My first two weeks here have been a great adjustment! I’ve been able to visit NYC several times (for job interviews), as well as enjoy some local eateries. In New York, I had a great day full of eating and adventure where my boyfriend and I visited some great places. On the list was the original Shake Shack location, where I’d never been before! The burgers were the epitome of simple deliciousness, accompanied by a caramel milkshake.
Of course we went to Eataly afterward, which is basically across the street from Shake Shack, where we tasted and bought some delicious cheeses, and I insisted on going to the Nutella bar and enjoyed a hazelnut cookie filled with Nutella. Yummmm. BTW if you haven’t seen my sister’s video on the new Nutella bar watch it here.
Dinner was the ultimate NYC experience…. as in holy wow it was expensive!! Ha I couldn’t believe it, I sure wasn’t in Bellevue anymore! We went to a really cute place called Dos Caminos in Chelsea and sat at a high bar table outside so we could enjoy the sunshine and people watch. It was fantastic. I had initial sticker shock at the $11 margarita, $14 guacamole, and $20 enchilada price tags but I was assured that it was all great and “not even that expensive” for New York. Great haha, thank god I don’t pay rent right now. True enough, everything was fantastic. The guacamole was almost smoky, like they roasted the ingredients first, and perfectly made in my opinion. The chips were fresh and it came with a trio of salsas, a tomatillo, a smoky roasted tomato, and a spicy habanero, all incredibly fresh and tasty, though I avoided the habanero salsa. My entree was the dos enchiladas, which came much more “gourmet” than I expected, the presentation was gorgeous! The right side was covered with a tomatillo verde and the left side was a mole poblano sauce, and they were filled with chicken. My margarita was fine, but definitely too small for $14, it came in a rocks glass.
As far as good old Tuxedo goes there isn’t anything new or exciting, but if you want comfort food you’re all set.
Take a Break: I totally love this place. They specialize pretty exclusively in pizza and ice cream and both are great. It’s basically a barn shaped building on the side of the highway (which could describe a lot of places around here…), the kind of place where you order outside and then mill about until your food is ready. You can eat there in a little room with four picnic tables but most people take it to go, or get delivery. The large cheese pizza is only $10, and the crust is perfect.
Jessie’s Bagels: I never went here when I was interning at the club but we went for breakfast last week and it was decent. Their bagels are incredibly fluffy and the breakfast sandwiches come with a made to order fried egg on top as well as crispy bacon or a sausage patty and cheese. Sometimes that just hits the spot.
Rhodes Tavern: Pretty much the only good bar/restaurant you can go to near Tuxedo, serving up basic comfort food. They have realllyy good pie and bakery desserts that rotate each day too, the carrot cake and blueberry pie were prime. Cody and I have been going a lot for late night drinks and I’ll sometimes get a slice of dessert as well. The bar is fun, it’s covered with heads of various large wild animals, PBR is on draft and in the back is a small strip of beach where you can sit in Adirondack chairs and look at the creek.
Auntie El’s Farm Market: I just visited this market for the firs time recently and I’m so glad I did! It is everything I could ask for. They sell local produce, eggs, milk, fresh mozzarella, tons of unique jams & sauces, as well as fresh baked goods, and everything is so cheap!! The bakery is great, I had an apple cider donut as well as a mini apple pie and both were delicious. Best part is that it’s about 10 minutes closer than the grocery store so I’ll be totally set for my shopping needs.
I really like that I can get to NYC easily and enjoy the modern, never ending dining experiences that they offer, but it is also nice to come back to trees and wilderness and just relax in my highway oasis. I can get groceries at the farm market, and maybe get a small cookie dough ice cream with hot fudge from Take a Break later, or a cheap draft from Rhodes. I’d love to show exactly what the area looks like so pictures should be following shortly!