Last week I chunked up the deuces to Texas and made my way to New York for the first time. What began as an impromptu girls trip for a good friend of mine's birthday, turned into the time of my life. From meeting new people, to new business ventures, to the food! Ahhhh, the food. Now I only stayed for a couple of days, but thanks to a hefty NY wish-list, suggestions from friends, and Instagram, I was able to sink my teeth into food from some of the most delicious spots in the city!
Because we arrived around 10 a.m on Sunday, it was only right to drop our bags an make our first stop brunch! (Because mimosas!) Sweet Chick has been on my radar for sometime and I've always wanted to visit Brooklyn so we got our metro cards, hopped on the subway and made a mad dash to the eatery.
I went with the shrimp and grits (of course) and we all shared mac and cheese which is easily the best I've had all year!
Naturally, Shake Shack was one of the places on the wish list that I mentioned. Since it was my first go-round, I kept it simple and rocked with the double shackburger - and I was not disappointed. Afterwards I felt full, yet good enough to walk countless blocks back to the hotel.
After a meeting, getting lost, and finally finding my way back to the hotel, I was craving an authentic New York slice of pizza. So I went across the street to the nearest spot in sight (I believe it was called Rays, forgive me they're so many) and got one of the biggest slices I've ever eaten. Needless to say I was a happy camper for the rest of the night!
The next day, after one of the most epic Good Morning America experiences, the birthday girl requested that we check out the Kellogg's Restaurant located in Times Square. That's when I quickly learned I had been eating cereal wrong all my life. Kellogg's allows you to choose a cereal and add whatever crazy toppings to it your heart desires. I kept it pretty simple and went with the Apple Jacks topped with bananas and a sprinkle of cinnamon, which turned out to be pretty damn delicious!
Later on that day the girls were craving pizza, so we went out to Brooklyn in search of a slice. Since my pizza moment had already passed, I opted for the Italian ice from Family Time Pizza (such a hole in the wall they don't have a website) which was a mere $2. Then we took our talents, and food, to the park.
For my last night (and meal) we went to the 40/40 Club to celebrate the birthday girl. By this time I was hungry, but knew we still had a long night ahead so I opted for the blackened salmon and whipped mashed potatoes that changed my life. So not Starving on a Budget, but so worth it! We later ended up in Koreatown at a rooftop bar with an amazing view of the Empire State Building. The perfect end to a perfect trip!