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hwertheim Oct 13, 2008 12:11 PM

We returned from a three-day trip to NYC yesterday. I'm not sure how we managed to eat as much as we did in such a short time, but it was great. I'm not feeling very hungry today!

Pick-a-Pita (has moved locations, is no longer in a loading dock). Very good falafel, nice and moist, very green. Good toppings, fresh pita. The hot sauce was not harissa, which I did not enjoy as much. Overall, good cheap meal.

Una Pizza Napoletana - Arghhh...It was supposed to be good, as we watched the excellent-quality ingredients go onto our pizza....we shared a Margherita and the one with cherry tomatoes. They were both too salty, and one was too charred on one side. And at $45 for two small pizzas (enough for small to medium appetites) it made us feel like suckers - haha, see how the yuppies will pay astronomical prices for pizza! The cheese, sauce, and crust (where it wasn't entirely burnt) were excellent.

Breakfast at Dean and Deluca's - not so great. Ordered a scone from Balthazar and a banana bran muffin, which was almost inedible it was so dry. But the NY Times, a Ronnybrook yoghurt drink, sunshine and good coffee made up for some of its failings.

Artisanal - Steak Frites. Excellent. Asked for mayonnaise for the frites, which made the dish perfect. Wonderful service.

Caracas Arepas. This was a culinary revelation. I am now trying to figure out how to go to Venezuela to eat more Arepas. We had #10, which was cheese, avocado, fried plaintains. You must add the amazing sauce. The wait wasn't too long, and we were both so in awe at these little sandwiches, we went back for more the next day.

Sarabeths's on Central Park. Had smoked salmon eggs benedict, and lemon ricotta pancakes. The pancakes were very nice, could have used a few more raspberries. The bennie was great! I usually hate it, but this was wonderful. The only complaint was that the english muffin was a bit too big for the dish.

Grimaldi's Pizza - we went because my wife felt very strongly about this. Stood in line for forty minutes, ate very credible pizza. Noticed that the cheese and sauce are substandard compared to UPN, but not too saltly, and we ended up with leftovers all for under $20. I was disappointed that we didn't get to either DiFara or Lucali, but next time....

Donut Plant - Tres Leches, Tres Leches, Tres Leches. Very, very good. Want to take up donut-making. The blackout and three chocolates weren't in the same league as Tres Leches.

Sweet Revenge - Had two cupcakes, raspberry red velvet and dulche de leche. Way too sweet, substandard buttercream which was kind of gritty, and somewhat dry.

I also tried a Bialy from Kossar's. Maybe you have to grow up with them to appreciate them, but I was underwhelmed. It was warm, which was nice, but kind of blah. I am a Montreal-style bagel person, so that may be the problem.

Junior's Cheesecake. Excellent, plain NY-style cheesecake. Ate two slices.

All in all, we had a great time eating our way through NY, and we didn't spend a fortune, either. Thanks to all of the chowhounders whose previous posts came in very handy.