By now you can tell that we love food, a lot. Whether we’re eating in our own city or eating in other cities, it’s safe to say that it’s one of our favorite activities. In fact, eating is one of the best things to do when traveling–it’s like another way to get to know the city. Luckily for me, this past week I was in one of the best food cities in country, NYC! I was so excited to try everything that in some cases I slammed all of my food before I had the chance to take a picture. Although I didn’t have my camera, I was able to get some iPhone pics of the food from some of the smaller joints. All I can say is I ate good this past week and I want to go back to NYC for more!
Now ya’ll know how I feel about my soul food. It always does something to my soul. With this being my second time in New York, I made sure to come back the famous Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem. It was love at first bite and I’ve been hooked ever since. Sylvia’s has been around since 1962.The first time I went I ordered the salmon croquettes, sweet potatoes, and mac n’ cheese. This time around I ordered fried chicken topped with their signature Sassy Sauce, potato salad, and of course mac n’ cheese again. The dinners come with a drink of your choice–mimosa, bloody Mary, lemonade, iced tea, or pop; WIN. The food was off the chain both times and their cornbread is like heaven. This time around we went on a Sunday which meant longer wait times and a restaurant super packed with families. If you don’t want to have dinner with the table next to you I recommend going on a weekday.
328 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10027 | M-Sat 8 a.m.- 10:30 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. | (212) 996-0660 | http://www.sylviasrestaurant.com
I consider BBQ and soul food to be under the same umbrella, therefore my love being equally the same for the two. Dallas BBQ just opened in Brooklyn and already this restaurant has become poppin in the neighborhood. No matter which night you go, the place is live with upbeat music and a packed house. This place is huge, with two floors so there isn’t a wait time. From what I noticed, the casual restaurant attracts a young crowd roughly around 22-30 years old. Everything on the menu looked so scrumptious that I promised myself I will come back again and again, until I’ve tried everything I wanted. I ordered the rotisserie chicken smothered in Dallas BBQ sauce and rib dinner with a side of fries. The chicken was so juicy and tender, the BBQ sauce was perfect and they were extra generous with the fries. My friend ordered the same except got the honey glaze chicken, which was so much better because it was crispier and the honey glaze sauce was amazing. Great place to people watch.
Dallas has a number of locations through out New York City. Check out their website for more info: www.dallasbbq.com
Lemon Grass Grill
Lemon Grass Grill is a cute little contemporary Thai restaurant near downtown Brooklyn. The place is super chill and the food is tasty. They have presentation down to a T because everything on our plate looked so pretty. I have to say I liked the appetizers more than my entrée. We ordered the shrimp rolls and crab rangoon which were both bomb. My friend and I played it safe and ordered our usual–pad thai for me, and shrimp fried rice for her. A major win for this place is that they have buy one get one free deals on the wine. YASSS.
156 Court St, Brooklyn, NY | (718) 522-9728 | http://www.lemongrassnyc.com
Various Food Joints
I had left Chicago before the very first Shake Shack location outside of NYC opened up. After seeing so many mouthwatering pictures online I had to get me some. It kinda reminds me of Chicago’s Portillo’s mixed with Steak n’ Shake. I love the crispy onions they put on their burgers. I left out a happy fattie baddie.
I’m a sucker for desserts. There are some that make me weak and banana pudding is definitely one of them. I’ve heard so much about Magnolia Bakery and their famous banana pudding so I had see what was up. This was banana pudding on another level. It’s not like that good ol’ original southern style, but a 2.0 version. The pudding is whipped and fluffy with bits of wafers and banana. It was everything. Magnolia Bakery has a wide variety of desserts that makes it hard not to cash out every penny; well for me at least. There’s a Chicago location as well!
The Deli Near Brooklyn College
I don’t exactly know the name of the place but I pass it every time I walk to and from the train. It is down the street from my friend’s apartment so I get it all the time. Seriously. The first time I went to New York I had the same tuna salad sandwich and salt and vinegar chips from this place about four times. I absolutely love deli sandwiches and this place won my stamp of approval. My friend and I even got cool with the owner and he asks about me from time to time. They also have great breakfast food like pancakes and eggs.
The Caribbean Joint on Flatbush
There was no way I was going to leave New York with out getting some Caribbean food. Last time I went a lil jerk chicken crazy so I had to go for something different- oxtails, rice and beans, and plantains. NOM. I forgot which place this was but there are so many bomb Caribbean joins all around Flatbush.
If you guys know of any other bomb NYC food joints let us know for next time!