The Food Diaries: New York City

BY KIMBERLY MATURO

Katz

This past weekend, I took myself on a little getaway to New York City. I needed to escape the blistering cold streets of Montreal and enter the beautiful, garbage smelling, architecturally stimulating, food mecca that is The Big Apple. The first reason for my trip was to spend time with my sister for her birthday. However, the weekend quickly became a food extravaganza. We ate delicious snacks as we walked around the city, such as brioches sucrées at Ladurée, the Blue Ribbon sandwich at Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken, avocado toast at Café Gitane and pork buns at Momofuku. Come Sunday night, Emily and I laid on the couch in an intense food coma and ended up snacking on hummus and pita. Can you say food overload?!

Cream cheese

However, before I left, I had to make one last food stop. I needed to pick up the tastiest pickles for a friend and devour my favorite New York City bagels with cream cheese. As a loyal Montrealer, the bagel I cheat with needs to be the best! And where do you get the best of the best? At Russ & Daughters of course!  This institution has been around since 1914 and is still the best place to get a gourmet bagel with cream cheese. So now you’re probably thinking, Kim please, I eat a bagel with cream cheese once a week, what’s so great about this place? Well, Russ & Daughters’ double-whipped cream cheese is available in 9 different flavours such as Caviar, Horseradish, Scallion and my personal favourite, Lox. They also smoke and cure their own salmon, import the best caviars, offer baked goods and chocolates that will make you drool.  This small and charming shop on East Houston usually fills up fast, so if you have the chance, go early. I do love my Fairmount bagel, but there is some unexplainable phenomenon that happens when you bite into a New York bagel.

Bagel

Where to eat:

Ladurée Tea Salon
398 W Broadway
New York, NY

Café Gitane
242 Mott St.
New York, NY

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
28 E 1st St.
New York, NY

Momofuku ssäm bar
207 2nd Ave at 13th Street
New York, NY

Russ & Daughters
179 East Houston Street
New York, NY

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