When it comes to serious Instagram gluttony, particularly of the Five Borough sort, no one does it better than New Fork City. Within their feed, ice cream cones drip, sandwiches burst forth, pizza gleams with the precise amount of grease. Their geotags are a well-vetted catalogue of some of the best bites in town, from brunch at Buvette to pizza at Roberta’s. It’s a mouthwatering 2D affair, wherein tummy rumbles are an absolute and unavoidable given.
The combined efforts of Gillian Presto, Emily Morse and Natalie Landsberg, @new_fork_city canvases NYC for the most tantalizing–and often photogenic–dishes of the moment. The project started when they were seniors in high school and continued through college (the ladies graduated this May). They were early arrivers to food Instagram scene, and have spawned countless imitators in the years since. But none nail the temptation of edible extravagance quite like New Fork City does.
Officially post-grads, Presto, Morse, and Landsberg have returned to New York City, where they will continue to dig in across their hometown, and inspire others to do the same. Below, we met the NFC crew at local favorite Prince Street Pizza to talk 2 a.m. sushi, Bee Sting pie, and an ice cream named Dorothy.
State your name, age, and place of origin:
Natalie Landsberg, 21, NYC.
Gillian Presto, 21, NYC.
Emily Morse, 22, NYC.
Major you started with in college:
Natalie: I started out undecided at Syracuse University. I knew I wanted to do something in the communications school, but really didn’t know exactly what.
Gillian: Started with economics…
Emily: I started off very unsure about what major to choose and ended up going with Psychology just to see how I liked it.
Major you finished with:
Gillian: … and ended with Economics!
Emily: It turned out Psychology was perfect for me and I loved it.
Dorm food item you will not miss:
Natalie: I definitely won’t miss all of the late-night eats. I ended too many nights with a heaping pile of mozzarella sticks or steamy pizza next to me.
Gillian: Late-night pizza was beginning to be a problem! And also all the junk food I had in my kitchen cabinet: chips, cookies, etc.
Emily: I won’t miss late-night (questionable) sushi… The few spots open at 2 a.m. are definitely not the best quality.
Instagram hashtags food lovers should be on to:
Gillian: Obviously #newforkcity!
How much does your major have to do with eating yummy food on a scale of 1 (not really) to 10 (very):
Natalie: 10! Advertising is all about promoting a product, service, or idea, so it actually does relate a great deal to the food industry.
Gillian: I would probably say around 5 to 6. While economics does not directly relate to the creative aspect of Instagram, it is extraordinarily useful when handling the business aspects of our everyday work.
Emily: I’d have to go with a 2 or a 3. I love eating yummy food and Psychology (equally), but they’re pretty different areas. It’s always nice to have some variety though!
Prettiest thing you’ve ever eaten anywhere:
Gillian: Don Angie’s lasagna is one of the most beautiful dishes I have ever been served. Park Avenue Summer also has incredibly photographic and delicious dishes ranging from watermelon that looks like a plant to mini burgers to gazpacho shooters. ALSO, we cannot forget about The Smith’s mac ‘n’ cheese – it is GORGEOUS.
New York City street food. Yes or no?
Natalie: Street food is getting trendier than ever. So many popular NYC restaurants have cute little food trucks and carts all around NYC. It’s no longer limited to a street hot dog or pretzel.
Gillian: I agree with Natalie regarding restaurant’s food trucks. They are such a good investment and easy way to grab a bite from one of your favorite restaurants. I’ve never been a huge NYC street food cart person, with the exception of an occasional ice cream treat from a cart in Central Park.
Emily: Definitely yes! Especially in New York City, you can find food trucks almost everywhere offering some incredible bites. What’s better than a lobster roll or an ice cream cone to go on a hot summer day?
Best slice of pizza in New York–and your preferred order:
Natalie: Anyone who knows me knows that pizza is my absolute favorite food ever. This is like asking me to choose a favorite child. Prince St. Pizza’s square slice with pepperoni and the Bee Sting pie from Roberta’s are among my favorite. L&B Spumoni Gardens makes a mean Sicilian square, too!
Emily: Definitely going to have to agree with Gillian on this one. My favorite is also Artichoke Pizza—though I can never choose between the artichoke and vodka slices, and almost always go with both. I also love Rubirosa when I’m craving pizza and pasta at the same time!
