New York City to me is a smorgasbord of so many things I love. My most recent visit to the city, on a one-day stop on my way upstate, I ate the Big Apple again. (Check out this post from one of my visits last year!)
I was able to fly standby and get to the city early, so after dropping my bags at my cousin's in Chelsea, I took the subway down to SoHo to visit Dominique Ansel Bakery.
I knew I wouldn't be able to sample their famous/infamous Cronut, but my cousin SP mentioned they make these amazing pastries called DKAs, croissant-like delights with a caramelized crunchy outside. And since I was already hungry, I also got some hot madeleines with powdered sugar. I highly recommend them, as they were pure perfection!
Next, I headed around the corner to my personal mecca for macarons: Ladurée.
I love macarons. I eat them entirely too quickly. I loved getting to pick out a bunch to enjoy, with an adorable cat box to boot! (I now keep that box on my desk at work.) These are probably the most famous place to get macarons, and for good reason. They're fresh, soft, and delicate. You really won't be disappointed.
After catching the train back up to Chelsea, I stopped by Eataly just to explore. (I'd already eaten all my madeleines!) It's just sensory overload in there... There are so many counters to visit, so many sections of wonderful foods like pasta. I wish I was staying there longer, or going home right after, because I would have bought some fresh gnocchi to cook. It's a treat whenever I visit.
For dinner, we ordered takeout from The Meatball Shop. Um, heck yes! So many of my favorite things in one day. I ordered the Classic Beef meatballs, tomato sauce, and spaghetti underneath. Classic, simple, and delicious. I wouldn't hesitate to eat there again, or mix it up with a different combo!
Oh, and did I mention that I not only got to spend time with my cousin, her husband, and my nephew/niece dog/cat...
...but I spent the weekend upstate to attend the baptism of my beautiful goddaughter!