Sunday, October 20, 2013

Food is our religion: New York City, USA

The city that never sleeps.  

Times Square

As soon as I got off the plane and step foot onto New York City, my jaw dropped and my heart stopped beating. I was blown away at how incredible and amazing the city was. Times square was packed with thousands and thousands and thousands of people. Lower Manhattan was like NYC's version of Surry Hills but better and of course, fifth avenue was exactly like every girl's dream. 

With only 48 solid hours of being in New York, New York, not a single second of time could be wasted (yes peeps I am well aware that an entire week or two is still not enough to finish exploring NYC which is why I will be back). 

The first and original shake shack

First stop was of course an obligatory trip to Shake Shack.  Since it was my first visit to NYC, it was decided that I had to visit the very first Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. There is always a queue at most of the Shake Shack restaurants but luckily the line moves pretty quickly. 

Top right: Shack burger - $4.60
Bottom right: Smoke shack burger - $6.25

I ordered the shack burger and it was good cheese burger but sadly, I didn't think it was as good as I thought it would of been. The bun was soft and I enjoyed the melted cheese on the angus beef patty but I thought something was missing from that burger. Maybe it was because the fattie in me that wanted something more mean and nasty heh.

View from the roof top bar

A friend of mine introduced me to the roof top bar at 230 Fifth Avenue. The view from the bar was seriously breathtaking. 230 Fifth being NYC's largest outdoor bar had a really cool vibe. Drinks were obviously a bit more pricey but I reckon it is definitely worth it for the view and atmosphere. 

Washington Square Park

Next stop, Artichoke Basille's Pizza. I loved Artichoke's pizza! Their pizza was definitely one of the best things I had eaten in NYC. If you compare the prices on a per slice basis then yeah it can be a little bit pricey but wait till you check out their serving size. One slice of that artichoke pizza is all you need for one night's dinner. 

Artichoke Basille's Pizza

Left: Artichoke pizza - $4.50 per slice
Right: Sicilian pizza - $4.50 per slice

Their pizzas were hearty and packed with loads of flavour. If you love your cheese then the artichoke pizza is perfect for you. It was flooded cream sauce, mozzarella and pecorino romano cheese. The sicilian pizza isn't as big or heavy as the artichoke but it has a very crunchy base. Sadly I was so full after demolishing my slice.  I wish I had a bigger stomach so I could fit in their vodka pizza as well. 

Cereal milk soft serve - $4.50

Annnddd not too far from Artichoke pizza in lower Manhattan is the famous Momofuku Milk bar. Another mandatory visit when in NYC and of course, when visiting Momofuku Milk Bar, one must try their cereal milk soft serve. I am not the biggest fan of cereal which made me feel unsure about it but after the first taste, oh man.  It was deliciously sweet and the cereal coating was super crunchy. The soft serve melts pretty quickly so you need to finish it off as fast as you can but that shouldn't be too much of a problem for most of you. 

Statue of Liberty man in Times Square

Left: Hello Washington
Top right: The charging bull
Bottom right: view from the Circle line cuise on the way to see Liberty

The next day I paid a visit to the Empire State Building where we went up the building for a 360 view of NYC. As touristy as it was, I quite enjoyed my time up there. It was a change from being away from  the hustle and bustle but a peaceful change. How could one not fall in love with such a city. 

View from the Empire State Building

Views from the Empire State Building
It was time for refuelling so lunch was at P.D. O'Hurley's at Pier 84. I was craving pulled pork so badly  but unfortunately the pork was slightly dry and needed more sauce. The cheeseburger might have been a better choice. The serving sizes were huge and the burgers were generously stashed with loads of meat so no complaints there! 

Pulled pork burger 12.95

Cheese burger - $12.95

Buffalo wings - $10.95

The next touristy thing that had to be done was jumping onto a cruise to visit Miss Liberty. Luckily mother nature showed off that day so I was able to say hi to Liberty properly. 

Sup Liberty

Another highly recommended place to visit was Luke's lobster. I had heard quite a bit of hype about their rolls so I was intrigued to find out what all the fuss was about. 

Luke's lobster

Lobster roll - $15
Roll w/ soda, pickles and kettle chips - $17

Kettle chips and soda

Luke's lobster rolls were the bomb-dig-diggity. Yes American seafood is significantly cheaper than Australia's but our seafood is by far a lot tastier. Buttttt when you add mayo, lemon butter and a few spices.. zomgosh it becomes one of the best things you would have eaten. Hands down baby. 

Salty pimp cone - $5

Dessert was at the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop which is down the road from Luke's Lobster if you are in the East Village.  When I read 'Vanilla, dulche de leche, sea salt and chop dip', I secretly wanted to push everyone out of my way, run through the shop to that ice cream machine, open my mouth, pull the trigger and drown myself in all that deliciousness. It was exactly as good as it sounds. There is no other way to describe how amazing that moment was. 

Hello and Farewell NYC!

So unfortunately my 48 hours were up and I had to bid farewell to the beloved NYC. I WILL be back but for now, it was time to continue along the West Coast. Stayed tuned peeps!

Shake Shack on Urbanspoon 230 Fifth on Urbanspoon Artichoke Basille’s Pizza on Urbanspoon Momofuku Milk Bar on Urbanspoon P.D. O'Hurley's Bar & Grill on Urbanspoon Luke's Lobster on Urbanspoon Big Gay Ice Cream Shop on Urbanspoon

Gotta go eat!! 


  1. love everything about this post. brings back good memories of my short stint of nyc too. lovely photos!

  2. Awesome post! Adding these places to my list for my next trip x

  3. aaaah so many delicious eats!! you must be having an amazing time!

  4. hehe adding the pizza and ice cream shop to my list for our states trip! dulche de leche yumm

  5. Love love love NYC. I was there for over 2 weeks & it still wasnt enough. Love you pic of Liberty, what a gorgeous day!

  6. oh god i miss nyc and especially the pizzas!!

  7. Dear Shan Shan,

    Looks like you had a great time and the burgers look awesome. Not much of a charging bull when looking from his rear end though.

    So where is your photo of that huge chunk of charred, smoky, blood-dripping New York rib eye on the bone, fork and knife in hand and ready to charge???

    Make sure that's in your next blogpost or I'll stop reading your blog.

  8. Sounds like you had an awesome time in NYC! Love that photo of you with Elmo and Iron Man, you look so happy :D

  9. ooh lovely post, im so jealous! cant wait to embark on my own USA trip

  10. Looks like it was so much fun! With lots of good food! I am quite jealous of you right now :P

  11. Okay, hating you right now. Okay, not hating, just jealous :)

  12. So unfair... I want to be here too!!!
    I really have a soft spot for burgers.

  13. Your post makes me wonder.. why haven't I planned a trip to NY?? Haha ;)
    great post as always!