Best ice cream scoop in New York:
Natalie: I’m currently obsessed with Ice & Vice’s Milk Money (toasted milk, sea salt, and chocolate ganache) and Basic B (Mexican vanilla and black lava sea salt) flavors. They have the cutest cones and toppings, too!
Gillian: I love the Speculoos Chocolate Chip from Davey’s Ice Cream or the Dorothy from Big Gay Ice Cream. Anywhere I go, I’ll most likely get a cookie, speculoos/cookie butter, or cake batter flavor if they have! I’m also a die-hard fro-yo fan.
Emily: Ever since studying abroad in Rome and falling in love with pistachio gelato, I look for pistachio everywhere I go. The best I’ve found so far is at Sant Ambroeus. I also love the Salty Pimp from Big Gay Ice Cream!
Caffeine fuel-up spot of choice in New York City:
Natalie: I probably drink four cups of coffee a day and will often grab something from wherever is closest. I love Happy Bones and Joe when I’m on the run, and Two Hands and La Colombe when I want to sit for a while.
Gillian: I will literally drink coffee from anywhere. I am not picky when it comes to the thing that gets me out of bed in the morning. However, when I want to spice it up, I’ll either grab an iced chai from Joe or get a homemade hot chocolate and marshmallow from City Bakery!
Emily: I don’t drink as much coffee as a lot of other people, but I’m in the middle of a matcha phase so I’m ALWAYS down to spend hours at Cha Cha Matcha. I love the atmosphere, and their matcha drinks are amazing.
Ever met a cheese you didn’t like?
Natalie: Never. Never ever.
Gillian: I really want to like it… but I just can’t stand goat cheese.
Emily: Absolutely not. Honestly, this question offends me.
How do you take your eggs?
Natalie: Scrambled with cheddar, a side of avocado and toast.
Gillian: Scrambled eggs with a side of crispy bacon and any form of potato you got.
Emily: Scrambled with cheddar, mushrooms, and avocado… or soft-boiled eggs.
Best place to walk off a big meal:
Natalie: I love the walk from Madison Square Park down Fifth Avenue to Washington Square Park and then into the West Village. It’s always fun to browse the stores on Fifth, people-watch in the park, and explore the Village.
Gillian: My favorite thing to do in the summer is walk a new path through New York. However, I will always go out of my way to walk in Central Park if I’m heading from Downtown to Uptown or vice versa. I also love to walk by the water in DUMBO and across the Brooklyn Bridge when it is not swarmed by tourists.
Emily: I love walking through Central Park when it’s not too hot out and stopping at the Great Lawn or Sheep Meadow to lay out for an hour or two.
Meal you could eat every day and (most likely) not get sick of:
Natalie: The Mafaldine with pink peppercorn and parmesan reggiano from Lilia.
Gillian: Vodka pizza from Rubirosa. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the rest of my life and not have one regret.
Emily: I would love nothing more than to eat the cacio e pepe and carbonara from Roscioli in Rome every day forever.
Your ideal food program in NYC, from breakfast to lunch to dinner.
Natalie: Grab brunch at Sadelle’s, head to Tacombi for tacos and margaritas for lunch, and top it all off with spaghetti al limone from Lil’Frankies for dinner. Any scoop from Morgenstern’s for dessert.
Gillian: My first stop would be EJ’s for breakfast. I’ve been going there since I was a little kid. Next, I would have to grab a vodka pie from Rubirosa for lunch. Post-lunch, my next stop would be to go to Culture for some fro-yo or Little Cupcake Bakeshop for a piece of cake. Finally, the day would be complete with a cheeseburger and fries from J.G. Melon (the original location on the Upper East Side).
Emily: I’d walk over to Bluestone Lane to sit outside with a cup of coffee in the morning, then head downtown to Sadelle’s for lunch (the bagel tower is a must-try, but the blueberry pancakes and the French toast are also incredible). For dinner, I’d go to Sushi of Gari… and I’d definitely end the night with a piece of cake from Little Cupcake Bakeshop!
Alright, but do you cook?
Natalie: Eggs, ice, and cereal–that’s about it. I am the world’s worst cook. I’ve completely given up even trying at this point. l just leave the cooking to all of NYC’s amazing chefs!
Gillian: I actually do! I learned how to cook when I was abroad last year and it was extraordinarily helpful during college. I also love to bake!
Emily: I pretty much cook (and bake) anything that’s unhealthy. I’ve been known to bake a batch of cupcakes or cookies just for myself, but my favorite meal to make is homemade pasta.