I LOVE my weekend trips to New York City, there is always soo much to do, see and yes EAT!
Today I feature 4 food courts where locals go for brunch, lunch, pick up their cake or dinner.
Urban Space Vanderbilt – near Grand Central Terminal:
A very laid back hang out where you sit down to enjoy a Lobster Bloody Mary at Red Hook Lobster to kick off Sunday Brunch and check out the many food stalls around. Do you feel like a burger, bagel or mac&cheese? Do you crave Mexican or Thai food? Just care for a cup of Joe and a cookie? You can’t go wrong with this place. I enjoyed my Lobster Mac & Cheese and my everything bagel with cream cheese and salmon.
The Plaza Food Court – near Central Park – Midtown:
Although the famous Plaza Hotel is no more, they however kept the food court, a very smart move. This is where you stop by “Lady M Confections”, the baker extraordinaire selling her stunning “Mille Crêpes” cake – yes indeed, 20 crepes layered with a touch of vanilla pastry creme, it is to die for! I love taking a seat at “Todd English” made-to-order food stations and indulge in a simple but flavorful flat bread pizza. I people-watched during the busy lunch hour where hungry professionals patiently queued at the French inspired sandwich stall. How ladies-out-shopping popped in for some oysters and chitchat while others pondered over what birthday cake to get.
Le District – near North Cove Harbor – Battery Park:
This bustling food court with French attitude has everything to entice you from a “Bar a Vins” to cheese, bread and charcuterie stalls to a full on Brasserie. But its amazing asset is the view over the harbor and its sunset! Grab a bottle, some nibblings and plot down at the waterfront, and see the locals stroll past. Relax you are in New York City!
Chelsea Market – Meatpacking:
My kind of hood I like to loose time. I am especially fond of the little wine bar “CorkBuzz” tucked away in a corner with an exquisite international wine list by the glass and delectable small dishes to share. I tried of course Californian reds and was nicely surprised. I loved the fact the server was able to give me some recommendations and background about the estates. The Lobster place is where my jaw dropped seeing all this fresh fish and crustaceans, it is a must to park it there and eat lobster!