This past weekend Seth and I headed up to NYC to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We started this tradition four years ago and it’s something that we look forward to every year. It’s the perfect getaway during the (usually) cold winter months. This year, we left Philadelphia in the midst of a perfect winter morning-light snow, just enough to make everything sparkle.
We got into the city around 11AM, just in time for lunch. Seth and I go to NYC pretty much exclusively for the food, so prepare yourself for an onslaught of edible pictures.
First stop: Taim in the West Village for falafel. Seth introduced me to falafel last year and it was love at first bite. This falafel pita did not disappoint.
After that, we headed to the infamous Magnolia Bakery. Since it was still early in the day, they didn’t have the greatest selection of cupcakes out so we opted for the Peanut Butter Icebox Cake. It was a great choice-nutter butter crust with a peanut butter mousse filling and peanut butter cups on top. Heaven.
We walked off the pb pie by heading down to the new World Trade Center Memorial. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go inside because I forgot the tickets at home :-/ But we got a picture of the outside of it!
We decided to head back towards Times Square and made a pit stop at the DessertTruck Works. This place was made famous by the throwdown with Bobby Flay that occurred here last year. The dish that they competed over was a chocolate bread pudding with bacon sauce, so you know that we obviously had to order that.
It was good, but the bread pudding was a little dry for our preference. We also ordered the yeast donuts stuffed with nutella and these were AMAZING. We both agreed that they were our favorite food item that we ate all day.
We continued on our way after this and stopped into a gourmet chocolate and salt shop where they sold things like French Toast and Ramen Noodle flavored chocolates. They also sold salt by the block…
To balance all the sugar that we had consumed at this point, we decided to make a stop at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park and get some cheese fries and a chicken sausage.
Best cheese fries ever. Seriously. They have a patented cheese sauce that they use and it’s THE BOMB.
Our final stop before we headed home was Crumb’s bakery in Times Square. At this point we were extremely full but we couldn’t leave empty handed (obvs) so we decided to get a mini sample pack of their most popular cupcakes.
It included a cookie dough, reese’s cup, red velvet, blackout chocolate, s’mores, and apple pie (my fav). We decided to forgo dinner and instead go back to the hotel and relax. I mean let’s be honest, we didn’t need any more food at that point.
Our trip to NYC wouldn’t be complete though without our annual stop at Carlos’ Bakery in Hoboken. We got up early Sunday morning and headed over before going to breakfast.
This is Seth’s happy place We’ve tried several things from here in the past but the crumb cake is what keeps us coming back for more, so we decided to get a “piece” of that.
Their serving size is basically half of a sheet cake, and their crumb cake consists of massive “crumbs” with a small layer of cake. To show you just how insanely large their crumb topping is, check out this picture of one of the crumbs…
It’s awesome though, so buttery and sugary and delicious. If you’re ever in Hoboken, I would definitely recommend going to Carlos’. The weekend ended with breakfast at The Turning Pointe in Hoboken where we got to enjoy pancakes and eggs while looking out at this beautiful view:
Overall it was an awesome way to celebrate Valentine’s Day together and we can’t wait to go back next year