Have you ever wondered what city food tours were like? Well today’s post is giving you the inside scoop.
I am not a New Yorker, or even a full on frequenter of the city. I say this upfront because there are PLENTY of restaurants I have not tried, discovered, or reviewed yet. This post comes from a recent business week trip and a date weekend spent in the Hell’s Kitchen area of the city. For the work trip, I was lucky enough to be with a group of like-minded food lovers who were excited at the prospect of trying out some of the area’s restaurants.
What do you do when you are having a honeymoon hangover and feeling a little like you aren’t getting the appropriate Vitamin D and excitement levels in your life? You whisk yourself and your husband off to a local getaway to ease the pain. At least that’s what we did. Just three weeks after our return from the honeymoon we were wander-lusting so hard that we booked a last minute weekend in New York City. I’ll get to our experience at Park Avenue Summer soon but first, a little travel anecdote.
I finally paid a visit to a New York City restaurant that has been on the “it” list for a while. Momofuku Noodle Bar in the East Village has become a buzzworthy restaurant scene. They are known for their ramen bowls and however; some may confuse this establishment with David Chang’s other renowned restaurant, Momofuku Milk Bar which serves up an array of inspired desserts. My visit to the noddle bar entity was in efforts to finally get my hands on a bowl of ramen (I felt like the only person left in the world who had not yet tried this dish!). I was tired of scrolling through Instagram with repeated foodporn photos of the trendy “soup” so I was determined to finally have a tasting.
My most recent restaurant outing in New York City was one I was eagerly anticipating for weeks leading up to it. I had booked a group of us to dine at The Marrow, Harold Diertle’s (The 1st ever Top Chef Winner for those not familiar), latest venture. The restaurant opened last year and I had been trying to get a reservation there the past two Restaurant Weeks with no success. This time around I wasted no time, setting up our reservation 28 days out (The latest they will allow) on OpenTable.
I’m always on the lookout for new food spots to try. Most times I search the internet, read up on yelp, or get recommendations from friends to make my selection. In this instance the restaurant came to me. What I mean is the restaurant, Crisp, started following me on Twitter (my personal account) and challenged me to come in and try what they had to offer (Just to note-they did not offer to pay; they simply were a new restaurant looking to build up customers using social media).
I recently returned from my 2nd Annual Girls Trip. A group of my girlfriends and I instituted this tradition last year in efforts to set aside time for just us to get away and leave behind the work worries, boyfriends/husbands, families and kids for a moment. You always need quality girl time! Last year it was a weekend in Mystic, Ct (You can find out more about our past adventure up on the blog Small Chick Big Deals which I also contribute to: http://smallchickbigdeals.com/2014/02/04/scbdtravels-happy-sails-to-you-mystic-ct-getaway/ ). This year it was Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Cruise to Nowhere”.
Valentine’s Day is around the corner and whether you are part of a couple or a fun-loving single ready to find a special someone; you don’t want to be sitting on your couch drowning yourself in store bought chocolates when the holiday rolls around.