New York is one of my favorite cities to visit- truly a foodie paradise. I am always amazed by the tremendous diversity of restaurants, bakeries, and specialty food shops. I could spend ages exploring them and still barely make a dent into NYC’s culinary opulence. Here are a few of my favorites!
Meandering through the Union Square Green Market is a wonderful way to start to the day. Even in the middle of winter, the produce is gorgeous and the baked goods are heavenly.
While I was living in France, I had a freshly baked croissant almost every morning. Sadly, I’ve yet to find any croissants that measure up to the flaky ones that line patisserie shelves in Paris– but the whole wheat croissant at City Bakery comes pretty close. The outer layers are perfectly crisp and you peel them back to revel a warm, buttery center. A drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of sea salt and I’m almost transported to a Parisian cafe…
Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in the world, is the brainchild of Mario Batali. It’s the ultimate destination for food lovers. You can feast your eyes and your belly on the gourmand cured meats and cheeses, fruits and vegetables, fresh meats, fresh fish, handmade pasta, desserts and baked goods and coffees.
Kalustyans is a mecca for Indian and Middle Eastern food and spices. I love the buckets of plump dried fruits and rows of every spice or chutney you could imagine.
Crumbs Bake Shop is one of many NY bakeries that specializes in enormous cupcakes decked in creamy buttercream. Almost every flavor you could imagine- even cookie dough!