Another weekend of what felt like an unending gorging in New York!
My first stop was the Gotham West Market. A retail and food destination that opened late last year in New York‘s Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood and features eight food purveyors. It was a paella lunch at El Colmado – Seamus Mullen’s classic Spanish tapas bar. And an after-lunch cup of mocha at Blue Bottle Coffee.
Located in East Village is Van Leeuwen artisanal ice cream store. Again, I just came across this place while wandering around. Van Leeuwen started out with two ice cream trucks in 2008 and has now grown into six trucks and three stores located in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Pearl and Ash is the much talked about “New American” restaurant of chef Richard Kuo located on the Bowery. Serving small plates designed for sharing, the restaurant is also known for its exceptional wine list.
Brunch found me at The Spotted Pig, the highly regarded restaurant of April Bloomfield located on West 11th Street. They serve seasonal British and Italian food. Seating is on a walk-in basis.
Ivan Ramen‘s flagship store is located on Clinton Street in the Lower East Side. Self-described as a “Jewish kid from Long Island”, Ivan Orkin realized his love for Japan and cooking and is now the man behind the celebrated Ivan Ramen. He also has a spot at the Gotham West Market.
Needless to say, the weekend was not all about eating!
For this trip, I stayed at the Bryant Park Hotel, located across its namesake park. Well located on West 40th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, this hotel has exceptional and friendly service, which makes it a highly recommended one.
Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends!