Pretty NYC Lunches & Brunches
When I’m looking forward to an upcoming trip, I like to do A LOT of research. Whenever I have a free minute, during my commute or my lunch break, I love to browse through Instagram, Pinterest and blogs in search of inspiration and cool places to visit.
The thing I was most excited about when planning our New York trip and daily itineraries is food. NYC is so full of delicious food options and a variety of cuisines. London is pretty good for that too, but NYC just has an incredible amount of great Mexican, Korean, Italian and American food (duh) that we don’t really have over here.
While scrolling through Instagram, I found out about so many really pretty restaurants that are worth a visit for both their food and their decor. After all, if you’re going to pay for a nice meal it might as well be in a beautiful setting!
This is the first part of what will probably be a series of NYC food posts… I have a lot to say on this topic!
I had marked the location of Tiny’s on Google Maps after seeing a picture of the building, so when we happened to be in the neighbourhood at lunchtime it was an obvious choice. The menu is a little limited but the meatballs are great and it’s lovely and cosy inside.
Where: 135 W Broadway (between Thomas and Duane, in Tribeca)
Best for: getting warm and cosy by the fireplace in the back
Everyone’s talking about: the kale salad and the meatballs
I had this one on my list because of its great reviews but didn’t get a chance to try it (boyfriend wasn’t keen to eat vegan!). Definitely next time!
Where: 185 Bleecker St (West Village), but also Flatiron and Soho. More locations coming soon.
Best for: hungry vegans
Everyone’s talking about: the guac burger and the air baked sweet potato fries. Try Sweets by Chloe for vegan desserts too!
The pink and blue decor really caught my eye while I was scrolling through Instagram! It was popular with bloggers during NY Fashion Week.
Where: 116 Forsyth St (Lower East Side)
Best for: #foodstagram addicts
Everyone’s talking about: the avocado toast and the dragon bowl
Everyone I asked said we should go here. I loved it! The decor is very pretty and the menu has a good mix of delicious treats and healthy eats.
Where: 224 Lafayette Street (Lower Manhattan) and 50 Carmine Street (Greenwich Village)
Best for: all-day breakfast lovers
Everyone’s talking about: green shakshuka, duck bacon, and rosewater waffle.
I’m a sucker for pink restaurants, and this one is entirely pink! Its owners met while working at Dolce & Gabbana so as you’d expect the interior is pretty dreamy. The idea for it is to create an American diner-style place serving healthy Italian food.
Where: 174 Elizabeth Street (in Nolita, obviously!)
Best for: adding some colour to your ‘grams thanks to its pretty all-pink interior (and exterior!)
Everyone’s talking about: pasta! Make it wholewheat or gluten-free for an extra dollar or two.
My friend who lives in NYC recommended this one and after a quick look at the reviews I really want to go there. There is nothing more satisfying than freshly made pasta!
Where: corner of 26th and Broadway (NoMad)
Best for: fresh pasta and quality ingredients
Everyone’s talking about: gramigna pasta and kale lasagne
Another recommendation from a local, The Butcher’ Daughter is great if you’re trying to eat healthy or stay away from the bacon. Don’t go there if you’re looking for fluffy pancakes!
Where: 19 Kenmare St (Nolita) and 581 Hudson St (West Village)
Best for: healthy vegetarian food and (expensive) cold-pressed juices
Everyone’s talking about: avocado toast (popular at all the pretty NYC spots it seems!) and salads
I’d heard about this place a few times before going to New York as it seems to be one of those places that everyone loves. Started by two Australians, this place is bright, modern, and filled with plants.
Where: 164 Mott St in Little Italy (cafe) and 251 Church St, TriBeCa (restaurant and bar)
Best for: avocado and coffee lovers
Everyone’s talking about: gluten-free walnut and banana bread with espresso mascarpone. It’s a must try!
Phew, that was a lot of pink and avocado! Let me know if I’ve missed any of your favourite pretty restaurants and I’ll add them to the list. I certainly wish I had all of these great spots on my radar on our first day in New York.