My Favorite NYC Moments #4: Serenpidity 3

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The restaurant decor is tacky and the service is mediocre (oh, and it’s almost an hour wait to get a table) but when you walked for what felt like 3,495 miles and your legs are about to fall off, nothing refuels your body faster than a super sugary drink from Serendipity 3.

Believe the hype – its famous Frrrrozen Hot Chocolate is truly amazing! Blended drinks from Coffee Beans and Starbucks don’t even come close.

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The signature Frrrrozen Hot Chocolate.  I loved the texture of the crushed ice.

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Maya got Frozen Espresso which was also delicious! We got brain AND tummy freezes simultaneously!

Here’s the full list of my top 10 moments:

  1. Dinner at Villard Michel Richard
  2. Lunch at Babbo
  3. Picnic at Central Park
  4. Serendipity 3
  5. Lunch at Balthazar
  6. Grand Central Oyster Bar
  7. Gahm Mi Oak
  8. Dominique Ansel Bakery
  9. La Vie at JFK
  10. Bryant Park at night
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My Favorite NYC Moments #5: Lunch at Balthazar

I like Balthazar so much that I make an effort to dine here every time I’m in the city.  It’s the next best thing to Paris.

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Is there anything more beautiful than burnt cheese on top of French Onion Gratinee? I didn’t think so either.

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Maya ordered Brandade de Moure, salt cod and potato puree, enjoyed by smearing on crusty baguette slices. It’s light and not fishy at all.

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Moules and Frites (Mussels and Fries) for Maya.

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Balthazar Salad for me. I didn’t care too much for this. The truffle oil the salad was tossed in was way too strong for me!

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This was our first meal in NYC. What a great way to begin the adventure!

Here’s the full list of my top 10 moments:

  1. Dinner at Villard Michel Richard
  2. Lunch at Babbo
  3. Picnic at Central Park
  4. Serendipity 3
  5. Lunch at Balthazar
  6. Grand Central Oyster Bar
  7. Gahm Mi Oak
  8. Dominique Ansel Bakery
  9. La Vie at JFK
  10. Bryant Park at night

My Favorite NYC Moments #6: Grand Central Oyster Bar

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What can I say? We just LOVE raw oysters!  And the ones from Grand Central Oyster Bar are some of the freshest seafood around.

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Our oyster adventures have been well document throughout the years on this blog: Little Next Door, Grand Central Oyster Bar from our previous NYC trip, L’Alsace in Paris, Jake’s in PDX, just to name a few. lol

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We started out with a dozen, then we ordered another dozen. We actually had to Google during dinner to find out if it’s possible for a person to overdose on oysters because we were eating so much (luckily, sources said no).  Our favorite was Giga Cup from Washington.

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Don’t mess with Maya when she’s eating oysters!  It’s serious business!

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Walking around Grand Central Station …

Here’s the full list of my top 10 moments:

  1. Dinner at Villard Michel Richard
  2. Lunch at Babbo
  3. Picnic at Central Park
  4. Serendipity 3
  5. Lunch at Balthazar
  6. Grand Central Oyster Bar
  7. Gahm Mi Oak
  8. Dominique Ansel Bakery
  9. La Vie at JFK
  10. Bryant Park at night

My Favorite NYC Moments #7: Gahm Mi Oak

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When all you’ve been doing is eating (which is all we do in NYC) and you need something gentle to settle your tired stomach, look no further than Gahm Mi Oak in Manhattan’s Koreatown for the Asian version of chicken soup in Sul Lung Tang.  Maya and I always end up here, after nights of over-indulgence.

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Maya’s Bibimbap.

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We were like teenagers at Denny’s at 2:00 a.m., recovering from a bad hangover after a night of crazy partying.  Instead, we were trying to recover from food overdose at 10:00 p.m.

Here’s the full list of my top 10 moments:

  1. Dinner at Villard Michel Richard
  2. Lunch at Babbo
  3. Picnic at Central Park
  4. Serendipity 3
  5. Lunch at Balthazar
  6. Grand Central Oyster Bar
  7. Gahm Mi Oak
  8. Dominique Ansel Bakery
  9. La Vie at JFK
  10. Bryant Park at night

My Favorite NYC Moments #8: Dominique Ansel Bakery

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Okay, Cronuts were already sold out when we got to Dominique Ansel Bakery in the afternoon and I didn’t even try the other popular desserts like Chocolate Chip Cookie Milk Shot, but the chocolate eclair I had was pretty good!  And it gave me an excuse to hang out in SoHo, one of my my favorite areas in NYC.

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Here’s the full list of my top 10 moments:

  1. Dinner at Villard Michel Richard
  2. Lunch at Babbo
  3. Picnic at Central Park
  4. Serendipity 3
  5. Lunch at Balthazar
  6. Grand Central Oyster Bar
  7. Gahm Mi Oak
  8. Dominique Ansel Bakery
  9. La Vie at JFK
  10. Bryant Park at night

My Favorite NYC Moments #9: La Vie at JFK

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Seriously, why is Salad Nicoise so delicious at La Vie?  And the bistro is inside an airport!

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Even the fries are first class!

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Maya’s omelet.  “Quite delicious” is how she described the egg dish!

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Here’s the full list of my top 10 moments:

  1. Dinner at Villard Michel Richard
  2. Lunch at Babbo
  3. Picnic at Central Park
  4. Serendipity 3
  5. Lunch at Balthazar
  6. Grand Central Oyster Bar
  7. Gahm Mi Oak
  8. Dominique Ansel Bakery
  9. La Vie at JFK
  10. Bryant Park at night

My Favorite NYC Moments #10: Bryant Park

My BFF Maya and I spent the weekend in New York City doing what we do best: eat and laugh together.

I selected my top 10 favorite moments from the trip, and here is my #10: Bryant Park at night.

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There’s nothing more New York to me than this. This night, a crowd gathered for a performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  We walked thru the park on the way to eat some Korean food for late dinner.

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Here’s the full list of my top 10 moments:

  1. Dinner at Villard Michel Richard
  2. Lunch at Babbo
  3. Picnic at Central Park
  4. Serendipity 3
  5. Lunch at Balthazar
  6. Grand Central Oyster Bar
  7. Gahm Mi Oak
  8. Dominique Ansel Bakery
  9. La Vie at JFK
  10. Bryant Park at night