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Food Diaries・New York City, NY

Food Diaries・New York City, NY

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I spent an entire week in New York City with my sister, and that almost always means I will be eating some amazing food. So I prepared my food diary of my NYC trip. Continue scrolling to see the yummy stuff that got into my stomach ;) 

HOWEVER, please be aware that there are almost two different dishes/place, and obviously one of them was my sisters :P My stomach is not that big.. 


Jin Ramen 

My sister was insistent on trying out this place by her friends recommendation. 

While the rice bowl was great (recommend highly), the ramen was only mediocre. I've had better. Overall, it was a pleasant experience.

Definitely get there early though, because it's a tiny space. 

Katsu-Don

Katsu-Don

Shoyu Ramen (I think..) 

Shoyu Ramen (I think..) 


m2m Market 

This is a market, and honestly I went in on a whim to discover they had one of my sister and I's all time favorite Asian noodle dish: jajangmyun. 

Unfortunately, while the noodles were decorated beautiful, the taste of the food wasn't as great. Still, it was a worthy experience. 

Regardless of the food, it's a very good Asian market in front of Columbia University. They also have cold bento-style boxes for you if you want. 

Jajangmyun 

Jajangmyun 


Pressed Juicery 

I've heard amazing things about this shop, so when I passed by accidentally, I decided to give it a try. And omg, it rocked my world. 

Even though the bottles are pricey ($6.50/bottle), they taste amazing, and it's a good way to get some nutrients into your body if you don't like eating greens. I bought two juices, and I loved them both, a lot. 


Mill Korean 

My sister is a Korean fanatic: the music, the food, the culture, the works. So obviously she and I had a lot of Korean food and this was one of them. 

The service was quick, and the food was actually very good. It is on the pricer side, but I think it would make a great date place, whether it's with friends or your SO. 

Free appetizers + miso soup

Free appetizers + miso soup

Some sort of rice-cake noodle dish.. sorry, totally blanking on the name!

Some sort of rice-cake noodle dish.. sorry, totally blanking on the name!

Stone Pot Bimbimbap 

Stone Pot Bimbimbap 


sweetgreen

Every time I walked by here there was always a line, and it always looked very interesting. 

So one night I decided to give it a try, especially because I feel that I definitely needed a very green meal at that point of the week. 

If I had to describe the service, I would describe it as the salad version of Chipotle. Their service is practically the same, but for salads. 

It was a good experience, and the salad I tried was amazing. But I will say that the portions are not any where worth the price. I've had cheaper salads that were more fulfilling that this. So be warned. If you are super hungry, maybe don't go to sweetgreens. 

Guac Salad 

Guac Salad 


Bouchon Bakery & Cafe 

My friend was insistent on me visiting this bakery, and I'm really glad I did because I saw the second biggest macaroon I've ever seen (the largest is at Grand Central Market). 

And these macaroon's are amazing. I do not regret this purchase. Although whenever it comes to macaroons, I always overestimate how much I can eat because of how cute they are... it's a terrible habit, but #noregrets 

Top to bottom: Birthday Cake (seasonal), Berry Lemon, and Pistachio 

Top to bottom: Birthday Cake (seasonal), Berry Lemon, and Pistachio 


Magnolia Bakery 

I bought these cupcakes on a whim honestly. My friend got one and I wasn't going to get one, but then I decided to get one for my sister and I could've resist getting one for me. 

These are the fluffiest and softest cupcakes I've ever had. Enough said. 

Pistachio cupcake

Pistachio cupcake


Insomnia Cookies 

My sister introduced me to them, and I gotta say, I'm not hating it. It's basically a cookie and ice-cream shop that keeps their cookies warm at all times so you are always biting into a warm cookie. 

What more needs to be said, am I right? 


Artopolis 

By this time, this was one of the last meals my sister and I had before I had to head back to school. And even this meal was $50, it was worth every penny. 

Just look at the food and you'll understand why. 

This restaurant is a restaurant/bakery where you can get their menu for take out or sit-down. Amazing food. 

Their brunch menu gives you a free coffee/tea AND a choice of mimosa, orange juice, and other breakfast drinks. Key word: free. 

Their brunch menu gives you a free coffee/tea AND a choice of mimosa, orange juice, and other breakfast drinks. Key word: free. 

Chicken Cesar salad -- very typical, but the chicken was warmly cooked, the romaine lettuce was cold warm and extremely fresh, and there was a good crunch at every bite. 

Chicken Cesar salad -- very typical, but the chicken was warmly cooked, the romaine lettuce was cold warm and extremely fresh, and there was a good crunch at every bite. 

Nutella Gingerbread Sweet Crepe -- this was amazing. It wasn't super sweet, but it was sweet enough to satisfy any sweet tooth. 

Nutella Gingerbread Sweet Crepe -- this was amazing. It wasn't super sweet, but it was sweet enough to satisfy any sweet tooth. 

Tiramisu -- creamy, sponge-y, and perfect. 

Tiramisu -- creamy, sponge-y, and perfect. 

Apple Crumble Tart 

Apple Crumble Tart 


Obviously my sister and I love food, but why not love food when you live in NYC? 

If you have ever been to NYC, what are some of your favorite food recommendations? If you haven't, which of the above restaurants/places look the most appetizing to you? ;)

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