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Momofuku Milk Bar

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.

Crack pie doesn’t have a filling that cracks, nor does it have a base that cracks. Its curious title is merely a subtle warning that this delicious sweet tasting pie is highly addictive and you’ll be craving a slice everyday. The key ingredient to this sensational creation is sugar, so it’s no surprise that Momofuku’s crack pie is a food experience you will never forget.
Momofuku Milk Bar  251 East 13th Street (at 2nd Ave)  New York  212 254 3500


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

Exterior of MAD photo credit: Zagat

partial view seen from Robert

Billy’s Bakery

Billy’s Bakery is without question, the most delicious and charming bakery in New York City. Located on Chelsea’s lovely 9th Avenue, Billy’s cupcakes are my all time favorite.

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

Ninth Street Espresso

Ninth Street Espresso has three coffee bars in the city, and the one I frequent most is located in the bustling food halls of Chelsea Market.

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


Eleni’s is an exquisite cupcake store located in the fabulously delicious Chelsea Market.

Chelsea Market is a food lovers dream. Housing a plethora of incredible restaurants and food stores, the chic undercover market has something to please every palate. For sweets, I always run as fast as I can to Eleni’s.

Eleni’s specialize in amazing cupcakes and quirky cookies. I love this cupcake boutique because their frosting is perfectly sweet but not too heavy and their cupcakes are always fresh and fluffy. One of their most popular cupcakes is raspberry, so be sure to try it.

If you are visiting the city and want a fun gift to take home for friends, Eleni’s also sell cute New York themed cookies. Their cookies are a welcomed changed from the standard NYC souvenirs that are sold in Midtown.

Eleni’s is sweet and lovely, the staff are always smiling and you will definitely be smiling once you taste these divine cupcakes.

Eleni’s New York, Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue (at 15th St) 888 435 3647

My afternoon tea party, cupcakes from Eleni's.

Crosby Street Hotel

The Crosby Street Hotel has a delicious secret hidden behind its cobblestone street exterior. They are one of the few hotels in Manhattan that serve high tea!

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

The Upholstery Store

The Upholstery Store is a gorgeous rustic wine bar hidden deep in the West Village. Don’t be put off by its tiny size. The staff are lovely, the wine is delicious, and each table is lit by candlelight, creating an intimate ambiance  that you are bound to enjoy.

The wine menu is almost entirely Austrian, which I find oddly refreshing. It’s a welcomed change to sip on delicious wines that you often don’t have access to.

By ‘normal’ bar standards, this romantic wine bar is petite, so best to get there early if you prefer a table.

713 Washington Street (between Perry & W11 St) West Village, 212 352 2300

Pulino’s Bar & Pizzeria

Pulino’s is conveniently located in the heart of the Bowery. A few blocks from Soho, East Village, Nolita, and Greenwich Village, this heavenly Pizzeria has become my go to breakfast/brunch spot.

It must sound strange to go to a pizzeria before noon, but Pulino’s truly has one of the most spectacular breakfast items in New York City. The Salsiccia Pizza (or as I refer to it, the ‘breakfast pizza’) is one of the most original and delicious breakfast dishes I have ever tasted. It consists of eggs, sausage, mozzarella, bacon and white cheddar, all cooked to perfection on a delicious homemade thin crust.

Of course Pulino’s is perfect for anytime of day. They serve sensational cocktails, heavenly salads, and incredibly delicious pizzas. Highly recommend making a reservation to ensure you have a table, this place is very popular.


Pulinos, 282 Bowery, (Bowery and Houston) 212 226-1966

Krigler Perfumery

Krigler is a 5th generation perfume house that was established in 1904. It is a beautiful, exclusive and dainty store, tucked away in the corner of the Plaza Hotel. Their decadent scents charmed luminaries such as Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

There is no need to be intimidated by its prestigious location or glamorous history. The staff is incredibly helpful and go out of their way to ensure you have chosen the perfect fragrance. Given the cost of mediocre celebrity endorsed perfumes, Krigler prices are not as exorbitant as you may suspect. My bottle of Chateau Krigler 12 (aka the scent adorned by Grace Kelly at the 1955 Academy Awards) was $125. A small price to pay for luxury.

I highly recommend treating yourself or a loved one to this positively perfect perfume experience.

Krigler, The Shops at the Plaza, 1 West 58th Street, New York New York 10019, 212 371 1122