Had a week and a half to madly try and catch up with the NYC food scene. I was able to hit most of the must-eats on my list of places I’ve never been to, but I had to leave off some of my old faves (Lupa, M. Ssam) in the interest of time and BMI maintenance.
Joining Lupa, Momofuku Ssam Bar, and Sushi Yasuda on my list of NYC must-returns: Minetta Tavern, The Spot Dessert Bar, Locanda Verde brunch, Russ and Daughters
Head to head comparisons:
Cupcakes: Sugar Sweet Sunshine vs. The Spot
SSS had perfectly executed classic cupcakes (I had a lemon and a red velvet with chocolate almond buttercream), but The Spot Dessert Bar’s creative, slightly salty creations vaulted to the top of my bicoastal cupcake rankings. Specifically, the Vanilla Yuzu Lemon, with its heart of citrus, joined Kee’s elusive cupcakes in my mental collection of cupcakes that would not actually be better as layer cake.
Pork Buns: Ippudo vs. Baohaus
Both were enjoyable, but Ippudo’s had too much mayo for me. I really liked Baohaus’ rendition of the classic Taiwanese gua bao and will go back to try some of the other versions on future trips.
Burger: Minetta Tavern vs. Peter Luger
Minetta Tavern’s Blue Label burger wins, by a long shot. You could argue that it’s not a fair contest, with the Blue Label at $26 and the Peter Luger burger at $12, but honestly, I would take two little Shake Shack burgers over the Peter Luger burger any day.
Uni Pasta: Marea vs. Lincoln
Marea won for the overall meal, but Lincoln took the prize for best uni pasta. While Marea’s was dominated by the flavor of crab, and had no discernible uni (either pieces or flavor), Lincoln’s tasted more of lobster, and was shot through with tiny, whole tongues of uni.
Chocolate: Kee’s vs. Bespoke
Enjoyed the meticulously crafted chocolates from both places, but I do prefer Kee’s more creative and assertive flavors.
I'm going to break up the overall trip into separate posts... while I've admired some of the recent, elegantly pithy trip reports I've seen, I can't seem to do that style, so logorrhea it is.
170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012
Momofuku Ssam Bar
207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012
Sugar Sweet Sunshine
126 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
Spot Dessert Bar
13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003