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Birdbath Bakery

Birdbath Bakery is the eco-friendly, green little sister of City Bakery, and has locations throughout the city. I visited the location tucked into an antique bakery shop awning on Prince Street in SoHo. There is no Birdbath signage so its easy to miss but can be identified by the drool-inducing towers of cookies in the windows. Open at 8am, the shop is filled with delectable sweet and savory pastries, breads, and baked goods, and by lunch time also has some gourmet salads and sandwiches added to their repertoire. I stopped in around 3:30pm and was still greeted by both freshly baked pastries and savory salads and sandwiches. I was so overwhelmed by the amazing variety of selections that I asked the gent behind the counter what he thought best to try for my 1st visit to Birdbath. He suggested the Baker’s Muffin (their signature pastry), and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. This delectable little muffin is any thing but little, or a muffin really. It is a pull apart pastry baked into a muffin tin. The layers, nooks, crannies, and crevices are smothered in cinnamon and sugar and have raisins, baked apples, and bountiful walnuts tucked into the folds. It comes out of the oven with a candy crusted shell and is ever-so-delicately dusted with powerderd sugar. Now I must warn you, this is not a pastry for the faint of heart. It’s quite a decent size and is pretty good at convincing your tummy it has just eaten a full meal…A full meal of pure joy!! The Baker’s Muffin is truly one of the most unique pastries I have had in a long time and is perfect to share with a friend, or keep all for yourself (no judgment here). Birdbath Bakery has definitely gained a new customer and I will be back soon to try some of their savory options very soon. Put this on your list of go-to spots if your tummy ever gets a little rumbly while strolling through SoHo!

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Inside the Bakers Muffin

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Birdbath’s Signature Pastry

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Madison Square Eats

It’s back!!! As an avid lover of the Brooklyn food festival Smorgasburg, I literally cannot put into words how excited I was when Midtown Manhattan’s own little food festival came back for its bi-annual stint in Worth Square at Madison Square Park! Not having to travel all the way to Brooklyn (trust me if you live in Chelsea it’s a little bit of a haul) and still being able to chow down on some seriously delish cheap food and booze is definitely something to get excited about. Needless to say I have been itching get over to Madison Square Eats since it opened just about 2 weeks ago, and I finally made it there this past gloriously beautiful Sunday. I wanted to try a little bit of everything, but I paced myself because I’m sure I’ll be back again. My go-to spots right off the bat were Seoul Lee Korean BBQ for their Bibimbap bowl which has been sweeping food blogs and Instagrams with rave reviews. I also had to get in on some Momofuku Milk Bar action, because despite living in New York City for almost 2 years I still haven’t gotten my butt over to any of the numerous Milk Bar locations so when I heard they would be at Mad.Sq.Eats they went straight to the top of my list. I also couldn’t resist a little Melt Bakery, another sweet spot I have been wanting to sink my teeth into. I picked up a piece of Crack Bar pie from the Milk Bar (like a little slice of love) and tried Melt’s Special sandwich which was mango lassi ice cream snuggled between 2 cardamom cookies.

I highly suggest getting making your food decisions first, then doubling back for your drinks because there’s also an impressive bevy of deliciously enticing craft beers, wines, and boozes to compliment all your delicious food!

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Bulgogi Bibimbap with Fried Egg

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Crack Pie

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Need I Say More?

Cardamon Cookie with Mango Lassi Ice Cream

Everything I tried was SO mouthwateringly scrumptious! I’m already planning my next chance to go back for more. So happy and excited that UrbanSpace gives all of these food vendors such an amazing platform to share their food with the people!

 

Juice Press – SoHo

I just completed a 10-day smoothies cleanse and I wouldn’t have been able to stick to like I did without the help of the always amazing and satisfying Juice Press! As a college student constantly on the go, running from my class to internship to my part time job, it’s not super easy or ideal to be lugging around jugs  of smoothie. Enter Juice Press to save me! They have 16 locations all over the city (and 2 more opening soon!) and offer the widest variety of freshly made juices, smoothies, waters, and raw foods. Their price points aren’t too shabby either (ranging from $6-$15!) For someone on a college budget I found it very affordable and accessible. I frequented the store on Prince Street in SoHo, because of the proximity of both my job and internship. Every morning I was greeted by the friendly faces, always happy to offer their suggestions and encouraging me to try their “shot of the day”.

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Juice Press is not just for the cleansers and health fad-dies, whether you want a powerful, nutrient-packed detox smoothie, or a sweet, fresh pressed juice and some raw cheesecake, you’ll be happily satisfied. Their juice flavors range from sweet and citrusy to hearty and spicy! The same can be said for their smoothies! I would highly recommend checking out their online menu before heading in just to help you narrow down your choices from the 10+ smoothie options they offer!

