Day 3 consisted mostly of checking out the Lower East Side, which has now officially become my favorite part of NYC. The reason? The AMAZING selection of food, all packed into one little area. This is my official food heaven.
Cafe Mogador (101 Saint Marks Place)
This was probably one of my favorite eating experiences in my life, ever. Cafe Mogador is a Moroccan restaurant with the absolute most delicious food just about ever. I found them by pure luck when I ran into the previously mentioned two kind ladies in Part 1 of my NYC posts. I swear, they were the Fairy Godmothers of NYC food.
The Mixed Platter, which included tabouli, babaganoush, hummus, and a salad.
Halumi Eggs - poached, with roasted tomato, halumi cheese, olives, salad and za’atar pita
Lunch special with Chicken Tagine in Casablanca sauce (chickpeas, raisins, onions) and cous-cous. IF YOU COULD ONLY ORDER ONE THING HERE, GET THIS!
Abraço (86 East 7th Street)
Due to the many raves on Yelp, I checked out Abraço -- a standing room only coffee bar. This idea itself is new to me, considering this would be absolutely unheard of in Texas. Can't say too much about it as I am not a huge coffee drinker. I will testify that this is not your Starbucks, sugarcoated drink -- serious coffee drinkers only!
Momofuku Milk Bar (207 2nd Avenue)
What's any meal without dessert? My aforementioned Foodie Fairy Godmothers also recommended Milk Bar to me. It was epic, to say the least. Menu items ranged from Compost Cookie (pretzels, potato chips, coffee, oats, butterscotch, chocolate chips) to Pork Buns.
"Cereal Milk" flavored soft serve. It tasted just like cornflakes and milk.
Crack pie. Looking at this, I was completely unimpressed. What was with all the crazy good Yelp reviews on this thin, uninteresting looking "pie?" It didn't really even have any pie attributes. But the first forkful into my mouth left me wide-eyed and speechless until I chewed and swallowed it whole. My reaction was, "Oh my god!" And then silence as I dug in for more. The name "crack pie" is probably because this is as addicting as crack. No, this is better than crack (not that I know what crack is like). I can't even explain what this tastes like, just know that if heaven was on crack and a constant disco party -- this would be the edible material form of it. Trust me.
I can't wait to revisit this place again the next time I go back!
Later that night, went to Times Square.
Crazy, colorful, neon concrete jungle.
On the last day, I did some last minute shopping along 5th Avenue and also checked out Central Park.
Menkui Tei (60 W 56th St)
Another highly raved Yelp spot for Japanese ramen noodles -- something that surprisingly does not exist in Houston or Austin.
Tonkotsu Ramen - rich pork bone broth noodle soup.
Magnolia Bakery (inside Grand Central Station)
Before saying goodbye to New York, decided to get some -- yes, you know it -- DESSERT!
Vanilla cupcake and a blueberry cobbler.
Outfit 1: French Connection blouse; United Colors of Benetton jacket; Zara jeans; Boots from China
Outfit 2: Forever 21 black top; Zara black jeans; Arden B. leather jacket
Farewell New York City... until we meet again!