In case you got bored reading my blog post about my trip to NYC, let me sum it up with the three most important things in my life — Fitness, Food, and Fun. I travel a lot and plan to do these “Triple F” posts for different places I go (and let’s be serious, I will probably have to do more for NYC because it is a big ass city) but here is the first installment of Fitness, Food, Fun: New York.
Running is my favorite way to explore a city and running in New York is the BEST EVER. (No I am not exaggerating…) It doesn’t matter whether I am there in the heart of winter or the middle of summer, I always get out for a run. Central Park is my favorite place in the world to run. It is filled with rolling hills, beautiful scenery (the leaves changing = gorgeous), and tons of other active people to help keep you motivated!
I am always somewhat amazed at how I don’t gain 8000 pounds on my trips to New York. It literally baffled me for years. And then I realized it — I walk a ton in that city. Manhattan really isn’t that big geographically and I love walking around and taking in the energy of all of the people. I like to walk to all of the places I go (within reason) so that I not only get a better sense of the city, but I also get exercise (so I can eat more delicious food!). I’ve been known to walk up to 14 miles in one day in NYC. That might be excessive for you, but next time you’re there, skip the cab and go for a walk!
Sarabeth’s has always been a favorite of mine. When I stay with my mom in her hotel, there is a location literally two buildings down from us AND they serve brunch until 3 p.m. Brunch is my favorite meal of the day. I don’t like mornings. This is clearly the perfect place for me. I often forgo meeting friends for lunch to eat at Sarabeth’s…by myself. I love it that much. My healthy go-to is the Morning Crunch—yogurt, granola, strawberries, and banana. My indulgent go-to is either the Fat and Fluffy French Toast or the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. I also always get the Basket of Sarabeth’s Muffins because I am a muffin a whore and can’t help myself. (image via sarabeth.com)
I am a brat when it comes to sushi. Probably because I grew up in Los Angeles. To be honest, most sushi restaurants disappoint me. BondST Sushi did not disappoint me at all and is my new favorite restaurant in NYC. I haven’t tried anything on the menu that I didn’t like, but if you go you MUST try the Big Eye Tuna Tarts, the Szechuan Yellowtail Sashimi, and the Tuna Crispy Rice. The Tuna Tarts are probably one of my all-time favorite sushi dishes and that is saying a lot. Wash it all down with a Shishito Jalapeño Margarita and your tastebuds will be thanking you. #YoureWelcome (image via bondstrestaurant.com)
Okay, I may be partial to Otto’s because Otto is my friend, but let me give you my two cents. I know my Mexican food. Los Angles has some of the best Mexican food in the country. But just because I went to a taco restaurant in NYC, does not mean I didn’t hold it up to my LaLa Land standards. Otto’s Tacos delivers. This past week they were featuring a fish taco which literally had me making the journey to the East Village every single day. It was THAT good. Unfortunately, it was a temporary item. Damn you, Otto! Fortunately everything on the menu is delicious. I love the mushroom and shrimp tacos. And every time I visit, I have to order Chips and Guacamole AND Chips and Salsa because they are both THAT FREAKIN TASTY. The Masa Fries are delish and the churros are amazing. This is coming from someone who doesn’t even like churros. I’m serious. Go there and you can thank me later. (image via @ottostacos Instagram page)
Usually I go out a lot in NYC. This trip was a little bit more mellow and laid-back. However, I did end up at Duck’s Eatery twice for some cocktails. Although, I didn’t have a chance to try anything on their menu, the drinks I tried were pretty damn amazing. Plus, I absolutely loved the vibe there. It wasn’t so loud that you had to scream at the people sitting next to you. They projected movies on a brick wall all night (very cool and different). And all of the bartenders were super nice. I tried the Emerald Isle (gin, green chartreuse, lime, basil) and the Southern Rita (tequila, maple, ilegal mezcal, habanero, lime) and loved them both. If you’re looking for a fun and welcoming bar where you can actually hold a conversation, Duck’s Eatery is your place. (image via duckseatery.com)
This was the only other place that I actually went “out” to in New York this trip, but it was super fun. It is a great place to watch sports, which I love (I know… I am basically a dude). There are plenty of TVs to watch “the game” and the service was quick and efficient. Our waitress was incredibly nice and put up with our numerous orders of tequila shots. I didn’t try the food here, but good sports and good company equals a good time! (image via bluehavennyc.com)