I am in New York for two weeks and sadly, I haven’t yet managed to experience a food-revelation in the big city. I’ve had good food, very good, but nothing as mind-boggling as the Thai food I had in London, for instance. Maybe that’s because I haven’t (yet) laid my focus on Asian food over here. Nevertheless, this is the first part of my very good food experiences.
We went to Umami Burger, the LA Burger place I missed out on while being in California last year, that just recently opened a joint in NYC and thus it’s packed. But it’s not only because of its Californian fame, it’s also and first and foremost because it’s seriously good. The burgers, the fries, the salads, everything is just like I imagine it to be in a perfect fast-food world. Haven’t tried Shake Shack for now, but heard that Umami is a serious competitor to their role of being the best burger in town. And I believe it. (The only thing I didn’t like is the sweetness of the Brioche bun, which is something unavoidable if it’s a Brioche bun, I guess.)
Manousheh, sadly, it’s only a pop-up deli place offering Lebanese manousheh saj wraps since August on Kenmare Street. But those little things filled with Zaatar thyme spices, Jibneh cheese and vegetables are sooo tasty, one can only hope they’ll soon open up a permanent place!
The Butcher’s Daughter has the best name, a great breakfast menu and a really cool website. It’s a vegetarian and dairy-free restaurant in the middle of LES and I enjoyed their breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs and avocado a lot. The interior is very pretty as well, if it wasn’t for the annoying air conditioner making you leave your coat on. But that’s a general US-problem for Europeans.