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John’s Pizzeria – New York City

This trip has all been about eating and Broadway shows.. we watched musicals 3 nights out of the 4!  After watching Lion King, we headed to John’s Pizza, which was directly across from Phantom’s Majestic Theatre (didn’t notice it the night we watched Phantom…).

Apart from being famous for the pizza, John’s known for being in an abandoned church.

It has high ceilings with stained glass windows…probably the classiest pizza joint! It’s also the largest pizzeria in the world!

We ordered:

1 large size pizza…. it’s baked in coal-fired brick oven so it was very aromatic. loved the crust.. very thin and slightly crispy!

house salad.. the vinegrette was too sour…

New York Cheesecake.. 


John’s Pizzeria

260 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, United States
+1 212-391-7560


Monty Q’s – New York City

Last time we were in NYC, we only walked part of the Brooklyn Bridge and didn’t actually step into Brooklyn.  This time, we joined a “free” 6 hour walking tour of Brooklyn!

Originally, the itinerary had a lunch stop at DUMBO, where the famous pizzerias Juliana’s and Grimaldi’s are located. I was so hyped for the pizzas but unfortunately, we stopped for lunch at Brooklyn Heights instead.

Since I wanted NY pizza anyways, we ate at Monty Q’s… the only pizza place we saw on the main street of Brooklyn Heights.  There’s a lot of pizza choices.. once you pick your slice, they reheat it again in the brick oven.

We ordered the chicken white pie…..I didn’t have high expectations but I was wrong. This was pretty good!  Thin crust, creamy white sauce and tender chicken.. If Monty is this good, I can’t imagine what Juliana’s / Grimaldi’s would taste like!


Monty Q’s

158 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States
Phone:+1 718-246-2000

Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant – New York City

The last food stop of the full day of eating was dinner at Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant.

It’s famous for its pancake and the line for their breakfast/brunch is usually 1-2 hours.  Since I don’t mind eating breakfast for dinner, I decided to skip the lines by going at night.

pancakes with wild maine blueberry and warm maple butter… the pancakes were warm and fluffy and didn’t sag.  The maple butter tasted more than maple syrup.

the award-winning buttermilk fried chicken dinner…. the parents weren’t up for breakfast food and ordered this.  I had a bite and the chicken was pretty good… fried perfectly!

kale salad with avocado chunks, quinoa, cherry tomatoes, red onions, spiced green pumpkin seeds and lemon vinegrette….

IMO, the pancakes are delicious.. but I wouldn’t wait 2 hours for it..


Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant

4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002, United States
+1 646-602-6263

Dominique Ansel Bakery – New York City

After Magnolia Bakery, we walked down to Soho to try Dominique Ansel Bakery.

Dominique Ansel is famous for inventing the cronut (a croissant and doughnut hybrid) and he has even trademarked the name! People usually start lining up at 5am (bakery opens at 8am) and the cronuts are sold out right away.  I didn’t have the energy to wake up at 4am to go line up.. but surprising, I’m not too sad about missing it.

Luckily, we went when the lineup was short and in the store.. usually it’s around the corner..

cookie shot (cookie lined with chocolate on the inside and filled with milk)…. it’s only served after 3pm (don’t know why) and it’s limited to 2 per person…. The chocolate cookie is soft and chewy.. yet hard enough to hold the milk.  The milk is sweet and has a taste of vanilla.   I love drinking milk between bites of chocolate chip cookie.. so this is a pretty interesting creation.  You kind of have to sip the milk, then nibble on the cookie, and sip again.

Frozen S’more (a frozen and modified version of classic camp desert that is flamed on order: custard ice-cream covered with chocolate and wrapped with marshmallow on a applewood-smoked tree branch) … As a kid, one of the only activities I look forward to during camp is s’more making… so obviously I had to try Dominique’s version of a s’more.  I loved the presentation (a more hygienic version than camp’s) and the taste.  The ice-cream and the marshmallow together weren’t too sweet.  The texture was interesting.. with the marshmallow being warm and soft while the ice-cream was cold and harder. Another clear winner!

