Going to BEA (Book Expo of American) this year or planning to visit NYC in general? Estelle from Rather Be Reading has put together an awesome week of tips and recommendations from various bloggers! Check out the rest of the series here! I’m excited that she invited me to participate!
So I’m not a native New Yorker but I’m in Philly and my husband and I come to the city a lot and I come a lot for book signings and such but I was excited to participate in this series with Estelle and the ladies because DAMN I like to eat and that is one of my favorite things about the city. I’m always going and exploring new places to eat in New York because it is so diverse which compliments my eating habits. Whether it’s gourmet, a dive or an ethnic food I’ve never tried before — I’m SO THERE if it’s good. I’m going to mainly focus on quick bites and sweet treats for this but will add a couple of things at the end.
The quick bites I’m featuring today are of the food truck variety! I’m not talking about the hot dog carts or the pretzel stands (though you should totally experience those too just because!) but FOOD TRUCKS! They are the best thing ever and there are so many diverse options and perfect for a quick bite. Before I delve into my favorites I want to explain how they work. The trucks go out to different locations depending on the truck so it’s important to know where to find them if there is a specific one you want to go to because at different days they could be different places. You can google the one you want and they typically have schedule posted on their site, this website or social media has made it really easy by easily following this account which updates where the trucks are. I’ve also seen several apps for the IPhone that help track.
OMG I think this one is my fave so far. I LOVE KOREAN BBQ. Will and I both devoured what we got. Thinking about it now I’m almost tempted to take the train into the city NOW for it. I got the pork burrito with the Korean BBQ sauce and sticky rice but I forget what kimchi was on it. Will got ribeye with some sauce that was supposed to be spicy I think but we didn’t find it to be that spicy. I HIGHLY recommend this. So much.
Will and I were shopping on Broadway (Topshop is down there, fashionista friends. I will go with ANY of you during BEA haha) and were hungry and came upon this truck and OMG NOM. The spicy mango sauce is to die for. I had tacos and Will had a burrito if I remember correctly and I’m pretty sure we shared a quesadilla because we like to eat. haha. I’ve also heard Mexicue is really good and will and I have every intention to try it.
YUM! I love dumplings. I got the thai chicken ones and Will got the Pork dumplings and they were both delish. I wish we would have tried some of the sides but next time!
If you know me…you know I love Pinkberry. There are a lot of frozen yogurt places now around Philly but Pinkberry is my first love. Unlike all of those places, Pinkberry is not a pay per weight place which is good and bad sometimes. There aren’t as many crazy toppings as other places but I love that. There is a Pinkberry pretty much everyyywhere so have no fear. We always have a crew going to Pinkberry after a long day on the floor during BEA or at late at night after we’ve been cocktailing at parties.
There are quite a few cupcake places around the city but Crumbs is the only one I’ve ever been to. SO YUMMY and there are quite a few locations around the city. I’ve also had Sprinkles cupcakes but in their DC location and am dying to try Babycakes because I’ve heard good things.
I love macarons and YUM..I was quite pleased when we went here. I had the salted caramel, lemon and jasmine and I really enjoyed all of them. They are a little pricey but definitely worth trying. There is another macaron place that everyone raves about but I can’t recall it at the moment.
Are you staying in Brooklyn or planning on heading over there for something? Go to Bark for some hot dogs in the Park Slope neighborhood — SO SO YUMMY! It’s quick and real close to the Barclay center and the subway.
Bacon Cheddar Dog
Staying a day later or coming earlier and want to get brunch with a small group in Manhattan? PLEASE go to my favorite place that serves delicious Belgian Waffles — Petite Abeille. Their website stinks but I assure you this place is so good. Other bloggers who I’ve taken there can vouch! I always get the strawberry belgian waffles and of course mimosas! THE BEST PART IS: It’s very close to Books of Wonder (which Alexa talked about yesterday) so you can eat and the go to one of the best bookstores in the city!
Looking for a sit down restaurant that is a little nicer but not TOO fancy? Pala Pizza is fabulous! They have some delicious gourmet-ish pizza. They have other things like pasta AND also have gluten free and vegan pizza as well. It can accommodate a decent sized group if you plan ahead. I also have one of my favorite BEA memories here because it was the first time I got to meet so many of my friends during my first year at BEA. Great atmosphere, great pizza. Anna Reads picked it out and it was great for our first meeting!!
Ok, so these are some of my favorite places as a non native NYer. I really hope some NYers will leave some of their quick bites and sweet treats because I want them too! haha. And if anybody will be at BEA and want to meet up…I’m always up for food!
Here’s the rest of the posts thus far: