NYC Restaurant Recap

Louisa and I got to check out many great restaurants on our recent trip to New York, including great pizza places, bakeries, and bagel shops.  We decided to put up a few of our favorites here for easy reference. If you are interested in learning about some of the other sites that we visited in NYC, feel free to check out the links at the bottom of this post.  Otherwise, here we go!

Waldy’s Pizza

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This place serves pizza with a gourmet twist, and was our favorite pizza on the trip.  The thin crust and wood-fired ovens pushed it ahead of other places that we tried. Here’s a recap from Friday:

The destination was Waldy’s Pizza, just a few blocks from Penn Station and a few blacks from our hotel.  The restaurant was crowded, but we found a small table and enjoyed our (very) thin crust lamb, roasted lemon and basil, and prosciutto, roasted asparagus and Parmesan pizzas.  There is also a little herb garden with potted herbs for customers to put on the pizzas, as well as garlic-infused olive oil for dipping the crusts.  We enjoyed the lamb more than the prosciutto, but both pizzas were great.

Murray’s Bagels

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This was our go-to breakfast spot on the trip.  We enjoyed two great meals here, and will definitely come back again if we are in town.  Here is a recap from Saturday:

So, by 8:10am we were walking to Greenwich Village for breakfast at Murray’s Bagels.  Tony tried a ham, egg, and cheese on sesame, and Louisa enjoyed a cinnamon raisin bagel with walnut/raisin/cinnamon cream cheese.  The bagels are fresh, chewy on the inside, slightly crusty on the outside, and just plain wonderful.  Their fresh oj is also excellent.

And Sunday:

Breakfast was a reprise of Murray’s bagels.  The poppy seed was good, and the pumpernickel was great.  After breakfast we hopped the subway down to Doughnut Plant.

Doughnut Plant

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If you like gourmet donuts, then Doughnut Plant is the place to check out.  We sampled a wide variety of donuts, including Creme Brulee, Tres Leches, and Blackout. Here is a recap from Saturday:

Detours included Doughnut Plant (great creme brulee yeast doughnut, good coconut cream-filled yeast doughnut topped with toasted coconut, and neither of us really liked the chocolate glazed yeast doughnut).

And Sunday:

We needed to make up for Louisa’s mistaken order from yesterday – our quest was a chocolate doughnut.  Tony really liked the tres leches doughnut, it was  moist, with a creamy center and a great glaze.  Louisa said the blackout doughnut was wonderful – chocolate, chocolate filling, and chocolate cookie crumb topping.

Veselka

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This is great Ukranian restaurant that dishes out awesome Varenyky (pierogi). They have many other dishes, but I was definitely all about the pierogi. :)  Here is a short recap:

Our destination was Veselka, an upper scale Ukranian diner where we were meeting a friend for lunch (thanks for the recommendation, Matt!)…Lunch was great, the potato pancake was freshly fried and crispy, and the pierogies were great.  We liked the meat, cheese, spinach, and sweet potato fillings.

There were also a few other restaurants mentioned in our trip posts, which can be checked out here:

If you have any other NYC favorites, feel free to leave us a comment.  We’re always looking for good recommendations on our travels.