Dominique’s Kouign Amann DKA(caramelized croissant with a crispy shell and flaky interior)… apart from cronut, this is Dominique’s other specialty.  It’s a bit crispier than regular croissants.. but nothing really special..


Dominique Ansel Bakery

189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012, United States
Phone:+1 212-219-2773

Magnolia Bakery – New York City

After a rather filling lunch at The Spotted Pig, we shopped around West Village before trying Magnolia Bakery.

Magnolia is famous for its cupcakes and puddings and also because it appeared on Sex and the City .

There were so many people and most of them are tourists..

the famous banana pudding…. Mixed between the pudding are slices of banana and cake.  It has a really strong banana flavour and was toooooo sweet.

We decided not to try the cupcakes since we were so full (and Yelp reviews say the cupcakes are overrated).

FAIM? un peu…

Magnolia Bakery

401 Bleecker Street, W. 11th Street, New York, NY 10014, United States
Phone:+1 212-462-2572

The Spotted Pig – New York City

I planned the first full day in the city around food (no surprise here).  The plan was to have breakfast at the hotel, work that off by walking the entire length of the High Line, have lunch and dessert in West Village, work that off by walking to Soho, have afternoon dessert, take a break eating by visiting Wall Street 9/11 Memorial, then finally, have dinner.  What a jam packed day!

High Line!

I love the idea of an elevated park in a urban concrete jungle.. wish Hong Kong has this….

After walking the entire High Line, we continued to West Village for lunch at The Spotted Pig.

The Spotted Pig is one of the most influential restaurants in the world.  Why? cause it started the whole gastropub trend. O! and it has one Michelin star.

The interior decor reminds me of a pub in some quaint British countryside.

There are so many pig figurines!

Since we were still stuffed from breakfast, we didn’t order much.

soup of the day: tomato soup… kind of sour..

Chargrilled Burger with Roquefort Cheese & Shoestring Fries.…. mom and I shared the famous burger.  Unfortunately, I didn’t know Roquefort is blue cheese.. so I didn’t really like this… The patty was juicy and the shoestring fries are like hickory sticks!

Once again, I made friends with people sitting next to us.  Both of them are foodies and gave us lots of food recommendations! Thanks!!!


The Spotted Pig

314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014, United States
Phone:+1 212-620-0393

Shake Shack – New York City

Shake Shack is another item on my to-try list in New York.  I’ve seen so many Instagram photos and blog posts about it.  So for dinner the first night, before watching The Phantom of the Opera, we ate at Shake Shack’s location on 8th Ave.

There were sooooo many people, long lineup and not enough seats.

there’s a beeper that lights up when your food is ready….

We ordered:

Shack Burger (cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce)…. this was so yummmmmy.  The bread is the same as any fast food joint but it’s the meat and ShackSauce that sets it apart.  The meat was juicy and tender, and on top of that, the ShackSauce made it even juicier.

Smoke Shack (Cheeseburger topped with all-natural applewood smoked bacon, chopped cherry pepper and ShackSauce)….

fries.. average.. not too crispy..

black and white shake (vanilla and fudge)… this was too sweet for my liking… if it weren’t that sweet, I would have liked it…  very thick..

Because the burger was so good, we had to have it again before we left.  This time, we went to the original shack at Madison Square Park.

I read about the 45 minutes line at lunch, so we went right when it opened… and there was a line (a short one)!

This time, I took pictures of closeup:

Shack Burger… Kinda small burger.. but o so delicious!

Smoke Shack .. all the meaty goodness..

fries… looks kinda soggy…

strawberry shake…we mentioned that we didn’t like Black and White cause it was so sweet… so they suggested we try strawberry… this was less sweet.. but again, it too was overly sweet.

I suggest to go to Shake Shack just for their Shack burgers…. not the shakes.


 Shake Shack

Madison Square Park

8th Ave (closest to Times Square and Theatre District)

691 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036, United States
+1 646-435-0135