Eataly Sabbia Calamari

Summer is over but and so are the reservations at Sabbia but it will be missed. Sabbia was serving beach vibes since April and it was the kind of place that made you wish your feet were dipped in sand. Since Sabbia sits on the rooftop of Eataly,  the sun shines in but not enough to give you a tan.

However if you indeed need one, sign up for our #TravelingWhileHungry trips. Just saying.

Eataly Sabbia

The restaurant is also extremely laid back, with cabana’s in the corner and cocktails at the bar. Naturally, you’ll want to kick your feet up and prepare for a great time. The bartender will add to this experience with some of their signature drinks, like the Limone-Jito or Pesca Fresca. However, I took an affinity to their Prosecco spritz which was completely refreshing, bright and keeps me holding onto summer days. With the renovation of the space for their winter restaurant, I must get over it now.

Eataly Sabbia cocktail

However, the easy to eat menu items were right up my alley, with choices like oysters and calamari. The menu wasn’t too seafood heavy and a great combination with choices from land and sea, both well represented.

Eataly Sabbia dish

Particularly fresh, the calamari was one of my favorite things on the menu, The portion is perfect for group diners who love to share and want to bite into summer. Good Calamari can be so hard to find in NYC where everyone is doing it, but at Sabbia, they’re were doing it right.

Eataly Sabbia Calamari

I briefly got a chance to try the fresh Island creek oysters, brought over from the oyster bar which was set up nearby. Real oyster lovers could appreciate this dining bonus but have to now wait and see what the new restaurant, Baita, will offer.

Eataly Sabbia Oysters

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10 Below Mo Mango Ice cream

With an overload of summer food trends and a serious addiction to ice cream, I wasn’t sure how I was gonna go into the Fall trying to live a healthy lifestyle. When I’m in the gym, I often think about the food I regret having over the weekend no matter how great they were. How could you not when you’re melting under your trainers orders?

I’m a huge believer in eating the things that you want, when you want them. When I came across this rant about the five things Sanaa wished she ate this summer, I couldn’t help but think of all the things I did eat. There’s still a few things left on my to eat list before Fall is really here but here are the few things I ate with no regrets.

Don’t mind my new obsession of hands shots. All the cool kids are doing it. 

Morgenstern Buttermilk Balsamic Strawberry ice cream

1. Buttermilk Basil Strawberry Ice cream from Morgenstern’s

I was suppose to be at a speak easy but the sun was blaring! I decided to take a stroll down Bowery to cool off at Morgenstern’s. Well known for their coconut ash ice cream, I was overwhelmed by the other delicious sounding options on their menu. Being the strawberry ice cream lover that I am, I couldn’t resist the words buttermilk and the cashier even let me do a taste test. It was better than the bourbon vanilla so I went for it. Little did I know, that the balsamic wasn’t included in the taste I had and I was in for a treat. This was the best ice cream I had all summer. I ordered it on a cake cone, and they dripped the balsamic liquid over it before serving. This made it tart but sweet and also perfect. Morgenstien’s is worth the line and the ice cream there is more than a summer food trend.

Wowfulls

2. Wowfulls at Smorgasburg

If you haven’t had a egg waffle yet, you should. They’re  fun to look at and you can stuff it with anything! Must be why Wowfulls has the one of the longest lines at Smorgasburg because this is what instagram post are made of. I tried the chocolate Wowfull stuffed with vanilla ice cream, topped with Orea cookie crumbs and banana pocky. Pocky doesn’t taste like much but it’s all for show. Powdered sugar is also sprinkled on top but note that this sweet treat is made for two. The best part of it all is that you can customize your Wowfull and then dig in!

Maven Cocktails

3. Maven Cocktails

Now it’s definitely been on trend this summer to have wine in a box – to go style. I’m not talking about the cheap box wine that your friend decided to bring to the housewarming either. Maven Cocktails has a similar to go style because it’s wine, without the wine glass, and instead, inside a frosted single serve glass bottle. Yes, make it classy. The delight about this wine, is that they add vodka and it’s only offered in a few places around NYC currently. Find out where. Don’t be fooled, you probably can’t walk out of those places with this drink but I was at a special event so I did. The bottle is super resusable and just a stylish new way to get your drink

10 Below Mo Mango Ice cream

4. Mo’ Money Mo’ Mango from 10 Below Ice cream

Perhaps I only cared about ice cream and it was my personal summer trend but 10 below is also making the list. I had already tried rolled ice cream at Vendy Plaza so I wasn’t too crazy about the experience of seeing them make it but I was here for the flavors. The Mo’ Money, Mo’ Mango also has strawberries in the mix, then I topped it with more strawberries and fruity pebbles. Gluttony at it’s finest for my sweet tooth. The entire thing tasted like breakfast cereal. I tried my friend’s who ordered something completely different, with no cereal toppings and felt the same way about his. It was nostalgic and fun to bite into. They were also generous with the toppings and it didn’t take as long as I heard it would.

Sounds like I want to eat ice cream and cocktails forever and I’m okay with that but at least I have no summer food regrets! What did you eat this summer that you don’t regret? Leave me a comment below!

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