I’m supposed to be gluten and dairy free, but sometimes I cheat and just hope that my digestive enzymes kick in. I’m also allergic to apples, but when apple cider donuts are in season, I can’t help but want to eat 16 and stay indoors while my face swells and I’m laughing the entire time. As you know, I live in Greenpoint, but for eating I either like to cook or venture out of my neighborhood to experience new spots…I like to keep the old ones near and dear though. Because of the cold weather, I’ve been thinking a lot about ramen, but I’m not afraid to eat ice cream, even if it’s snowing outside. Here is a short list of my go-to’s for when cooking at home just isn’t cutting it.
Peter Pan Donut– supposedly the highest rated bakery in Brooklyn, this spot opens up at 4:30am so you can go there after leaving the club. It stays open until 8pm, but I’d recommend going there early because the best flavors sell out the fastest.
Bubby’s – If you’re like me, you’re obsessed with everything pancake related. This spot always has a really long wait, but I promise it’s worth it. They have the best breakfast I’ve ever had and it’s close by soho to walk off the calories after.
Eataly – I can never get enough of italian food. When I’m really old and dying, I want spaghetti sauce put into an IV. Eataly is the supermarket of all supermarkets. It has everything from fresh pasta to fresh bread and pizza and the best fruits and veggies. Again, it’s a little pricey so I’d recommend going after payday or when you’re feeling special. Lifehack: they sell dollar oysters on Fridays.
Ramen Lab – I miss Japan everyday. I think about the food, the culture and how beautiful it is. Truly, it is one of the most special places I have ever been. Ramen Lab is as close as you can get to Japanese ramen because every month they bring a ramen shop from Japan over to this cute spot to do a pop-up. It’s also super authentic because there’s no seating and everyone has to stand really close together at the bar.
Takahashi Sushi – While eating sushi might not be the best thing to do right now because of the current state of the climate, I sometimes can’t resist. This sushi spot is top notch. On any night you can spot a celeb or some funky dressed locals. The wait staff also makes you feel super at home. My mom and I went here on X-Mas eve and we ate an entire sushi boat for two. It was fantastic. I love going here because they also have an amazing sake menu and you can draw on the bathroom walls. The prices are pretty good too.
Union Square Farmers Market – I love fresh produce and I love that New York has so many beautiful farms upstate. At this market (which is every Monday, Wednesday and Friday) you can shop through some of the freshest veggies, fruits and meats from local farms in the state. They also have multiple garden stands for fresh flowers, a compost bin for food waste and lots of free samples.