Eating for the Insta

Eating for the Insta

Love it or hate it, Instagram has become a mecca for foodies across the globe. I often use it as a way to find new places to try by searching random hashtags like “nyceats” or “bestcookieever” and seeing what looks the most appetizing. It’s a great tool as well if you’re planning a trip and want to see where the locals eat! (I’ve currently been trolling the #SanFranciscoEats tag for an upcoming trip!)

One Instagram account I love is @HungryBetches. Based in NYC, Michele started this account about a year ago — now she has over 170 THOUSAND followers! I reached out to her via email and asked her a few questions about it!

Where did the inspiration to start this Instagram account come from? How long has it been up and running?
M: About a year! The inspiration probably just came from the fact that I am obsessed with food/ always have been & needed somewhere to channel my obsession.


You have a HUGE following (for good reason)! What do you attribute that to? 
M: GOOD PICTURES! I try really hard to take great photos. I hold myself to a certain standard and creative signature and try not to deviate away from that.


Are all of the posts your own? Do you take submissions?
M: All my own, I don’t take any submissions. 


You post SO so many delicious looking foods, but do you have a favorite that stands out? Maybe top five from your posts?

ANY froyo, Space Market Bagels, Any ice cream cookie sandwich, The Oreo PB Bagel and AVOCADO TOAST!

Is there any food you absolutely don’t like/won’t try?
M: No I will LITERALLY try anything. I hate coconut and anything coconut related… although I can bare it in some really amazing cookies (lol) but other than that… if it’s food it’s fair game. 


Thanks to Michele for taking the time to answer my questions! You can follow her @HungryBetches and @mmalyse.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo




I keep a hand-written planner because I’m one of  THOSE people…I still enjoy paper books and writing letters. Anyways, in my planner I have a running list of food places I want to visit and places I’ve already visited with a few notes next to each, like: “truffle fries – yum!” and “affordable!” and “cute dog photos!”

Alice’s Tea Cup – no tea for me, obvs — but the scones were absolutely DELICIOUS.

Alloro – 307 E. 77th St. – eggplant parm

[Update: Alloro has since closed its doors! Chef Salvatore has returned to his first restaurant, Cacio e Pepe, which I’ll have to try next!]

Andy’s Deli – 73rd and Amsterdam – one of the best deli’s I’ve come across

Arlington Club – UES – great service, juicy burgers, pretty interior

B. Cafe – 240 E. 75th St. – mussels!

Bocca di Bacco – 54th and 9th Ave. – Italian, great staff/food

Blue Smoke – Southern – Pulled pork!!

Blue Water Grille – 31 Union Sq. – Seafood Cobb Salad!

Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain – 513 Henry St. – “amazing-sauce

Burke & Wills – UWS – Australian Cuisine, Kangaroo Burgers!

Butter – Midtown – Iron Chef Guarnaschelli’s restaurant. $17 cocktails…not cheap, but def an excellent “treat yoself” spot!

Cafe Lalo – 201 W 83rd St – ‘You’ve Got Mail’ filmed a scene here…really great desserts!

Clinton St. Baking Co. – overrated pancakes, not worth the two hour wait…

Cocoa Bar – Lower East Side, right across from the Clinton St. Baking Co. – wonderfully nice staff, unique/delicious hot chocolate blends – options to spike them as well!

Doughnut Plant  – 220 W 23rd St. – pistachio – light, fluffy, good BUT the Brooklyn blackout oh my dear lord delicious

Earth Cafe – Broadway and 98th St. – just an adorably adorable cafe

Fred’s – 476 Amsterdam – Mushroom ravioli and DOG PHOTOS!

Hotel Chantelle – 92 Ludlow St. – fish tacos, truffle tots, pricey but yum-tastic

Il Carolla Trattoria – 176 Prince St. – chicken liver! yummy pasta! affordable!

Jack Doyle’s Irish Bar – 35th St. – chicken pot pie with REAL chicken!

Jacob’s Pickles – Upper West Side – chicken and pancakes AND free coffee refills!

L.A. Burdick – 20th and 5th Ave – best hot chocolate!

La Maison Du Macaron – 23rd and 7th Ave – hands down best macarons in NYC.

Levain Bakery – 74th and Amsterdam – hellllllloooooooo large cookie deliciousness

McGee’s Pub – 240 W 55th St. – The ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Bar

Mel’s Burger Bar – 111 st. and Broadway Ave – good burgers, better shakes

Muffins Cafe – 222 Columbus Ave. – UWS – they have a wonderful lemon-raspberry pound cake I’m obsessed with. two of my favorite flavors. yum yum yum

Otto’s Tacos – fresh, cheap, delicious tacos – can be found in both the East and West villages.

Peacefood Cafe – 83rd and Amsterdam – All Vegan..and good!

Queen’s Comfort – Astoria – atomic mac and cheese balls are a MUST.

Robert Restaurant at Columbus Circle – so fancy. wonderful views. had one drink and was poor.

Root & Bone – Southern, East Village. Cute decor, good eats.

Rosa Mexicano – Union Square – delicious guac/fresh chips – plentiful portions!

Sarabeth’s West – 423 Amsterdam Ave. – lemon ricotta pancakes, four flowers juice, farmer’s omelette, crab cake eggs Benedict — yum

Silver Moon Bakery – 105 st and Broadway – lovely little bakery, everything is FRESH fresh fresh fresh – delicious varieties of quiche and chocolate chip brioche oh my golly gosh yum

Southern Hospitality – 645 9th Ave. – great southern brunch

The Cinnamon Snail – Vegan Food Truck – delicious donuts

The City Bakery –  3 W18th St. – known for wonderful hot chocolate

The Smith – 63rd and Broadway – cavatelli! grilled shrimp/grits! so so good

The Sparrow Tavern – Astoria – featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives – so good.

Tom’s Restaurant – 112 St. and Broadway – THE SEINFELD DINER!!! – Ridiculously large milkshakes = heavenly/enough for five meals

Two Little Red Hens Bakery – 2nd Ave b/w 85 and 86 St. – SO GOOD. cupcakes!!

UVA – 1486 2nd Ave. – Good mushroom ravioli

Zio Ristorante – 17 W 19th St. – filet mignon in blueberry sauce – yum!