Eating in NYC: #2

I decided to do another installment of my Eating in NYC series, simply because since my last post I've eaten at a lot of different places and I want to share them with you! From fast food, to coffee, to gourmet, to brunch - I've got a lot of places covered. I hope you find yourself forming your own opinions and ideas about where you want to go eat in NYC. Enjoy!

Atomic Wings: A lot of people say that these are the best wings in New York. They offered vegetarian wings (regular and boneless) in tons of different flavors, so I was quite excited! Yet when I opened the box, I started to question them. I went to the Atomic Wings on second avenue, and while it was a cute "bar, beer, and football" setting, there was a weird cash register/wing ordering area that just didn't seem to fit. I've had vegetarian wings before, but the ones here seemed sketchy. If you're looking for veggie wings, I recommend Red Bamboo!

Le Pain Quotidien
Blossom Du Jour: With an extremely diverse menu of VEGAN FAST FOOD (yay!), and a super easy grab and go atmosphere, this place is amazing. Everything they serve is 100% vegan, so you don't ever have to worry about someone making a mistake and accidentally giving you milk or dairy. Meatball subs, grilled cheese, burgers, philly cheese steaks, fish sandwiches, and so much more. And its still all vegan. I got the buffalo chicken wrap and it was too convincing! The workers here are also super nice and accomodating. And oddly enough, they make brownies there that are better than non-vegan brownies…it's weird but also awesome. Check it out.

Le Pain Quotidien: With several locations all over NYC, you have to make at least one stop in here. With a variety of artisan breads, quality coffee and tea, amazing soups, eggs, and sandwiches - this cafe is to die for. The atmosphere is very european and cozy. Chalkboards, wooden tables, and fireplaces. Every waiter/waitress I've had at this place has been nothing but helpful! This is the cutest brunch place and now that winter is around the corner, I can't wait to enjoy this place even more!

Little Collins: A great place for brunch. Quality coffee from quality baristas, and a variety of options such as the smash: Avocado and feta mash with chili flakes and pumpkin seeds. Mmmm. The only problem I have with this place is that it's so small. 80% of the time you can't find a seat, and the limited seating they actually have is quite clumped and rushed. That's not an exaggeration, only 9-10 people can sit at a time. Luckily, you can get things to go - which is a plus. The coffee here is good yet it's expensive. They charge an extra dollar if you prefer almond milk which strikes me as funny because almond milk isn't much more expensive than regular milk.

Midnight Express
Mac Truck: I had mac n cheese from Mac Truck at NYCC, like many other con-goers. While it is extremely overpriced, at the time it was worth it, considering there are very little food options at NYCC and they trap you in there with nothing but overpriced food. They have a variety of mac n cheese options, from regular, to buffalo chicken, to pulled pork. And for no extra charge, you can get bread crumbs, parmesan cheese or hot sauce on top. They give you a pretty big serving and it usually is between $8-$10 dollars, so only purchase from here if it's a last resort or if you don't mind spending a bit more. I gotta admit, it's good mac n cheese.

Midnight Express: This place is truly a hidden gem. Located on 89th and 2nd, Midnight Express is open 24/7 - serving pizza, burgers, salads, and breakfast food. Personally, I'm a huge fan of their french fries. They taste like McDonalds, only better, and they don't make you feel like vomiting after. They are constantly offering new items, and they make almost everything in the house. They even have a loyalty program and offer student discounts - which is great if you're in the area often! I highly recommend Midnight Express: for the variety, quality, and customer service. One of my favorite places to go.

Off the Wall: One of my favorite froyo places in NYC! Not too long ago, Froyo emerged into the mainstream and thousands of frozen yogurt shops opened up everywhere. All of them are very similar. But in NYC, a lot of them are overpriced. Off the Wall and 16 Handles (mentioned in my previous post) are both awesome because they are self-serve, and the price depends on the weight. This is the fair way to do it. Off the Wall is unique, colorful, and convenient as well. They also have a loyalty program! 

Peanut Butter and Co
Peanut Butter and Co: What a great idea for a shop. Peanut Butter and Co is known for their peanut butter sandwiches. They sell a variety of types of PB sandwiches with different toppings and flavors of peanut butter, which go perfectly with carrots, potato chips, and a glass of milk! I got "The Pregnant Lady" sandwich which is just your ordinary peanut butter sandwich…except it has pickles on it. The flavors surprisingly compliment each other quite well. Or maybe I just like pickles on everything. 

Peets Coffee and Tea: This deserves to be on this post because it's the only Peets Coffee and Tea in NYC and people deserve to know. Peets actually has a passionate and deep history, and let me tell you one thing: it's really different from Starbucks. Some people look at that as a bad thing, and some people enjoy it. But it's worth a shot. The cinnamon hazelnut latte is my absolute favorite, but get it while it lasts! (it's a seasonal drink) It's located inside the Captiol One 360 cafe on 58th and 3rd. And remember this: when you use any Capitol One card, you get 50% off any drink!

Red Bamboo: If you're looking for the perfect sit down restaurant that is accommodating to all diets, this is the place. Paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, etc. The best part about this place is although accommodating to these diets, it's not like the only options are veggie burgers, salads and kale juice. This place is intense with how intricate their recipes are - and if you're looking to try something different, Red Bamboo is the place to go. 

Think Coffee
Schnippers: The American Dream packed into a restaurant. I'm talking french fries, burgers, milkshakes, coca-cola. They have it all. The setting in here is really cute: classic ketchup and mustard bottles, booths, and great graphic design on their menus. I had their veggie burger (which was okay) and fries (which was a B-) They have a variety of fast food options to try, and they're a reasonable price. I recommend coming here on your break from work, with your family, or with your sweetheart. It's just that place for everything!

Think Coffee: This place reminds me of a cabin-esque coffee shop you would find in the middle of a snowy mountain. The coffee here is good but you might find yourself waiting longing than you have planned - and it get's warm in there really fast. They have great pastries, and when I went they were offering autumn minestrone soup, which I wish I was hungry enough to try. 

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