Traveling isn't easy when you're visiting a new city and have a palate created by BurgaBox. Everyone is screaming "pick me" on Instagram and Yelp but it can be hard to tell which places are actually worth the stop. That's where we come in. Our weekly post, "24 Hours in the City" will help you filter out the phonies and conquer each city with a full stomach and a slight buzz. Because that's the only way we know how to travel.
Breakfast- The theme of breakfast is meat, eggs, and bread.
BEC: Not only am I instructing you to get a BEC, but you can also get a BEC at a place that named itself after the legendary sandwich. BEC has a menu full of gourmet breakfast sandwiches and salads, with plenty of gluten free options. The most notable sandwiches are the BEC Classic, the Roadhouse (two eggs, sweet Italian pork sausage, New York State sharp cheddar, avocado, & BBQ sauce) and the Farmhouse (two eggs, crispy pancetta, ricotta cheese, fig jam, honey, spinach, ciabatta roll).
Death Ave: At Death Ave, get ready to enter into a trendy spot with Hellenic inspired cuisine and a speakeasy brewery. For breakfast, the deconstructed Ham, Egg & Cheese Sandwich, and the breakfast style souvlaki tacos are a must. And definitely treat yourself to a morning cocktail. The Fig Gimlet is the perfect way to start any buzz.
Lunch: Mood: Carb up.
The Ainsworth: If you are craving a BurgaBox, The Ainsworth should be your go-to lunch spot. Be sure to order the burger that people cannot stop raving about: the Mac & Cheese Burger. This baby has a panko crusted mac & cheese disk AND is topped with a scoop of mac & cheese. Grab yourself a beer and a good spot infront of one of the televisions for some casual lunchtime football spectating. Speaking of football, what are you eating on Super Bowl Sunday? You can pre-order BurgaBox snacks and get them sent right to your doorstep!
Company: If you're looking to carb up on some delicious pizza, head over to Company for a cheap date. Get an appetizer and a pizza for twenty dollars (which apparently is a cheap lunch in New York). First, you must try the meatballs because everyone on Yelp is claiming that Company has the best. Next choose between the Flambé (béchamel, parmesan, mozzarella, caramelized onions, bacon), the Brussel Sprouts & Bacon (shaved Brussel sprouts, bacon, mozzarella, béchamel, roasted chestnuts, red onion, chili flakes) or the Popeye (pecorino, gruyere, mozzarella, spinach, garlic) Pizzas and you'll be ready to handle some midday drinking.
Now that you're stomach is loaded up with a combination of the best carbs in Chelsea, it's time to soak them up with some alcohol. Start your afternoon off at an NYC southern bar, Porchlight. Porchlight is know for the fun game room that holds darts and some throw back board games. Enjoy a small taste of the Sugar & Cinnamon Popcorn and some Smokey Beef Jerky and be sure to order a delicious cocktail (I recommend one of the sippers). Once you've hustle the dart board, head on over to Barcade where you can continue to get your game on with over fifty retro video games and more alcohol.
Fonda: If you chose to follow anything on this guide, please listen to this. Order the guacamole. I know what you're thinking. "I make the best guacamole". No. Stop. This is seriously the best guacamole you'll ever have and Fonda is a top competitor for having the best Mexican food in New York City. And they have strong a** margaritas. Fonda FTW. When it comes to entrees, I'll leave it to you because it seems that it is impossible to go wrong here.
Cooper's Craft & Kitchen: When it comes to alcohol and food, Cooper's will deliver a solid experience. For appetizers, order the Truffle Fries and Bread Sticks & Beer Batter Cheese Dip. Both are packed with flavor and perfectly prepare your stomach for some outrageously delicious Mac & Cheese. Never miss out on Monday $1 Fish Tacos and the beer selection that cannot be matched anywhere else in Chelsea.
The food coma is about to set in and you're approaching your last few hours in New York City. So let's leave this place on top. Bathtub Gin is the speakeasy you've been looking for (and couldn't find). The only way to get to this bar, is through Stone Street Coffee shop and be ready to whisper the secret password. Once you're in, feel free to take a picture in the copper bathtub in the middle of the bar. If you didn't Instagram it, it never happen, am I right?! On Sundays, join Bathtub Gin for a Burlesque show and look out for some live jazz appearance through out the weekend. Once you've sucked down a couple gin cocktails and are ready to move on, line up at The Park and prepare for dancey night. The Park has two levels of dance floors playing top 40 hits with an amazing view of the skyline. Also, admire the extensive greenery that perfectly placed through out the bar.
Late Night Eating:
Did all that dancing have you craving nachos? Thought so. In the city that never sleeps, eat at Coppelia, a Cuban restaurant that never closes. That's right. It's open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. While your salvaging the last bit of guacamole, we hope that when you pass out with a chip in hand and feel satisfied enough to say that you conquered Chelsea.
Let us know if you end up visiting (or have visited) these places and how you liked them!
Look out for us next week in our next "24 Hours in the City" and conquer another city, one day at a time.