a city so nice they named it twice

“Manhattan is the other name.”

New York City is never boring. The city is always changing, so fluid and dynamic. I’ve been to NYC over 20 times, and I have yet to explore everything. I doubt you can even explore the same street year after year without some alteration here and there.

I’m planning another trip to the Big Apple next month, but I wanted to share some of my favorite experiences and places from my last visit in March. I try to visit a new restaurant, cafe, or museum every time, so my list has been building over the years. Yelp is usually my go to for finding new and hip places to check out, as well as Eater NY, the Infatuation New York, Edible New York, and Thrillist. I also like to utilize some Instagram food accounts/guides, such as @bestfoodny, @new_fork_city, @nytfood, @eatingnyc, @nybucketlist, @nyceeeeeats, and @nycfoodgals. Do you follow any New York food Instagram accounts and have other recommendations?

Coffee Project
Coffee Project New York

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Deconstructed latte from Coffee Project New York
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Preparing traditional matcha at Setsugekka
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Tea ceremony at Setsugekka
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High-quality matcha sourced from Japan
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Gyunan udon from Raku
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The Butcher’s Feast from Cote
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Strawberry matcha latte from Boba Guys
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Clockwise from left: stewed oxtail hand-ripped noodle soup; spicy cumin lamb burger; spicy cumin lamb hand-ripped noodles at Xi’an Famous Foods
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Pink Drink at Cha Cha Matcha

Places mentioned:

  • Coffee Project New York
    • 239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003
  • Setsugekka East Village
    • 74 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003
  • Raku
    • 342 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003
  • Cote
    • 16 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010
  • Boba Guys
    • 23 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002
    • 11 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10003
    • 265 Canal St, New York, NY 10013
  • Xi’an Famous Foods
    • 24 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036
    • 2675 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
    • 14 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016
    • 68 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012
    • 648 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
    • 81 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
    • 45 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013
    • 328 E 78th St, New York, NY 10075
    • 38 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010
    • 41-10 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355
    • 37 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019
  • Cha Cha Matcha
    • 373 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

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