PAPAYA KING - Had to go, but it was pretty bad.
ROOF GARDEN CAFE AT THE MET - Nice portabello & veggie sandwich to wash out the taste of Papaya King.
MILON - Gaudy Indian place with low-hanging red chile lights and shiny red wallpaper. Next to another restaurant with similar decor. (Talk about your red light district!) Chicken with almond-cream sauce was highlight.
VENIERO'S - Sicilian cheesecake had light texture, nice rum kick. Cream in friend's Mille Foglie was amazing.
PING - Good dim sum, nothing stood out.
ITALIAN FOOD CENTER - Grilled chicken & mozzarella sandwich. Outstanding fresh cheese. Springy texture, like Sichuan marinated tofu.
GRAND CENTRAL OYSTER BAR - Tilework glorious, food not so much. Clams in pan roast rubbery, sauce heavy yet flavorless, like eating a roux.
SECOND AVE DELI - Excellent pastrami sandwich. Lean, not too salty, but very flavorful.
YONAH SCHIMMEL - Can't think of any form of potato I've enjoyed more than their knish, with bits of cheese & onion. Heavenly.
GRAMERCY TAVERN - Prosciutto sandwich with bits of pear just okay, but lobster bisque was terrific. This lobster died peacefully in its sleep. The clams at the Oyster Bar were brutally murdered.
JOHN'S PIZZERIA (Times Sq) - Nice crispy, non-greasy crust. But cheese was oddly goopy.
SHOPSIN'S - Menu induced vertigo. Ordered pineapple-coconut pancakes. Unusually high fruit to batter ratio, but it grew on me. Old-time novelty music in the background creeped me out.
JULIAN'S - Fried calamari excellent. Orecchetti perfectly cooked, but sausage & sauce unmemorable.
PATSY'S (East Harlem) - Wonderful thin thin crust, with bits of char on bottom. Tomato sauce had simple, clean flavor of pureed tomatoes.
PETER LUGER - Addictive onion and poppyseed rolls. Outstanding bacon appetizer, crispy smoky fatty goodness. German potatoes okay. Steak was very good, full char on one side, but prefer prime aged ribeye.
GRIMALDI'S - Very similar to Patsy's, but with superior cheese, and an aromatic leaf of basil on each slice. Oh yeah.
JACQUES TORRES - Spicy hot chocolate had a lot of interesting stuff going on, but not as good as hot cocoa at Leonidas.
LOMZYNIANKA - Finally ate at Polish restaurant, after staying in Greenpoint for a week. Hungarian pie was awesome, giant potato pancake folded over savory beef stew. Potato & cheese pierogi also great. Breaded chicken suffered by comparison.
Ultimate Brooklyn leftover breakfast - steak & potatoes from Peter Luger, pizza from Grimaldi's. Friend generously offered me a potent krajana sausage from STEVE'S MEAT MARKET to take back to LA.