My 8 Favorite Brunch Spots in NYC

My 8 Favorite Brunch Spots in NYC

From an active bruncher to you.

Don't fight me on this one: brunch is the most important meal of the day. And my favorite thing to do, second only to actually having brunch, is exploring and discovering the best spots to eat. I've created a list of my top 8 brunch spots in New York City. Comment if I've missed any of your favorite places to go!

8. by CHLOE. West Village - Don't discount this vegan corner cafe as a definitive brunch spot. Limited seating doesn't always make it an ideal, but don't be afraid to grab your Morning Oats or Smashed Avocado Toast to go! Take a walk and have yourself a picnic in Washington Square Park if you can't sit inside.

by CHLOE. 185 Bleecker St. New York, NY

7. Alice's Tea Cup: Chapter II Upper East Side - Tea is as essential to a weekend morning as brunch itself so why not combine them? Alice's Tea Cup's largest chapter on the Upper East Side wishes us all a merry unbirthday with delicious brunch and whimsical decor.

Alice's Tea Cup: Chapter II 156 E 64th St New York, NY

6. Quartino Bottega Organica NoHo - I came across this little spot by accident. But a happy accident it turned out to be! I stopped in here with family on an early afternoon in October and it was both delicious and not crowded!

Quartino Bottega Organica 11 Bleecker St New York, NY

5. Greenwich Project Greenwich Village - You can't go wrong at Greenwich Project, no matter what meal you're eating. The atmosphere and prime location make for a lovely morning outing, and anything on the menu is delicious. If there was a Brunch Olympics, this spot would win the All-Around.

Greenwich Project 47 W 8th St New York, NY

4. Le Pain Quotidien Multiple Locations - Communal tables and fresh bread. Le Pain Quotidien translated to "the daily bread", making it a shoe-in for a favorite if you like your Sunday mornings carb-loaded with a side of eggs. Anything here is delicious, and I've been lucky enough to find them all over the city.

Le Pain Quotidien

3. The Cupping Room Cafe Soho - I had a wonderful birthday brunch here last autumn and it's been on my favorites list ever since. Put aside the vulgar title of the dish and order the "Orgy". Just do it.

The Cupping Room Cafe 359 W Broadway New York, NY

2. Sweet Chick Lower East Side and Williamsburg - I've had the pleasure of hitting up both the Manhattan and Brooklyn locations. By far my favorite plate here is pictured below. In Williamsburg I ordered, yes, chicken and waffles for weekday brunch. It doesn't get any better than that.

Sweet Chick

1. Bluestone Lane Multiple Locations - Two words: Avo toast. That's all.

Bluestone Lane

Cover Image Credit: Original Image, Annie Condodina

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If Your College Major Was A Cookie, Here's What You'd Be Snacking On

Sorry, I had to.

Cookies are probably one of the greatest foods to exist in this world. There are so many varieties and tastes that my mouth is salivating just thinking about it. There are just as many, if not more, majors to compare to cookies. Let me give it a try.

1. History - Sugar Cookie

History never changes, much like sugar cookies. (Also, they're both boring.)

2. English - Nutella Lava Cookie Cups

English majors tend to be creative. This cookie is that and more.

3. Biology - Giant Cookie

Things are always evolving, becoming bigger and better than they were before. This giant cookie mimics a regular one, except, well, it's giant.

4. Accounting - Green Tea Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

2 + 1 = deliciousness

5. Art - Double Decker, Dark Chocolate, Mini Doughnut Sugar Cookie

This is simply a work of art - pun intended.

6. Chemistry - Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie

Hmm, maybe if I add just a bit of bacon, it will make this cookie 10x better.

7. Statistics - Hot Cocoa Cookies

Hmm, the statistics of this cookie being delicious is...100%.

8. Dance - Banana Split Cake Mix Cookies

It's all in the name.

9. Theater - Insanely Delicious Turtle Cookies

There are some insanely talented people in this major.

10. Sports Management - Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies Filled with Caramel and Peanut Butter

There are so many different things going on with this major, I thought it appropriate to put a cookie that also has a lot of things going on with it.

11. Public Health - Trail Cookies

I guess these are healthy? Kinda?

12. Mass Communications - Peach Drop Cookies

A reporter can do many things, especially if they blow our minds away. Mic drop, anyone?

13. Nursing - Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies

Don't you love looking a blood? No? Then why are you a nursing major?

If your major wasn't on here, I'm sorry. There are too many for me to compare to cookies.

If you want to get all these awesome recipes for the cookies, check out this awesome blog!

Cover Image Credit: @levainbakery

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Is It Possible To Eat With A Truly Ethical, Guilt-Free Conscience?

Yes, you can have your almond milk and drink it too.

Recently, I made the decision to go vegetarian. I’ve been wanting to since forever and so I said: “Hey, what am I waiting for? Guy Fieri to go vegan?”

Many people start off as vegetarian and eventually edge their way into veganism. I don’t know that I’ll ever do the same. I also have my own motive for not eating meat that is more selfish than I like to admit. However, in the plight to save the animals, is not eating meat while still occasionally consuming dairy and egg products just as "bad" as eating meat?

Despite my foremost intentions, I’ve been wondering about this for the past couple of weeks, as I’m sure the occasional vegetarian does. Ethics concern the dimensions of right and wrong, not what is objectively right and wrong. But is it possible, in the objective sense, to be “good” with my eating choices?

I’m lactose-intolerant, but cereal is practically a food group for me, so naturally, I consume plant-based milk, most often almond milk. I used to think that this was great because 1) dairy milk is kind of disgusting, and 2) it must be great for the environment. It may come as a surprise to some (but not all) that the industry which produces almond milk and its subsequent products (like yogurt and ice cream), is relatively unethical.

Apparently, according to a Slate article, almonds have a large ecological footprint because of the amount of water it takes to grow them along with the water needed to produce the milk.

While the article counters this argument, saying that it takes significantly more water to produce dairy products, there is still the idea that my drinking almond milk, in the many, many gallons I have consumed and will consume, is harming the environment (not to mention the fact that I still eat cheese and eggs sparingly).

It seems as if one alternative is never entirely without its cons. I mean I eat a lot more carbs than I should, but hey, at least it isn't meat, right?

And so, here we are with the prospect of not eating meat. For me, it’s more the health discipline such a diet requires and, well, the fact that I loathe the smell of raw chicken that molded my decision. But for many, it’s about all the animals.

So, if you’re a vegetarian and you’re asking yourself, “is it okay to not eat cage-free eggs or to eat eggs at all” or some similar dairy-related dilemma, my answer to you is, yes, it’s okay. Why? Because there will ALWAYS be a blind spot behind your good intentions and you must give yourself (and your bank account) room to breathe.

However, just because we can't be too sure of the production and manufacturing practices behind everything we buy, this doesn't mean we should give up trying. It’s easy to look at the food industry and think, what are my eating habits really changing?

But at the end of the day, you have your convictions and you hold them close—and even if you aren’t one hundred percent on track to “saving the planet,” just know that every little bit counts.

There is a great concern for the future of humans and the environment, but I’m a great believer in progress. I’m also a believer in not trying so hard to change something you have little control over. You have the autonomy to choose what you eat, of course, but take your time and hope for the best.

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