Hey, gidday mates! It’s been a while since I put together a list of my top 10 spots to eat in New York City, but I’m teaming up with Visa to bring you some travel tips over the next few weeks, so I figured it was high time I updated my favourite eateries. Just FYI: I’m by no means a gourmand; I don’t believe in spending a lot of money on food; and none of these places are next in line for a Michelin star; but I promise you’ll love every single one, that’s a guarantee! If you don’t, be sure to send a letter with your complaints to this address. So without further ado…
1. Xi’an Famous Foods — the best Chinese food I’ve ever eaten in my entire life. It’s from the North West region of Xi’an, it’s spicy, and it bears no resemblance to the sweet and sour pork and wontons that I grew up with. Order the Spicy and Tingly Beef Hand-Ripped Noodles in Soup. Next level.
2. Animals — this place is one block away from my apartment, so I go there a lot. It’s connected to The Wayland (see below), and it offers like six sandwiches and that’s it. Trust me: When your sandwiches taste this good, you only need six. Order the classic pulled bacon. It comes served with animal crackers and pickles. You won’t be disappointed.
3. The Wayland — Jenny and I go here for breakfast every Saturday morning (and most Sunday mornings). She gets the avocado on toast with the poached egg, I get the breakfast tacos (they’re gluten free) or one of the sandwiches.
4. Barnyard Cheese — if you’re looking for a quick snack on-the-go and you’re in the East Village, this is your spot. My favourites are the chickpea salad, the green bean salad, and the magic dream bar (a concoction of crushed graham crackers for the base, with a layer of condensed milk dotted with chocolate chips, and coconut on top). And here’s an insider tip: The salads I’ve mentioned are cheap, and you can get them on a plate with two eggs added for only $1 extra. Do it.
5. Shake Shack — so well documented by this point that you don’t even need anymore info, but it’s 100% worth the 30 minute wait in line.
6. Sweet Green – my go-to lunch or dinner spot if I want something quick and super healthy. It’s a salad bar but with all fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and your whole meal is always less than $13. I get the Guacamole Greens and add quinoa and sweet potato. So good.
7. Jimmy’s Diner — this one is in Williamsburg, it’s kinda dingy and dark and looks like an old school lunch counter, but the food and milkshakes are so fricken good. I like the huevos rancheros, the stacked fries and the peanut butter shakes.
8. Jack’s Wife Freda — beautiful spot right in Soho close to all your favourite shops, plus it’s part owned by a Kiwi! I get the Middle Eastern eggs with the tabouli and pita bread.
9. Ninth Street Espresso — anybody who says you can’t get good coffee in America is tripping. This place rivals anywhere I’ve been in the world. The cold brew coffee is so good you can drink it black. Plus there are about five locations dotted across the island, all on or around 9th Street.
10. BOBWHITE Lunch and Supper Counter — Southern soul food at its finest: Fried chicken, check. Collared greens, check. Mac and cheese, checkmate. Do not expect to feel healthy after your meal.
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