With summer around the corner, New York will be extra busy with tourists. But with so many options in the city that never sleeps, it can be hard to choose a place (especially if you’re a first time visitor). If you’re planning a trip to the Big Apple, or feel like drooling over food options, take a look at my top picks below for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack/dessert options. I chose restaurants all over Manhattan to switch things up and ensure that you’ll get to try something in new neighborhoods as there’s so much to explore. Enjoy!
Clinton St. Baking Company, located on the Lower East Side should definitely be added to your list of food stops. Although they don’t offer unlimited brunch drinks (e.g. Mimosas, Bellini’s, Bloody Marys), it’s worth the trip just for their award-winning biscuits and pancakes, and other delicious brunch items. Pricing isn’t too bad (most menu items are under $15), but keep in mind that this eatery only accepts cash. For more info on Clinton St. Baking Company, visit their website.
Max Brenner, famous for it’s chocolate, also has a great menu with affordable prices. Located in Union Square, this restaurant has the best baked mac & cheese I’ve ever had. To make a reservation or check out their menu, head over to their website.
Serendipity 3 on the Upper East Side will knock you off your feet with their famous frozen hot chocolate. If you’ve seen (or head of) the movie Serendipity starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, you’ll recognize this as the place they go after first meeting at Bloomingdales (the restaurant is just a block away from the department store). Serendipity has the coolest menu, which I’m convinced was made for giants (it’s huge) with crazy designs all over. It’s a celeb hotspot too so if you’re looking to find some celebs wandering around, you might catch some around here! For more info, click here.
Baked By Melissa. Saving the best for last. Don’t be fooled by the size of these bite-size treats. They’re essentially a taste of heaven and a tinge of hell (you can’t just eat one.. they’ll keep you coming back for more). With several locations around Manhattan (Soho, Union Square, Grand Central, Fashion District, Upper West Side, Times Square, and Columbus Circle), you’ll never have to wander too far to find one of their shops. With 10 standard flavors, and an 11th “flavor of the month,” you’ll be able to find one– if not many more to love. To find out more about the bakery, visit their official site.