3 day trip review (long)
A 3 day weekend in NYC brought me to a fair number of places. As soon as I got off the Megabus, I went to the Mooncake on W. 30th for what may have been my best food of the trip. I was actually surprised this was such a proper restaurant but sat down for a Vietnamese pork meatball sandwich on an amazing baguette w/ chili sauce, carrots, etc. served w/ a salad & mango dressing, and a ginger iced tea which was also great. Super busy there so kind of wolfed it down but a deal at $11 total (no credit cards). Walked down to the Chelsea Mkt and grabbed a choc. macaroon from Ruthie's which was fine. After regrouping in the Wall St. area, I headed up to the Whitney for free Fri. evening viewing but needed a snack before a late dinner, so got a Doughnut Plant donut at Dean & Deluca which was fine but the free little olive roll he gave me was better. I then met my friend at Little Branch where we waited for 5-10 at 9PM on a Fri. and ended up sitting on the little steps by the bar. The drink was fine (Diablo something w/ ginger, no cards again) and glad I went there but once was enough. We had a 10PM res at Babbo where my friend had 3 small plates: sardines, winter vegetable salad and grilled shrimp which she seemed to enjoy. My bucatini w/ guaniciale (sp) was good and a relative bargain at $20. A side of Brussels sprouts w/ pancetta was excellent. Glasses of wine tho, damn those were expensive. Service was okay and as I said in the SF person's post, the place was very noisy and hearing that horrible new RHCP song was the most annoying part of the noise. I didn't think to ask to be seated in a certain area when I made the res. Whatever, I'm happy to have eaten there finally. Ended the nite at Motor City on Ludlow (no credit cards, this I don't find surprising).
Went to the Brooklyn Flea mkt on Sat. (that building at One Hanson is beautiful)) and got a tuna taco from the stand cuz the short ribs weren't hot enough yet. And since Dough had a stand and I wasn't going to get to their main store, I tried a cafe au lait donut but these are too big and fluffy for my taste. After getting cool vintage eyeglass frames, I took the train to 125th St. and walked down Amsterdam Ave. to Columbus Circle, got a $4 tomato/mozzarella slice at Freddie & Pepper's pizza, the guy working there was super nice. Got ready for the nite out starting at one of the newish bars on Ave. C. I wish we'd gone to Evelyn which was very mellow at 8:45 but we stuck with the Third Man where getting the bartender's attention took way too long. But I did enjoy the drink (Spirit of 49 w/ bourbon, lemon, honey, bitters). Drinks are $12 and guess what, no credit cards. Sheesh, what's up with that policy all over the place? We had a 10PM res at Yerba Buena on Ave. A which was packed so waiting a few minutes for a table was cumbersome but my salmon was very good ($26) and they serve a giant pisco sour. Friend enjoyed the pork and the host was kind of endearing. On the other hand, this seems to be a place for b-day celebrations with huge sparkler candles on dessert being served so that was a little hokey. Ended with rockabilly at Otto's Shrunken Head.
I saw it was Rest. Week and wanted to take advantage of one place while in town and Leopard des Artistes on the UWS fit the bill for brunch after free time at the Frick (and convenient to my wheelchair friend who lives a couple streets away). Lots of history in this building. I actually ended up not doing 3 courses and got eggs Benedict ($14) but they unfortunately had a hard yolk, otherwise tasty. Good bread basket, funny server, people seemed to enjoy their omelets and branzino. Was meeting friends in Brooklyn for dinner and took a recommendation from the Outer Boroughs board for a burger at Double Windsor in Windsor Terrace but it was loud and crowded and I didn't want to yell (again) at my last meal so got a rec for the 12th Ave Bar & Grill around the corner. This was a very pleasant restaurant with interesting food and drinks but I stuck with a burger, which besides having too much cheese was great served w/ good fries. Friends enjoyed their butternut squash ravioli and tuna tartar, very nice service. On the way back to Wall St. I stopped at Zeytuna Mkt who seem to cut the price of their baked goods late at nite, lucky me, then a drink at The Growler on Stone St. which was a cute place with a much more interesting menu than you'd expect. Just got a 12 oz "Growler bright" beer and had a nice conversation with the bartender but not sure why I was charged the $7 that pints cost. Put a damper on things.
Grabbed a salt bagel (since they don't make egg) w/ scallion cr. cheese at Leo's on Williams St. for my bus snack but it was just okay (does not compare with Baker's Dozen in Greenpoint). And took home a tomato/mozzarella sub from Salumeria Biellese on 8th Ave. @29th cuz Yelp said they had great sandwiches. I've never seen so much mozz on a sandwich but it wasn't the tastiest in the world. Better than usual winter tomatoes and I requested the baguette rather than the seeded bread which was good.
So there you go, I try to make this as concise as possible and it still comes out like a short novel.