I moved to New York City exactly six months ago. The time has flown by. Yet, at the same time, I feel like I’ve been here forever. I love this city. Absolutely everything about it. The city is beyond busy, yet not a day goes by that I don’t see a Georgetown friend on the subway, on a street corner, or at an event. The cabs, the subway rides, and even the super long walks are always exciting. Different faces. Different accents. Different opinions. The city has just about everything.
I never, ever want to leave.
One thing about living in NYC? There’s no shortage of amazing restaurants. For me at least, most of my “friend dates” include restaurants. We might meet for a mid-morning brunch followed by a day of shopping. Or take a break in the middle of the day for a quick lunch. Or, after a long day of something fun, end up in a corner table to gossip about the day’s events. Regardless of when or where we end up, food is pretty much always involved. And considering our choices, I’m a-okay with that.
One weird thing… even though there are plenty of choices, we always end up at the same place. I play favorites. When you know the waiters by name (and say hello! when you cross paths in a subway station), you know you have a serious problem. But if it’s wrong, then I don’t want to be right.
My five favorite spots to grab a bite to eat in New York City:
Maison Kayser | 1294 3rd Ave
When my family was here over the holidays, we stumbled on this little spot. Well actually, we went in because we saw how crowded and popular it was. With good reason. It’s amazing. You really can’t go wrong with anything. It’s a perfect place for brunch! (Literally, everything is good.)
Le Moulin a Café | 1439 York Ave
Yep. This is my go-to meeting place. Seriously. Anytime I have to meet someone for something, this is my first suggestion. The croissants? Perfection. Add a café au lait and I’m a happy girl. There’s a sit down restaurant in the back, but I prefer the casual cafe in the front. Sitting by the window and people watching is also fun!
Doughnut Plant | 220 W 23rd St
Oh, well, I mean… I love doughnuts. Doughnut Plant is kind of out of the way, but I think this is a good thing. When I get really in the mood for one, I have to walk a distance. So basically, I cancel out the calories. Right?! The doughnuts aren’t exactly what you might expect. They’re BETTER.
Beyoglu | 1431 3rd Ave
This is super close to where I live and I have to admit that I go here way too often. As in, at least once a week. But I’ve been known to go up to three times. The bread and hummus is amazing. I could simply eat that and that alone. Even so everything is great so I end up ordering way more than I need. The hummus, the cacik, the falafel, the shepherd salad, and the stuffed grape leaves are my favies!
The Smith | 55 3rd Ave
Brussels sprouts and a photo booth. Anything other words necessary?
What are your favorite restaurants?