I did two of my favorite things this month - eat and explore. NYC, you never disappoint.
1. Alice's Tea Cup
During my college years, I had one "fat year." No, it wasn't during my freshman year, although that would've been classic. It was during my sophomore year when I used to work at this location. Their scones are baked daily and often accompanied by an intoxicating scent. I'd literally black out from scent alone to awaken covered in crumbs. Recently went for brunch (get their mad hatter) and their scone selection is still my kryptonite - YUM!
156 E 64th St, UES - get more info here.
2. Sugar Freak
After FireFly, we drove into Queens to pick up Miles (my fur baby). Then a hankering for sweet tea came over us like no other. Hastily followed by hunger (or should I say hanger). Our yelp research led us to Sugar Freak, were the sweet tea is bottomless and the chicken & waffle dish gave us a second boost for energy. We heard brunch is even more tastier so we'll have to come back real soon.
36-18 30th Avenue, Astoria - get more info here.
There's a boom box, cassette tapes, and really amazing Cali fare. Genuine is truly a breath of fresh air in the often cluttered tourist traps of Little Italy. Not only that, but everything served in this open air gastro diner is superb and had us coming back multiple times in one week. Vic recommends their Cali Shrimp & Grits (filling and comforting), or if you're a chicken head like myself go for the Buttermilk Battered Chicken Sandwich (so good).
191 Grand Street, Little Italy - get more info here.
I'm going to be honest, after an intense hot yoga sesh I like to hydrate with cocktails. Thankfully, it runs in the family because my sister was on board with my plan after our workout. Off into Chinatown we went in search of magical margaritas which we found at Dimes. Wheatgrass margaritas - so we were still eating clean. After a round of drinks we peered over to our neighbors and discovered colorful plates and audible approval. We were sold and cleaned our plates clean. I recommend ALL of their drinks and their Pulled Pork Bowl.
49 Canal Street, Chinatown - get more info here.