For month one of 2019, I have to say that I’m pretty impressed with all of the NYC spots that I was able to hit. This ended up being an unexpectedly delicious month, especially considering that I was aiming to be healthy just like everyone else. It turns out that health goals do not ever need to be at odds with eating well. Who knew? As always, you can follow #caros_eats on my Instagram for a photo gallery of all of my recent meals, and check out my write-ups below for all of the spots that I hit up this chilly month.
Mama’s Too – Also known as, PSP you have a RIVAL. This pizza joint all the way up near Columbia University is a small storefront specializing in some of the best square pies I’ve sampled in this fair city. A word to the wise – the pepperoni is epic, but the classic margherita and caramelized onion and mushrooms squares were my favorites. The one I loved the least was, sadly, the vodka slice, which is the one I coveted the most. Still, vodka sauce or not, this is a place that you need to visit if you’re a pizza lover.
Lois – The wine bar of my dreams, nestled away on Avenue C. This petite bar has some of the best ambiance I’ve encountered this year, and is perfect for a nightcap after dinner or a cozy first date. They serve all of their wine from taps and have a selection of small plates in case your drinks date should veer into dinner date territory.
Freek’s Mill – This Gowanus gem has been on my radar for a few years now, and when I finally went for a Sunday night supper, I was elated that it lived up to all expectations. The produce is fresh, the preparations are flavorful but no-fuss, and the ambiance is rustic and cozy. Meal highlights included roasted carrots with harissa hot honey, octopus with lentils and chorizo, and a divine dry aged duck.
Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club – You will literally feel like a kid again when you enter this adult playground. From shuffleboard to every board game that a person can dream of, this is the perfect spot for one of those weekend afternoons when you have time to kill and want to have an adventure. Did I mention there’s a full bar there too?
La Pulperia – This little Latin American joint on the upper east side has quickly become one of my neighborhood go-tos. Get yourself a dozen oysters, some guac, and their leche de tigre ceviche and post up at the bar, and you’ll be a happy camper.
Felix Roasting Co – This brand new Park Avenue coffee shop is one of the most beautiful spaces I’ve encountered in 2019, and they just so happen to have ample working space and pretty fantastic coffee too. They’ve become known in a short amount of time for their hickory smoked s’mores latte, but the regular old lattes are just as good.
Carthage Must Be Destroyed – Finding this elusive spot (there’s no signs or entryway on the street) was a bit of a challenge, but oh, was it worth it. Meet my new favorite Brooklyn brunch spot. In an open warehouse with long community-style tables, Carthage has phenomenal coffee, the zaniest of decor (all in millennial pink), and a farm fresh menu that had me positively drooling. Get the heritage free range eggs scrambled with truffle oil, which comes with avo, tomato, fresh herbs, spinach, and a side of buttery basmati rice.