So far I’ve tried…

Juices

Almond Latte juice

Doctor Green Juice

Glo juice

Little Green Monster

Smoothies

Harvey Wallbanger with the works!

D-tox!

Formula 12

Cell Rejuvenator

Raw Foods

 Avocado Toast

Hummus Lettuce Wrap

**Shout out to all my runners! Juice Press also has a running club that meets every Saturday at 9am at 6 of their locations (3 uptown & 3 downtown) for a 4-6 mile run. What a way to start the weekend!**

 

Luca & Bosco

Luca & Bosco is a local creamery pumping out ice cream flavors, sauces, and toppings that will make you reevaluate your entire outlook on the life! (Okay, well maybe not life, but definitely frozen flavor combinations) Sold in the Essex Street Market, this delicious gold mind is the workings of  Catherine Oddenino and Ruthie Vishlitzky and is made with all-nautral ingredients, organic whenever possible. Although Luca & Bosco is a small start-up, their flavors are anything but small. With exquisitely unique flavors like milky tea, goat cheese, and their superstar Drunk & Salty is impossible to pass by their cart without at least asking for a sample. They’ve also got some killer sauces which include Butterscotch Diablo, Cilantro Syrup, and the Drunk & Salty Caramel (match back to the ice cream flavor).

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Goat cheese ice cream w/ balsamic reduction

When I paid them a visit I was greeted by who I could imagine to be either Catherine or Ruthie, all smiles and willing to answer any questions. I sampled the Drunk & Salty and Goat Cheese. While the D&S was everything I could have wanted from a sweet and salty ice cream, the goat cheese had a unique and enticing, creamy, tangy flavor. The lovely lady behind the counter suggested I pair it with the balsamic reduction syrup, and I’m glad she did because it was fabulous! Even with my notoriously ginormous sweet tooth I was pleasantly satisfied with this tangy, savory treat!

Luca & Bosco is open Wednesday-Sunday to make all your artisanal ice cream dreams come true. You should also follow them on Instagram to get the inside scoop (sorry guys, couldn’t resist) on their newest creations!

Hotel Delmano

Hotel Delmano is a great little bar tucked into the corner of Berry and N 9th Street in Williamsburg. It has a New Orleans inspired parlor feel to it, and some seriously clever mixologists behind the bar. A variety of unique flavors and infused liqours contribute to their one-of-a-kind cocktail menu. With infusions of pineapple, thyme, chipotle, and tarragon, and mix-ins like fig jam, rose water, and beet syrup these cocktails are strong and not for the faint of heart. My personal favorites are the Alibi (pineapple infused tequila, cinnamon-vanilla syrup, fresh lime, and molé bitters), Castaneda (tarragon infused tequila, alpine liqueur, orange curaçao, and fresh lemon juice), and the simple and always satisfying 3 Amigos (tecate, tequila, sangria).

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The Alibi

They also offer an impressive raw bar with oysters, crab legs, and clams along with some larger plates and charcuterie. In addition to their wide variety of fair, once the warm weather rolls in Hotel Delmano opens up their outdoor seating! This is a solid people (and dog) watching spot, and all-around great local spot to kick back and bask in the sunshine with a kickass cocktail and some friends.

Victory Garden

Victory Garden is a unique frozen desserts shop on Carmine St. between Bleecker and Bedford, in the West Village. They specialize in goat’s milk hard & soft serve ice creams, along with yogurt and other fresh delectables. Their flavors are exquisitely simplistic, while still bursting with flavor. Some of their featured Spring flavors include Chocolate Rosemary, Tangy Goat Milk, and Fennel. Not flavors you’d see in your typical ice cream parlor, but better. SO much better. When I visited they also had a Carob Chip flavor, which was heaven (and quite the accomplishment since I’m not the world’s biggest chocolate advocate)!

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After sampling almost all of their soft serve I decided on a cup of chia pudding. Now I know chia seeds have been a health fad for a minute here (and yes they do have some great benefits for your body), but that’s not why you should try the chia pudding at Victory Garden. You should try it because it’s one of the most light, interesting, flavor-packed puddings I’ve ever had. It’s really a simple vanilla chia pudding recipe, but the texture is what kept me going bite after bite. As a chia newbie I asked the girl behind the counter for her best suggestions for toppings. She topped me off with carob chips and freshly chopped strawberries. Vanilla, “chocolate”, and strawberry. How original right? EXACTLY. The flavors were so natural and fresh. It reminded me why they’re such classics. Victory Garden is proof that desserts don’t need to be boosted with artificial sweeteners and extra sugars to be decadent and delicious.

Want to try to make your own chia pudding? It’s super easy and makes for a great healthy snack you can top with anything from frozen blueberries to coconut flakes!