New York, NY

I absolutely love New York.
For so many reasons and I wonder if mainly for the food.

I put a list together of some places I’ve been and some on the list for next time.
All currently 4+ stars (other than Tom’s)
I like food too much.

Breakfast 🥓🍳

Balthazar Soho
Jacks Wife Freda – Carmine St
Breads Bakery – Bryant Park
The Smith – 2nd Ave

Diners & Delis 🌯🍧🌭

Toms Restaurant – Seinfeld – Broadway
Empire Diner – 10th Ave
Katz Deli – Houston St
Sarges Deli – 3rd Ave
The Corner Deli – Kenmare Street

Sweet 🥞🍦🍪

Magnolia Bakery – 6th, Grand Central terminal & Columbus
Sprinkles Cupcakes – Lexington Ave
Cha Cha Matcha – NoLita
Wow Fulls – Houston St
Levain Bakery – W74th St

Pizza & Italian 

Lombardis Pizza – NoLita
Gnoccheria by Luzzo’s – 4th St
Roberta’s – Brooklyn
Vinnies Pizzeria – Brooklyn
Koronet Pizza – Broadway
Tony Boloney’s – New Jersey
Patrizias – 2nd Ave
Zero Otto Nove – W21st St

BBQ & Steakhouses 

Pig Beach – Brooklyn
Big Apple BBQ – Madison Ave
Blue Smoke E27th St
MomoFukunishi – 8th Ave
Hometown BBQ – Brooklyn
Ben & Jacks Steakhouse – 44th St
Porter house Bar & Grill – Columbus Cir

Lunch & Dinners

Meatball Shop nyc – Stanton St, 9th St
Stick Fingers Joint – Maiden Lane
Randolph Beer (Pub) – NoLita
Burrito Box – 9th Ave
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken – 28 E 1st St
Luke’s Lobster – The Plaza
Prontito Hot Dogs – Flushing
Pomme Frites – Macdougal St
J.G Melon Burgers – 3rd Ave
Crif Dogs – Saint Marks Place
Le Rivage – W46th St
Le Coucou – Lafayette St
65 Bar Rainbow Room – Rockefeller Plaza


Chinese Tuxedo – Chinatown
Mimi Chengs Dumplings – 2nd Ave
Pig & Khao – 68 Clinton St
LAN Larb Thai – 2nd Ave
Momofuku – Korean fried chicken – 8th Ave
Oppa New Korean Market – Canal St
Bauhaus – E14th St
Buddakan Chinese/Asian fusion – 9th Ave
Joes Shanghai – Spell St Chinatown

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vegas got me good

I’ve spent so much time traveling the last couple of years and not locked into a 9-5 and I wouldn’t change a single part of it.
Maybe the flight delays, breaking my laptop, and that time I fell over in a  hurry to get through customs, but other than that, nothing.

We stayed at the W hotel in West Beverly Hills/Westwood, It’s walking distance to so many cool little shops, cafes and bars.
If you’re keen on a baseball game or theme park, Staples Centre and Universal Studios are within half hour drive or so from the hotel and Santa Monica Pier is around 15 minutes . If you’re keen on the Hollywood sign thing, something, Griffith Park is  about 45 mins away.
Next stop – Vegas

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I love the Vegas. We had a big group of us this time so I feel like I only just survived it.

For the weekend we did dinner at Firefly on the Friday night and had an upper bungalow at Drais Beach club the Saturday. Insane spot to spend the day. The rest of my time was spent hungover, so I basically have nothing else to report.

Leaving Vegas we weren’t sure where we wanted to stay. I just knew I wanted to be close to Abbott Kinney and Santa Monica this time.
We found a cool little apartment block last minute called Venice Breeze Suites. An old building right on the boardwalk. If you don’t mind the bongo playing bums (which you shouldn’t) who are totally harmless and too busy being high all the time, it’s a great spot to stay.
Muscle Beach and the infamous skate park are basically just out the front and quite often there’s filming of some sort of TV show or commercials close by.
We had an ocean front suite on level 2. I wouldn’t go lower than this level and I’d only stay here if you had an ocean view room.

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We stayed at the Viceroy this time and it was amazing. Only a short walk down Ocean Ave to the Pier with loads of shopping and sweet eats close by.
Great spot for watching the sun set over Santa Monica beach.

For all the girls who have hair like mine, only manageable with a good blowdryer, Viceroy have the best I’ve ever used in any hotel that I’ve stayed at in the states.  I realise this probably isn’t a necessity for most, but I give the hotel a bigger tick just for it.

Old fave – Barneys Beanery
New fave – Urth Cafe

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Sake Jr – eat good, feel good

Saké Jr is the new fast food sibling of the much loved and awarded contemporary Japanese restaurant Saké Restaurant & Bar that just opened in Pitt Street Mall.  It offers a completely customised healthy foodie experience, where you can build your own bowl.
So yum!

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