So NYC – doing as it does – is everchanging. People/places/things come and go, and as such it can be a challenge to keep some of my posts as up-to-date as possible.

This last year saw a few additions for some of my favorite posts, and I thought I’d round them all up for you here (they will also live on the posts themselves as I get to revising them)!


Du’s Donuts and Coffee
The Deal: Umm, Wylie Dufresne? This world-class master chef has brought his wizardry right down to doughnut level. Lucky us.

The Love: Coffee Malt, and Pomegranate Tahini FTW……(Facebook/Instagram/Twitter)

dus donuts

Ice Cream

Dessert Club ChikaLicious
The Deal: At the even tinier annex of the already-tiny Dessert Bar across the street, pastry chef Chika Tillman serves upscale versions of classic dessert fare such as pudding, ice cream and cupcakes.

The Love: There seemed to be a “moment” where images of ice-cream-filled churro cones from Prague were suddenly everywhere. Dessert Bar must’ve noticed too, and you can bet I ran over there to try one myself. As should you. (Facebook/Instagram/Twitter)

dessert club chikalicious

Mikey Likes It
The Deal: Pop culture-inspired premium ice cream (read more about this inspiring guy here).

The Love: I went for the flavor of the month, “Forest Gump” – double vanilla ice cream with strawberry crumb cheesecake and blueberry compote covered pound cake (and it was as amazing as it sounds). But the Foxy Brown was calling my name too, TBH. (Facebook/Instagram/Twitter)

mikey likes it


I knew that I had barely scratched the surface with my recent round-up. Two additions worth noting:

Orchard Grocer
The Deal: An “all-vegan deli and food market inspired by the delicatessens of New York’s past”. With two floor-to-ceiling shelves stocked to the gills with pretty much any vegan grocery need you could ask for, this adorable shop also specializes in vegan riffs on classic New York sandwiches.

orchard grocer

The Love: Will “The Edith” ever replace my beloved bagel/lox/cream cheese? No. But the cook in me enjoyed and appreciated the aesthetic and damn-near-close execution, using carrot lox and cashew cream cheese. And I have to admit my curiosity will probably get me back to try the (tempeh) BEC, (jackfruit) BBQ sandwich, and (chickpea) tuna on whole wheat. (Facebook/Instagram)

orchard grocer

image credit: Orchard Grocer Instagram

The Deal: Casual, Asian-fusion vegan fare.

The Love: The “love” comes via my dear friend Meg – who insisted this be added to the list. Chels and I are headed there soon, and I look forward to stuffing my face with #allthedumplings. (Facebook/Instagram/Twitter)


image credit: Franchia

Rockaway Beach

Well if my news feed is any indication, the popularity of our summer destination shows no signs of letting up. Check out these two recent reads on none other than The New York Times AND New York Magazine.

As with my original post, there is simply too much to list – so here are my favorite links to let you know what’s new in Rockaway for 2017:

Where to Eat Near the Boardwalk in Rockaway Beach (Eater)
Your Complete Summer Guide to Rockaway Beach Food 2017 (Gothamist)
Your Complete Guide to Jacob Riis Park Beach Food 2017 (Gothamist)

As for me? I’m SUPER excited about Rockaway Beach Bakery (superstar pastry chef Tracy Obolsky has permanently decamped to the Rockaways, and has set up shop right near my house!). Her salted honey croissant? Basically addicted.

rockaway beach bakery

Community House (and their beer garden Liquid Bread), Pico for delish Mexican and Fat Cardinal Bakery (I am still dreaming about the cherry almond cookie I inhaled one-too-many times last summer).

Hidden Restaurants

Pulqueria serves up classic Mexican food – including a solid paloma and yummy esquites – in a basement on a tiny street in Chinatown. (Facebook/Instagram/Twitter)


I think that about does it! As always, please send along any finds YOU find in your travels. And check out all of my nyc-etc posts on Pinterest!

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