Mostly UWS report
Tween daughter and I came to UWS for a long weekend w/ relatives (visiting from Boston). We researched Chowhound (thanks!) as well as a few other resources, and had a weekend of very good eating:
Friday lunch - Shake Shack - with only a line of about 10 people out the door, we decided to go for it. Our hosts both had the burgers and were very satified - I had the shroom burger - very different than the usual grilled portobello sandwich, but delicious and filling. Thumbs up on the crinckle fries too.
Friday ice cream: Gelato cart at Lincoln Center - tween loved it, and sister happy too. the fountain was a nice backdrop.
Friday dinner: Noche Mexicana, on Amsterdam - seemed to have recently moved to nicer digs. Fabulous sauces - the tomato sauce for my chile relleno was terrific, and my sister loved her mole. Pipian sauce was good, but not as delicious. Also, squash blossom quesadilla was an unusual but great pick. Service isn't really quick here, but great food. (Boston chowhounds who love Angela's cafe - come here!)
Sat night dessert - Bomboloni - lukewarm reviews, even for the creme brulee doughnut
Sun brunch - Standard Grill - bustling place, everyone pleased w/ their dishes, from brioche french toast to the polenta w/ gruyere and broccoli rabe. I thought the organic eggs were probably the strongest item. Good service, and not too scary a check.
Sun snack - rugelach from Ruthy's in Chelsea Market. Fine, but not amazing.
Sun cocktails - brother-in-law and I went to Campbell Apartment. Atmosphere was gorgeous, cocktail nice, (a tequila ginger and lime concoction), but be warned that there was no AC. King Cole Bar yielded better AC and fabulous bar snack mix,. Drinks were less creative, but better presentation and chilled thoroughly.
Sun dinner: Sushi @ Momoya on Columbus. Tried a special black cod roll. Fish was v nice, but the sauce a little too sharp and mango-ey. Seaweed sampler was interesting, but not sure I'd need to eat it again. Sister had a set of basic rools, and fish was fresh.
Mon lunch - stopped @ Sido (Columbus and 72nd) for felafel. Crunchy, good hot sauce. If it hadn't been so hot, we might have made it to SoomSoom.
Mon take home bagels - 72nd street bagels - took them home to a happy husband!
Next trip will hopefully include Grandaisy Bakery, SoomSoom and Noi Due.
Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010
176 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023
185 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011
852 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025
89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
267 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023
King Cole Bar
2 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022
366 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024
143 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023
848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014
187 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023