Hi guys, it’s Mary-Kate! I recently got back from a long weekend visiting Emily in Hoboken with Carrie. I absolutely love coming to New York for shopping, sightseeing, and of course, the food!
I landed in NYC on Thursday at noon so my first stop was, of course, Pick-A-Bagel. There’s not much better than a New York City bagel with tofu cream cheese (I have dreams about them – what is the secret to their tofu cream cheese?!?). I got a sesame bagel with plain tofu cream cheese — it was heaven.
Next, I met Emily for a quick coffee at Starbucks where I got an iced soy milk latte and Emily tried their coconut milk latte (both were delicious). I spent the rest of the afternoon shopping and walking around Columbus Circle (bearing the wind and freezing temps)!
Once Emily got off work, we headed to Hoboken (where she lives) for dinner. We were freezing and craving a warm feast so we decided on Karma Kafe — a small Indian joint with great vegan options (the staff was very educated on veganism and easily pointed out all of vegan options on the menu for us!).
We started our meal with the veggie sampler that was a combo of veggie samosas, veggie pakoras, and veggie tikki. It was all fried deliciousness and we highly recommend. For our entree, we ordered the malabar vegetables (a medley of veggies in a richly flavored coconut sauce) and the chana palak (chickpeas in a spiced creamy spinach sauce) with a side of the wheat poori (aka oily, puffed bread). The meals came with rice, so we had PLENTY of food. Everything was really good, well-priced, and we had tons of leftovers to take home (which is always a plus!).
After dinner, we were too full to do anything so we headed back to Emily’s and watched Love Island UK (anyone else OBSESSED with that show?).
The next morning, we took a yoga class and picked up Honeygrow (Emily’s obsession – I’m more of a bagel and pizza girl myself) for salads that we brought home so Emily could finish up working from home. Unfortunately, we ate too fast to get a photo of our salads, but we filled them with romaine, veggies, tofu, the creamy walnut dressing with a side of their bread (that’s to die for). We highly recommend this place if you’re looking for a custom salad that’s fresh, quick, and super tasty!
Emily and I spent the rest of the day walking around Hoboken where we popped into the small, local boutiques for shopping and grabbed a coffee at Jefferson’s, waiting for Carrie to arrive. Per Emily’s recommendation, we went to The Brick for dinner, where they have a full vegan menu with everything from vegan mozzarella sticks to Caesar salad with a variety of pizzas to choose from.
The next morning we wanted to get an early start to the day and head into the city, but not before getting quick blowouts at DryBar – we love that their products are cruelty-free and that they have a whole vegan product line!
Once we arrived in the city, we immediately headed for bagels – duh – at Best Bagel and Coffee. The long line was worth it for the deliciously huge bagels we got.
We then headed for some coffee at Gregory’s and I was really excited to find they sold vegan old fashioned donuts. You know I had to try one! I paired it with an iced oat milk mocha (yes, my life revolves around carbs and sugar).
We then walked around the city and shopped for a bit – it was pretty chilly and even started to snow so we took shelter in Veggie Grill. Our favorites were the Nashville Hot Chickin’ sandwich and the buffalo wings.
That night, we headed to Time’s Square for a comedy show at Caroline’s. We saw a comedian named Sugar Sammy who had us crying laughing.
The next day we stayed in Hoboken and had a more relaxing day before Carrie headed back to D.C. We got coffee and bagels (do I have a bagel addiction?) and walked around Hoboken.
That night, Em and I worked on a new recipe for the blog – vegan bolognese (it was ah-mazing) – and binged some more Love Island.
I had an early afternoon flight on Monday so I headed into the city with Emily as she went to work and I headed back to Gregory’s and Pick-a-Bagel (okay, yes, I do have a problem).