Monday, July 5, 2010

New York, June 2010

We visited New York for a week this past June. My publisher The Little Bookroom and the Spa Caudalie in the Plaza hotel, hosted a book launch reception. I brought the family along for the ride. We stayed on the Upper West Side in a choice location that minimized subway and taxi trips and maximized the time we had to show the city to the kids. I didn’t have time to explore much beyond our neighborhood but thankfully our immediate streets were dense with outstanding cafes and restaurants.

Here are a few of my favorite addresses:

Photo: Matt Wootton

Peacefood Cafe

460 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024-5002

(212) 362-2266

This Vegan restaurant offered my husband’s new favorite indulgence--the “magic cookie” (1.95). This is a presumably healthier take on the whoopie pie made with chocolate cookies and a creamy filling with a gentle coconut flavor.

Photo: Rachelrayforever

We also loved the “fluffy quinoa salad” (9.95) made with baby greens, avocado, beans and a few other veggies and tossed in a creamy lime vinaigrette. So good we went back a second time for another plate.

Photo: roboppy

Levain Bakery

167 74th St, New York, NY 10023


My former student, Matt Kertman, recommended this petite basement bakery. I am so glad he did! Amazing cookies that looked like mounds plopped onto the pan with a large ice cream scooper. To quote the New York Times, “"Possibly the largest, most divine chocolate chip cookies in Manhattan.” The chocolate and peanut-butter chunk cookie was unreal (Photo: howtoeatcupcakes).

EN Japanese Bistro

435 Hudson Street, New York 10014


My editor took me to lunch in the West Village. It's hard to forget the way the Saikyo Miso Black Cod melted in my mouth. Beautiful flavor served in a rather generous lunch set that included miso soup, rice, stewed tomatoes and a salad ($16). (Photos: masatanaka/hwong512)

For the girls, we really loved:

Photo: nycblondieandbrownie

Photo: elcalintito

Alice’s Tea Cup

102 W 73rd St, New York


The girls were sprinkled with fairy dust before we headed to our table. We all ordered the set tea luncheon--for Matt and me, “The Mad Hatter”, for the girls the children’s tea complete with tea, scones, cream and jam, sandwiches, and chocolate mousse. They even offered a fresh baby purée on the menu.

After lunch, we packed up and were ready to leave and my husband mentioned to the server that our daughter turned 3 that day. She asked us to wait a minute and returned summarily with a a beautiful chocolate cupcake for Juliette. Kid-friendly menu and a fun ambience made Alice’s one of our best memories from the trip.

What I need to do now is make a list of which addresses I'm going to hit next time we are in town!


  1. awesome blog, i love it! i want to go to alice's tea cup, sounds like so much fun!

  2. i'm going to treat this like a job and post weekly ;)

  3. Love it! Wish I could've gone with you guys :)