noshing in new york

Our trip to NYC has sadly come to an end and while I have lots of great things to blog about I thought I would break it up into a few posts. This one is all about food and boy did we pack it in, after all it's hard not to when you're walking your butt off all day (am I right?).

So let's get started! Here's where you should eat in New York City (and Brooklyn!)

  1. Lupa (170 Thompson St. in SOHO) Yes I've mentioned this restaurant before but it's absolutely delicious! Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time, it's a tiny place but super HOT and a restaurant you don't want to miss. You really can't go wrong when ordering so buon appetito!
  2. S'MAC (345 East 12th Street in East Village) A friend of my sister-in-law owns this place and it's been on my list of places to hit up so we finally did it and we were not disappointed. If you love macaroni and cheese this is your place. Great lunch spot, but make sure you're hungry!
  3. Ground Support (399 West Broadway in SOHO) I love a good chai latte (have I ever mentioned that?) and this place gets an A+. We visited this coffee shop twice, it's super cute and caters to those who love a good cup of Joe. Grab a latte and an almond croissant here before you head out for a day of shopping in SOHO.
  4. Hill Country BBQ Market (30 West 26th St. in Chelsea) If you're looking for grub, but don't want anything too fancy this place is a lot of fun for dinner (carnivores only!). Reservations are recommended but you can sit in the bar without. The place was rockin' with huge TVs playing college football and surround sound.
  5. OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria (1 5th Ave. in Greenwich Village) Pizza is their specialty but the Spaghetti Alla Carbonara is also delicious. If you're looking for a restaurant with a great vibe and lots of people this is your pick. Be sure to order the Black & White for dessert (don't even worry about the calories!) it's heavenly.
  6. Siggy's Good Food (76 Henry St. in Brooklyn Heights) I was dying for a wholesome meal (greens please!) and this all organic restaurant was just what the doctor ordered. Take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and stop in here for brunch when you get there. Order the ginger, mint lemonade (amaze!).

Hungry? Enjoy the reccos and your upcoming trip to NYC. Your stomachs will thank me.

Delicious mac and cheese at S'MAC...

I think we liked it!

away we go

Excited to say that I'm off to NYC for the second time this year (I'm so lucky!) This time I'm going with my hubs to celebrate our wedding anniversary and his birthday (how romantic). We don't have much planned but do have a few restaurants booked and intend on visiting the Whitney Museum and spending a day in Brooklyn. I'm also interested in finding some cool fabric stores in the garment district. I'm still searching, but will blog about any that I find when I return.

Any reccos? Recommend away...

August 31, 2010 — Alanna Banks

things to do in NYC

I told you the zoom on the Olympus SP-800UZ was amazing. I took this pic of people tanning in Central Park from the top of the Rock!

Every time I go to NYC I have to ask everyone I know for recommendations so I've compiled a list to share with all of you. We stayed at the Westin New York at Times Square (highly recommend!) the rooms are humongous and very quiet.

Day 1

  • Went to the top of the Rock (the $20 is so worth it and the view is amazing!)
  • Got stand-by tickets to Jimmy Fallon outside the Rockefeller Centre (Betty White was one of the guests!) but didn't make the cut (sad face)
  • Dinner at Mario Battali's OTTO Pizzeria (make reservations ahead of time!) the food is deelish, extensive wine list and the atmosphere is fun/casual.

Day 2

  • Bought half price theatre tickets at the TKTS Seaport Discount Booth (no line up at this one, the one in Times Square is insane)
  • Wandered around SOHO (I wish I was rich!) and did some window shopping
  • Delicious late lunch at another Mario Battali restaurant Lupa Osteria Romana (again make reservations ahead of time)
  • NBC Studio Tour (I know it sounds cheesy touristy, but it's informative and we saw Betty White rehearsing for her big SNL show, so there!)
  • Went to La Cage Aux Folles on Broadway starring Kelsey Grammer (Frasier!) so fun (I love drag queens)!

Day 3

  • Morning at MoMA (if you're going before the end of May you have to check out Marina Ambramovic's exhibit The Artist is Present)
  • Went to Uniqlo (could have spent the afternoon there, it's filled with inexpensive basics and I wish we had one in Canada)
  • Wandered around Little Italy and NOHO (so many cute streets)
  • Went to Memphis the Musical on Broadway (LOVED!)

Bon voyage!

i heart ovaltine

After my big trip to NYC and a game of Ultimate Frisbee I'm tired tonight y'all (a.k.a. this is going to be a short one).

So sit back and relax with a cup of chocolate Ovaltine and listen to Dirty Projectors' Cannibal Resource.

You'll like it. Trust.

May 10, 2010 — Alanna Banks

happy mother's day

Love this pic of Michelle Williams with daughter Matilda in Brooklyn.

I just got back from an awesome Mom-daughter weekend in NYC. More details to come re: the trip, but I wanted to give a shout out to my mom and all the moms/moms-to-be I know. You're amazing ladies and I love you.


May 09, 2010 — Alanna Banks

new york i love you

I'm off to NYC for a few days so I borrowed the Olympus SP-800UZ to capture my visit. I took this camera to Italy last summer and the photos were amazing (the future Annie Leibovitz right here!). It's compact, but acts like a full-size fancy camera and the zoom can't be beat (you can do some serious spying).

I hope to share my most awesome shots when I return.

See you in three days!

P.S. While I'm gone you can think of me when you hear this song by LCD Soundsytem (one of my faves!)


May 05, 2010 — Alanna Banks