Posts in NYC Eats
Cafe Clover

After living in New York for almost three years, I've had a lot of brunch. I mean, A LOT. So I know my fair share of NYC brunch gems. When my blogger friend Tatum found this adorable West Village spot, I was immediately in love with the decor and the color scheme, and we came to find out that the food is even better!

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NYC EatsAudra Koch
Guide to New York City in 3 Days

I get texts and DM's all the time about places to go and places to eat from people visiting New York. After living there for two years, I do know a few places, but to make it easier, I decided to write out a 3-day trip plan for visiting NYC! I won't cover every single thing you could possibly do (because you'd need an entire month to do everything!) but some of the best highlights are in here, as well as a few off-the-tourist-path spots. These are just suggestions! If you really want to visit the Met or spend a day in Brooklyn, do it! It's your trip! But here's my suggested plan:

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The Coffee Shop Union Square

I've passed this little spot for almost a year and never stopped in until I needed a quick brunch spot right before work. This casual little cafe has a gorgeous industrial retro inside, and on a nice day, a huge patio outside that's great for people watching in Union Square, while smelling the fresh lavender from the farmers market only a few blocks away on weekdays!

The menu is clean and classic, Hillary and I chatted at brunch over pancakes, french toast, coffee, and mimosas while sitting on the covered patio on a warm summer day!

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NYC EatsAudra Koch
Bar Primi

Bar Primi is a cute little Italian spot in the East Village with more pasta than you could ever eat and some pretty stellar cocktails (I can vouch for the frose and the frescante!) My friend Meghan and I had brunch here a few weeks ago, and sitting out on the patio with glasses of frose is what NYC summer is all about!

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NYC EatsAudra Koch
Cafeteria

The best down-home American comfort food served smack in the middle of Manhattan. This 24-hour cafe has everything you could ever want, from a 3 macaroni and cheese sampler and fried chicken and waffles, to the best tomato soup and grilled cheese combo that will make you miss home. 

This is one of my favorite places for any meal from breakfast, brunch, to dinner, or 3 AM mac and cheese (they deliver!!) and I've never had anything here I didn't love. 

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NYC EatsAudra Koch
Baci e Vendetta

Baci e Vendetta is a Lower East Side gem , and an amazing spot for brunch or wine night with the girls. Their omelettes and mimosas are killer, the restaurant decor is gorgeous, and the staff is incredibly friendly! Plus, as far as NYC brunch goes, it's definitely one of the more affordable places!

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NYC EatsAudra Koch
The Butcher's Daughter

Eating vegetarian has never tasted so good. The Butchers Daughter has a way of making fruits, veggies the main course instead of side dishes, and their protein of choice, eggs, are to die for! They have two locations in NYC (Nolita and West Village) and one in LA. Like most chic NYC spots, menus vary from location to location, and Nolita has always been my favorite (for both the food and the area!)

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7 Best Coffee Shops in Manhattan

If there's one thing I love just as much as New York, it's coffee. Luckily, the city has some pretty amazing coffee spots all around that offer slightly different brews, atmospheres, and experiences. So whether you're a season New Yorker or just visiting the city, skip the Starbucks habit and hit up a local NYC coffee shop instead!

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Jack's Wife Freda

One of Soho's chicest cafes, this place is packed from open to close with the most fashionable crowd in Manhattan. Besides the people watching, and the gorgeous atmosphere, the food here will blow your mind. Owners Dean and Maya immigrated from South Africa and Israel respectively, and NY Mag accurately describes the menu as "South African Israeli Jewish Grandmother Cuisine" with fried zucchini in smoked-paprika aioli, tomatillo shakshuka (my favorite), and a rosewater waffle with Lebanese yogurt that can cure any rough morning. (or afternoon, or night....)

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The Grey Dog

I'm starting a new section here on SNY! NYC has some of the best resturants in the world, and while I''m not often eating at 5-star restaurants, I do know a few off-the-beaten-path places and hyped-up cafes that are worth checking out! To start out, I'm going to tell y'all about one of my favorite places, The Grey Dog. 

The Grey Dog is a favorite spot of my friends and I in the city for a casual breakfast or lunch. The food is amazing, with comfort foods like pancakes, warm press sandwiches, and the best soups in town, you can't ever go wrong here. The atmosphere is warm, and home-like, and the staff is always friendly, making this the perfect spot to dig in and relax on a Sunday morning. 

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NYC EatsAudra Koch