Momofuku Milk Bar is a standing room only bakery in the East Village. Some people frequent this little gem for freshly made cookies, others enjoy a glass of cereal milk, yet I only go here for one reason – the crack pie.
Perched on the 9th floor of the Museum of Art & Design (MAD), Robert has one of the most show stopping vantage points in Manhattan. With breathtaking uninterrupted views of Columbus Circle and Central Park, this contemporary styled restaurant is a must for locals and tourists alike.
Robert has a very bold interior and some would argue that it’s excessive. But being located at the top of an edgy design museum, I personally believe the luxurious, modern and dynamic design aesthetic teams perfectly with the museum and contrasting tranquil views of Central Park.
Robert is also perfect for a late night cocktail. Amazing live jazz, teamed with an expansive and lush lounge area, create an atmosphere that is fresh and spirited, yet also warm and welcoming. Relax on an Eames style chair and enjoy the incredibly delicious (and reasonably priced) food and wine Robert has to offer.
ROBERT, 9th Floor Museum of Art & Design, 2 Columbus Circle, New York 212 299 7730 www.robertnyc.com
The bakery embraces the beauty and simplicity of vintage nostalgia, perfectly reflected in both their recipes and decor. The vintage wallpaper delightfully compliments the dainty cake stands that showcase their delectable creations. Billy’s cupcakes are baked and frosted to perfection, and I am unashamedly addicted.
Whether the sweet bakery smells remind you of your Grandmas kitchen, or you are enticed by the picture perfect sight of bakers frosting cakes in the shop window, Billy’s Bakery is totally irresistible.
(It would be a real shame not to order one of Billy’s amazing ‘Pumpkin Whoopie Pies’, not to mention their Yellow Daisy, Red Velvet and Banana Cupcakes)
Billy’s Bakery, 184 9th Avenue (between 21st & 22nd St) 212 647 9956
This coffee company is very discreet. Hidden in Chelsea, East Village, and Alphabet City, there is no store front signage so keep a look out for their coffee cup logo. If you get lost, let your senses guide you to the incredible coffee aromas. Their coffee is rich and bold in flavor, and is always perfectly creamy.
Ninth Street Espresso arguably has the best latte in New York City, so don’t be disheartened if there is a long line. It merely reflects how insanely delicious their coffee is.
Like most coffee bars, there is limited seating in all three locations. Chelsea offers no customer only seating, so you will have to scramble to find a table within the markets (not an easy task on weekends) This is perfectly fine if you are in need of a quick coffee on the go, but if you prefer something more cosy and comfortable, perhaps save Ninth Street for another day**
**A savvy coffee connoisseur would never save Ninth Street for another day
Ninth Street Espresso, Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave (between 15 & 16th St) Cash only
other locations (not on a subway line)
East Village, 341 East 10th Street (between Ave A & B)
Alphabet City, 700 East 9th Street (between Ave C & D)
This little coffee bar on Washington Street is reminiscent of a delicious Italian coffee bar you’d find in Rome, complimented by a lush 1970’s style glamorous interior. Kava coffee is strong, creamy and delectable, and every afternoon they offer happy hour. If you appreciate a delicious cup of coffee, Kava is a must!
Another reason I love Kava, once I was enjoying my perfect Kava coffee in the front bar when a lady walked in from the street and yelled ‘Where is your restroom?’. The Kava barista very kindly replied, “Sorry, we don’t have a restroom”, to which the rude lady rolled her eyes and said, “What kind of coffee shop doesn’t have a restroom?”. Without hesitating, the barista politely responded with “We aren’t Starbucks”. And this is the very simple reason why I love Kava. They aren’t Starbucks and they aren’t even remotely close to being like Starbucks. Thank goodness for that.
Kava Cafe, 803 Washington Street (between Horatio & Gansevoort) West Village 212 255 7495
The menu is fabulous anytime of day, but I personally recommend making a reservation for afternoon tea to enjoy the decadent cakes, scones, tarts, sandwiches and gorgeous tea sets. Much like the artistic and quirky hotel decor, high tea is served with a modern twist that is sure to impress. And unlike traditional high tea venues, the Crosby is not overtly feminine so it can be enjoyed by even the most critical male.
The servings are very generous, so unless you are feeling particularly hungry for delightful sweets, I suggest sharing tea platter with a friend. And because your personal tea pot is constantly refilled, you never have to worry about a shortage of tea.
The Crosby is the perfect example of relaxed glamour. It is by no means pretentious, yet it epitomizes the gorgeous, stylish and unique venues that New York has to offer.
Crosby Street Hotel, 79 Crosby Street, Soho, New York City, 212 226 6400