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Earlier this year I took my first visit to New York and I most certainly came back feeling much heavier!

TAO Downtown

We decided to visit Tao for dinner on our first night and I honestly can’t recommend it enough. We arrived early and were shown to the bar where we asked for two Pornstar Martinis, we couldn’t believe it when the bartender didn’t know what these were! We chose different cocktails which were great nevertheless.

After a while we were shown to our table. What an amazing vibe, music was playing, the lighting was just right and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Not to forget the restaurant is decorated beautifully.

We ordered a mixture of sushi, seafood black rice, pork buns, chicken satay, crispy lobster and asparagus. We enjoyed the food but I don’t think I would order the pork buns again, we didn’t feel like they had much flavour.

Once we had finished our meal we had another drink at the bar and then went onto the restaurants nightclub next door. The nightclub was so much fun, we were taken there through a side door in the restaurant.  I’m not sure if that’s how you’d get there normally but a member of staff will always help you if you’re not sure.

I would recommend this restaurant to couples, a group of friends and for special occasions. This would be the first place I’d revisit if I went back to New York, LOVE it.

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Buddakan

Another WOW restaurant.  This restaurant is lavishly decorated and was featured in the Sex and the city movie.

At first my friend and I didn’t feel like there was much on the menu we’d like to order, it all seemed a little ‘too fancy’ and we didn’t really know what we’d actually be ordering!  Luckily our waiter was very helpful and recommended us some dishes after us telling him what kinds of food we enjoy.

We absolutely loved the food, it was all very tasty, we were so impressed – so here’s what I’d recommend – peking duck fried rice, spicy yellowtail yu sheng, roast chicken congee and king crab and lobster shumai.

Be prepared, book in advance.  It is quite pricey but don’t worry your taste buds will thank you after!

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Catch

If you love fish rooftops and a fun vibe head this way! We felt spoilt for choice looking at the menu, it all sounded so appetising.

The service was unfaultable, for me I felt this restaurant was slightly more casual then the likes of Tao and Buddakhan.

We chargrilled chicken skewers, lobster rolls, lobster mac and cheese (an all time favourite) and crispy shrimp.  (The more I’m writing about this food the more I want it on a plate in front of me right now).  Something we found really exciting was our pudding, a ‘hit me’ chocolate cake which you hit with a spoon to crack and melt the pudding, it was certainly naughty but nice!

We didn’t get a chance to go up to the rooftop but we definitely will on our next visit.  After 10pm Catch roof accepts reservations for table and bottle service only.

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The River Café

After being recommended The River Café by lots of friends we made sure this was our first stop on our trip to New York, we booked well ahead online in advance.

We took a leisurely stroll across the Brooklyn bridge taking in the views… and lots of photos of course… on our way to the café!  Once we got to the other side it took us about 5/10 minutes to get to the café (don’t be scared to ask people for directions).

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the staff who were very welcoming and friendly – and shown to our table.  This café is beautiful, calm and romantic and offers stunning views of Manhattan – which at night time/sunset must be simply divine.

The breakfast menu had lots to offer however we both opted for the smoked salmon benedict ($27 each) with a side of avocado and a sweet potato hash brown ($10 per side plate).  Obviously this restaurant is a little pricey, but for the atmosphere, the view, the service and the quality of the food, I feel its worth it.

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