Ever since we tried matcha we have had a slight obsession with anything matcha-related. So when we saw that Chalait was doing a matcha hot chocolate, we were there! They have a new location at 1216 Broadway which is a typical NYC “hole in the wall” size. It’s probably a little better for take away, but they do have five barstool seats situated at a floating table surface against the wall. We did have to wait a while on the steps to the rest of the building, which is why we have these concrete step photos, haha!
If you are looking for a fast but healthy meal, Cava Grill in Union Square could just do the trick! The chain opened a new location in NYC and is serving up Mediterranean-inspired food in a fast casual, Chipotle-style setting. Cailin and I love rice bowls so when we heard of Cava’s opening we had to give it a try. The menu is full of healthy options that are also filled with a ton of flavor.
And the doughnut adventure continues! We have stopped at quite a few NYC doughnut shops to sample their version of the dessert (or breakfast)! One of the last places we need to try on the list was The Doughnut Project.
I’ve expressed my love/obsession for matcha in numerous posts, so when we heard a new ALL MATCHA EVERYTHING MATCHA place was opening, we were so excited to go! Not only does Cha Cha Matcha focus on the greatest drink/flavor ever, but when we saw photos of how cute the place was, we were sold! We headed there crossing our fingers to find seats on a Saturday afternoon (this place gets crowded) and strolled right in to find adorable bench seating available!
As the rise in going vegan grows, so does the number of chefs making delicious vegan eats. by CHLOE. has become a vegan cooking standard and understandingly so. Their completely plant-based menu is great even for non-vegans. We went to the Flatiron location around 7pm on a Saturday and expected to hit a long line (as there is usually a wait at any of their NYC locations), but we were able to find a table and order right away!
Cai and I our big fans of NYC food markets because you’re not limited to a restaurant’s cuisine of choice and you don’t have to deal with that one friend who always wants to split the check, haha! 😛 This time we went to one of our favorite markets, Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place.
There is nothing like an ice cream on a hot summer day in the city. Cailin and I were craving soft serve one day and decided it was the perfect opportunity to try Milk Bar’s cereal milk flavor. We went to their East Village location which always seems to have a line, but it moves fairly quickly. This location has a set of benches outside, but the inside is designed purely as an ordering window.
We’ve been on a matcha/green tea kick lately so when we heard of the Jasmine Green Tea Chiffon Doughtnut at BESFREN we had to try it. BESFREN is located on 5th Ave. in Koreatown right by the Empire State Building. It is a cute space with all their fabulous desserts on display, housing about five small tables. If you haven’t been to BESFREN before it may be safer to look for the Cafe & Ginseng sign since the company, Korean Red Ginseng, renovated their location to collaborate with BESFREN just last year. In fact, the other side of the cafe still sells red ginseng extracts and powders. Once you see Cafe & Ginseng you know you’re in the right place and you’ll soon see BESFREN’s rabbit logo.
It’s Smorgasburg season! Cailin and I love going to Smorgasburg for lunch because there are so many NYC vendors to try and we usually end up spending the whole day sitting on the grass enjoying the skyline or park views. We are also slowly becoming a city food blog haha, but all the goods at Smorgasburg are just too photogenic not to post about!