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Top 5 New York Eats

Top 5 New York Eats

I spent a lot of time wandering around New York City, especially on my weekends. During these days, I would often try to find a little something to eat -- and my oh my, the city that never sleeps sure has a lot to choose from! Between scrumptious brunch and delectable ice cream on every corner, the world was mine for the eating. And I did. In looking through my overly basic food pictures, I had the hardest time narrowing it down to my top five eats -- the five things that I will HAVE to have when I'm back in the city. 

1. Lemon Gelato at Eataly

Eataly is an overwhelming atmosphere of pure Italian delight. A grocer with five differently styled restaurants inside, walking in the front door will leave you breathless. And really, you'll probably be intensely lost and wander around because you just can't decide what you want. That's ok, we've all been there. Yet whether you feast at a table, pick up some yummies to take home, or just stand still in awe, you absolutely must make your way over to the little corner of heaven that houses the gelato. Sure, you can get whichever flavor you like (they're all delightful), but if the lemon is an option, I highly suggest it. Not too sweet or rich, this little treat will leave you content, feeling light, free, and happy. You may or may not make it a habit to check in to see if it's available.

2. PB & J doughnut from The Doughnut Plant

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The first time I had this doughnut, I traveled a round trip of 90 minutes to get it. And I regret absolutely no part of that ridiculous travel time. Though it sounds intimidating, sticky, and a little like a 5-year-olds lunchbox, this doughnut is amazing. Crunchy peanut butter glaze, a light and airy doughnut texture, and a subtle nibble of grape jelly will put you over the moon! Don't get it to take home, eat it right there and then! Or, grab a box...yes, even if it's just you, it's so worth it. The Doughnut Plant has other sweet and unique treats to sample, so you should just accept your fate and put it on your list. 

3. Smorgasburg (heehee all the noms)

Smorgasburg is a foodie's safe haven. With every hip and happening food booth offering the best it has to offer, you'll lose your mind over the ramen burgers, the larger-than-life ice cream sandwiches, the mozzarella sticks, and...did I mention brunch on a stick? Even the most dedicated Manhattanites will cross over the bridge to feast at Brooklyn's best attraction. Note: Come with friends so you can all split these tasty morsels. It'll save you a bundle, and let you taste more! 

4. Eggs Benedict at Extra Virgin

New York would not be New York without a weekend brunch. And while the entire city is home to hundreds of amazing brunching locations, nothing quite compares to the classic vibe that Greenwich Village maintains. Extra Virgin is a neighborhood bistro -- you'll already be in love on the walk from your subway stop to the cafe. Sitting outside is highly recommended on sunny days, but the inside is equally adorable. This gem lets you sit back and do brunch as the New Yorkers do -- relaxed. Take your time, drink the coffee, order another mimosa, and enjoy this quiet yet busy part of the city. {Also pictured: Veggie Frittata} 

5. Bacon, Egg, & Cheese at Best Bagel & Coffee

Newsflash: New Yorker bagels are the bee's knees, and a BEC will forever be the city's gold medal winner. Carby and full of flavor, Best Bagel's BEC is...well, literally the best. This shows in the long line you'll face as you wait to order. But don't be fooled, these toasted rolls are well worth it. You're bound to be near 35th and 7th sometime during your day (you will be in Midtown, promise), and even if it's not breakfast time, this BEC is a mandatory stop. And, if you're an intern on a budget, you'll soon find peace in adding this favorite as a staple in your diet. 

Otro Cafe

Otro Cafe