New York State of Mind: The Big Apple Part 3


Katz Delicatessen
205 E Houston St
(between Avenue A & Essex St)
New York, NY 10002

Yes, this is the place where Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm in “When Harry Met Sally”. Yes, you will have the same reaction when you bite into the pastrami reuben- only yours won’t be fake like many might be on sites like This sandwich is a gigantic gooey mess that I could only eat half of in one sitting. The tenderness of the meat and softness of the bread is what sets it apart from other sandwiches. The housemade pickles were crispy, sour and fresh. Marcie’s turkey sandwich with a Russian dressing was also very good. It seems expensive when you look at the menu, but it’s worth it. The staff hooks you up with samples prior to ordering the sandwich of your choice.

Sons of Essex
133 Essex St
(between Stanton St & Rivington St)

New York, NY 10002

I loved the interior to this place. It’s dark, the furniture looks vintage and there’s a girl DJ-ing on a Macbook. It felt like a shooting location for “How to Make it in America”, it’s very youthful.
Marcie and I had a round (or two… or three…) of bottomless mimosas to start.

My favorite part of our brunch was the kale Caesar salad. It tasted like it was just brought from the Farmer’s market, it was perfectly dressed and bialy croutons.

I read “Mac ‘n Cheese Omelet” on the menu and thought it sounded so rich, creamy and wrong that I had to try it. To my surprise it was lighter than I imagined, it’s not an overwhelming eat.

I think any “mac ‘n cheese” lover would appreciate this. I know you’re out there…


Actress and Founder of Girls on Food: I was born and raised in the suburbs of Sacramento, California. I grew up a typical “McDonald’s kid”. I was very picky about what I ate and refused to try new foods. No fun, I know. My Mom started taking me on trips to Europe when I was a teenager and that’s when my palate for finer foods began to develop. Some of my most memorable favorite meals include Veal Bolognese in Rome, Gyros in Athens, Paella in Lisbon and Duck L’Orange in Paris. While this helped me grow out of a fast food phase, I still eat out quite a bit. I know I should be at home cooking, but I love dining out. I started working in restaurants in various front of the house positions at age 15. Since my start, I’ve worked in every casual restaurant setting you can think of: a teriyaki stand, brewery, sushi nightclub, trendy Mexican, family-style Italian, American diner, pizza parlor and even a BLT themed food truck. I can't help but notice that many of the LA food bloggers don't have any sort of background working in a restaurant. A lot of my perspective on food and dining out comes from my years of experience in the biz. Since starting this blog, I have shot appearances on a couple of cooking competition shows as a taster (including MasterChef Junior and another upcoming show). We have also started producing a Youtube Channel. IMDb page here: For this site I contribute content from all over Los Angeles (and the world) to showcase my favorite fine-dining spots, steakhouses, exclusive supper clubs, Hollywood nightlife and our very own #GOFx events, which I plan and coordinate.