Wish I could do this more often but I was able to satisfy two long running food cravings of mine in Manhattan last weekend...One was a meal at the newly opened 2nd. Ave. Deli now on 33rd. St. Wow! It was bustling when the 3 of us sat down (we got there about 11:45 a.m.) and our friendly waitress brought us the complimentary pickles, cole slaw and 'gribbinitz' (fried chicken fat). My son in law and I got two different triple deckers so we could split the booty, mine with pastrami, corned beef and wide salami, the other with chopped liver and fresh turkey. Both were huge! My wise daughter opted for the Half a Sandwich and Soup Combo, in this case Matzoh Ball wth carrots and noodles. What a feast...and our waitress was the best, despite the hubbub and tight quarters, looking after our needs throughout...brought home two potato knishes and a jar of house mustard.
The next day two of us went down to Chinatown to have a taste of those fabled soup buns. Took a nice walk thru the area (it had been a while and we're in Westchester). Got to Pell St. and went to Joe's Shanghai where there was quite a wait at 4 p.m., so we opted to go to their other place Joe's Ginger, which had no wait. It turned out to be just fine. We slurped and savored the pork buns, warm and delicious, along with an order of the Singapore Chow Mei Fun (was in the mood for some curry flavor). Both dishes were a delight...For dessert we walked back to Mott St. to a bakery right off the corner of Canal (forgot the name). We shared a coconut cream dessert bun and lemon custard tart. Yum!