So when I went to New York the summer just gone, I went armed with a bulletproof Instagram ‘list’ of many a drool worthy place. Heartbreakingly so, I did not manage to visit every place on the list. However, I did do some damage (to the temple I call my body) through some of these places, as well as getting some very
uncomfortably comfortably close up shots of cookie dough. What else is indulging in NYC for. Enjoy!!!
Disclaimer: obviously take the title of this post with a pinch of salt. Everything in moderation, you know the drill.
Sam’s Fried Ice Cream
37B Orchard St, New York, NY 1000
Okay this place was the bomb.com. Top of the list, deservingly. You could get 6 deep fried oreos (either original or the velvet of red) for $6. That’s right. If you read my post on my internship experience over there, you’ll know that these cost less than a head of broccoli. That’s right, not only an excess of sugar over here, I’m saving you money.
I did take the opportunity to walk around Brooklyn with my fried oreos for the perfect picture.
And also I did not disadvantage you guys by not taking a pic of them fresh out of the deep-fryer…
Ok so not totally fresh and yes, it burnt my mouth. Worth it. They also sell fried ice cream (duh) but you can get it coated in CEREAL!!! God it’s just insane. Please go here and take pictures.
71 Pineapple St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Okay so this place was right next to my accommodation during the summer and it was hard not to get one of these with an iced coffee every morning! It was a toasted cinnamon and raisin bagel with Nutella. I mean, look at the angelic glisten of that Nutella. Just take it in.
Gooey raisins + crispy bagel + melted Nutella = guhhhh.
Lower Level, 251 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
This place was a couple of blocks from my place of work, which made it SO hard not to pop in for a cookie almost every day. These cookies were perfect. They were dreamy soft on the inside but still had the firmness of a typical ‘cookie’, and to top it off their flavour combinations were amazing. Pictured above is cream cheese red velvet and triple chocolate. Heated up they were extra amazing – although with 30 degree weather you could just hold them up like Simba (why not do that anyway, they’re that amazing).
Saturday’s in Williamsburg – East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave. (at N. 7 St.) Brooklyn
Sunday’s in Prospect Park – Breeze Hill East Drive at Lincoln Rd. Brooklyn
Okay so my photos do not do this place justice. Alongside loads of other super cool stands (including dumplings, South Indian dosas, and mozzarella sticks) there was an amazing selection of desert stands. I got this bubble waffle concoction once, just look at the picture. Look at it!!!
I also got a churro sandwich another time, and although small, it was crispy and melty and peanut buttery and perfect.
85B Allen St, New York, NY 10002
PSA: soft serve is the best thing about New York. I visited so, so many places and this is the one food I managed to inhale before taking a picture. This place was so cool because you could get really cool flavours – matcha, coconut (pictured), black charcoal (yep), purple yam (it was weird but really creamy and sweet).
I got congratulated by a random man and his wife for finishing this cone. It happened. I surpassed the publics’ expectations.
I also highly recommend the Mr Whippy vans you see on the street – they’re amazing! I would get a kids sized vanilla cone with crushed cookie sprinkles ($4!!!) every time I broke a sweat outside, so I know what I’m talking about here. Cha cha matcha also did the dreamiest (and most instagrammable) matcha soft serve ever – pictured below! There’s one in Soho and the Flatiron District.
5 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014
This place was awesome as you could literally make up an ice-cream based on whatever you fancied. They had a WILD array of ice cream and sorbet flavours, toppings, and chocolate to get a crispy coating on the outside.
550 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012
Oh man, now this place. I discovered this place through an Insider video on Facebook, which is why I think this place got so, so, sooo big! We arrived one day at maybe midday, and the queue to get in was across the street, and ALL the way along it. Deciding to be tactical, we left and came back another day quite a bit later – around 7/8 – the queue was still there! Not as gobsmackingly long, but it got to the point where my expectations of the cookie dough were now level 3000 – when they were maybe at level 100 before.
Having queued and found out what flavour combos everyone in the queue were getting (we were there a while…) we were finally in! I got a brownie flavour and one with sea salt and marshmallows, with ice cream on top (see above for reference to obsession) and I can say that it was bloody amazing. However, I could only manage 3 or 4 spoonfuls. I have no idea how people eat the whole thing – it’s a lot of cookie dough, and I made the rookie error of getting TWO scoops.
The queue being the only setback about this place, I’d still recommend. Just because I can’t help myself and I’m weak and cookie dough guhhhhhh *see below*.
21 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014
This place is absolutely fabulous. It’s super funky and trendy, and you get free fruit (we got free fruit). But may I present to you, a WAFFLE TOWER. If you haven’t seen boomerangs of people pouring maple syrup over this then go to their Instagram, watch it and come back. Lord this was GUD.
We went to Catch for a Sunday brunch though, and I’d highly recommend booking your table in advance cos this is one of those cool places cool people go to, to post cool photos on their cool social medias – and they all book their tables. So do it first!!!
My friend got this too, it was a giant cinnamon roll pancake cake thing. Do I need more words?
I hope I can keep adding to this list in the future, I just need to remember to take a picture of my desert before I swallow it in one go – and when I add new places I will probably claim that they are all also my ‘favourite’ and ‘oh my god this place is amazing’…… That being said there were so many more cool places to grab a sweet bite, it is after all the
concrete jungle mass haven of fats and carbs that is NYC.
Hope you enjoyed reading,