New York Week: Where to Eat

New York Where to Eat

New York is my favourite city in the world, and I always jump at the opportunity to spend more time out there. As you will have seen on Instagram, I was back in Manhattan at the end of April with my good friend Daniella to celebrate our birthdays, and we managed to eat a lot in such a short space of time.

So it seemed fitting that I should kick off this special week of NYC content with a look at where to eat in New York. I’m a gluten-free veggie lover, so there’s a big focus on healthy, fresh foods. But I’ve also included Daniella’s guide to the best New York bakeries, as she has quite the sweet tooth. See if you agree with our suggestions and feel free to leave your own recommendations in the comments section…

Bluestone Lane

Bluestone Lane Eat in New York
Bluestone Lane Avocado Smash

The 411: Bluestone Lane has quickly become my favourite place to eat in New York, because I love healthy and wholesome food. The Australian-influenced coffee and café chain is the perfect spot for brunch, offering a great selection of breakfast bowls and egg/avocado hybrids. In fact, I’m so in love with their menu I’m tempted to set up a petition to bring Bluestone Lane to London…

Location: 30 Carmine St, 55 Greenwich Ave and 2 E 90th St. There are also a handful of Bluestone Lane coffee shops scattered around New York and one branch in Philadelphia.

What to Order: The avocado smash with a poached egg or the rainbow bowl, which I’ve been attempting to recreate since returning home (quinoa, spinach, avocado, cabbage, feta, salsa, sweetcorn, a poached egg and herbed yogurt dressing).

by Chloe

By Chloe New York Where to Eat
New York Food Guide By Chloe Vegan Burger

The 411: This popular vegan fast-food cafe was developed by Chloe Coscarelli, who found fame on the TV show Cupcake Wars. We loved by Chloe‘s plant-based menu so much that we scrapped our original dinner plans and went back for a second visit on our final night in New York. The black bean, lentil and quinoa burgers are so delicious they’ll definitely win over any meat lovers!

Location: 185 Bleecker St. It’s constantly busy, so be prepared to wait 15-20 mins for a table.

What to Order: The pesto meatball sandwich (portobello mushroom veggie balls with marinana sauce, peppers, pesto and cashew mozzarella in a potato roll) and the air baked french fries. {Photos via by Chloe}

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market New York Food Guide
Sarabeth's Chelsea Market

The 411: This indoor food market/shopping mall caters to almost every food desire you could possibly have. They offer everything from fresh sushi and award winning tacos to indulgent donuts and brownies. We even stumbled across a Helmut Lang sample sale when we visited, which was an unexpected bonus.

Location: 75 9th Ave. Right next to The Whitney Museum and The High Line entrance, so you can do them all back-to-back.

What to Order: Fresh pastries at Sarabeth’s. Fun fact: their Chelsea Market kitchen appears in the movie It’s Complicated when Meryl Streep and Steve Martin bake croissants.

Jack’s Wife Freda

Jack's Wife Freda

The 411: Jack’s Wife Freda is probably the most Instagrammed eatery in New York right now. And it’s easy to see why. They have a fantastic brunch and lunch menu, their food is so fresh and flavoursome, and they really go to town on all the little details – from their “love you a latte” sugar packets to the illustrated plastic cups. We had high expectations for this restaurant, and they were all met.

Location: 50 Carmine St and 224 Lafayette St. Visit on a weekday, if possible, because both locations are constantly packed.

What to Order: The green shakshuka or the chicken kebab with couscous and fresh cantaloupe juice. Both Daniella and I agreed we’d happily do the 7 hour flight to New York again just for that refreshing cantaloupe juice!

Ralph’s Coffee

Ralph's Coffee
Where to eat in New York

The 411: Ralph Lauren is more than just a brand, it’s a lifestyle. So of course there’s a Ralph Lauren coffee shop! Ralph’s Coffee is located inside the Polo flagship on 5th avenue, and it’s a great little hangout spot. I’m no coffee expert, but I definitely rated the organic and sustainably-sourced signature “Ralph’s Roast”.

Location: Polo Ralph Lauren, 711 5th Ave. Head straight to the left-hand corner of the first floor.

What to Order: An almond milk cappuccino. New York is a great place to drink coffee if you don’t drink milk as everywhere offers a wide-variety of dairy alternatives. London can’t catch up soon enough! {Images via Ralph Lauren}

Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery New York Food Guide
Magnolia Bakery Sex and the City

The 411: Sex and the City fans will recognise Magnolia Bakery from season 3 episode 5, when Carrie and Miranda eat cupcakes and discuss their love lives outside the West Village bakery. Naturally it attracts a lot of SATC tourists, but most people flock there because the cupcakes are some of the best in New York.

Location: 401 Bleecker St. Right around the corner from Perry Street, which is where Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment building is located.

What to Order: Unfortunately Magnolia didn’t have any gluten-free options when we visited, so I missed out. But Daniella assured me their vanilla cupcake was the best she’s ever tasted.

The Sweet Tooth’s Guide to NYC

Daniella, my New York travel buddy, has an uncontrollable sweet tooth and took us on a tour of Manhattan’s most beloved bakeries. Here’s her guide to the very best sugary treats, along with some of my favourite gluten-free alternatives…

For cupcakes… Magnolia Bakery on 401 Bleecker St

For cookies… Levain Bakery on 167 West 74th St

For brownies… Fat Witch at Chelsea Market on 75 9th Ave

For cannolis… Pasticceria Rocco on 243 Bleecker St

For gluten-free cupcakes… Georgetown Cupcake on 111 Mercer St

For gluten-free cookies… Klossies at Momofuku Milk Bar on 251 E 13th St

Where are your favourite places to eat in New York City? Leave your recommendations below in the comments section…

P.S. Cooking brunch with Gizzi Erskine and 3 healthy shakes that put a halt to afternoon snacking

Photos taken with the Olympus Pen E-PL7 unless otherwise specified


  1. That egg and avocado looks delicious. I’ll sign your petition!

    Would love to visit Magnolia, I’m surprised they don’t offer gluten free.

  2. Lola Byatt says:

    i am printing this off and filing it away in my new york folder ad my sister and i are going to be visiting in october!! and mmm the healthy places look yum. it’s rather frustrating because i always associate any type of eating out with indulgence and indulgence to me are burgers/cupcakes/anywhere that serves sticky toffee pudding! i am trying to actually make my brain think more about actual cravings xxx

    • cocos_tea_party says:

      That’s so exciting you’re going in October! New York is so beautiful at that time of year! Glad this post was able to provide some inspiration!

  3. Holly Olivia says:

    I’ve never been to New York but I’m hoping to go at the end of this year! This was so helpful as I’m such a fussy eater but I love all things sugary so I will definitely be trying some of those bakeries! Thank you! x

    • cocos_tea_party says:

      Hi Holly. Glad the bakery list could be of service. Hope you enjoy your first time in New York. Super exciting!


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