San Franciscans reporting back!
Several months ago, many of you offered kind assistance in helping plan our three dinners in New York. Well last night we enjoyed the last of those three and here's what we did:
The Modern--chose this restaurant the first night because it was just a few blocks from our hotel and we were arriving late. Had a fantastic meal--three courses with multiple offerings at each course. Nice room with view of sculpture garden. I started with a sorrel risotto with salmon tartare and grapefruit and then had a quail and foie gras dish as the main course. My wife had a salad of various types of tomatoes and then Vermont suckling pig. All were delicious. For dessert I had a chocolate tart (dark chocolate) with other smaller chocolate goodies. My wife passed on dessert but participated in the petit four which were provided. We had multiple amuse bouche--all good and the staff was very helpful with the winelist. Excellent service. Lots going on in their bar.
Babbo- I was really looking forward to this and it didn't disappoint. Started with a house made prosciutto (actuall Sapprasseto but I know I'm not spelling that right so I am calling it prosciutto). We split the goose liver ravioli which were amazing. I had the magnificent pork chop with peppers, cippolini and something else and my wife thought her lamb chops were fantastic. The wine list, mostly Italian, was daunting but our waiter helped us select an nice Lombardia. For dessert we split a peach crostata. Excellent experience!
Gramercy Tavern - we stewed for weeks over this and EMP and decided the ambiance here sounded more to our liking. Again another fantastic experience. I started with the foie gras custard which was served with peach marmalade and fresh peaches. My wife had a veal stuffed pasta of some sort. My main was beef which was recommended by our waiter--a medium rare steak and a braised piece served with a variety of beans. My wife had duck--breast and leg confit. The chocolate bread pudding was my dessert and it was truly delicious. Can't remember what my wife had. Again, the staff was helpful in selecting a reasonably priced Bordeaux.
We did RGR's LES tour and had a great culinary experience there. Thanks, RGR. Incidentally, we showed your itinerary to one of the proprietor's at Katz's and he thinks there is a better choice for the egg cream just a few blocks away. Can't remember the name.
Incidentally, our hotel was just across the street from Rockerfeller Center and on two evenings we had cocktails outside at Brasserie Ruhlmann--a very Parisian like experience. The bar apps looked fantastic--a trio of mini kobe hamburgers, fries with truffle oil, some little grilled sandwiches. They smelled so delicious. I checked up on Ruhlman online and found their chef had worked at Lodeyen in Paris--one of our favorites--so today we had a quick lunch there. Don't know what the locals think but we enjoyed it.
So thanks for the good time everyone!!
Thanks for reporting back! Happy to hear that all your restaurant experiences were terrifc and, of course, I'm especially pleased that you enjoyed my tour.
Re: the guy at Katz's. "A few blocks away" from where? He may have been referring to Gem Spa. It's on the corner of 2nd Av. & 8th St., which is two avenue blocks west of where Ray's, the hole-in-the-wall candy store, is located. The egg cream at Gem Spa is excellent but, in my view, not superior to the one at Ray's.
Safe journey home and come back soon!
I think he said it was near the corner of 2nd Av & St. Marks but I looked around there and didn't see anything. Incidentally, we're now sitting in the internet cafe of the Sea Princess over in Brooklyn. Sailing north this evening and ending up in Quebec City. I think I mentioned before that that is going to have to take care of our France trip this year.
St. Mark's is one block south of 8th St., so he was definitely referring to Gem Spa. Ray's is easy to miss if you aren't looking carefully because there is no name signage; however, if you are on the correct corner -- 2nd & 8th -- you can't miss Gem Spa (a fair-sized candy store/newstand), as you can see from the photo via the link in my previous post.
We've been to Quebec City -- though not recently -- and always enjoyed it.