Sole Food: New York's Mouth Watering Eats

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

If you only had 3 full days in New York, which foodie picks would you try?

The city that never sleeps also seems like the city that never stops eating. I chose a room in the middle of the East Village to get access to restaurants, bars and artsy cafes for the limited time I was there. With so many foodie places to choose from, it's difficult to find your way through this cuisine maze. Here are my top 5 choices:

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My first meal upon checking in at my Roomorama rental was at Latin Fusion resto called Yucabar. I had been walking around the Village with my friend Pinky and we chanced upon a colorful cantina with a Mexican flare and our curiosity dragged us inside. After a quick scan of the menu, we ordered a pomegranate salad and the Arepa de Huevos con Chorizo to share. What arrived was plate of greens and sprinkled with juicy red pomegranate seeds. The best part was bits of serrano ham and roasted pumpkin seeds. The tangy mandarin vinaigrette made the combination burst in our mouths with the delicious mix of flavors. The Arepa came with corn cake, scrambled eggs, sauteed chorizo, cheese, creamy avocado and a mix of rice and beans. Mexican heaven!

Yucabar is located in the heart of the East Village. It's at 111 avenue A, 7th St. New York.

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Gyro II

This greek hole in the wall is a favorite of mine since I've lived in New York a few years back. This place looks messy- not too appealing from the entrance. But this midtown establishment serves some of the best gyros and greek roasted chicken in town. I also love their greek salad with greens, fresh olives, feta cheese and grape leave wrap. It's cheap and the portions are good for sharing. Grab it to go and have a greek picnik at nearby Greeley Square Park.

Gyro II is located at Midtown West, 427 7th Ave New York.

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The first time I've heard of Eataly was through my friend Jed who also used to live in New York City. He asked me if I knew about this place owned by top chef Mario Batali. He said it was a combination of a fresh market, grocery, cafe and restaurant. It seemed too good to be true. When I finally got there, I realized Eataly was every foodie's Disneyland! This place has everything Italian you could ever dream of putting in your mouth. Wine, cheese, fruits, coffee, pasta, rich chocolate- I could practically live in this place!

Eataly is a stone's throw away from the Flatiron Building. It's at 200 5th Ave. New York.

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I was so lucky to come to New York in early February during restaurant week. Restaurant week is a twice a year event in NYC that presents a unique opportunity to experience some of New York City's finest restaurants for a fraction of the usual price. Participating restaurants would offer a three-course lunch for $24 & some even offer dinner for $35. Good deal, isn't it? My cousin Jen offered to take me out to this Mediterranean place called Ilili. We had plates of delicious shrimp, salmon, beef kebab and skewers. By the time we got to the main course, we were so full! We barely had room for sumptuous panna cotta for dessert!

Ilili is located at 236 5th Ave, New York.

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Indian Creperie

It wasn't the food that drew me to  this place but more of the interior. The color pallette of white and lush green was so cool to the eyes. The place was also bright yet minimalist and I couldn't help but be intrigued with the idea of a crepe from India! I ordered a Masala Dosa which is a crepe filled with spiced potatoes and a Masala Idli which is steamed rice cakes with curry leaves. It brought back memories of my travel to Southern India. I had it with masala chai which is perfect on a cold winter night! Don't forget to check out Masala Times for dinner next door.

Indian Creperie is in the heart of the Village on 190 Bleecker St. New York. 

Which restos are you intrigued to try when you fly to New York? Want to add to this list?

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  1. We'll try out Eataly this Sunday. The best pizza in NY
    for me would be in Grimaldi's just under the Brooklyn bridge.Just be prepared
    to wait on line and the pizza is only sold by the pie. And for dessert there's
    the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory just down the street.

  2. Bookmarking this! Now the question is, when will New York happen? Hihi.

  3. We will be in NYC in June for a few days and bookmarking your post.  Thanks for all the great tips and mouth watering pictures!  We were there last Oct. and went for the hole in the wall pizza places.   I've heard great things about Eataly so will need to try and go there.

  4. How was Eataly Killer? Glad you discovered my old Brooklyn haunts. Grimaldi's over baked pizza with fresh cheese and herbs are definitely the best I've tried in NYC. Wash it down with a glass of good wine!

  5. when I was living in NY Gay, most people made NY their last stop before they ended their RTW. Wouldn't that be nice? ;-)

  6. Do go to Eataly and share the experience Mary. Only managed to get a coffee and a pastry from there. It's worth another trip!

  7. I just saw this te Lois! Again, awesome article and I can't wait for you to be back here in the US! :)


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