Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, Brooklyn Bridge Park
THE CREAMIEST ICE CREAM EVER. One scoop (more like 2-3 scoops) is $4, and you get the best view right in front of the Brooklyn Bridge. Just like their website says, the menu is simple with relatively few options, out of which my mom and I chose vanilla chocolate chunk — divine.
Mighty Quinn's and Red Hook Lobster Pound, Smorgasburg
After getting ice cream and groveling at the gorgeous Manhattan skyline, my mom and I headed over to Smorgasburg, where we — got trampled and barely survived but ultimately — indulged on a brisket sandwich ($5) from Mighty Quinn's and a lobster roll ($16) from Red Hook Lobster Pound. Mighty Quinn's: holy smokes. Mighty indeed. The brisket was so, so tender and juicy, and though it was incredibly difficult to eat it without looking completely barbaric, this sandwich was so freaking worth it.
Red Hook, however, even though my mom was a huge fan, I was a bit disappointed. The roll was barely toasted, which I prefer with the cold lobster salad, and well, it just wasn't as great as Luke's Lobster's lobster rolls for me. Still enjoyed it though.
Madman Espresso, East Village
Madman's been one of my favorite coffee shops for a while now, but I tried their "madmanccino" ($4.50) for the first time last October. I'm usually a sucker for their pour-overs ($2.50), but I decided to treat myself to a more decadent drink and ordered the chocolate, chai and cinnamon cappuccino. It seemed like an odd combo of flavors at first glance, but I went for it anyway and was very glad I did. All of the flavors were subtle yet surprisingly melded very well together, and the general drink was smooth and luxurious. Madman's staff is also always pleasant and very accommodating — a big plus!
Podunk, East Village
Oh, Podunk. Where have you been all my life? To say this tea parlor is cute would be the biggest understatement of the year as I can't even describe how charming it was. So many delicate and beautiful decorations, teapots and plates — but of course, none of that even compared to the taste and quality of their food and tea. My friends and I got the cream tea ($17), old friends' tea ($29) and ladies' luncheon tea ($25), and all the food and tea was so, so delicious. The scones were super buttery, the clotted cream and jam were right on point, and the tea was so soothing and flavorful. The only drawback here is that the menu seems costlier than it should be.
Kipsey's, Midtown (Kip's Bay)
GREAT lunch deals, but my pulled pork ($8.95) was nothing super spectacular, same with the service. I would for sure give Kipsey's another go, especially since the lunch specials are so enticing, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to get it. Ooh, the complimentary popovers and mint lemonade were really good, though!