Just got back from three days in NYC--I posted to the Man. message board too and realized I needed to post here as well--sorry for dupilicating:
Antek Polish Deli & Rest in Greenpoint: We had boiled pierogies ruskie and fried meat pierogies, also a small serving of beef ghoulash and red borscht. What is that apple [or pear?]-flavored drink they serve with lunches? We walked and walked--filled our packs with mustard, pickles, dried meats--next time my husband needs to strap on a cooler pack as we saw incredible kielbasis in the delis. On the train on the way over I was cautioned against walking around in this part of Brooklyn. I am going to be back in NYC in January by myself--any advice? Greenpoint didn't seem the least bit dangerous to me, but...I'm a hayseed.
Walked through Borough Park and down 18th Ave into Bensonhurst--ate at DANZA'S--had a meatball hero so good I wanted six more--our server, Linda, refused to bring me a stuffed artichoke--"It was made yesterday," she said, "And since you don't get this kind of food back home I can't serve it to you." Instead she brought me a platter of fried calamaris and shrimp, which I didn't want, AND rice balls, mozzarella and carrozza and eggplant rollatini--which I did want--the mozzarella and carrozza was VERY greasy--but I had never had this most sinful food before in my life and found it to be conceptually divine--deep fried grilled cheese? Linda says she makes hers with mayo-- Okay, so here's the thing--I can't stop dreaming about this food, and when I am back in January, anyone, if you can direct me to even better Italian, please do--I'll walk for hours.
18th Ave Bakery--the biscotti were so good--I just finished off the ones we brought home with us this morning--they dried out quickly but tasted good--however, the day I bought them they were chewy and fresh--the way real Italian biscotti are supposed to be.