One of the greatest treasures of living in the heart of New York is our exposure to the most diverse and notable restaurants, cafes, and food locals around. As one strolls down 5th, or shops through SoHo, it is impossible to miss the buzz of the blocks, along with the sweet aroma filling them. Looking back on 2015, not only do we remember the latest vogue or newest innovations, yet we recall the trendiest restaurants, bakeries, and food shops to hit the streets. Enough of the chatting, lets take a look at the Top 5 food spots from 2015!
- 10Below Ice Cream
10Below Ice Cream blends the concept of ice cream rolls, first served on the streets of Thailand, and the art of craft cocktails, to create a delectable taste and appealing presentation. Here, ice cream rolls are individually rolled with the various choosing of toppings and sorts before ones eyes.
Located in the core of Chinatown on Mott Street, 10Below instantaneously turns liquid cream to ice cream in under two minutes using a cold plate that reaches temperature below -10°F, hence its name “10Below”. In the creation of this profound local, 10Below “sought to open a unique kind of ice cream parlor, blending Asian flavors and techniques with modern elements that reflect the way our neighborhood is evolving – a renewed spirit and livelihood while staying true to our roots.”
Address: 10 Mott St, NY, NY 10013
Top Menu Choices: Monkey Business, S’mores Galore, Cookie Monster
- Dominique Ansel Bakery
From cronuts to mini meringues to cookie shots and more, Dominique Ansel Bakery has it all. Since its opening in 2011 by chef Dominique Ansel, the profound bakery has received numerous awards including Zagat's 2013 highest ranked bakery, Time Out New York’s “Best Bakery of 2012” and listed as one of the Best Bakeries in the U.S. by Daily Meal. Chef Ansel won the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Pastry Chef” of the nation, along with being listed as one of the “Top 10 Pastry Chefs in the United States” by Dessert Professional magazine, and was later named one of Business Insider’s “Most Innovative People Under 40”.
A classic favorite is Chef Ansel’s original creation of the Cronut, a mouthwatering fusion of a croissant and doughnut. Now recognized worldwide, this pastry has been featured on Good Morning America, Live with Kelly and Michael, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Bloomberg, E! News, Inside Edition, and more. Ansel’s other renown inventions include the Cookie Shot, Magic Souffle, and Frozen S’more – all in tact with his deserved title, the “Willy Wonka of NYC”.
Address: 189 Spring St, NY, NY 10012
Top Menu Choices: Cronut, Frozen S’more, Cookie Shot, Paris- NY
Looking for a savory, yet health minded and flavorful snack? Then Chobani’s the perfect place for you! A new outlet of the company’s product sold in stores and supermarkets worldwide, Chobani SoHo “offers Greek yogurt creation made from hand-selected, artisanal ingredients”. A hit spot for locals, Chobani offers snacks and meals for anytime of day! With its vast menu, each option offers different boosters– essential and fabulous for anyone’s day!
Address: 152 Prince St, NY, NY 10012
Top Menu Choices: Blueberry + Power, Peanut Butter + Jelly, Chobani “Bagel + Cream Cheese”, Pistachio + Chocolate, Toasted Coconut + Pineapple
- The Stanton Social
Denoted as “the Lower East Side’s sexiest restaurant and lounge”, The Stanton Social joins together New York’s hottest squad of restaurant masterminds including Celebrity Owner/ Chef Chris Santos, Happy Ending’s Peter Kane, LAVO and TAO owner Richard Wolf, and the award winning design team at AvroKo. In part, is head Chef Santo with the overall aim "to offer guests a chance to experience multiple dishes and flavors throughout their meal”. Included in the menu is a full raw bar, along with forty other multi-ethnic share plates including Lobster Roll Sliders, Prime Grilled Hanger Steak Fries, French Onion Soup Dumplings, and a extravagant Movie Theater Sundae for the cherry on top!
Address: 99 Stanton St, NY, NY 10002
Top Menu Choices: Wok Charred Edamame, Social Mac & Cheese, Kobe Beef Burgers, Lobster Roll Sliders, S’mores Molten Cake, Warm Dougnuts, Birthday Cake Milkshake Shot, Herb Dusted House Cut Fries
- Jack’s Wife Freda
Jack’s Wife Freda is the buzz of the town as it creates a cozy environment while executing American-Mediterranean cooking and definitive cocktails. Highly regarded in multi media quos such as New York Restaurants, this “spiffy Soho Café” brings a satisfying, multi-ethnic, and healthy meal to the table. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner all in a reasonable price range, Jack’s Wife Freda succeeds in bringing all elements to the table in the hippest hub of New York!
Address(2): 224 Lafayette St., NY, NY 10012 (SoHo)
50 Carmine St, NY, NY 10014 (West Village)
Top Menu Choices: Rose Water Waffle, Grain Bowl, Orange Blossom Pancakes, Green Shakshuka, Freda’s Matzo Ball Soup, Jack’s Burger, Homemade Spiced Cheesecake, Malva Pudding, Flourless Chipotle Chocolate Cake