Long weekend in New York City

May 14, 2010

Last weekend, my husband and I went to New York City to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. I knew we wouldn’t be able to eat everywhere and everything that I wanted, but we did make a good dent in my list. Lots of photos for you today! Links are at the end of the post.

Magnolia Bakery

I’ve heard a lot about this place, and saw it on the Sex & the City, but I’ll admit I wondered if it was all hype. We got cupcakes; I had chocolate, my husband had vanilla, and they were excellent. No fancy ganache, salted caramel, or cream fillings – just super-delicious cupcakes with frosting. The cupcakes were tender and the frosting was buttery. What else can I say?

Sushi Yasuda

We had a really nice anniversary dinner here. Ordering was a little confusing at first: we were presented with the menu and a separate list of the available fish. I wasn’t sure if we were supposed to synch up the list with the menu to make sure what we wanted was available. Then we decided to order fixed price dinners, where you get to pick a number of rolls and pieces of sushi. Well, the server produced another piece of paper for that! It actually was easier, because the choices for the fixed price dinners are limited, so we just filled out the little form and were done.

The fixed-price sushi dinners came with soup or salad, two rolls, and five pieces of sushi. I got the salad with my dinner and it had the most awesome ginger dressing. We also had edamame and sake. Our server was attentive and helpful, and the presentation was beautiful. I’m not a sushi expert, but I thought everything was really delicious.


What better way to top off a sushi dinner than with cheesecake? We shared a piece of raspberry swirl cheesecake from Junior’s. I don’t have a photo of the slice, but do have a shot of their selections. This cheesecake was just creamy enough without being too soft, and had just the right amount of that cream cheese tang. I’m not sure what the crust was made out of, but I didn’t like it. It was easy enough to avoid, though.

Bouchon Bakery

Bouchon Bakery is one of Thomas Keller’s restaurants; this was a more affordable option than dining at his other New York City restaurant, Per Se. Bouchon Bakery is in the same building as Per Se, but as you can see, it’s floating in the middle of a mall. You can sit at the tables that you can sort-of see in the photo below, or you can order from the walk-up counter. We sat at a table and had a wonderful lunch. The bread was delicious; even the butter was delicious! I had a salad with chicken (which looks kind of freaky in the photo) and my husband had a sandwich, which came with a side salad. Everything was first-rate. I had my dessert picked out ahead of time and then was too full, so I skipped it. Sad, I know! I got a chocolate chunk cookie to go from the walk-up counter and we enjoyed that later. This was absolutely a worthwhile stop and I’d eat here again.

La Maison du Chocolat

I was at La Maison du Chocolat in Paris a few years ago, so I wanted to stop in at the NYC location. Dollars or Euros, this place is really expensive. I bought two 4-piece boxes and had to use my credit card to pay for them. The mendant in the photo below looked really good, but I wasn’t going to spend quite that much. The chocolate is really delicious, though, and they gave me a sample of a ganache-filled chocolate that was heavenly. Plus, once you step inside, you feel like you’re in Paris.

Economy Candy

When you step inside Economy Candy, you know you’re in New York! It’s packed with candy and packed with people, but oh, so fun. This place has wall to wall candy that brings back a lot of memories. We came out with candy buttons, a bubblegum cigar, candy cigarettes, Red Hots, Nerds, and Tootsie Pop Drops.

Links and notes

Magnolia Bakery

Sushi Yasuda

Here is an article from the New York Times that mentions Sushi Yasuda. You can also look it up on Yelp. Some of the reviews mention the cost; our total bill was well under $100 for two fixed-price sushi dinners, one order of edamame, and two orders of sake. I’m sure you could rack up quite a bill if you ordered differently, but I didn’t think their prices were out of line. I called for a reservation about a week ahead.

Junior’s Thank you Susan for suggesting this!

Bouchon Bakery Thank you Jennifer for this suggestion!

La Maison du Chocolat

Economy Candy

Thank you to my husband, who took 95% of these photos!

PS: We didn’t just eat the whole time; we did a lot of sightseeing too!


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  2. WOW….I love your culinary review of NYC!

    Happy Belated Anniversary and I am SO glad that you had such a wonderful trip!!!!

    Magnolia Bakery and Bouchon look like wonderful places to visit-that cupcake and the bread alone look worth a return trip! Le Maison du Chocolat looks like a place I would love to spend some time…and the bowl that the sushi is in with the gilded edging and black leaves is simple and beautiful.

    • Thanks Jennifer! The sushi bowl was gorgeous!

  3. Happy belated anniversary! Your trip sounds like so much fun!! I’ve got to talk my husband into a trip to NYC soon 🙂

  4. Happy Anniversary!

    I love seeing all the fabulous places that you ate! I think my very favorite is the candy store since Dave and I both adore all kinds of candy. I’m so glad that you had such a wonderful trip!!

  5. Holy Jolly Rancher! What a great trip! Everything from candies to exquisite pastries! I have the Magnolia bakery books and love them. I’m jealous – but so glad you were able to experience them yourself. And a very happy anniversary to you two!

  6. Yay for NYC. Glad you had such a good time!
    I’ve heard Magnolia cupcakes are dry. Nice to hear a good review.
    You’ll have to get to Levain Bakery next time!

  7. You had me shrieking when you got to La Maison du Chocolat! The hubs kids me that I always pick our Paris hotels because of their proximity to a LMDC boutique. This was an excellent report on your trip. Happy 2nd and I’m glad you both had such a lovely weekend to celebrate.

  8. Looks like you had a wonderful anniversary. What a cool trip! And your husband is a good photographer too.

  9. Oh, I am so jealous!! But glad you had fun! I’d give about anything for one of those cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery!!

  10. Happy anniversary! It looks like you hit up some great spots. One of the nice things about New York is that you end up walking a lot, so you can totally justify a few treats.

  11. Bouchon Bakery is now on my list. Thanks!

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