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NY Deli-casies. the play on words?

One of the best parts of any vacation is the fabulous food that you can't always find at home. This was me and Mom's fourth time in NYC, so there were some "staple" places we wanted to visit and return to. But we also found some newbies that were every bit as fabulous. Food is such a big and fun part of vacationing. I love the different flavors and ideas unique to each eatery.

The food in NYC did not disappoint.

(Stage - fluffy, light cheesecake.)

The City is known for cheesecake, of course. Though this slice from Stage Deli was delish, it did not EVEN compare to that of Carnegie. I'm sorry y'all, but there is NO OTHER cheesecake like Carnegie. It's so good you don't even need or want a topping on it.

(Carnegie - heavy, dense cheesecake.)


The kosher pickles in every deli are so, so good. Crispy, crunchy, yummerful.


I forewent the enormous stacked sandwiches and usually ate BLT's when we ate in deli's. However, at Carnegie, I had an open faced roast beef sandwich that was amazing.


Um, we didn't count calories on this vacation. :)

There is a little pizza place that we LOVE called Famiglia's. We have eaten there all four times we have been to NY, so we made it a priority the first evening there.




The garlic knots (that we lovingly refer to as "knotheads") are phenomenal.


Oh my - I am salivating just looking at the pictures.

My most favorite place we dined was at Serendipity. Remember it from the movie?


We had an hour wait, so we headed down the street to Dylan's Candy Bar (which was such a little delight!).

The atmosphere in Serendipity was absolutely adorable, very unique, eclectic and fun. Very girly and perfect.

I had the "Haight Ashbury" which was a turkey sandwich on homemade soda bread, with avocado, sprouts, muenster cheese, and a delicious chipotle type mayo. Oh my WORD. Incredible.


I will get that exact sandwich every time I return.

For dessert, of course, we had the frozen hot chocolate.


Oh, and the menus were enormous.



Anyone familiar with the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld? Well, of course we had to visit, being the die hard Seinfeld fans that we are. (The past few times we've been in NYC they were closed. He just re-opened 2 weeks ago. Perfect timing!)


Rules: Have your $ ready. Order. Step to the left immediately.




I had the Mulligitawny.


It was unbelievable!


It came with a little baggy of fruit, bread and a chocolate. Rumor has it, if they don't like you, you don't get the bread.


One evening we ventured down to Little Italy and dined there. I didn't get a picture of our food, but I had fettucini alfredo. I did however, get a picture of the bread!



Well, this is about all the pictures I got of our food. We also dined at several other places that I didn't get pictures of. We ate at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill for my Birthday meal the night before my B-day. It was soooo yummy. There were several other places we ate at like Ellen's Stardust Diner (with the singing wait staff) and some other not-so-famous places.

Oh, and some cute little cupcake bakeries, of course!

We ate and ate and ate some more, and it was well worth every single bite!! Hope you enjoyed my little foodie tour!
I am a modern day homemaker with a passion for family, cooking, celebrating, decorating, travel, and memory making! The Lord has blessed me with the desires of my heart in my husband and our two sons. We recently built our dream home and cultivating a loving and happy haven for my family is where I find so much joy.


  1. Haven you ever gone to Magnolia's when you went to the city? The *most* amazing cupcakes ever! There is even a bouncer at the door controlling when people get to go in!

  2. Oh MY. NOW, I am jealous of your trip!! And Holy Mother, those portions are big!! LOVED this!

  3. Mmmm, those cheesecakes are making me drool! I love NYC eateries, they're all so full of character. Great pics!

  4. wow!! Now I want to go to NY just for some pizza and cheesecake!!! lol

  5. I'm ready for my morning snack and this did not help! I want to go back to NYC!!!!!

  6. oooooh, foooooooooddd!!! :D I love food! Ever since we've seen Serendipity, Mom and I have wanted to go there! That would probably be our first stop if we ever made it to NY!

  7. Is Serendipity the place with the thousand dollar dessert? Am I making this up? Anyway, the food looks yummy!!

  8. Note to self... NYC is not the place for diets!

    And I would never ever be able to make a sort of decision from those enormous menus. I have a hard enough time with just twenty items!

    Cabin Fever in Vermont

  9. OMG the soup Nazi! In my early twenties I worked in NYC and my office was in the fur district 2 block away from this place! I remember standing in line for an hr plus at the lunch rush for his lobster bisque during cold days. It was/it the best one I have EVER HAD.

    ***so craving one now****

    Ok- you may be slightly evil (like the diet coke of evil) for making me SERIOUSLY contemplate a 3 hr drive just for soup today...

  10. Oh my goodness! Thank you thank you thank you! My hubs and I are going to NYC in 3 weeks and I wanted to get food recommendations! If you have any other ideas for a first timer, you must email me!!

    SO glad you had a wonderful time!

  11. You motivated me to blog about the soup Nazi, and I cited your article a the source of todays blog.

    Here's the link

  12. Oh my goodness! can i just tell you, this mama to be is sitting behind my desk at work salivating at all these photos of food! I have already called my husband to let him know my cravings (pizza with cheese cake lol)and we are set to go out for dinner tonight to ease those a little ;) thanks for such a good looking post!

  13. WOW! I love NYC food too but your photos have this pregnant mama drooling for some garlic knots! I will have to try Serendipity next time I go.

  14. I think I just want to go to NYC to eat..haha!

  15. Mmmm New York pizza :) The best!!

  16. Next time you come to NYC let me know! I would love to meet up and show you what you really should be ordering in Little Italy. ;-)

  17. I'm jealous! I'm glad you girls had an awesome time!

  18. WHITNEY!!!! The food looks AMAZING!!!!!! Awesome! I love your blog sooooo much! How did u get it started?? Any pointers for a beginner like me??? I wanna go to BlogHer one day and be just like you and Blue-Eyed Bride! LOL! ;0)
    Seriously--- I wanna do it! Y'all rock!

  19. Don't suppose they can ship that cheesecake all the way to Colorado;)? Holy cow it all looks so good! I've never had a desire to visit New York but Brittany may be right....a visit to NY to try the food sounds delightful;p


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