!

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