Argo Tea Cafe
It’s a tea place- duh! We went for breakfast here on our first day in New York (I got croissants and straight up green tea). When we came back to New York to fly home we stopped off for an afternoon drink and I got hot apple cider (in USA cider is non-alcoholic unless specified). All the drinks can be hot or cold, and they also sell lose leaf tea.
They have some seasonal tea that you can sample as well. I tried to the iced strawberry green tea which was rather nice. I wanted to buy a bottle of it but we were heading to the airport and I wouldn’t be able to take it through security. These are the type of places I wish we had in the UK.
I had never eaten Korean food before, and this was a veggie Korean place next door to our hotel. On entry we were asked to remove our shoes, as that’s Korean style. The staff were very friendly. We ate at lunchtime and still spent about $60! I had a jasmine green tea, and I got a tofu soup, with rice cakes. I was expecting the rice cakes to be the crunchy kind but they were gelatinous white blobs in the soup. They didn’t taste like much so I’m not complaining. Boyfriend got a spicy, We also got given some kimchee which is unpleasant fermented cabbage.
We tried Famous Original Ray’s Pizza, but the staff was so rude to boyfriend we left. So we wandered in the rain for a few blocks and found Pronto Pizza. It’s another pizza place where you buy by the slice for $3, although the slices are the size of a small house. Inside it’s not very exciting, the staff were not native Americans, or Italians but they obviously knew how to make pizza.
It’s simple, cheap, and yummy. It was very good.
Andrew’s Coffee Shop
We went here for breakfast on Sunday morning, around 9:30am and there was a queue. I don’t know if that’s just a Sunday thing but I took it as a good sign.
Outside it’s not particularly glamorous and inside the orange/beige decor had been jazzed up with Easter bunnies. It was only a few minutes before we were seated by a friendly waitress. New York service staff are never gonna be the chatty types especially on a busy day but she was polite and helpful. I got a green tea, oatmeal, and a croissant. Boyfriend got an omelette, but in America omelettes come with potatoes and toast. It tasted good, it wasn’t cheap but didn’t break the bank.
Umi Sushi was boyfriend’s find, when I was feeling rough and we needed somewhere to eat nearby. It was pretty small, more like someones living room (although I think there were more seats in the back). It’s a sushi place so there weren’t tonnes of veggie options but I got a decent vegetable tempura and green tea (do you see a theme in my drink choices?). Boyfriend got a fairly huge plate of Sashimi.