request advice : long weekend 12/12/98
- martin merowitz
How are/ what to order, what wines @
nougatine, union sq cafe, payard?
Are Ratner's onion rolls still worth a detour?
ditto bonte eclairs?
cloisters? rockettes? 42nd st library reading room?
I grew up in the City, went to school there, haven't
been back since '85.
all other suggestions happily welcomed.
Martin-You will find Nougatine quite enjoyable though
no signature dish jumps from my memory. Wines are not
cheap. Union Square Cafe is always "correct". Their
Filet Mignon of Tuna is a famous dish of theirs. The
Polenta with Mascarpone and the Garlic Potato Chips
are great sides. They have a terrific wine list that
is quite reasonably priced. They have an 1989 La Rioja
Alta Vina Ardanza on the list for $38 which isn't bad
considering it cost $24 retail. I've enjoyed Payard
more for coffee and pastries than for dinner. Good
after the Whitney. I'd skip Ratners. If you want an
injection of Jewish heritage, go to Barnie Greengrass
for a smoked fish platter and some bialys. It's far,
far better than Ratners. Other restaurants you might
want to look into, especially not having been here
since '85 are; Patria, Mesa Grill, Gotham, Aqua Grill
and Blue Ribbon. All are quintessentially New York.