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Diary of a Glutton: NYC Trip Report May 2008

daveena | May 23, 2008 09:21 PM

On my last trip to NYC, I ate so much I found myself hyperventilating in an attempt to end-drive my metabolic processes (at Momofuku Ssam Bar, during my fifth of six meals that day) so that I could eat even more (it made sense at the time). I then learned the hard way that metabolisms really do slow down after thirty. Five tenacious, brutally difficult to lose pounds later, I returned.

No more, I swore. This year, I set some ground rules:
1) No more than four meals a day (snacks don’t count)
2) Of these, no more than two could be multi-course
3) No eating past the point of pain (up until and including are ok)

The Summary:
As good as I remembered: Ali Baba’s lahmacun, Katz’s pastrami, Grandaisy/Sullivan Street Bakery potato pizza
Not as good as I remembered: Le Bernardin, Jean-Georges, Patisserie-Claude
Keeping their spots in my “Top 5” list: Degustation, Momofuku Ssam Bar
Disappointing: Madeleine’s macarons, Grandaisy’s cauliflower pizza and artichoke foccacia
Totally not overhyped: Tailor
Best midnight snack: head cheese and French red wine flight at Bar Boulud
Meal that brought my brother out of an existential crisis I didn’t know he was having: Degustation
Totally exceeded my (admittedly low) expectations: Cupcake Café, Peking Duck House

The Itinerary:
Day 1: Sook
Day 2: Barney Greengrass, Madeleine, Casa Mono, Tarallucci e Vino, Momofuku Ssam Bar, Tailor
Day 3: Jean-Georges, Patisserie-Claude, Sushi Yasuda
Day 4: Katz’s, Cupcake Café, Peking Duck House
Day 5: Grandaisy (UWS), Le Bernardin, Bar Boulud
Day 6: Ali Baba, Degustation

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