NYC Restaurant Round-up: September

September brought with it some of my favorite dining experiences of the year. It was that perfect time of year when everyone was back from the summer, and the city felt bustling again. Being able to still dine al fresco was the icing on the cake. Read on for my September NYC restaurant round-up.  …

NYC Restaurant Round-Up: August

This August, I was officially feeling Middle Eastern food. I could not seem to get enough of it this month. Something about being able to dip a soft pita into a creamy hummus, accompanied by some slow-roasted lamb and a spice-laden octopus dish felt so satisfying to me. Two of my favorite places that I…

Neighborhood Guide: Lower East Side

The lower east side is a trek for many, but it is a veritable mecca of culinary institutions large and small. Some of my favorite spots in NYC resides in this downtown hood, and I had a very tough time narrowing down this list. It is by no means conclusive (I could have added about…

NYC’s Best Soft Serve

Last week, I put together my guide to the best ice cream in NYC (hard scoops only). But I have to say, soft serve holds a special place in my heart that’s akin to if not greater than classic ice cream. I could probably eat Sixteen Handles peanut butter froyo any day of the week,…

NYC’s Best Ice Cream

As summer draws to a semi-close, I’m realizing that I just have not had enough ice cream in my life these recent, sunny months. My bucket list through September includes revisiting some of my favorite ice cream spots in NYC. Read on for my favorite NYC spots for ice cream for all seasons. Note that…

NYC Restaurant Round-Up: July

Although I was traveling for a lot of July (see #caro_in_ireland and #caro_in_chicago to paint a picture), I was able to sneak in some wonderful NYC meals in the midst of it. I find that dining out on the weekends during the summer is especially lovely, as lots of folks leave town and it’s easier…

Neighborhood Guide: NoLiTa

Now that I work in SoHo, I find myself dangerously close to the cusp of NoLiTa and a plethora of excellent dining options. Truth: I had a very difficult time narrowing down this list. I would normally create a much more focused and concise offering, but for NoLiTa, I’m going hog wild. I grouped the…

NYC Restaurant Round-up: June

June was a month filled with a gratuitous number of dinners out on the town, but I went to some of my favorite spots in recent memory this month. Warning: these are not “light meals” or brunches – red meat is ahead. Read on for my favorite NYC restaurants from the month of June.  …

NYC Restaurant Round-up: May

Looking back on the month of May (which flew, by the way), I had a few quintessential NYC dining experiences that I already want to repeat. I made it to Le Coucou the week that it was rated by James Beard, and am happy to report that the hype is real. I also continued to…

Neighborhood Guide: SoHo

Since beginning a new job in SoHo in January, I have spent an inordinate amount of time in the neighborhood, both before, during, and after work. It tends to be a bit of a tourist nightmare these days, especially during the day on main drags such as Broadway, where the shoppers amass. But you can…

NYC Restaurant Round-Up: April

I’ve realized this past month that I’ve been opting for weekday breakfast plans and weekend brunch plans over dinner plans, and could not be happier about this shift. It’s a sneaky way to save money, push yourself to cook dinner at home more frequently, and see the full design work of a space in the…

NYC Restaurant Round-Up: March

It’s officially almost outdoor dining weather. Hallelujah! I’ll be writing an outdoor dining guide for NYC this spring, but in the meantime, I’ve been trying to sneak in as many new spots as I can in between travels this month. I’ve found myself gravitating towards cafe environments and smaller spaces, as trying to find a…