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Manhattan Trip Report - Disaster Struck!

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Hi folks, well as you know for months I was planning our trip and the food we would sample when we were in town from 21 - 25 Feb 2010. The itinerary all went down the pan due to illness, and having to leave a day early because of the snow storm....Anyway, the few meals we did have consisted of the following:

Sunday Lunchtime - arrived at the hotel too early to check in so wandered around to the TWC to sample something from Bouchon Bakery. I had the Pain au Raisin and my husband had the Nutter Butter. Both were completely delicious.

Sunday Evening - after spending what felt like an eternity in B&H Camera we were starving and needed something close by. Lack of web access overseas meant I couldn't look up anywhere close by so we ended up in Skylight Diner. This was a pleasant surprise as we really enjoyed our meal in this small diner. I had the ham and cheese omelette with home fries and rye toast. The fries were crispy on top and had red peppers in there. Omelette was light and tasty with a good amount of filling. It really was a good basic meal. Husband had the 9oz burger with fries. Fries were hot, crispy and very fresh. Burger was a medium thickness patty, juicy but cooked well done (we weren't asked about temperature). The burger was tasty but would have been tastier if cooked less. Bun was a standard burger bun, lightly toasted, and held the burger together well.

Monday morning - finally got to sample Clinton Street Baking Company. We spent $50 on breakfast for two, but believe me it was worth every cent and then some. We got there around 8.30am (jet lag) and it was 3/4 empty. Good strong coffee, topped up without asking. Good start! I ordered the blueberry pancakes and a side of bacon. OH. MY. GOD. I have never ever tasted pancakes as light, fluffy and delicious as this ever. The blueberries were big, juicy and fresh and the tastiest I have ever tried. Maple butter is a welcome change to maple syrup - it tasted like warm butterscotch and finished it off nicely. Bacon was crispy with a good smoke flavour but not charred. Husband had the brioche french toast with caramelized bananas and pecans with a side of scrambled egg - also out of this world. It was the kind of food that makes you squeal with delight with every mouthful!

After a breakfast like that we had no intentions - or any room for lunch.

Monday evening - we were in the Upper West Side area (and saw Bruce Willis at a premiere!!!) and needed someplace quick to eat. We ended up in Patsy's and had a great pizza. Nothing outstanding, but very enjoyable.

Monday night - in the middle of the night disaster struck and I had the worst stomach upset ever. Not sure it was the food (as husband ate the same and was fine) or if it was some kind of virus, but it was enough to keep me in bed for most of the next day and feeling off colour for about a week.

Tuesday night - ventured out in the evening and was persuaded to go to Brooklyn Diner near Carnegie Hall. Husband had a burger which he still says is the best burger he has ever tried. I needed something plain and simple so had the chicken soup. Only managed about a tenth of the bowl but what I had was amazing and hot the spot nicely. Lots of fresh chicken breast and a good amount of tarragon i think it was. Excellent broth, very nutritious. Husband thought so too - it was so good he finished it off as well as his burger! We thought this was quite pricey, but the quality good.

Wednesday - couldn't manage any breakfast other than coffee. Lunchtime managed a small amount of salad from Hale & Hearty which was very fresh and delicious.

Wednesday evening - heard on the TV about the snowstorm scheduled the following day and decided to hop in a cab to La Guardia and head to Florida a day early. Good job too as I understand a lot of flights were cancelled.

So there you have it, based on the original itinerary and plans it was a bit of a disaster but I'm glad I finally got to CSB - that was worth the trip in itself!

We're heading back to the city again in October so lets hope we have better luck next time!

Thanks for all your help.

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  1. Sorry to hear that you were ill here - I've had the same problem on two trips to Paris (!) and it just about killed me that I couldn't take full advantage! Do come back - and better luck next time.

    1. Glad to hear you enjoyed the Skylight...one of the more pleasant surprises in the area and definitely my favorite diner in town. I used to dream about their patty-melts.

      www.thelunchbelle.com