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Things I love about NYC…

At first the thought of spending three months in the States this winter was a daunting prospect. I imagined how I would survive without Italy’s gastronomic bounty. I guess I hear the stereotype that America has bad food so frequently (from Italians who have never been to America) that I started to believe it. These places prove those naysayers wrong:


  • Corner Bistro A West Village dive landmark with sticky tables and heart-stopping burgers.



  • Pure Dark A relatively new chocolate shop on Bleeker and 10th. Some guys from Jersey make amazing dark chocolate of varying cocoa content. Granted, I’m naturally biased due to their geographic origins, but, objectively, this place is incredible.









  • Ronnybrook Milk Bar Located in Chelsea Market, this place has ridiculously good milk and yogurt fresh from the Ronnybrook Farm Dairy in Ancramdale, NY. I love that they serve milk and cookies.¬†UPDATE 2015: LOCATION CLOSED


2016-01-09T13:32:25+00:00 January 3rd, 2009|Categories: Food & Wine, New York City|12 Comments


  1. Conchita Vecchio January 4, 2009 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Oh Katie…what I’d give right now for a Pastrami sandwich!That’s definitely worth coming back to NY for!

  2. Sally Watkins January 4, 2009 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    I adore Murray’s, too. There’s also a small shop in Grand Central Station. I gave my daughter-in-law three months of “Cheeses of the Month” from Murray’s for Christmas 2007.

    Add to your list: Junior’s for cheesecake. Beeco for a great meal deal for Italian. Takashimaya’s basement cafe…get the green pea soup! And oh oh oh, Balthazar for breakfast!!

  3. Katie January 5, 2009 at 4:14 am - Reply

    After chocolate covered bacon, pastrami is the perfect food. Definitely worth the trip. That slimy manzo affumicato they sell at my local alimentari doesnt cut the mustard.

  4. Katie January 5, 2009 at 4:25 am - Reply

    Sally, thanks for the recommendations. ill have to check them out. my breakfast place is Murray’s Bagels. Sesame with cream cheese. Im addicted.

  5. Paul January 5, 2009 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    what’s your favorite old-school adjective-animal bar in the Village? white horse, stoned crow, fatty crab, spotted pig, slaughtered lamb, blue owl or my new party bar opening in Summer’09 the Horny BatSnake?

  6. Katie January 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    the white horse because i love meatheads and the spotted pig because i love pork. i think your bar will scare people. batsnakes are pretty much the most dangerous animals around. i once saw a single batsnake devour each and every patron at pastis. it was revolting.

  7. Petulia January 8, 2009 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    I am so going to go to all these places while I am in NY!!

  8. Katie January 8, 2009 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    petu we HAVE to go to roni sue. rob will be so jealous:)

  9. nyc/caribbean ragazza January 13, 2009 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    I love the Spotted Pig.

    I used to live near the Union Square Greenmarket and we know Jersey has some great farms and markets.

    Not all of the food in the States is processed and gross.

  10. Katie January 18, 2009 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Today’s foodie excursion in NYC is proof of that! I ate SO MUCH great food-crostini at Gottino on Greenwich, hot chocolate at Grom, cheese bacon toffee at Roni Sue, Brooklyn-made ricotta at Saxelby Cheesemonger in the Essex Street Market, and a burger with blue cheese and fries at the Spotted Pig.

  11. CyrilBuzz November 11, 2009 at 2:38 am - Reply

    thks for all those tips, any more recommendations as I’m prepping my 20-26 week in NYC ?

  12. nessra August 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Don’t pass this place Ayza Wine and Chocolate Bar in Midtown, New York.

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