Our first full day in New York City was probably proof to all of you that we sure know how to pack a lot into one day, and our second day in the city was no different! We (and we by we, I mean Kelsey — I’m horrible at directions) navigated the subway system quite easily with help of Citymapper, a great transit app that makes navigation a breeze in select cities throughout the world.
We did both manage to lose our MetroCard at least once, but oh well, you can’t win ’em all. We even managed to do one or two activities that were entirely unrelated to food. Shocking, we know! Take a look below at what we did with our second day in the city. -M
We started our morning by picking up breakfast at Terrace Bagels to enjoy outside at Prospect Park, the largest public park in Brooklyn. There is ample seating inside Terrace Bagels, but we wanted to get a head start on enjoying the beautiful weather outside.
This was the first meal of the trip we didn’t share — Kelsey ordered a breakfast sandwich with Taylor Pork Roll, egg and cheese on an everything bagel, and I ordered my favorite bagel combo, an onion bagel topped with capers, red onion and scallion cream cheese. I couldn’t resist getting a half dozen bagels to take home and freeze, which I’m already looking forward to enjoying on a Saturday in the near future. -M
Dominique Ansel Bakery
Someone (aka me) forgot to check what time our first activity opened (Birchbox), so we arrived about 15 minutes too early. We had scoped out our Google Map before making the trek from Brooklyn to Soho so we knew that the bakery famous for inventing the cronut was right around the corner (like we needed an excuse to try a cronut).
Inside, the space was a little cramped, but fortunately the line around 10:45 a.m. was reasonable (as in not out the door) and we quickly placed our order. There are a limited number of cronuts made each day and only one seasonal flavor available — which rotates each month and is never repeated. The September cronut flavor was Pear Honey Cream Cheese. As we ordered they pulled out the final tray of cronuts, so take note on weekdays you should definitely go before lunch time — I cannot imagine what it is like to try and snag one on a weekend.
The cronut was honestly smaller than I expected, but that wasn’t a bad thing considering that amount of food Meg and I consumed during our trip. I don’t even know how to describe what it tasted like, but all you need to know is that every cronut is fried, rolled in sugar, stuffed with cream and then topped with a glaze. Check the Dominique Ansel Bakery Facebook page so you’ll know what the seasonal flavor is before you go, October’s flavor is Banoffee (caramelized banana and dulce de leche ganache), with salted butter biscuits. -K
Kudos to Kelsey for adding Birchbox SoHo to our list of must-do activities while on this trip. This location is the only brick-and-mortar Birchbox store, and I think we would both agree that it was one of the most fun things we did while in New York. The vibe in the store was extremely friendly and welcoming and as soon as walked through the doors, we were greeted by a BYOB sign of the very best variety — an invitation to build your own Birchbox! We made a beeline for the back of the store and with the assistance of a super helpful Birchbox employee, we each made a customized Birchbox. For only $15, we each chose five items for our box, each from a different category like skincare or fragrance. We’re both equally obsessed with the dry shampoo we picked out.
Though we didn’t take advantage of the store’s beauty services on this visit, they do offer makeup and hair services in store as well as beauty parties for groups. Maybe next time! -M
Where do I even start with Eataly?! This was one of our non-food, food stops meaning that neither of us planned on eating anything here, but we were just going for the “experience”. After eating a bagel and cronut earlier in the day we surprisingly both stuck to our word and just spent an hour exploring everything that Eataly had to offer. There were food stalls, sit-down restaurants, fresh pastas, meats, gelato, candy and so much more. It was honestly a little overwhelming. I loved seeing all of the fresh items that you could take home to prepare a meal in your own kitchen and I know that if I lived anywhere near an Eataly I would be a regular customer.
