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Recent visit to NYC (long)

Steve | Feb 25, 2002 09:48 AM

Recently returned from a trip to NYC. Got in late on a Tuesday and left mid-day Sunday. The four full days we were there were FILLED with museum visits, attending a taping of the Late Night show, shopping and visiting ground zero. I enjoyed, and benefited from reading postings on a couple of boards and hope that my comments will help those planning a visit.

What follows is in no particular order. FYI there were four of us.

Breakfast at Barney Greengrass was wonderful. Got there about 9:30, were greeted when we walked in and had coffee almost before we got our coats off (a good a cup of coffee as I have enjoyed in a long time). The lox and cream cheese were great, the cheddar omelet also good (but not what was expected; it is open faced, but lots of cheese). The best breakfast was the scrambled eggs with salmon and onions – exceptional!

Two breakfasts at Pigalle (corner of W 48th and 8th) were also wonderful, but getting coffee refills was slow. Best bets are the omelets (traditional) and the breakfast croissant with scrambled eggs and bacon.

Not so good was breakfast at the Olympic Diner between 48th and 49th on 8th. Slow service, cramped seats, egg orders wrong and soggy home fries.

Lunch at Patsy’s (W 56th between B’way and 8th) was good. Stumbled on it after leaving the Museum of Natural History. We got a large pizza (half pepperoni – half sun dried tomato and mushrooms), it was great.

Less than great was lunch at Mr. Tang (50 Mott). Wound up there when we gave up on the cab driver finding the lower end of Mott (wanted to eat at Wo Hop, but were let off at the middle of Mott and one of us was nursing a sore foot and two had to visit a bath room, soon). Best I can say is that it was clean.

Lunch at Katz’s mid-day Saturday was hectic, but great. The place was packed, but our waitress did her best to get us our food in a reasonable time. Thought the best deal on the menu was the half-sandwich and bowl of soup. The pastrami was all it is billed to be, the corned beef was excellent and we enjoyed both the chicken noodle and matzo ball soups. The turkey sandwich was good. In the interest of research, I also had a hot dog with kraut; good, but maybe I’m no dog connoisseur; the dogs from the street vendors compare favorably and are a lot cheaper.

Supper at the Sea Grill was exceptional – great seats by the rink, wonderful service, and marvelous food. The chowder was great, but the portobello soup was exceptional. The crab cakes rival any from Baltimore and the black bass “a la plancha” was grilled to perfection. The portobello fries are worth the expense and the potatoes chips were wonderful. Can you tell we liked it – a lot!

Supper at Langan’s (150 West 47th) was good, but not great. It was hit or miss. The Caesar salad was exceptional, the chicken, asparagus and wild mushroom soup was very good as was the corned beef and cabbage (the diner thought the CB was better than Katz’s). The strip steak and the french onion soup were OK. The crab cakes were terrible, they were sent back –mushy and tasteless.

Supper at l’ecole the French culinary was also exceptional. EVERYTHING was wonderful, from the starters, through the main courses to the deserts. Since the menu changes so often, won’t recap what we had, but it all was great.

Finally, supper at Gramercy Tavern was all it was billed to be. Ate in the front room – a very comfortable space. Exceptional service and simply wonderful food. Both the salmon and the filet were top notch.

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