An interesting thing about New York City restaurants: they love their queso fundido, but not queso queso.
At most Mexican restaurants, you’ll find queso fundido on the menu, which is a baked cheese dip served in a skillet, often with chorizo on top. And it’s delicious, but it’s not quite the same (or as good) as the queso I know and love.
So! When our friends told us about a new Tex-Mex place called Javelina that recently opened in Gramercy with real queso, we knew we had to check it out. We decided to go all out and get the queso sampler before diving into our fajitas. Such a good decision – we tried three different queso concoctions and, while I could easily devour all of them, I especially loved the white queso.
Though a small restaurant on E. 18th Street, Javelina does take reservations (a huge plus for NYC restaurants!). They also have extremely friendly service and delicious margaritas :). I can’t wait to go back!
I had heard wonderful things about the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, so after discovering their free admission hours, we decided to take a Saturday morning and check it out! Go any Saturday between 10am and 12pm for free admission (except on a few Saturdays with public programs).
We loved walking through all the gardens (the rose garden was impressive!) and then finishing up at the conservatory and lily pool terrace.
Tucked away in a corner of Prospect Park, you forget you’re even in New York City!
They even have a massive grove of cherry blossoms, but I’m making a mental note to go back in the Spring when they’re in bloom.
We love exploring our city and seeing the very best it has to offer. Brooklyn Botanic Gardens is a gem!
While you can find a Smorgasburg location on most days of the week, we love Sundays by the Brooklyn Bridge Park. It is truly a food lover’s paradise. Dozens and dozens of local food and drink vendors set up shop, preparing unique specialties. Rob and I met up with a couple friends to eat our way through, and I think we hit the jackpot with every single thing we ordered. We shared several dishes and drinks – and then had to walk it all off with a beautiful stroll through Brooklyn Bridge Park toward the Brooklyn Bridge.
Let’s see… we shared double layer nachos, a Greek lamb burger, a pulled pork sticky rice boat, and Filipino pork spring rolls, plus mint lemonade, passion fruit mint limeade, and an Arnold Palmer slushie to cool us off. You truly can’t go wrong with anything you order at Smorgasburg, and the various cuisines make it so much fun. Be sure to take cash so you don’t have to wait in line or pay a fee at the on-site ATM! Be prepared for lots of people, lots of food, and great views of lower Manhattan.