NYC Foodie Recap

  Posted by - August 12, 2015 - CynEats Foodie Guide, New York, Travel

So after a week of eating my way through NY, I’m finally back in SF. My wallet is lighter, my stomach is WAY heavier, and my mercury levels are at risk (Kidding. Kind of). Oh yeah, and my pants are currently secretly unbuttoned.

Basically, this was ME in a nutshell:


My friend Daniel actually sent me that after watching my snaps and said “LOL nothing seems to stop you. You love pink, CHECK. Inhaling food, CHECK.”

“And then when you reach the dessert part…”

Eating Dessert


So anyways. A special “THANK YOU” to everyone who gave me their MUST EATS recommendations, everything was ON POINT.

Here are the highlights from this trip:

Smorgasburg (check their schedule HERE)

HOLY CR*P! I’ve always said the Ferry building or Off the Grid is a food lovers paradise. But Smorgasburg in NY literally shits on SF. It’s an outdoor foodie market (food trucks galore) that’s got everything from ramen burgers to dessert to pulled pork sandwiches.

What to get:

First time ever #?? #Smorgasburg

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The ramen burger was created here, so I HAD to try it. Verdict? It surprisingly wasn’t BAD, it was actually pretty tasty & the ramen bun had a nice crispy texture. I probably wouldn’t wait in line to get it again, but if you’ve never had it before … it’s worth trying!

Pulled pork sandwich from smorgasburg

They also have this amazing pulled pork sandwich that practically melts in your mouth. Time Out deemed it “Best BBQ in NYC.” 

Ahh push it. Push it real good ?? @jennajordan ? A photo posted by @cyneats on

And these push pops from Alchemy Creamery was a great way to end the day at Smorgasburg.


I think I ate sushi like 6/7 days last week. If you were following me on Snap, you’d know it wasn’t a few bites here and there either. Guys, I had a full blown sushi/sashimi meal EVERY TIME. So basically, I ate so much that this deserves to have a section of its own.

Sushi Nakazawa:

Ever since I’ve watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi, I’ve been dyinngggg to try this place. If you sit by at the bar (highly recommend), then you get to watch these master sushi chefs work their magic through a ~20 piece omakase menu. Their attention to detail, garnishes and seasonings were what made this place really special. Plus, their wasabi is the freshest I’ve ever had and the toro was better than sex (sometimes).

Tip: Reservations are super hard to get, so book at least one month in advance.

Sushi Yasuda:

This isn’t your typical sushi restaurant. Yasuda is very traditional with a variety of fish that you won’t find in any other restaurant. This place is consistently voted as one of the best sushi spots in NYC, so I’d highly recommend coming here if you are a true connoisseur!

Side: For a more laid back vibe go to Yasuda. But if you’re celebrating an anniversary or a special occasion, then Nakazawa (above) is your spot to impress.

Zuma New York:

Zuma is a Japanese fusion chain restaurant, serving up some of the most delectable and gorgeous Izakaya style dishes. Guys- their food is so damn pretty and delicious that I was kinda bummed I didn’t get to take any food pics b/c I came with a bunch of STARVING people (cue EVIL eyes), so I stuck to snapchat! Hey, I pick my battles!


To satisfy my sweet tooth, I went to a few bomb ass places:

Gel-LOT-o’ love for this dessert that tastes even better than it looks ? #NYC

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This place literally has the BEST gelato I’ve ever had. Plus, isn’t it so pretty?? If you go to NY and it’s a thousand degrees out- definitely come here to cool down. 

Tip: ask for it “extra pretty” lol. 

Momofuku Milk Bar:

They’ve got locations all over! Find the one nearest you if you’re craving some ice cream or cookies.

Diet stops here ? JK. What diet? ? #cookies on steroids.

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Levains Bakery:

My friends @donutscookiesandcream told me “Don’t you dare come back without going to Levains Bakery.”

And sooooo, I took a $40 round trip Uber ride to get a $3 cookie on steroids.

It was pretty much the best cookie of my life. So yah. Thanks guys for making my wallet lighter but my stomach heavier!

And to sum up my New York trip

Basically, everything we had was delicious except that one time I got tricked into eating fake bacon made of BEANS (read about that HERE).

I also practically went to Halal Guys every night. The red sauce was so spicy that it almost burned my tongue off. It was routine to actually eat Halal Guys before going to bed every night.

Soooooo I definitely need an extra couple hot yoga classes and detox tea this month!



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  • Ben @Focus:Snap:Eat August 14, 2015 - 10:20 am Reply

    Love NYC! It’s been awhile and looks like there’s a lot more eating options. You did good girl!

    • CynEats August 16, 2015 - 11:04 am Reply

      Thanks Ben!! I know, I can’t wait to go back already. Let me know if you have any rec’s for next time :)

  • Dana P. August 13, 2015 - 3:31 pm Reply

    You ate at so many places!! Out of all those sushi restaurants you went to, which one was your favorite? I am also planning a trip to NY so I especially love this post!

    • CynEats August 16, 2015 - 11:08 am Reply

      I honestly liked all of them! They’re all good for different occasions and it depends on the type of vibe you want.

      Nakazawa is good for special occasions and they only serve omakase.
      Yasuda is good if you want a more chill environment (I’d say the quality of fish is comparable to Nakazawa)

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