New York City-Part 2

By Maria Lichty

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I spent an entire day eating my way through New York City with my best pal Amanda. We did our research and came up with a long list of places to visit. Luckily, Amanda is an great tour guide and put together an excellent itinerary.  She sure knows her way around the city.

We started our morning with blueberry pancakes from Clinton Street Baking Co. & Restaurant. They were light, fluffy, and the warm maple butter was divine. The perfect way to kick off our day!

We headed over to Jacques Torres’s Chocolate shop next. Amanda sipped on a hot chocolate with peanut butter and we both tasted the famous chocolate chip cookie. The cookies are served warm, which is always a bonus.

Sweet Revenge bakery was within walking distance so of course we had to peak in. We ended up ordering every cupcake they had on the menu, we had to:) We sampled their chocolate cupcake, peanut butter cupcake with chocolate ganache filling, Mexican vanilla cupcake, and the raspberry red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting.

The peanut butter cupcake was by far my favorite. Loved the ganache surprise.

After a little walk around the city, we decided it was time for some “real” food. We tried the falafel sandwich at Taim. This was Amanda’s first time eating falafel. She didn’t hate it, but I don’t know if it was her favorite:)  I loved it!

For dessert we went to The Roasting Plant to try their chocolate chip cookie. Serious Eats named their chocolate chip cookie #1 in NYC. It was just ok in my opinion:)

Amanda also tried a vanilla gelato shake. Got gelato shake? πŸ™‚

Photo via Amanda

Next, we walked to Baked by Melissa to try the cutest cupcakes ever. They are so tiny-the size of a quarter. The chocolate chip pancake flavor was the best!

We were told by several people to try the pretzel croissant at City Bakery. We didn’t want to let anyone down, so we ordered one to share…and a few cookies. The pretzel croissant was delicious. The cookies were just so-so. I am picky when it comes to cookies:)

Photo via Amanda

We were on our way to Chelsea Market and stumbled upon another bakery, City Cakes. We went inside and found another chocolate chip cookie. I was on the hunt for the BEST chocolate chip cookie in NYC:) I had to taste them all! It was ok, kind of dry though.

Photo via Amanda

Photo via Amanda

We finally made it to SaraBeth Bakery at Chelsea Market to meet up with Dorie Greenspan. Dorie spoiled us with sweet treats and introduced us to the one and only SaraBeth. We had a lovely visit. And I can honestly say SaraBeth knows how to make a good chocolate chip cookie.

Photo via Amanda

We were sugared out and ready to go back to the hotel, but then Amanda spotted Eleni’s Cupcakes. Amanda loves Eleni’s so we had to make a stop. Amanda loves their buttercream frosting! I am not a frosting fan, but had a little taste and I was pleasantly surprised. It was quite nice.

We had a fantastic day sampling goodies in NYC! I hope you aren’t sugared out yet because I still have one more sweet day in NYC to share. Stay tuned!

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. What an awesome post…filled with food (Desserts!!), friends, and fun times. Amazing memories that you girls created, no doubt!

  2. I just to moved to the NYC-area, and your chocolate chip cookie tour was exactly what I needed. πŸ™‚ I’m going to start making plans to procure Sarabeth and Jacques Torres cookies.

  3. You did a FABULOUS job on eating your way through my West Village (I live here). SO glad you tried Taim…they have the best falafel. Their salads are jumping with flavor, too! Did you pick a favorite choc chip cookie yet?

  4. Wow, how did you eat so much in one day?! That’s a talent! πŸ™‚

    You’re allowed to be picky about cookies because yours are some of the best I’ve ever tried! πŸ™‚

  5. I love this post! Thank you for sharing your NYC adventures with us! I have a feeling you won’t be eating anything sweet for a while… Ok, at least until Saturday πŸ˜‰ xoxo

  6. Those cupcakes look like heaven wrapped in a delicate paper wrapper.

    I am in awful of your day and your insulin capacity. Can’t wait to see what you eat tomorrow. Have fun!

    1. I need to hear more about the cookies at Sundance:) Do they have a delicious chocolate chip cookie?

    2. They are so good! I drove up there on a snowy December afternoon to pick up tickets for the Tree Room Author series (Kathryn Stockett), only to find out that I just had to give them my name at the door. They felt so bad for me, coming all the way, they gave me two complimentary cookies from their deli– huge, chewy, thick. Definitely the best customer service I’ve ever had.
      You are the cookie connoisseur, so you’ll have to check them out. Maybe do a little visit and a post. πŸ™‚ It sure is pretty up there now with all the snow.

    3. Thank you for the information. I will have to take a drive to sample their cookies. Thanks!

  7. How fun!! I went to Eleni’s when I was in NYC back in the spring. I got a peanut butter cup cupcakes and the frosting was amazing!

  8. Such cute photos, you two! Looks like you have had an amazing time in the company of good friends and great food. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Awww you got to meet Dorie!! So it looks like you ate your way through NYC…ha ha! What a speical time for you and your friend!

  10. I love Sweet Revenge’s cupcakes! My husband brought all of those home from a business trip to NYC. There are so many cupcakes in NYC, I don’t think I’ll ever get to try all of them.

  11. So jealous of your NYC foodie adventures! I’d love to do something like this someday. I will admit, though, that I’m on sugar overload just looking at all of these goodies! πŸ™‚

  12. That’s a lot of sugar – did you try the chickpea curry soup at City Bakery – it was so good and so needed in the slush! Lucy

  13. That looks like an amazing couple of days in NYC! I think the Roasting Plant cookie is hit or miss- my husband gets it and sometimes it is amazing, but sometimes just ok.

  14. I am so envious! What a fun time! I was invited on that trip but the notice was so short i couldn’t cancel the plans I already had. Boo hoo! So glad you guys had a good time!

  15. Maria, I love this super happy post!! You are making me miss NYC – BIG time. you are too cute in your puffer jacket.

  16. I am glad i discover this post. It was a remarkable experience and one to remember!. Thanks for putting this together for people like us who needs it

  17. Β love this post! Thank you for sharing your NYC adventures with us! Β thanks your recipe and I am going to have a try as well.