Wednesday, February 08, 2012

NY Eats

When I go to NY, I try to poke my head into as many food-related shops as possible. For educational purposes, of course. I have my favorites that I visit every time I'm in the city, but I'm always on the lookout for something new and exciting. Here are some places I visited on my most recent trip.

(Photo credit: Midtown Lunch)
Flex Donuts For the time being, this pop-up spin-off of Flex Mussels (by pastry chef and Top Chef Just Desserts season 1 cheftestant Zac Young) is sharing space with Zócalo in Grand Central Station. Stop by and snag a couple three salted caramel donuts and maybe some of the maple bourbon bacon as well. Pure, delicious, evil.

Dylan's Candy Bar Dylan's is primarily a shop for the kiddies, as it's chock full of gummy this and sour that, but there's also a nice collection of nostalgic regional candies like the Big Hunk, Valomilk, and Idaho Spud bars. It's the perfect destination for those, who, like me, have read Steve Almond's Candy Freak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America and want to know exactly what he's going on about.

David's Teas Canadian tea company, David's, has two shops in the US so far, both in New York: at 275 Bleecker Street and at 1124 3rd Avenue. Their selection of black, green, rooibos, herbal, pu'erh, etc., is comprehensive and includes both familiar and exotic flavors, from an organic English breakfast to Coffee Pu'erh (both of which I purchased).

Rocco's Pasticceria
 A trip to Rocco's on Bleecker has long been a Minx Family tradition. While I'm a big fan of their nutty biscotti (which are chewy when fresh), Mr Minx prefers anything chocolate, including the chocolate shortbreads. I'm also partial to their baba rum. They have gelato, too.

While you're on Bleecker, you should also check out Amy's Bread at Leroy St. and Murray's Cheese, right next door. Delicious sandwiches may ensue.

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