November 5, 2011

New York City is full of amazing eats. Whether fine dining or grabbing a bagel, you’re pretty much guaranteed deliciousness. My girlfriends and I learnt this as we arrived to stay with our friend, Bhey, who showed us that often it’s not the famed, hyped spot that has the best grub, but a little hole in the wall joint around the corner. Yes we had amazing eats at places like Momofoku, Spice Market and Babbo, but we also had incredibly yummy food at places like Snack Dragon, which is literally a hole in the wall taco spot around the corner from their apartment. We were spoilt, deliciously and very happily spoilt for food in New York City.

Having said all of this, I did have one lady (aside from Bhey) whom I would turn to for a guaranteed superb bite. The divine Gwyneth Paltrow. I hear a lot of people rag on Gwyneth (haters), but to me, she’s perfect. And the girl knows her food. I would often (willingly) drag the girls off to one of her recommendations in New York, and we were always thrilled with what we found. This post about her favourite New York City eats on her website, Goop, was the source of much deliciousness. I only wish we could have visited all of the places listed. Thank you, Gwyneth, I will forever dream of those Cookshop Buttermilk Pancakes.

And here they are…


It was a breezy, humid Monday morning when we first visited Cookshop. We headed into Chelsea for a robust brunch to fuel us before we spent the day in Central park, riding bicycles and generally just loving life.

We grabbed a table outside (better for people watching) and promptly devoured the menu.

It was a tough choice, it truly was, but it seemed we were all in a sweet mood that day. Vicki pulled a swifty right as we ordered and completely changed her order from eggs to pancakes. What can I say, the pancakes were too hard to resist. Excellent move, Vickles.

We started with coffee. Esspresso over ice (double shot for me, zing!) with a side of skim milk.

This was my favourite way to enjoy coffee in The States, during their humid Summer. Ultra refreshing, and incredibly buzz inspiring. Definitely a good idea before setting out for a day of sight-seeing and exploring.

Peta and I shared our meals, which were both beautiful. And Vicki was definitely happy with her last minute switch.

Oatmeal with Peaches and Brown Sugar.

Hard to mess this up really, but the stellar stone fruit, which I was just enraptured with, made this dish really something special. The oatmeal was not overly sweet, which was nice.

Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberries and Maple Syrup.

Take it in, lovelies, take it in.

These pancakes were supremely fluffy. And they were big. Naturally we struggled to get through them. They were quite sweet, but not overly so. You could tell that these were made with love. Love and butter. Heaven on a plate? Why yes, I believe so.

We also shared a Fruit Salad

…and Grapefruit with olive oil and cracked pepper.


The following week, after Peta had left to go home, Vicki and I were blessed with one more day to explore the city before I headed north to Boston and she travelled West to Seattle. We spent our last New York City morning at Cookshop. Naturally.

Heidi xo

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  • Hannah November 5, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I loved reading this! Those pancakes…wow 🙂 And grapefruit with olive oil & pepper actually sounds really good! I've never known what to do with them! x

  • leaf (the indolent cook) November 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    This looks like the kind of breakfast that could kick off a perfect day. Lovely!

  • Hannah November 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I'll take you and your spelt crepes over Gwyneth and these pancakes any day. Everyday. 'Cause I'm a lover, not a hater… of you. xo

  • Leah November 5, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Wow the grapefruit with olive oil and cracked pepper sounds delicious. 😀

  • Michelle Chin November 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    This place seems popular cos i keep seeing it popping up on yelp and urbanspoon.

  • Heidi November 6, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Hannah – I'd never thought of it either!

    Leaf – oh it was completely perfect 🙂

    Hannah – haha, awe that's sweet 🙂

    Leah – refreshing, I agree!

    Michelle – yes it is popular, although never crowded when we were there…

    Heidi xo

  • msihua November 6, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    That just looks so good! Can't wait to finally hit it up in the states one day.. *sigh*

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 6, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    what a gorgeous place to visit and those pancakes do look supremely good! 😀

  • Sherilyn @ Wholepromise November 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Loving the idea of grapefruit with olive oil and black pepper. YOu look to be having such a wonderful time. Oh to be young again. Savour it and enjoy every moment. Look forward to your next post. I only wish blogging was as popular when I travelled. You will forever have a memoir of your journey – how nice.

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed November 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    msihua – it'll be amazing! You must visit Cookshop when you go 🙂

    Lorraine – ohhhhh they were 😉

    Sherilyn – awe, thank you! yes, I will certainly cherish these posts 🙂 It's been an amazing time.

  • Ashley November 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Wow, all the fruit just looks so glistening and delicious! Such beautiful looking pancakes too…so jealous…!

  • Iron Chef Shellie November 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    looks like an amazing spread, and so glad one of Gywen's rec's was good 🙂 I get her newsletter and have her cookbook…. yet to cook from it, should fix that ASAP!

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) November 7, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Mmmmmhh, looks like you have a wonderful and flavorful time! 😀 A friend of mine is going to live in NYC for a couple of months from January onwards, and since she's a total foodie, she'll absolutely love it there!

  • Heidi November 7, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Ashley – thanks! 🙂

    Michele – yay for GP love 🙂 I've made her teriyaki salmon, v easy and absolutely delicious!

    Kath – oh she'll have such a great time!! How exciting 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Lisa November 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    What a perfect way to start the day! I've never had a bad pancake, but I totally agree that they can attain a level of excellence in excess of the norm. Those look beautiful.

  • The InTolerant Chef November 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I've not seen grapefruit served that way before, I'll have to give it a try.

  • Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan November 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    This looks like a very healthy and delicious brunch and it's always great to find hidden hold in the wall treasures minus the crowd and the big bills!

  • Winston November 8, 2011 at 2:34 am

    I LOVE breakfasts like these with an abundance of FRUITS! Absolutely clean, fresh and delicious. I should plan a breakfast party based on the dishes you had here! Such great ideas, thanks! =D

  • Heidi November 8, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Lisa – pure excellence right here 🙂

    InTolerant Chef – so interesting, isn't it!

    Chopin – well this was actually a big place and not so cheap, but I completely know what you mean!

    Winston – it's be a mighty delicious party 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Martyna@WholesomeCook November 10, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    That oatmeal looks amazing and I like the fact that it wasn't sweet. I shall have something similar for breakfast tomorrow!