1. Chloe’s in Union Square: Refreshing and delicious soft serve fruit. It looks like frozen yogurt, but it's dairy free and gluten free. I grabbed the strawberry purée with fresh raspberries. Could have gone for seconds... or thirds.
2. Hampton Chutney Co. in SoHo: This tiny spot serves Indian style filled crepes and a variety of sandwiches, but their chutney is the star here. I tried both mango and cilantro chutney, and I didn't think i'd love it, but I couldn't get enough of them. So tasty.
3. La Colombe in SoHo: Such a cool vibe at this place. They have a wrap around bar and tons of seating. I grabbed an iced coffee, but had a sip of their iced latte which was one of the best i've tasted. Places like these put Starbucks to shame.
4. Shake Shack in Upper East Side: Just the best burger I've ever had. I'm not a burger snob, but I love how these ones are thin yet juicy. This is also the first location to introduce fresh cut fries which were super crunchy - just how I like 'em. Expect to wait about ten minutes for your order on a busy night.
5. Gran Electrica in Dumbo: This place has some tasty pseudo Mexican food. The guacamole with corn chips is a must, and the fish tacos (made with mahi-mahi) were super fresh and flavourful. Also have to mention the great atmosphere - the walled in backyard patio sits practically underneath the Brooklyn Bridge with ivy covered walls and fairy lights.
6. Roberta’s in Bushwick: Even though it was a two hour wait to get a table inside, this was without a doubt the best pizza i've had in North America. While you are waiting, there is a huge patio space to the side of the restaurant with an outdoor bar and a dozen picnic tables. We grabbed the classic Margherita and 'White & Greens', made in a wood fired oven.
Hope this post inspires you to check out some of these places on a future visit to NYC.
Have a great weekend!
(Photo of crepe via Hampton Chutney Co.)