Finding More in NYC. Notes on our weekend getaway.

One of my best girlfriends Julie recently asked me where I ate when I was in New York a few months back.

I got to recalling the trip and realized I really hadn’t lamented adequately on what a delicious (and fun) journey we had. Having eaten there a few times before, there are a few haunts we know and love, starting with:

Cafe Gitane:

Our absolute must do when in NYC. Worth the hour wait to get in. Just pull up a spot and people watch.

Located in the absolute heart of maybe my favorite neighborhood in the world (Mott & Prince in Nolita), there is no better people watching paradise than this, short of sitting at a cafe in the Marais in Paris. I have heard that Vancouver’s own Medina took inspiration from this funky little spot – and it turns out Medina has my heart as one of my favorite spots in this fair city!

Expect Moroccan/Tunisian/Mediteranean goodness with lots of great vegetarian options – veggies, feta, all made right there in front of your eyes. I should say that Cafe Gitane is the only place I have ever seen that offers my all time, world’s best, favorite food: avocado on toast! I swear every cute girl and guy (that is who tends to eat there) was eating this. I almost died as I did not remember this from my last visit there in ’07. Major win!

Cafe Mogador:

More Mediterranean influence πŸ™‚

The site of my first meal ever in New York City. The restaurant where we enjoyed the meal following the closing of the purchase of our home, and my first foray into experiencing New York. More (surprise) Moroccan food – couscous, salad, hummus – a wonderful oasis! It’s been there forever. Warm, cozy, inviting, and highly recommended.

Ninth Street Espresso:

I need my coffee!Β The folks at Ninth Street Espresso are hipsters in every sense. Coming from the coffee scene here in Vancouver, which hosts one of the most vibrant and hardcore coffee cultures in North America, Ninth Street offered a home away from home in the East Village. We went to the one on Ninth and hung for about an hour each morning. Heaven.

We also enjoyed lunch at the Moma Cafe – high quality fare with a nice glass of white wine (a must at lunch when vacationing). We also discovered a pretty cozy little localvore wine bar in Nolita call Ten Bells. Packed with locals, this place was super coze to stop and enjoy a glass of wine and a few bites of local cheeses.

Our trip was just what we needed – a quick getaway from kids and work life. I swear if I didn’t have such a great life here, I would live in Paris or New York – of course if I could manage to make enough money – there is so much to see and do. I think to survive I would have to live in Brooklyn, which we also enjoyed with an afternoon coffee at El Beit (serving a West Coast coffee but not ours) and dinner in an old apothecary turned lively Italian joint.

So much inspiration comes out of a place where anything goes, and as usual I was impressed and inspired by the general state of being in folks living in that city. Everyone walks, and there is a fruit stand on every corner. It’s not a hard gig to eat well in a place like NYC, and I am inspired by the health and wellness community there.Β And no, I did not shop. (That much). But that’s another story.

Alas, we returned home to take stock after our break. No matter where you go, there is no place like home. I can’t wait to go back again though, sooner rather than later.Β What are your favorite food haunts in New York? Care to help Julie out with your recommendations – I am sure she will be grateful!

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10 Comments on “Finding More in NYC. Notes on our weekend getaway.”

  1. spaark

    I am here…you are good! Love Ninth Street Espresso, so thinking I may also like your other suggestions. Avocado on toast..just finished me some! No wonder we are such good friends. Thank you.xo
    Julie

    1. Shira

      I am THAT good – (maybe faster than your other blogger friends hehe) – can’t wait to hear about it! Avocado on toast, seriously.

  2. marinachetner

    Fun post! Your love for NYC is definitely reflected in this post πŸ™‚ By the way, when i was researching real estate values, DUMBO in Brooklyn was ranked 3rd most expensive zip code in NY! Unbelievable though I understand why! Great photos πŸ™‚

    1. Shira

      Wow! That’s crazy! Thanks for checking it out, we really had a blast, I just love that city so much! You should come to Vancouver to check it out and feature on your blog….have you ever been?

        1. Shira

          Yes – many from here travel to Sydney and LOVE it! We also have some many Australians here (Whistler is particularly popular) – unfortunately I have never been to Sydney! The secene here is good though, especially if you like food and coffee, and walking! And despite what you hear a few of us can actually dress well too (it’s getting much better style wise too). Anyway it’s totally worth it! I’ll be following for some NY inspiration – thanks!

      1. marinachetner

        Hi! I went to a cafe in Brooklyn yesterday – Milk Bar on Vanderbilt Avenue, and they offered avocado on toast! I love that as a snack too but I did order the Aussie meat pie instead (they are Aussie run). PS I wish I saw Chris Noth!

        1. Shira

          Ha! That’s great! Only in New York I think…I had it for breakfast today too, on barley toast (my favorite)! Posting the shot I took of Noth in the post above – he didn’t look as cute as the time I saw him in a restaurant when I visited in ’07, that was the time I tried the persuade the Sommelier to introduce me ;/
          Thanks for the update! Inspiring.

    1. Shira

      Haha! That’s so awesome! I am not sure if I mentioned in the post, but we actually saw him the last TWO times we were in NYC, honestly, on the 2nd day of hanging in the NYU area, we got concerned when we DIDN’T see him. Hilarious! Hope you are well, loved the Hawaii shots!

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