One of my long time blog dreams has been to share inside peeks of my favorite restaurants in the city. And as made clear by the survey, you’re hankering for more content around what to do and where to eat in New York, too! I’m thrilled to kick off the first of many posts to come that show my go to spots for dinner, grabbing drinks with friends, or enjoying lazy brunches on the weekends. I’ve teamed up with my sweet friend Sas of Sasithon Photography to capture all the beauty of the food and spaces. Her photos are going to blow your mind!

To kick things off we dropped by The Cookshop last week, one of my absolute favorite spots in all of Manhattan. I’ve eaten there literally more times than I can count and never tire of the food. My love affair with this place becomes pretty clear when you discover that their entire restaurant philosophy is based around bringing honest, seasonal dining to New York City. You know how passionate I am about that! And the thing is, they do it so well. From the food to the cocktails and everything in between,  I always feel like each dish truly honors the ingredients.

{The Heirloom Tomato Salad w/ Basil, Red Onions, Black Olives, and California Olive Oil}

I love the way their dishes showcase the beauty of the natural ingredients. Pictured above is the Butterfield Sullivan County Brook Trout with green beans, chiles, scallions, ginger, and balsamic.


It seems like everyday now there’s a new cocktail bar springing up in the city, but Cookshop consistently wows me with their creations. The bartenders, just like the chef and kitchen staff, are tasked with creating cocktails around what’s in season. Pictured above is the “Bee Sting”- a cocktail composed of Greenhook Gin (made locally in Brooklyn), cayenne honey, lemon, and a spicy raw sugar rim. This was so good!

{Pictured above- the Berry Mojito and Jersey Peach Margarita}

Can we talk about this BLT? It is literally the mother of all BLTs. It took every ounce of my self control not to chow down right in the middle of shooting! I love the way the sandwich is served on a rustic wood cutting board.

The Cookshop is located at 157 10th Avenue, right next to The High Line. I usually end up stuffing myself to the brim, so it’s the perfect time for a leisurely post meal stroll on the High Line, around Chelsea, or along the Hudson River Greenway. If you live in the city or are visiting, this is definitely a not to miss spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.

All photographs were taken by Sasithon Photography. Sas lives in New York City and travels locally and anywhere worldwide to shoot weddings, travel, lifestyle, and more. Check out more of here amazing work here! I so hope you’ve enjoyed this post, we can’t wait to show you more delicious-ness!

  1. I can already tell I’m going to LOVE hearing your NYC eats suggestions. Adding The Cookshop to places I need to try!

    • Clara

      Thanks so much, Alyssa! xx

  2. yum yum yum! So going to try out this place!

  3. I love this post!! I read it before eating breakfast and am so craving a BLT now, but it will be yogurt and banana today haha. I definitely hope to see more posts like this :)

    • Clara

      Haha that BLT is pretty nuts!

  4. Cookshop is a good time. Haven’t been there in years but I loved spending Sunday brunch there when I lived in the city. Nice post.

  5. Clara, these photos are exquisite! And I LOVEEE Cookshop. I like this series a lot… except it makes me hungry.

    • Clara

      Aren’t they amazing?!? You should definitely connect with Sas for photos :)

  6. I recently discovered your blog and I absolutely adore it! Cookshop has been on my list for a while now, I’ll have to move it to the top and get there immediately!


    • Clara

      Hi Caroline- so happy to have you as a reader! You muuuust get to Cookshop.

  7. I love Cookshop! Had a fabulous brunch with girlfriends there on my last trip to NYC.

  8. Lauren

    Love the article and love your nail polish color — where can I get it?

    • Clara

      Hi Lauren! It’s Essie’s “Butler Please.” I got mine at a nail salon, but I’m sure you could get it at a drugstore…

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  10. I love the High Line so I’d love to stop by this restaurant before or after a walk! BLTs are my favorite sandwich and that one looks insane, with the fries…getting hungry looking at it! Can’t wait to visit this place.

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  12. La Torontoise

    Thank you! I’m adding this restaurant to my list of places to go to for my next trip to New York.
    What you ordered looks like an absoluly delicious meal.

  13. This resturant and BLT make me want to plan a trip to NYC. Love the series already!

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  15. This place (and bartenders) look AMAZING! LOVE the nails!!!

  16. I will really enjoy this series as I frequent NYC. The High Line is such a great spot and what an imaginative use of space. Next time, I will check out this suggestion of yours for a meal out when I am near there. The pics with the post are wonderful too.

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