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SF Bay Area Hounds trip report

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roxie Jun 26, 2012 10:56 AM

First thank you for this board. We go to NYC at least once a year but it is always great to catch up on what's happening. We were in NYC 6/9-6/17 and here are some reviews:

First night we arrived late to the city and had 9:15 reservations at Empellon Tacqueria. I do not get the fascination with the place. The service was abysmal and the food simply mediocre and overpriced. I will say we may be spoiled for a tacqueria anyplace other than in the SF Bay Area. We would not go back.

Sunday we had our usual brunch @ The Spotted Pig. We surprisingly got a table within 15 minutes. The corned beef hash and poached eggs along with a spicy bloody mary hit the spot.
Sunday pm we were meeting friends and walked to Grove and Bleeker for dinner @ Buvette. We loved this place. One of us is a vegetarian so we ordered several vegetable plates which were all delicious. We did get two orders of mussels which were not particularly good. The desserts astound. We split a Tarte Tatin and a chocolate mousse. Both were fabulous. I'd go back h ere in a heartbeat.

Monday we met our cousin on the High Line and walked and walked. We actually got tacos from the taco truck stand on the High Line which were far superior to those at Empellon at half the price.
That evening we met other cousins at Nomad and had a spectacular meal. We were seated in the parlor which I think is the nicest place for dinner. The food, service and everything about the place was grand. The highlight of our meal was my slow cooked halibut(sous vide) which is perhaps one of the best things I have ever eaten.

Tuesday we were at the Met so ate in the cafeteria. It's nothing great but we split a chicken salad sandwich. We had Murray's bagels with cream cheese, lox, tomatoes, red onion and capers for breakfast. It was divine. That evening we walked to Pearl and had another great meal. We always go to Pearl having decided it was Pearl over Mary's Fish Camp long ago. One of us had the lobster roll and one of us had the scallops. We split a bowl of their great clam chowder.

Wednesday we were at the Bronx Botanical Garden so had to go through Grand Central. On the way home we stopped in at the Campbell apartment for bone dry martinis. We hopped on the subway and returned to our hood (W Village).We were pretty bushed so decided on something simple. We checked out Corner Bistro (too loud and too much of a scene), Cafe Cluny (too pricey for our tired selves) and ended up at Tavern on Jane for GREAT burgers.

Thursday we headed to Christopher Street for our usual stops. We ended up at Joseph Leonard(another favorite) for a delicious lunch. We split a chilled asparagus soup, smoked salmon toasts and a market salad. That evening we went to the theatre. We had 10 pm reservations at another favorite Dell'Anima. It was noisy and delicious as always. One of us had the pasta with spring truffles, pecorina and a perfectly coddled egg yolk, the other had the parpadelle bolognese. We split the huge argula salad. The torrone gelato was just ok.

Friday we did more museum and then cabbed over to Al di La. I must say I have loved this place every time we have gone before(several). It seemed lacking. I know this is outer boroughs but this was our one excursion. We decided we'd try going deeper into Brooklyn next time. Perhaps our days at Al di La are over.

Saturday we had birthday reservations @ Recette. It was delicious as always. We split the arugla and kumquat salad(ok) one of us had the chicken dish(very good) and one of us had the scallops in beurre blanc with caviar. That was the winner.

Sunday was our day to leave and so we managed another brunch @ The Spotted Pig. It was just as good.

I miss New Yawk!

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  1. kosmose7 RE: roxie Jun 26, 2012 01:44 PM

    Thanks for your great report!
    And I miss SF!
    My latest visit to SF was in April and I fully enjoyed Atelier Crenn, Benu, Water Bar, and Baume. :) Didn't like the sushi place Kyo Ya (not to be confused with the kaiseki restaurant under the same name in NY) though.

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      sam1 RE: roxie Jun 26, 2012 06:36 PM

      i live nearby and tavern on jane is my local so im happy you appreciated it. and buvette is a fantastic addition to the area.

      al di la is great but they dont change the menu so it gets a bit boring.

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