So after finally making it to NYC this year (since last year’s attempt was a complete fail) I got the chance to take in the big city. I went with my friend Sarah who is an NYC pro and one awesome tour guide. She told me I had to basically fast before we went because of all the food we were going to eat and she wasn’t kidding. Of course we are talking about a place that on every street and corner stands a restaurant or bakery…I’m sure that every single place there has some amazing food and something worth trying but I couldn’t resist sharing what I ate in case you have never tried it either.

Francesco’s Pizzeria & Restaurant – When we got off the plane Sarah says to me, “You have to wait to eat so we can go to Francesco’s to get pizza.” Of course I was starving at this point and even some airport food was looking enticing at the moment but for some reason I trust her (ha! only kidding Sarah) We made our way from Times Square to the pizza place and immediately just walking up to it, it’s one inviting atmosphere with a ton of photos that cover the wall of celebrities that love the place too. I held back on ordering every single type of pizza and went for two large slices of the Hawaiian and one (not sure of the name) but had fresh mozzarella cheese, a lot of sauce and roma tomatoes. Yum to the um, seriously. They have a cool story too and you know me, I love a good family business story any day.

Magnolia Bakery – Apparently this place is very well known is NYC because so many actors take their kids here to get cupcakes and I totally don’t blame them. You can smell the cupcakes in the air as you walk up to the place and as soon as you walk in about 100 cupcakes are screaming your name. I opted for the white cupcake with vanilla icing. Yes, somewhat boring but it was heaven I promise.

Santa Fe  – If you like Mexican food then you’re in for a treat. This little kept secret is one that you don’t want to miss. Everything on the menu made my mouth water and I was deciding between one thing and the “sweet potato, black bean burrito.” Let me tell you, I am oh so glad I opted for the sweet potato mash up because it was something I would never put together but it’s a southern smack your face with a northern twist.

Choco Bolo – It was raining on the Monday we were flying back and as we walked through the rain we happened to look up and saw this cute little cafe that immediately drew us in. We stopped in for lunch and couldn’t resist how cute and quaint this place was. They have a variety of things to try but definitely grab their expresso and caprese sandwich.

Sarabeth’s Central Park South– This was one place that Sarah was adament we had to go to. It sits right beside Central Park and that Sunday morning the sky was crystal clear, the weather was perfect and it was the perfect morning to have a breakfast I will never forget. This place was packed when we walked up to it and after eating there I can see exactly why. They were serving pomegranate mimosas and of course they were calling our name so we went for it. Although I could order everything off the menu I opted for the lemon ricotta pancakes…yes, I am still dreaming about them at this moment…To top off the amazing breakfast, Dog the Bounty Hunter and his wife walk in and are seated right beside us. Immediately we recognized them and within a few minutes we started carrying on a conversation with them. They were a pleasure to talk to. It’s amazing how many people were whipping out the phones to secretly snap a shot of them. I know it’s got to get old trying to have a nice breakfast with people constantly approaching you etc. but I can honestly say they handled it so well and they were a ton of fun to chat with. So not only was the breakfast melt in your mouth amazing, it was topped off with a great conversation.

I know that there are a TON of places to eat in NYC and most of them have to die for food. These are just some of the places that I tried and would recommend to anyone. Who knows maybe you have been a few times before and had no idea these existed so now you have a new place to try. The one thing I can vouch for is that I love food, my mother is an amazing cook, I’m from the South and I have high expectations of food so take what I say for what it’s worth. I do know that when I go back to the city I will be stopping by each of these places again. Also, we saw the play “Peter and the Starcatcher,” and it was great! If you get the chance to see it, I highly recommend it.

What are your favorite places to eat in NYC?

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Written by ashley
Entrepreneur + Believer. Though I stumble and fall each day, oh what a wonderful journey it is. Don't sweat the small stuff and say what you need to say.