We arrived on a Monday in late afternoon. We were pretty tired from annoying flight delays and lots of travel, but we hailed a cab and headed to Lan Cafe (1st Ave/East 6th St). Got dropped off out front, realized they weren't open Mondays. I was super grumpy about that as I was hungry and tired, but Trevor hailed another cab, and we headed to Soy and Sake (7th Ave South/Morton St). Vegan sushi! We were so thankful to rest our bones and we were starving, so we both ordered bento boxes; I got the tempura chicken and Trevor got the teriyaki chicken.
It was really good. The chicken was eerily chicken-like, and the California rolls had mock crab in them which was nice! The pan-fried gyoza dumplings were great, too. To celebrate finally being in NYC, I ordered a shirley temple.
Next morning, we got up for a big day of sightseeing and walking around, so we started the day off in the best way, by walking to Yonah Schimmel's (East Houston St/2nd Ave) and getting knishes. The vegetable varieties are vegan (potato, kasha, red cabbage, spinach, mushroom, sweet potato, vegetable and broccoli). This place is a landmark in NYC and is a part of Jewish NYC history.
I ordered the spinach, Trevor ordered the potato. Knishes are by default made of potato, so the different varieties just mean potato + whatever. These knishes were massive, piping hot, and each table had a squeeze bottle of spicy mustard which was great on them. A great, filling meal to start off a busy day, which included going to the top of the Empire State Building (which I would highly recommend):
Part of the trip also included hitting up the best coffee/espresso places in NYC. Over by the Empire State Building is NYC's location of Stumptown Coffee (5th Ave/West 29th St). I'm not a coffee drinker, but Trevor has a tattoo of a coffee cup on his arm, so you do the math. He had a soy macchiato, which he said was one of the best cups he's ever had (and dude knows his coffee).
From there, we had a big day in Midtown, which included seeing the flatiron building (I looooved it), the Strand bookstore (which is the bookstore where a few weeks before, Morrissey had saved a fainting woman), and Muji. We ended up at Murray's Bagels (6th Ave/West 13th St) for lunch. They have a bunch of vegan options for toppings and so many delicious fresh bagels. I got the herbed vegan cream cheese on a sesame bagel, and Trevor got the regular vegan cream cheese on a pumpernickel bagel.
Okay, that's enough for one entry. We'll cover the rest (which includes donuts) in another one.