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I recently went to New York City for 6 days, and ate some of the most amazing food I have ever had! America really knows how to do food, read on to find out my favourite food spots around the city – eating my way around NYC.

The Brooklyn Diner

The Brooklyn Diner was a great find, we were looking for a typical american diner that did hot dogs, waffles and burgers – those types of things! Honestly there was so much choice I could of eaten anything off the menu, after a long time I came to a decision to have a bacon cheese burger. 

I must admit I was super jealous of J’s fried chicken on waffles with maple syrup though, something which before this trip I wouldn’t of gone near. Seeing how much he was enjoying them though, I had to have a try! It was so nice, and made me want to try all the other things like bacon pancakes that we don’t have much of here in the U.K.

There are two locations for this one – west 43rd street and west 57th!

Black Tap 

Black Tap was a tiny little place (we went to the location in Soho) they had enough room for maybe 10 people upstairs on bar stools, but with enough space to eat. There was also a downstairs with table seating, though we didn’t see how much room there was down there!

Black Tap had some amazing looking food, though we just went for drinks. They had an amazing selection of craft ales/beers and some amazing milkshakes that were absolutely huge! I had a cookies and creme milkshake, it was topped with ice cream cookie sandwiches, whipped cream and what tasted like some sort of icing around the top!

The Harold

I loved this place, The Harold is a fab modern two floor restaurant serving amazing brunch! The atmosphere was great, and it was in the very heart of Manhattan, a couple of blocks from The Empire State building, which we visited after. I had some amazing buttermilk pancakes with fresh fruit and maple syrup which I would fully recommend! J had ‘eggs any way’ which he decided to have scrambled with apple wood smoked bacon – they looked amazing! 

If you are staying or visiting the centre, this bistro is definitely a must – 1271 Broadway (on 32nd street)

Hell’s Kitchen

So, quite a story with this one… After booking Hell’s Kitchen from Gordon Ramsey’s TV show, through the open table website, we went out and bought new, smart, clothes in case they were filming. We were surprised we were able to book a table for a Friday night just a couple of days before, but didn’t really think anything of it.

Until, I was super looking forward to it and decided to look at the menu (does anyone else pre-plan what they want!?) and realised that the Hell’s Kitchen restaurant that we had booked was actually a cosy, little Mexican restaurant.. And that the Hell’s Kitchen we thought it was wasn’t even in NYC! Oooooops!

However, the food was amazing, honestly the best Mexican food I had ever had! The atmosphere was lovely, the waiters were friendly, they made the most gorgeous guac’ and my fajitas were unreal (I devoured them before taking a picture half-good picture though, they were too good!) I would seriously recommend this Hell’s Kitchen to anybody that visits NYC, and even though it wasn’t planned, this shows how sometimes mistakes when travelling can actually be for the better! 

Have a read of what else I got up to in NYC here!

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Elle Louise




  • Matthew Amesbury

    Great post, I would love to visit New York one day. Even if it was just for the food!

    • EleanorLGriffiths

      Honestly, it was amazing! I still dream about that milkshake!

  • Kat

    I feel like I need to go back to New York just so I can try all these amazing places to eat!!!

    • EleanorLGriffiths

      Hahah you definitely should do!

  • Charles Carmichael

    Wow that milkshake is a monster. I need that in my life.

    GR |

    • EleanorLGriffiths

      It was amazing!!

  • furtdsolinopv

    Saved as a favorite, I really like your blog!

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