I just had the most amazing time in Boston and NYC. I have been to Boston a few times and have loved it every time. This time I was a little older, less cheap and way cooler. All three of these things made my Bostonian experience over the top. And my first time to NYC! Wow. I have been really missing out on one of the most amazing cities that I have ever been too. I have already been talking Scot's head off about either moving there or trying to visit once a year. I honestly loved every second of our time in NYC.
Luckily, Scot and I have some friends and family who helped us pick out the BEST places to eat. And, of course, I did some research before hand. Guess what? I ate some of the best food of my life. And a lot of it. Like we just ate the entire time. This is why moving to NYC would be a horrible and amazing idea. Maybe we walked most of it off.
I can't wait to tell you about all these great places. I thought I would start with a sneak peak of some of my favs. Then, I hope to give all the details over the next several days. These recommendations helped us so much, so I hope they can help other people too.
First, probably my favorite thing I had was the pizza from Grimaldi's Pizza in Brooklyn. And, of course, I love pizza. Who doesn't. But pizza is not my favorite food, by any means. This is a BIG deal. So simple and so perfect. Worth the hour wait. Worth even longer of a wait. I am counting down the days when I can go back.
Next, we had these soup dumplings in Chinatown in NY. The restaurant is called Nice/New Green Bo. These are dumplings filled with soup! Scot called it a party in your mouth. They were so tender and the burst of soup, pork and crab when you finally open them in your mouth is delicious. Best dumplings ever. Best recommendation ever.
And we also were told to go to this Venezuelan place (called Caracas) for arepas in NYC. And we did. YUMMMM. I was tempted to try one with each filling (there were about 20 to choose from). Instead we picked two. BTW, an arepa is this unleavened bread made of corn. Then, they fill it with various cheeses, meats, and veggies (lots of avocado). So so good. They also have empanadas. Also amazing.
This is a really horrible picture of the best pasta I have ever eaten. O. M. G. This was from Terramia in Boston's North End. We were luck enough to be in Boston and NYC during both cities' Restaurant Week. And totally scored on picking out this little 40 seat Italian restaurant. Part of the reason I picked it was because the Restaurant Week menu did not have a dessert course. Just had 3 regular courses. I think sometimes the Restaurant Week menus' dessert courses are kind of lame. Oh and, this was a bolognese sauce with homemade pasta. Honestly one of the best things I have ever eaten. Honestly wanted to kiss the chef.
Now that I just bashed Restaurant Week desserts, this was my dessert from Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill Restaurant Week Menu. In NYC. Had to put that in a separate sentence due to too many proper nouns. Anyways, this is a bread pudding with some fruit in the bread pudding and then a delicious raspberry sauce. My idea of a perfect dessert. And I have always been kind of scared of bread pudding. It just sounds gross. I would order this again and again.
This is by far the best cup of coffee I have had in a long time. Stumptown in NYC. A really cute coffee shop where all of the employees dress up in roaring 20's garb. They are adorable. And amazing baristas. I have a special place in my heart for baristas who make designs in my cappuccino. Especially hearts. And this woman did. And she smiled and chatted with me. Also, they sell this $75 package of coffee beans (Panama Esmeralda Especial, the guy explained that has been decided by all real coffee drinkers that it IS the best coffee in the world). I will have one, Thanks.
And that...is just scratching the surface. I will be writing in more detail about these places. But mostly, I have many more places to tell you about. I had to pick favorites. Which apparently I don't have a problem doing. :)