FIT is very lucky to be surrounded by incredible restaurants within walking distance of campus. One of my favorite hotspots is By Chloe, an all vegan fast-casual restaurant located on 22nd St and 6th Avenue. When you read “vegan restaurant,” you may think you’re only getting salads and vegetables, however, By Chloe is the furthest thing from that. The menu does feature salads, but there are also burgers, desserts, and even vegan mac and cheese.
By Chloe Flatiron (Image: eatbychloe.com)
By Chloe has several locations and has been expanding throughout the city, with a location opening soon near Rockefeller Center! By Chloe doesn’t neglect the gluten-free folks either, with almost all menu items able to be modified to be gluten free! I highly recommend the Spicy Thai salad, smashed avocado toast, and chocolate chip cookie while you are there! It can be fairly busy around lunch time, especially on the weekends, but feel free to carry out and dine at the nearby Madison Square Park! To find out more about By Chloe, visit http://eatbychloe.com/
Hope you’re all doing well and haven’t caught this virus that seems to be circulating the school. Everyone seems to be sick… Anyways this year I decided to celebrate Valentines with my best friend. We went to go see a movie and had dinner afterwards in one of the best Japanese restaurants I’ve ever been too in the city. Even though I’m single, doesn’t mean I’m not allowed to do boyfriend/girlfriend things too #treatyoself. We went to go see Fifty Shades Darker, which I thought was much better than the first one, and then we went to this Japanese restaurant called Ippudo. It’s located in East Village on 10th 4th Ave. It’s the cutest place ever, very traditional to the Japanese aesthetic. If you go on the weekend, expect it to be quite crowded (but absolutely worth the wait). They are known for their Ramen, which is delicious! But if you feel like sharing an entree I would recommend getting the hot buns. Oh my god, those are the best things I have ever eaten, so soft and fluffy and yummy. Trust me you won’t regret getting them!
Have you been to this restaurant? What did you think?
As you might know I’m a coffee junkie, and cannot go a day without my trusty latte. I’m almost sure I’ve try most of the coffee shops in New York city. But recently I discovered a new coffee shop not too far from where I live, which has become the best discovery of 2017 (for sure). This isn’t your typical grab and go coffee shop. This is a full on coffee experience. It’s called Coffee Project New York, and as you can see from the picture above, they have the most interesting coffee concoctions I’ve ever seen or heard of. This place is really one of a kind and if you love coffee you definitely need to add this to your bucket list. The coffee shop is located on 239 E 5th Street and is open all week. I would suggest bringing a friend with you, it makes it just a little more fun and you can both order different drinks and share. That’s what I did anyways…
If you went, let me know what you thought of it in the comments!
New York City is no stranger to interesting food creations and combinations. DŌ (pronounced dough) is located in Greenwich Village and is the new hotspot for all things cookie dough related. DŌ formerly had a factory store located in Midtown East where they would be creating and shipping off their edible cookie dough nationwide. With their recently opened storefront in at 550 LaGuardia Place, they’re serving cookie dough by the scoop, cookie dough ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, baked goods, and more!
Cookie DO by the scoop
From gluten free flavors to vegan flavors, there are options for everyone! I highly recommend going in the middle of the weekday if possible since the crowds and lines accumulate after work. The gift cards and prepackaged dough also make for a great gift item for any upcoming birthdays or anniversaries! For a full list of flavors and more information about DŌ, visit https://www.cookiedonyc.com/.
College can be stressful enough between classes, homework, projects, and still trying to have a social life, but adding on additional living expenses can take a toll, especially when living in an expensive city like New York. Here are some of my tips and tricks to spending a little less:
Grocery Hunt. This may sound odd, but I highly recommend going to all of the local grocery stores and comparing the prices on what you typically by and making a note in your phone about where you should buy those specific products. Whether it is a $3 difference or 50 cents, everything adds up over a long period of time.
Bed, Bath, and Beyond. BB&B has been one of the greatest go-to destinations for most of my shopping needs. BB&B has toiletries, necessities, first aid, you name it. Their sister store, Harmon’s, located on 22nd and 6th Ave has all of the toiletries and drugstore makeup products you need. Added bonus, sign up for the emails and you get a 20% off a single item coupon every few weeks.
Plan your spending. Plan with your friends what you want to do for that week/weekend. If you know that you are going to a big event that costs money on the weekend, try to cut back from going out to eat or grabbing an expensive coffee during the week.
Coupons and Membership Cards. This may sound self-explanatory but you’d be surprised how much you can save with rewards programs and email coupons. Every little bit helps and can make you feel better that you aren’t purchasing at full price.
Purchase store brand. While you may live for the mornings where you can have Honey Nut Cheerios, I can guarantee that the cheaper Honey O’s from Trader Joe’s will be just as satisfying.