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Review of NYC (1st trip since 98) bit long !!


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Review of NYC (1st trip since 98) bit long !!

melsy | | May 5, 2007 09:42 AM

Thank you those who who led the path to some lovely places , however with a larger group of varying tastes it proved most difficult to please everyone.I wont list names as I will most probably forget all who helped me on here, but I think those know who I drove mad!!. Suffice to say our 1st night at Keens was lovely.

River Cafe didnt happen sadly as the birthday girl decided we must do the sex in the city tour and that collided with our brunch time booking so it had to be re thought. The day actually ended at Pastis (were her favoured actor was seated I might add!!!).

Ok so 1st night Keens :

What a wonderful place , such a great atmosphere and a really lovely way to start the trip. I loved the fresh crudites on the table (often in UK they are a very sad state by the time they reach one from the kitchen!!) We started with a treat and had the Lobster cocktail , I couldn't get enough of the fresh basil mayonnaise, it was divine! We all ordered sirloin steak and salads and what enormous steaks they were, we had to share!! The steaks were very god , well seasoned and melt in the mouth . It was perfect after a long day of travel. I think many New Yorkers seemed surprised by there being a table of young female Londoners !

The next day was just a quick nosh late lunch at Le Tisserie ,which being a counter service place the food was actually quite good.Although the sweetness of the candied walnuts in my salad got a bit much after a while. We just dont have places quite like this in London unless you go to Patisserie Valerie on Marylebone and spend a fortune. The caramel profiterole was just lush.

That same evening we had Lure fish bar booked , but we were so tired from the flight the day before (and some serious shopping) that we favoured a more casual and familiar place so Katz diner it was instead !!. Despite the quite basic chicken soup & a bit over salty (nothing like mums, but those matzo tennis balls always make me chuckle !) , it was the best place to just hang. The chop liver however was nice and moist and quite sweet & the salt beef (I cant remember what its called in USA) , was also quite like we make at home. Also I assume its quite normal if a trad chutzpah- ish to ask that tips be left on the table in th USA? We brits tend to be a little more modest about that side of things, but our waiter being a little bit of eye candy got away with it!!

The next morning we wandered around Greenwich Village and a nice chap saw us stuck for breakfast and suggested we go to Grey Dog , well what a nice little place that was. Great vibe , friendly staff and great to just people watch at the tables at the front. I loved it round there btw!

The lunch this day was spent at Zoe's in Soho and whilst it had a nice atmosphere the staff were a tad uninterested (very moody bar man) and the food was very mixed ; the starter of calamari with thai dip was amazing , crispy, fresh and very moreish, whilst my chicken salad was dry and very bland and I frankly couldn't eat it. My sisters pizza however was very tasty; moist and garlicky.

I wont even mention were we had dinner by the west side theatre as we left it too late, it was just a quick basic choose your own deli salad for like $6 , but it did the trick !!!Again we pay over the odds for salads like these and theyre normally not fresh or that tasty !

Magnolia Bakery was a must during the SATC tour and we picked up 2 boxes of cupcakes for our friends birthday that evening, I cannot believe the frenzy in there as the trays came out at the cupcake corner, the staff were really riled by the madness and stated that they only had 2 arms not 4. It was great to watch ! The women glazing behind the counter well I all I can say is if looks could kill !!! I must say though they are gorgeous cup cakes and the chocolate frosting, well. I was in heaven !!

Lunch the next day was at South Street Seaport at a very Touristy affair and Im loathe to list it here,but it was Il Porto for those thinking of going there! Tagliatelle bolognese was quite good but the shrimp cocktail was a very sad affair on ice that had melted into a watery base and a meagre handful of shrimp!!

Dinner , as it was a last minute booking and surprisingly at Pastis , was quite a nice evening spent. Being as its based on an authentic French Bistro it was quite good having been to Paris many times.Very good drinks and moules et fritz (the best chips in months anywhere I must say). Although we did have to remove the Pernod from our party's dishes as it seemed to be a prolific ingredient on the menu, I think this has been mentioned on here before may be! Not sure Id rush back, as the staff messed up our Magnolia Bakery cup cake cake and took the candles that we bought there to put on them (they replaced them with some nasty ones, but I managed to sort it with the maitre de before the birthday girl saw what was going down)) , but boy the chutzpah to think they would get away with that ,cheeky guys. Also certain famous actors had a table and had asked that the tables surrounding them not be taken , so the atmosphere went a bit odd for the last hour and some very disappointed faces were asked to leave the area!

As for sushi , we didnt get any time to do that properly and had to make do with a quick fix at the food market down stairs in Grand central station. Not the worst, not the best but is was sushi!

All in all not a to bad food experience, much missed out , but I now have a BIG reason to go back very soon with my husband who would love to do the each-course-in-different restaurant-evening that I so wanted to do !!

I soo want to be there now!!

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