I just came back from a lovely trip from NYC to see my mom who lives in Yonkers.
While I was there, I had some of the *best* food that I’ve ever had.
And of course, I had to share them with you!
Bookmark these locations for your next trip to New York.
Reno’s Trattoria: Yonkers
When I read that this was voted “Best Restaurant in Yonkers 2017” I was like, “Okay relax guys.”
I WAS FULL OF SHIT. FULL OF IT. ITS EXCELLENT.
this small, local eatery was the best Italian food I’ve had outside of Milan.
I decided to try something a little different & got the Sea Bass with black olives, capers, cherry tomatoes & red sauce. My mom ordered Veal with prosciutto in a white wine sauce.
We also shared an appetizer of fries polenta sticks with chipotle aioli & a dessert of tiramisu (cause something’s never change).
Everything was flavorful, the wait staff was knowledgeable & helpful, but the best part was the owner. He came out and held a conversation with each table, making it feel like a special occasion.
I’m already planning on going back for my birthday dinner on April!
Ed’s Lobster Bar: Soho
Somehow I haven’t written about this place before. Which, I’m so so sorry, because y’all: Lobster Poutine.
My best friend Sierra & I stumbled upon this gem in Soho when we came to New York in September.
Funny story about Ed’s Lobster Bar this time around: my mom & I went at lunch time because I wanted it ASAP. Turns out the lobster poutine is a dinner item only. So guess what we do guys? That’s right, we wait 3 1/2 hours until dinner time *just* so we can have it.
Worth it! Absolutely worth it!
A mix of salty fries, melty cheese curds, and heaping piles of lobster meat, it’s what my wildest dreams are made of.
Oh & the crab and artichoke dip is quite delicious too but they truly don’t give enough little toasts for how much dip they give. Come on Ed, gimme more toast.
They also have lobster rolls, oyster po’ boys & lobster pot pie which all sounds so damn good, I’m drooling as I type this (not really but you get it).
Champion Pizza: Soho
So remember how I had like a 3 hour gap between lunch & dinner?
We stopped to eat because hangry.
Champion pizza is the quintessential NY pizza (read: thin thin thin) & it’s made from someone from Ohio (waaaaahhh!).
It was so good that I kept saying, “Wow I should get more.” But I literally had to muster up all of my strength to not spoil my appetite.
Stop in for delicious, cheap eats!
Pop’s Espresso Bar: New Rochelle
I’m not the biggest breakfast eater, so for me to want to eat breakfast, the menu really has to get my attention.
Pop’s Espresso Bar drew me in with their avocado toast but sold me with their NR Future breakfast sandwich they had egg whites, avocado smash (a fancy way of saying a thick layer of avocado), tomato jam & my personal favorite, goat cheese.
Oh and a skinny latte for a skinny legend, of course.
My mom got the Braised Pork Belly sandwich that had 2 runny eggs, salsa verde, & chipotle aioli. I’ve never seen anyone eat so quickly. She said that I was “worth the drive” & moan loudly while devouring it.
No trip to Manhattan is complete for me without a trip to Mac Bar.
This teeny-tiny macaroni & cheese restaurant is my favorite takeout place that I originally wrote about on SnaxNTheCity in 2015.
I always get either the lobster macaroni or my absolute faaaavorite non-traditional macaroni, the duck confit macaroni.
Fun fact: this place is so delicious that I’ve once packed it into my checked luggage to take it back to Detroit.
What are your favorite New York restaurants? Have you tried any of these spots? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy eating, NYC.