Cafeteria

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So, I’ve lived in NYC for 8 years now, and one of the most magical things about living in NYC, is the 24-hour dining experience. Yeah, that’s where my standards are at. When I moved here, I was quickly introduced to Cafeteria in Chelsea. I’ve been going for years and always have a great experience.

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For the past 15 years, they’ve been serving American comfort food with a modern twist. And yes, of course, morning through night, through morning again. Unlike your typical 24-hour diner, this restaurant is anything but drab and boring.

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I’ve had a number of things here before, but this time around I ordered their Veggie Burger (Spicy Cucumber Yogurt, Garden Slaw, Multigrain Brioche Bun, Hand Cut Fries). I’ve had some crappy veggie burgers (many of you probably think that veggie burgers are crappy enough on their own), but I really liked theirs. First off, you can taste the difference pieces and components that go into the burger as opposed to some mystery patty. It has a softer texture to it and really nice flavor. There’s some creaminess and crunch added on top from the slaw, and the multigrain bun is soft and pillowy. Can’t forget about the fries either, they’re deliciously seasoned with the perfect combo of crispness on the outside and soft potato center. 

The Shorts:
Name: Cafeteria 
Location: 119 Seventh Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Well, after 8 year, if I stopped now, that would be weird. 
Would I recommend it? Yup. And the best part is, you can go…whenever you want. 

Melt Bakery

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Yesterday was National Ice Cream Day, a pretty glorious holiday. And Hester Street Fair (a seasonal designer/crafts/food fair on Saturdays and Sundays) celebrated with an ice cream social. There were some pretty solid contenders, but a little, magical, ice cream sandwich from Melt Bakery caught my attention. 

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Now, this local and sustainable ice cream sandwich company, has their own store front on the Lower East Side where they’re making the cookies and ice cream fresh on site. I had their Thick Mint (Crackly Chocolate Cookies and Peppermint Ice Cream). This ice cream sandwich makes a frozen Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie look like a poor man’s treat. The chocolate cookie has just the perfect amount of chew, with a great chocolate flavor and crunch from the large sugar granules confecting the top. The ice cream is cool and refreshing (obviously it’s cold, but cool from the peppermint flavor), and creamy, without being overly rich. 

The Shorts:
Name: Melt Bakery
Location: 132 Orchard Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. Since I haven’t actually been to the store itself, I’ll need to go. But, they also vend at the fair and the High Line.
Would I recommend it? Frozen York’s and Thin Mints are for chumps after you’ve had the Thick Mint. But, if that’s not your flavor, they also have a handful of others that sound amazing too.