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NYC Snapshots

Jack's Wife Freda NYC

I wanted to share a few snaps from my trip to NYC a couple of weeks ago–as you know, it was a quick one. Katie and I went for the Create & Cultivate conference so this post is pretty much some random bits from Friday (re-reading it, it’s all food-related..haha). You can read more about the conference here, if you’re interested!

Jack's Wife Freda NYC

Both of us have been wanting to try Jack’s Wife Freda for awhile. Seeing as they don’t take reservations for small parties, we figured we’d pop in for breakfast Friday. It was already packed, but we were seated within five minutes. I had the green shakshuka and Katie got the burger–I’ll attest to the shakshuka and fries that I stole from her being delicious :) The space is also really cute and if you’re a matchbox collector, make sure and grab one of theirs!

Dominique Ansel Bakery

While it’s practically old news in the food fad department, I have been so impatiently waiting to get my hands on a cronut (none of my NYC friends would be crazy enough to wake up with my at the crack of dawn to get in line), so I was realllly pumped that thanks to it’s novelty sort of wearing off, Dominique Ansel doesn’t currently sell out till around 11 or noon each day. There is a unique flavor each month–they never repeat–and May’s is Raspberry Earl Gray with Earl Gray Sugar. Spoiler alert: it lives up to the hype and I could have eaten two!


Avenida Cantina NYC

After getting stuck in a massive downpour (more on that in Katie’s post), we finally made it to Avenida Cantina, a gem that I found by searching “best Tex-Mex in NYC” two weeks before our trip. It was Cinco de Mayo, after all, and I can’t say I usually get to celebrate it with margs at noon. Guys, the food is so, so, good. And the frozen margs were essentially perfect. A born and raised Texan, I take this stuff seriously (much to the chagrin/annoyance/amusement of most non-Texas friends) and was thrilled to have found a little slice of home–complete with a massive flag painted onto the wall, and the bathroom doors–so far from Dallas.

Best Tex-Mex in NYC

The team treated us so well…we got happy hour margs, tried both types of queso, I had enchiladas, and Katie had fried chicken tacos. We got to talking with the chef and bartender, and they graciously comped a significant portion of our meal–great food and great hospitality, guys. I genuinely highly, highly recommend if you live in the city or are planning to visit. It’s going to be a regular stop for me whenever I’m there!

Best Tex-Mex NYC

Best Tex-Mex NYC

Photos by Monica Dutia

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  1. caroline wrote:

    omg that green shakshuka looks AMAZE
    x0x0 Caro http://thecarolove.com/

    Published 5.18.17
  2. I live in NYC and still haven’t made it to these three popular places! We have a ridiculous amount of food in this city but I am hoping that I will make it to Jack’s Wife Freda soon!

    Published 7.18.17
    • Monica wrote:

      I don’t blame you at all–can only imagine how hard it is to narrow down the NYC dining bucket list!

      Published 7.20.17