Knowing that we still had many adventures ahead of us, Meg and I both stuck to only buying small things at Eataly (aka we didn’t want to carry something heavy around for the rest of the day), we both left we bags of Italian chocolates. And I also grabbed some bucatini pasta (not fresh) for a few recipes I’m wanting to make at home. -K
I haven’t had a lobster roll since Taylor and I went to Maine this past August, and with good reason — I wasn’t sure one could live up to what I experienced at The Clam Shack in Kennebunkport. I had heard so many good things about Luke’s Lobster, though, that when it ended up being a two minute walk away when I was hungry for lunch I decided it couldn’t hurt to give it a whirl. Besides, if any lobster roll was going to complete with the ones I had in Maine, it would be the one from this spot, as Luke’s Lobster was started by Luke Holden, a Maine native and former lobsterman.
I ordered a lobster roll which came with mayonnaise, lemon butter and a touch of Luke’s secret seasoning along with a side of the poppy seed vinaigrette slaw, which was perfectly refreshing and a nice addition to the meal. I’m glad I gave Luke’s a chance, because this lobster roll was one worth writing home about, rivaling the best one I had on my trip to Maine. – M
Shocking, I know I picked two bakeries for us to visit in one day. I had recently come across Levain Bakery on Instagram and instantly I was intrigued by these cookies that were served exactly how I like them: warm, and a tad gooey in the center. The question was, would these cookies actually taste as good as they looked?
The answer is a resounding, YES! I think these actually taste better than they look, which is impressive considering they look, damn delicious in photos. If there isn’t a line (which there probably will be) you walk down a small set of stairs into the tiny bakery on the Upper West Side. Cookies come in four flavors (chocolate chip walnut, oatmeal raisin, dark chocolate chip and dark chocolate peanut butter chip) and they are massive. Naturally, I ordered two flavors (because I have no self-control)— chocolate chip walnut and dark chocolate peanut butter chip — and I don’t think I’ve made a better decision in my life. Dare I say it, these are probably the best cookies I’ve ever had.
If you don’t live in New York City, Harlem or the Hamptons, you can have cookies shipped right to your door, they just won’t be gooey or warm when you receive them. -K
I love a good chick flick, including Serendipity, one of my favorite movies to watch around the holidays starring Kate Beckingsale and John Cusack. Ever since watching the movie for the first time and seeing the scene where they share a frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3, I’ve always wanted to go to that restaurant and enjoy one myself. Can I just say how satisfying it is to actually do something you’ve wanted to do for a really long time? I know that might sound silly as I’m talking about a frozen beverage here, but my blogging partner in crime can attest that I looked like a kid in a candy story when we stepped inside the restaurant.
We lucked out with no wait at all, which was great considering it can be hours long during the holiday season. We shared a frozen hot chocolate which was quite generous in size and everything I hoped it would be. It’s worth noting that the restaurant does have an order minimum per person ($8.50), and sharing one frozen hot chocolate isn’t quite enough to meet it, so be prepared to order an extra side or drink depending on the number of people in your party. -M
By this point in the trip I was feeling like I needed to eat something that wasn’t completely awful for my health, so I convinced Meg to go on an adventure with me to Superiority Burger before heading back to Brooklyn to get ready for the concert.
What you might not have gathered from the name is that Superiority Burger is an all vegetarian restaurant. Sadly our dreams of going to similarly named Salvation Burger (which is not vegetarian) were crushed by a kitchen fire earlier this year and this was its burger replacement. So let’s just say the bar was (probably unfairly) set pretty high. And Superiority Burger delivered.
I’m not sure what they put in that veggie burger but I can say with 100% certainty that if I could only ever have this burger again (instead of regular meat burgers) I would be perfectly happy. It was just that good. My one complaint is that the burger is a bit small (think almost White Castle sized), but after all of the bakery visits, I wasn’t I didn’t need large meal. -K
Finally, the concert! The whole reason for us coming to New York. Adele was incredible in concert, she sounded just like she does on her album and was more of an entertainer than I expected her to be. She LOVES to chat it up with the crowd and even posed for selfies with the concert goers lucky enough to have seats at floor level.
Admittedly Meg and I had nosebleed seats, which is what happens when there thousands of people are vying for the same tickets as you and Ticketmaster assigns you seats, but we still enjoyed the two-hour show. For all of you attending her show in Washington, D.C. you are in for a treat! -K