New York Restaurants From Movies (That You Can Visit in Real Life)

As silly as it sounds, one of my favorite things to do in New York is visiting restaurants and bars from my beloved movies and TV shows. I usually don’t have high hopes for food in such places, unless the restaurant was famous long before the movie came out. But then again gourmet cuisine is not the…

Where to Have Cupcakes like Carrie Bradshaw?

I have seen pictures of Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment about a thousand times on Instagram. Excited girls sitting on the front porch with a dreamy expression on their faces and a caption saying: “waiting for Mr. Big”. Well, sew me, but I had to have this picture! I don’t consider Sex and The City the best…

Foodie’s Bucket List: Cronut

The madness degree of a given foodie can be determined by amount of sacrifice he or she is willing to make in order to get desired food. In other words, where is your limit? Is staying in line for one hour too much? How about 3 hours? How about we add rain to the equation?…

New York’s Iconic Serendipity 3 and Its Frozen Hot Chocolate

“I first came in cos of the name… “Serendipity”… it’s one of my favorite words… It’s just such a nice sound for what it means – a fortunate accident. Except I don’t really believe in accidents, I think fate is behind everything,” says Kate Beckinsale about the legendary New York cafe Serendipity 3 in a hopelessly…

Chelsea Market: a Photo Essay and a Little History

You have to come here for two reasons: all kinds of incredible food and unique industrial design of the building. Before Chelsea Market was established here in 1997 the building used to serve as a factory for National Biscuit Company (or Nabisco), one of the largest manufacturers of biscuits in the country. Nabisco is the reason…

Where to Find the Best Baklava in New York

The one place I will never skip on my trip to NYC is a small Turkish café at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 52nd St called Güllüoglu. I know I should be hunting down the best NYC bagel or stuffing my face with pizza but instead I keep coming back here like a drug addict…

Brighton Beach, or Where to Find Russian Food in New York. Part 2

I am back on the streets of Brighton Beach, a small neighborhood in Coney Island. If you want to try Russian food in New York, there’s no better place than Brighton Beach Avenue to satisfy your cravings. I have started my story about Little Russia in the previous post here. Today we are going to explore some street…

Brighton Beach, or Where to Find Russian Food in New York. Part 1

The first time I’ve heard the name Brighton Beach was in a popular Russian comedy called (bear with me here) “Weather is good on Deribasovskaya, it rains again on Brighton Beach”.  The movie is set in the years following the end of Cold War when Russian and American presidents are planning a meeting to discuss…

Iconic Katz’s Deli, or Where Harry Met Sally

I am sitting next to a couple of strangers, tapping my foot under the table and impatiently waiting for my order to arrive. From the pictures above the table Johnny Depp and Bill Clinton are smiling right at me. This place is so famous there’s not an inch of free space on the walls – they…

Dominique Ansel Kitchen, or Is There Life Beyond Cronut?

The way many people make a list of attractions to visit in a new city, I make a list of foods I want to try. New York, though, makes it unbelievably hard to choose the best of the best. Given that I only had 3 days in the city, my list consisted of the most iconic New…