THE BUTCHER'S DAUGHTER
Nolita 19 Kenmare Street
NYC - 10012
The Butcher's Daughter is a plant-based restaurant, cafe and juice bar with three locations across New York. Their daily-changing menu is 100% veggie, mostly vegan really and also gluten-free and you can go for breakfast, lunch or dinner and easily find something satisfying to eat.
Service here is prompt, friendly and informative. I visited the Nolita location which was bustling but the staff weren't phased and didn't make us feel rushed whatsoever. The decor is beautiful and worth a visit alone for anyone who cares about design!
the halal guys
307 E 14th Street
New York, NY 10019
The Halal Guys story is quite simply a phenomenon and a quintessential American dream. They began in 1990 opening up a hotdog stand, as business went on they noticed a huge demand with Muslim cab drivers looking for a halal meal on their breaks. This is when the chicken gyros with rice was born along with their famous white and red sauces. Fast forward until now they have five carts and two restaurants in NYC and they have recently announced their plans to to open a cart in London's Leicester Square with the aim to open at least 20 locations in the UK over the next 5 years so you won't need to go all the way to NYC to taste their mouthwatering food!
jack's wife freda
224 Lafayette Street,
Jack's Wife Freda is arguably one of the most busiest and famous breakfast spots in New York, it's on the majority of the 'best breakfasts' lists but, for me it doesn't stop at just breakfast. They open from 8am till midnight most days so is suitable for all meals or even cocktails if that's what you're looking for. There is normally a queue so prepare to wait for a bit depending on how many of you there are but the locations have loads around them so you won't be bored while you wait. The cafe is busy and has a lovely atmosphere to it, full of friends and family catching up over some wholesome good food. The restaurant itself made me feel like I was in a Wes Anderson film, so vibrant and full of colour.
The menu is filled with dishes from Israel, South Africa and with a few New York classics. You'll be spoilt for choice with options as I believe they have something for everyone, the breakfast options are delicious and there's also loads of sandwiches, salads, entrees and sharing dishes if you fancy more than one thing off the menu.
The name of the restaurant comes from one of the owners grandparents. Freda and Jack met, fell in love and skip forward slightly, had several grandchildren, including Dean. Dean had his own love story and in turn, met Maya. Their shared passion for the hospitality and restaurant trade helped launch their first restaurant on Lafayette Street and it has grown from there since.
Bodegas really are a staple of New York life. Nestled in every street a bodega is a small convenience store that sells staples just like an off license. Often 24/7, a bodega goes beyond any one product. There are more than 10,000 bodegas spread across NYC and you will often find they have their own cats to expel the New York City rodents!
When I landed in NY it was late and I was ready to eat hundreds of hotdogs. My amazing Lyft driver drove me to one of his favourite bodegas in Harlem and I picked up a meal for $4 and to say it was delicious was an understatement! Bodegas are a perfect example as to why the best of the best isn't always the most expensive or fancy. Below are some of the top rated bodegas but keep an eye out when walking around, you'll be sure to find some hidden gems which will help you get a true NYC experience.
artists and fleas
568 Broadway, Soho
Artists & Fleas is a marketplace for makers, creators and designers. It's a creative community of shoppers and sellers with new merchants arriving every other week, making the store a perfect place to discover new, emerging talent and creativity in the heart of New York. The store offers a community-first alternative to the traditional retail experience and you'll definitely want to spend, spend spend - I know I did! There are several locations across NY like a lot of the places I have listed here with shops in Soho, Chelsea and Williamsburg.
Min & Mon
55 Spring Street,
New York, NY, 10012
Now where or where do I start with this brand?! It's handbag porn for me and I am very, very excited by this brand. A New York based, Colombian born handbag label, inspired by the idea that bags should be fun, changeable and beautiful. Customisation is key with this brand and if the bags weren't individual enough there are loads of ways to make your bag that bit more unique. MIN & MON is inspired bu everyday curiosities and the unfamiliar, their showroom is worth a visit for anyone that is into handbags, design that is a little bit different or customisation. The staff are an absolute pleasure and so knowledgeable on the products, it felt like just chatting with a friend which is something that is difficult to get right in retail but makes such a special experience when done right.
All of the prints on the handbags, purses, keychains are all made by hand using screen-print. MIN & MON appreciate the human connection behind the process, standing against products that lack soul and humanity. The leather bags are handcrafted by talented artisans in Colombia with a quality and attention to detail being rooted in their design process.