NYC - one of the foodie capitals of the world

NYC - one of the foodie capitals of the world

Continuing my theme of sharing my foodie adventures around the world, I (Mirko) thought that I would continue showing some of my faves during my latest visit to NYC. For those who follow the blog, many of us have been fortunate enough to travel whether it be for work or play (check the #otcbontour hashtag on our instagram page).

I was lucky enough to visit NYC during Smorgasburg. With fantastic views of the Brooklyn waterfront, Smorgasburg features a vast array of packaged and prepared foods and beverages from all over NYC. If you get a chance, give this a go - you will not be disappointed.

Me and my mate eating whole mango with chilli and lime dressing
Chicken and Waffles from Buttermilk Channel, Brooklyn...
need I say more?

Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich from The Good Batch
Bolivian Pork Sandwich (three ways)

For Thai, everyone raves about Pok Pok NY.  Whilst I had a great meal with great friends, I have to say that a friend of mine found a hidden gem in the East Village - Som Tum Der NYC. Their 'shrimp sashimi' (not sure of the actual name) was so simple yet so amazing. But be warned, it is Northern Thai cuisine and can therefore be quite spicy, so if you go - ask what the heat levels are like.  Order a Thai style milk ice tea and you will be fine *droooolsssss*.

Thai @ Pok Pok NYC
If you want Ramen, Ippudo is a very popular haunt. Word of warning - if you make a booking, make sure that all your table is present...the staff here won't seat you until your table is there.

Ippudo Ramen
Morgensterns Ice Cream is a tiny shop located in the East Village/Lower East side with a really old school milk bar feel. I had a delicious Viet Iced Coffee and Salted Caramel gelato and a pomegranate soda on my numerous visits here.  The soda is so refreshing on a warm summers day.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee and Salted Caramel Gelato from Morgensterns 
If you are in the mood for some sweets, give Momofuku Milk Bar a go for one of David Chang's weird and wonderful sweet-tooth combinations.

For any Aussies in NYC, you will notice that in general, the American's still have a way to go when it comes to good coffee...but they are getting better with the help of a number of Aussie Baristas making their mark in NYC and providing Aussie expats with a slice of home. Some of my faves included (which may not all be linked to Aussies), Gasoline Alley, Stumptown and Blue Stone Lane Coffee.

For lovers of the Cronut, give Dominique Ansel Bakery in SOHO a visit. I have had the Cronut, and if you really want the wait...but be warned it will be long - I waited three hours. If you aren't too fussed, bypass the lines, and go for the DKA. A fluffy croissant like muffin that will wow the tastebuds with it's simplicity.

For all the Aussies - Good Coffee and Muesli.
Plus the DKA from Dominique Ansel Bakery SOHO 
From top left to bottom right.  Cereal Milk from Momofuku Milk Bar.  As the name suggests, tastes like the awesomely flavoured milk at the end of cereal - so deliciously good! Lobster Roll from The Lobster Place at Chelsea Markets so so so good for a summers day. If you are feeling like it - get a whole lobster at a VERY good price.

Also, try some Khmer Sandwiches from Num Pang and cheesecake at Chelsea Markets.  For those who haven't been, the Chelsea Markets have a number of different food stalls for peeps to pick and choose from definitely worth a visit.
Cereal Milk from Momfuku Milk Bar - get in meh belly!
Visit to Chelsea Markets for AMAZING lobster rolls and Cambodian Rolls

Lady M Bakery is known for its Crepe Cakes.  These cakes layered with crepe upon crepe are so delicately put together that they just melt in your mouth. Coming in their 'signature' and green tea flavours, both are delicious...the cheesecake ain't too bad either!

For those in the know, Eddie Huang's Baohaus is a must visit. With awesome beats playing in the background give his Bao's a go.
Lady M Bakery, Might Quinns and Baohaus.
For some healthy eating, give Liquiteria a try. Delicious smoothies, juices and muesli are available here.  Prior to arriving in NYC, I was in Brazil and ate a lot of Acai so was very happy to be reunited with it at Liquiteria.

Acai and Green Smoothie @ Liquiteria
Burgers at Shake Shack - need I say more? Still my all time favourite burger in the world. I have tried many and whilst some come close, this is an all time fave!  Fro-yo at Pinkberry, Ramen at Momofuku Noodle Bar and Brisket Sandwiches, mac and cheese, tater tots and collared greens at Pork Slope.
Burgers, fro-yo, ramen and brisket
Everywhere I go, I try to have at least one 'fine dining' experience.  This time it was Le Bernardin, ranked number 21 in the top 50 restaurants in the world. We opted for the Le Bernardin tasting menu as shown below. Great food in a great setting.


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