Haha hope you liked that pic–Alex and I are definitely not photogenic when it comes to eating food, but you can tell us who looks better! The month of April has been filled with good eats around NYC and it was a month that I tried very hard to try new places even though it was so tempting to go back to restaurants that I love. I have included in this list the top 12 places I loved or thought was unique from this month’s eats!!
1. Lady M Confections
If you have read my birthday post, you would have already seen this gorgeous cake. It was the perfect balance of enough cream-cheese frosting to cake and look at how beautiful it is!! I have always been obsessed with their crepe cakes but this was just as delish. If you ever stop by or visit NYC, make sure to stop at one of their boutiques to taste their goodies!
2. Sushi Tsushima
Alex took me here for my birthday dinner and it was SO yummy! It was actually right next door to our apartment so we have been wanting to go for a while. Not to mention the delicious food, if you head there on the weekend, you can get awesome deals like $5 rolls and lower priced appetizers. We ended up ordering A LOT more than pictured here because we are fat, but it was just so yummy. If you are ever in midtown, this is a must stop-by sushi place.
3. Otto’s Tacos
This cute little taco place is nestled in West Village and is the perfect lunch spot without breaking the bank! The tacos were super juicy and tasty while the fries were super cool–they’re made out of corn! I don’t get to eat Mexican food that much and when I get into the food, I get very picky but this place totally curbed my cravings. This is definitely a place I would love to go back to!
4. Ikanari Steak
Have you ever heard of eating your meal standing up at a restaurant and actually getting your meat cut in front of you based on how much you want? Well, this Japanese steakhouse combines those two elements. They literally have no seats so everyone eats standing up and they serve every type of steak which you order the size to your liking. Even though I don’t think that I will be back and I can get better steak elsewhere, the uniqueness of this place is an experience everyone should try out!
5. Lam Zhou Handmade Noodles
Finding cheap and delicious food in NYC gets hard to do but this place accomplishes both goals. Alex and I randomly stumbled upon this place one day and were so surprised with this cute little family-owned restaurant. The noodles and fried dumplings (which are also a must-try) are all made in house and served fresh! Head on over to Chinatown to grab yourself a bowl!
6. Krispy Kreme
Most people should know of Krispy Kreme and know how popular it is in the donut world. I grew up with Dunkin Donuts and was quite satisfied with their donuts, but I continuously heard about people’s love for these ones. I remember my best friend from home (hi Chubs) actually taking the time to drive all the way to Pennsylvania to get some! So after dinner one day, Alex and I were passing through Penn Station and decided to grab some for dessert–definitely no regrets here!
7. Homemade Buns
Although you can’t really get these buns anywhere but from my parents, I had to include these in this list because they were the best buns I had. My parents have sent me pictures of them several times but I never got the chance to eat them until Easter weekend when I went home. It didn’t only taste good, but it felt good to eat them–I mean thinking back to them, I think of eating buns made with love and eating with my whole family!
8. Mu Ramen
We ventured out to Long Island City to try this semi-famous ramen place. The chicken wings were very unique…I mean, have you ever heard of foie gras eaten with fried chicken? It just confirms that fried chicken goes with everything haha. The ramen was also delicious and the atmosphere was very chill and rustic feeling.
9. Queens International Night
The Queens International Night opened on April 22nd so I had to go and check out all the food vendors and the music. Even though it took a whole hour to get there since it is in Queens, it was worth the travel. The idea of being able to get several different types of food for one meal always gets me excited since I hate having to choose only one option. Since Alex is half-Burmese, we were most excited for the Burmese station and it definitely did not disappoint! Basically, Alex and I shoved our faces with food, listened to the live band and spent majority of our time waiting in line haha! Also, have you noticed that we love our fried ice cream🍨
10. Bistecca Florentina
Alex surprised me with this restaurant for our 2 year anniversary and it totally transported me back to our times in Florence. We have been trying to get Florentine T-Bone Steak for such a long time that it was extra satisfactory to eat it here! I even let him order it medium-rare since I usually get my steak done medium. The prosciutto was also super delicious and was cut right in front of us which was so unique! What stood out the most about this place was definitely the great service though!
This dessert place that is tucked away in Chinatown next to a park is a must go for something both warm and cold. They have so many different varieties and combinations to choose from that the amount of choices I had to choose was too overwhelming. It’s a combination of the classic egg waffles mixed with today’s hipster vibe of being instagram-able, which makes it a perfect dessert for anyone!
12. The Smith
This was the second time I’ve been to this place and it was even better than the first. The mac & cheese is a MUST. I went with a rather large group of people and had to wait for about 1.5 hours but it was so worth the wait. Sunday brunch came with a free drink (alcoholic or not), best salted butter and bread and quick service. I was able to try a breakfast pot pie which was super unique and delicious. There is absolutely nothing bad to say and I am already looking forward for my next trip back!!
I hope this has helped some of you out in finding a place to eat and places to go if you are in or even visiting to NYC. I am now going to unsuccessfully convince myself to go to the gym after realizing all the food I’ve eaten this month HAHA….
Until my next lil’ thought then!