A MONTREALER’S TOP 5 EATS IN NYC

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I love food and NYC is my favorite city in the world. In that city, I have tried many restaurants, attended a few food festivals such as the Googa Mooga and a bunch (and when I say a bunch, I mean a BUNCH) of street fairs where the food was quite abundant. I personally travel to NYC at least once a year and wanted to share my preferred spots with you guys! If you guys ever try one of them, don’t forget to comment this post or to give us your feedback on Twitter!

1. BALTHAZAR for breakfast, lunch or Sunday brunch 80 Spring st. Website

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I have tears thinking about it. Tears of joy. This posh but rustic, European bakery serves amazing baked goods and their Sunday brunch is to die for. Their café au lait and their basket of freshly baked breads and pastries are so good that you will probably quickly understand why this restaurant is my #1. Oh, and it’s in Soho, which means you’re in a hip neighbourhood. What more can you ask for? Better RSVP!

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P.S. The waiters are a bit snobby but…hey…they speak French. And the food is great.

What to try: The “Eggs Meurette”: Poached eggs in a red wine sauce with mushrooms and bacon lardons.

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2. PATA NEGRA for tapas 345 E 12st (Between 1st & 2nd ave) Website

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This tiny but cute little spot in the East Village was one of my favourite discoveries last year. The brick walls, warm & simplistic decor and lounge-like Spanish music makes this restaurant perfect for a date or to begin a fun night out with friends. Their tapas are moderately priced, are well spiced and perfect to share. Although their wine list is quite interesting, I suggest you try their sangria!

What to try: Jamon Serrano (aged ham), Degustacion de Patitas (Tasting of 5 toast points with different toppings) and their gambas al ajillo (shrimp with garlic).

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3. THE SMITH for lunch/dinner 3 locations Website

3 locations. Good steak, good vibe, good looking people, good wine. Should I add more?

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What to try: Bone in Rib Eye (medium rare), their mac’n'cheese.

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4. CANDLE CAFÉ if you’re vegetarian/vegan  2 locations Website

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I  not even a vegetarian and I ate so well that I forgot I was in a vegetarian. Everything they serve is organic (even their wine!) and each dish is prepared with tender, love and affection. From salads, sandwiches to blended smoothie, everything we tried was full of flavour!

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What to try: BBQ Tempeh and sweet potato sandwich (SOOOO good), tuscan lasagna or the  ginger miso stir fry.

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5. STREET FOOD (like literally as in STREET FOOD, not a restaurant name) for the rest of the time. Anywyere in the streets, 24/7.

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Halal lamb, souvlaki pita, hot dogs, pretzels and more. They have stuff for everyone and almost everything is under 10$! We love trying the food they serve during street fairs. You gotta be open minded ;)

Honourable mentions

NY pizza (anywhere), Chipotle (not really from NYC but still yummy) and Magnolia bakery on Bleeker street.

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