do U know where 2 EAT in the City????
If you have to ask me what City, then please leave my page….. Just kidding. New York City!!! No matter where you’re from in New York State, everyone knows “the City” is NYC. The mecca of food-dom, the principality of everything cool, trendy, avant-garde and strange but interesting. The grittiest, dirty island. The most energetic, intense bouillabaisse of ethnic cultures in the U.S.A. I absolutely love all of its nuances but in small doses. This is why 3-4 days is enough to pop in, taste what’s happening in the culinary world and head home. You don’t have to eat at Thomas Kellers’ Per Se OR Eric Rippert’s le Bernadin to elevate your palate, there are too many up and coming chefs, at different price points to enjoy something fabulous, new and exciting OR old and familiar, that you can’t find where you currently live.
There are literally 3 restaurants on every street, how can you decide where to eat? do U know where 2 eat in NYC? Last weekend, the City was beautiful and warm for an October weekend! There were gorgeous planters in the West Village, filled with colorful flowers in abundance, bursting out of their pots, it felt like Spring. Flowers in bloom in decorative pots, in NYC? October? somebody pinch me…….
I had Friday nite to Sunday morning to tackle the places I wanted to eat. do U know where 2 eat in the City?
The first place we went to was MOMOFUKU noodle bar, on the lower east side. Of course, being NYC what’s an establishment without a line? A closed establishment. So there was a line @ 8:30, we didn’t get seated until 9:30, I was cranky and ready to eat the Hostess.
We finally sat down and ordered Shrimp bun with spicy mayo, pickled red onion and iceberg, they were soft tender pillowy buns in between chunks of a shrimp sort of patty, with a tangy sauce & the Brisket bun with horseradish, pickled red onion and cucumber. These little hot buns of love were quite tasty. You can eat a dozen of them like the white castle burgers from the old days……
THE Spicy Miso Ramen– is an amazing dish, so flavorful, so delicious on so many levels, it made the wait worth it. Why can’t West Palm Beach get some authentic bowls????? Something that looks so simple, basic, almost pedestrian, yet so incredibly satisfying. My mouth went “AHHHHHHH” Momofuku ramen bowls – you’re a 10!.
Next on the foodie hit list was Dominque Ansel’s Bakery in Soho. The line was short but while on line it was announced there weren’t anymore cronuts. That’s ok because I didn’t want one. Instead, I ordered a poopoo platter of sorts: canele, comstock, croissant, cafe au lait, chocolate eclair. The croissant and cafe au lait were delicious, the croissant was tender and flaky. The eclair was rather a disappointment – the only time I’ve had an amazing eclair was in Paris @ Fauchon. Fauchon has ruined me. Their eclair has a crispy exterior and a hollow interior filled with creamy chocolate deliciousness. Everyone else has either soggy exterior with un-flavorful interior. The canelè is a small French Pastry with a soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust. It takes the shape of a small cylinder and is a specialty of the Bordeaux region of France. It’s something I’ve never made but thoroughly enjoy eating. It’s not too sweet yet very satisfying as something to accompany your cafe or a snack.
We also walked along The High Line, which is a 1.45-mile-long New York City linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line. Next to that, was on the foodie hit list – the Chelsea Market– an authentic food hall that houses various types of unique fresh fish and butchery, produce, and bakery items. A foodie destination on its own. Definitely a must on every foodies hit list.
I found some unique spices to try, you can purchase these spices in little tins. A bit pricey but unique.
Next on the foodie list was a Tapas restaurant – Sala One Nine located on 19th Street between 5th and 6th Ave which is a fun place to gather with friends, it’s load, cozy and there are lots of tapas (small) plates to choose. Sharing is the way to eat. I didn’t get to photograph the grilled octopus because it was inhaled as it hit the table. It was by far, the best dish. Very small, but tender, charred well-seasoned octopus. Sorry everyone, NO picture as proof……http://www.salaonenine.com
Last but not least, was my ritual good by NYC gravlax bagel from Murrays Bagel on 6th and 12th. It’s a local institution for authentic Jewish NY deli. Their bagels are amazing, fresh, crusty, flavorful- and when you add the capers, cream cheese, red onions, tomato, and gravlax – it becomes the perfect combination for whatever you’re looking for. So long NYC, till we EAT again.!!!!!