Travel Guide: NYC… A Food Tour


Two things you should know about me:  I love to travel and I love food!  I could talk about food for days.  So fortunately, on a recent trip to New York City we stayed with a good friend and chef who toured us around some of the best restaurants, bars, coffee shops and bakeries in the city.

And along this mouth-watering tour, we even bumped into several other friends who, again, just happen to be some of New York’s top chefs!  What a treat!


I’ve been debating how to post this entry for several weeks now, and I’ve decided the best approach is a simple list of must-eats, as recommended by both city chefs and tourists.

Covo Trattoria Pizzeria (West Harlem):  This restaurant reminded me of a small café I ate at in Rome recounting every detail from the low candlelight to the rustic furniture.  Truly embracing its Italian roots, the food is both decadent and delicious.  I highly recommend the pizza😉


French Roast (Uptown on Broadway):  Perfect for date night, this Parisian bistro takes you on a tour de France with everything from drinks, to brunch, to dinner.  This was the one place we ate at more than once; the first for an early dinner before the ballet, and the second for a late night snack and cocktails with friends-trust me, it doesn’t disappoint!




(Roasted Asparagus, Tomato & Mushroom Salad with Parmesan)


(Blue Cheese & Bacon Crumbles!!)


(Shrimp, Mussels & Sea Bass)


(Seafood Burger)


Levain Bakery (Upper West Side):  If you have been to the city or know someone who has, you’ve probably heard of Levain Bakery…or at least their cookies.  We’re talking legendary!  It’s a tiny, cramped neighborhood bakery with a wide assortment of baked goods including breads, buns, muffins, tarts, pastries, cakes and cookies.  Yummy!!  The cookies are a must, but I also recommend the Bomboloncini- basically a raspberry puff-ball :)


(Perfect baked treats for a picnic in Central Park)

Taszo Espresso Bar (Washington Heights):  I’m a coffee nut!  So when our guide said the words “best espresso,” I practically fell over myself running up the stairs to this small café…well I did actually, fall that is…oops.  In addition to the absolutely exceptional espresso, it’s just a really neat place to see.  It has a very warm atmosphere, and the owner is very friendly and passionate about his art.



(Picture Perfect Espresso)

Chelsea Market (Chelsea):  So obviously, this is not a restaurant; it’s an indoor market with shopping, cafes, bakeries, creameries, coffee spots and gourmet food marts.  One thing I love to do when I travel is check out what’s in the local markets to get a feel for the local flavor.  The Chelsea Market, in my opinion, is a great reflection of its surroundings as the building and décor itself is a kind of art installation and shows off a neat, sort of compact taste of the city’s local and culturally diverse cuisine.




(Brilliantly colored spices)


(Loose Leaf Tea)


(North Street Espresso Inside the Market-Perfection)


(Loved this!  A wall of infused vinegars, oils and salts)


(All delicious! Thankfully you can order these online. My favorite was a pear infused olive oil)


(Our treats from the Market: French Baguette, Velvety Prosciutto and Cheeses!  Macaroons already in stomach-not pictured!)

Stay tuned for part II.


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