Having been here a month (notwithstanding this weekend where I paid a visit back home) I can say I’ve probably logged over 100 meals in New York. Whether at one of the dining halls on campus or a nearby food cart, a restaurant in the Upper West Side or cooking up some groceries, food has definitely been a priority for me, as it probably is for you. I thought I would mention a few of the meals I’ve had here:

It was my first meal in New York and the place still ranks among my favourite places ever! gourmet fast food at Shake ShackA creation of the famed restauranteur Danny Meyer, Shake Shack is a fast food place with multiple locations in the city (my favourite being near Times Square), serving flat-top burgers, waffle fries and, of course, some of the best milkshakes you will ever try. It’s comparatively low prices ensure that there is always a line OUT THE DOOR at most hours of the day.

Here I am, finally happy to be at the front of the line


I’ve been on the prowl for some good sushi ever since Japan. Toronto definitely has some amazing places, but I was blown away when I went to Nobu 67. The authentic Japanese cuisine was juxtaposed with hundreds of fast-talking New Yorkers, suited up from work. Wish I had more pictures of the food, but it was gone before I had a chance…hmm wonder how that happened?


Sometimes you don’t feel like going out to eat. Luckily, I requested a dorm with its own IMG_0326kitchen, which definitely comes in handy when trying to save a few bucks here and there. My roommate Zhenchuan and I just finished a pretty tasty dish of spaghetti and meatballs.


Forget “hi what would you like to eat?” Entrecote starts with “welcome, how would you like your steak?” I did not make this.

When my parents were here we went to Sarabeth’s before I moved into the dorms. IMG_1082Amazing breakfast place – bit pricey, but oh so good; perfect for a brunch date. Also they have these lemon-ricotta pancakes that I’ve had to replicate with this recipe courtesy of cHOW




And lastly, this isn’t a food place, but definitely one of the highlights of my exchange so far. 4 hours of waiting, in line? totally worth it! I think the picture is pretty explanatory.


Until next time!  – Sam

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