What I Ate || NYC Restaurant Recommendations
I feel like I’ve been in a cooking rut so I’ve been dining out a lot. Maybe it’s the crazy summer heat that’s been hitting the city and affecting me. Nonetheless, eating out and finding great food spots is so fun! Today I’m sharing what I ate the past couple of weeks and some of my NYC restaurant recommendations. I will also pin the locations on the map at the very end so you can see everything all at once. I hope you enjoy!
TOTTO RAMEN. I love this little Ramen shop. The first one is on 52nd street between 8th and 9th ave, but that one has long lines so I go to the one on 51st and 10th as it seems to be less busy. Totto Ramen has authentic Japanese ramen noodles and some other dishes- my favorite is takoyaki. Their ramen stock base is definitely delicious but I find that their noodles are a bit too salty for me, but that doesn’t stop me from going there- haha.
MARKET TABLE. This was my first time at the restaurant and it’s a cute small spot in Greenwich Village. I went there for brunch and got their pancakes and they were very good although my favorite still remains to be Forager’s. I liked their thick bacon strips as well as waffles. The waffles had almond bits which were delicious! The menu is down to one page but I like restaurants that keep their menus succinct and limited. This is an adorable weekend brunch spot with an average noise level and great foods.
PETER LUGER. My fiance and I went to the oh-so-famous Peter Luger in Brooklyn and of course we thoroughly enjoyed our meal from start to finish. Their steaks are top notch and I would highly recommend this place. It’s totally worth a trip. Also, make sure to make reservations so you don’t have to wait in line for too long. Keep in mind they don’t take credit cards so keep enough cash on hands or bring your debit card. You can also prepay through their website in advance to make things a bit easier.
BLUE RIBBON SUSHI AT BROOKFIELD PLACE. This is one of our go to spots in downtown. We absolutely love their sushi and even their pre-made grab and go maki rolls are good. This day, I ordered chirashi sushi and it was great- I liked the consistency of the rice and side cucumber pickles. E ordered unagi sushi and it was seriously amaze-balls (do people still use this expression?). If you are ever in Brookfield place and don’t know what to get to eat, check out Blue Ribbon Sushi.
TSURUTONTAN UDON NOODLE BRASSERIE. Udon is my go to comfort food. It’s so easy to make and tastes amazing and reminds me of my childhood days. My mom would always make us some udon on rainy days so whenever it rains outside, I crave some udon noodles. Anyway, on this evening we were around Madison Square Park, wanting to try out a new place for dinner. I had been craving udon that entire week so we decided to pop into Tsurutontan. It’s actually right next to Union Square on 15th street. When we walked in, the atmosphere was very lively and the interiors were nice. They have all types of udon on their menu, and we ordered the deluxe udon and sizzling sukiyaki udon. They have two different sizes for all their udon but they are the same price, which is amazing! It basically means that they give you more udon noodles at no extra charge. We ordered large for both and they came in a giant bowl with a lot of noodles. My sizzling sukiyaki udon came in a stone pot and it was great except it was a bit too salty for me. Overall this place was very nice and we had a good dining experience, but their udon seemed too pricey for what they actually cost.