19 février 2015 § Poster un commentaire
Sharing in this post another brunch / lunch spot I loved: Melvin’s Juice Box. They serve jamaican food in a very cool ambiance. Chicken Jerk Salad was incredible ! I saw the owner Melvin himself serving fresh juices, because Melvin’s is also the first Juice/Smoothie Bar in New York. Forget the traditional smoothies but expect spicy and unique ingredients in your drink. Not to be missed if you are in the area.
Address: 132 West Houston Street, Greenwich Village
12 février 2015 § Poster un commentaire
After a stressful week at work, New Yorkers meet their friends around a brunch. Popular places can sometimes show up to 2 hours waiting time. Whether it rains or snows, I saw lines for many restaurants. I tried the brunch at Egg Shop on Elizabeth Street, located in Nolita.
Egg Shop, as its name indicates is a restaurant dedicated to eggs. I chose the « Spandex », served in a bowl and my friend a personalised egg sandwich. The Spandex was a California style miso with quinoa, avocado, and poached eggs. It was fresh, simple and healthy. All the ingredients here are chosen with care: eggs are organic and locally sourced.
Address: Egg Shop – 151 Elizabeth Street
9 février 2015 § 7 Commentaires
The best surprise of my journey was to discover a place which sold the best doughnuts I have ever tried. Until then, Krispy Kreme’s were my only reference, but I realised I was wrong – Doughnut Plant’s treats were beyond expectations. I think I have converted everyone around me to this sweet obsession. They were as surprised as I was when they bite in the dough to realise that it was not
greasy / fat / heavy at all.
It all started in 1994 when Mark Isreal took his grandfather’s doughnut recipe, using fresh seasonal fruits and roasted nuts in his glazes. He has now opened three « Plants » in New York and I heard that one will open by the end of 2015 in Long Island City. If you haven’t tried them while in New York, I would say you have missed a landmark. I never thought I would fall in love with those treats who are usually categorized under the « junk food » label. « Lire la suite »
8 février 2015 § 1 commentaire
Brooklyn is full of coffee shops and I was particularly excited to visit Toby’s Estate Coffee. Behind Toby hides a coffee passionnate, who started to roast beans in his mom’s garage. I visited the Williamsburg location, and I thought that on a cold snowy week day, it would be empty – I was wrong because all the seats were full.
There are many coffees in the area but this one was my favorite by far, as this place is illuminated by a picture window and their granola is delicious. If you are in Manhattan, you will notice that due to lack of space (and also high rent), coffee shops are small and do not have wifi for a better turnover. In Brooklyn, shops, cafés and houses are more spacious. You can sit here with your laptop and post pictures on your instagram peacefully.
+ They serve my all time favorite donughts from Dounught Plant, I love them so much !
Address: 125 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, Metro/Subway : Bedford
7 février 2015 § Poster un commentaire
Eileen’s Special cheesecake and Junior’s were on top of my list. Eileen’s opened in Lower Manhattan in 1974, and both are a landmark in the New York pastry scene. It is a little place selling this unique treat in different flavors. Trying the plain one is always the best introduction before having the others. The size of the cheesecake is the same as a cupcake and I found that the main layer was dense, creamy and very rich. I was full just after the plain one. Being used to eat cheesecake in France with a crunchy base, I found that this Graham cracker base was maybe too soft. New Yorkers seem to appreciate it, because there is always a queue outside. « Lire la suite »
6 février 2015 § 2 Commentaires
I had the opportunity to spend few days in New York this January. This was not the best period according to my city guide but I like snow and cold weather does not scare me. On my first day, I woke up very early and walked among busy workers on Lexington Avenue. The first impression I immediately had was that New York is a vibrant and dynamic city. I visited all the must see places for first time travelers : the museums, walk in Central Park and go at the top of the Empire State building. For the view, the ideal conditions would be to visit it on a sunny day, just before sunset, for having a clear view of the skyline.
My favorites museums were MoMa PS1, located in Long Island City and the New Museum of Contemporary Art on Bowery. The building of Moma PS1 is spacious and there is a good restaurant inside. It is only one subway station from Manhattan and it is worth the trip. The New Museum’s building was designed by the japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa and has opened in 2007. It was a challenge to open in this area which used to be « gritty », but the arrival of the museum has brought many art galleries in the neighbourhood. I was lucky to be at the time when the exposition « Night and Day » by the british artist Chris Ofili was held. Their gift shop has a nice selection of books and various original items.
Concerning food: I was afraid to not appreciate it because I often heard that the diet in the US was mostly junk food and heavy. But I was surprised to see that many restaurants were using local ingredients, and alternatives for vegetarian, gluten and dairy free products were proposed on the menus. I enjoyed drinking my latte with Almond milk in the different cafés I visited. I wish in France too almond milk would become widespread and proposed everywhere. For my sugar cravings, I realised that all my previous misconceptions about American pastry were wrong. Donughts are definitely not a bad treat if they are well prepared. I also had the best cookie, and trust me I have eaten enough in my life for claiming it! For burgers, I envy New Yorkers so much for having Shake Shack, a chain which offers very good quality burgers.
I also had time to explore Brooklyn and Queens. These two parts of New York are very easily reached by subway, and are definitely not to be missed. I even found that these areas were still preserved, and have kept their authenticity. Williamsburg is full of incredible bars, cafes, restaurants and shops, but Bedford Stuyvesant and other parts of Brooklyn are becoming interesting too. I appreciated the human size neighbourhood like Park Slope and the Chinatown, located in the south of Brooklyn.
I would recommend to have a look at the book « New York vs Paris » by Vahram Muratyan (I discovered his illustrations while reading the « M Magazine ») and watch the movie « Manhattan » by Woodie Allen for preparing your trip in the Big Apple. I also enjoyed reading the weekly « New York Magazine », where you can find the latest news about the city.