Liège Gaufres, or as they’re more commonly known - Belgian sugar waffles. You have no idea how anal the recipe I was using for this was. I had to cut out like three steps just so I could have these same-day! But oh my god are they worth the trouble.
Victor’s Café. No trip to New York is complete without stuffing yourself preposterously full with Cuban food. We enjoyed the ham croquettes, the shrimp ceviche, the stick-to-your-ribs savory satisfaction that is their ropa vieja, and a bit of flan each. Salud!
Best bread I had in New York at Bien Cuit (and this was actually in Brooklyn). The Broa de Milho loaf was the bollox. I can’t wait to start experimenting with making a loaf of it myself at home - spongy, doughy, crumbly and sweet interior with a crispy skin. Magnificent stuff. (The miche was a bit so-so, but then again, that’s never my favorite loaf anyway, so I’m not going to hold that against them)
Did you know that Grumpy’s (of Girls fame) is not a made up coffee shop, but in fact quite real? Did you know that it is punk as fuck and that the snacks are top notch? You didn’t? Take a good long look at that Moroccan gougère. And then the lemon and thyme poundcake. And the coffee was a proper wake-the-fuck-up call (I had their Kenyan)
Atlantic ChipShop in Brooklyn. A really authentic-feeling bit of English in America. I regret not getting something like the kidney pie - these guys were a rare opportunity to get English food done really right. That being said, the shepherd’s pie? Still super.
Picked up some black truffle chocolate (74% cacao) and “Brooklyn blend” chocolate (73% cacao) from these wizards during the trip too. Cannot wait to start cooking with these absolutely premium chocolates.