I spent last weekend in New York City and tried several restaurants. Thought I'd share my thoughts/opinions with you.
The first place my friend and I went was to Island Burgers and Shakes. Both of us agreed that it was the best burger we've had in years. What was so impressive to me was how it tasted homemade as if I was at a cookout. It was grilled, juicy, and succulent. The rich, chocolate shake was a nice complement.
The next place we went was Coldwater for seafood. My friend claimed his Chicken Parmagiana was excellent. I had the flounder which while good was mostly bones.
The next day we were off to F&B for a tasty snack in Chelsea. I had the Top Dog Combo while my friend had the Great Dane. I really enjoyed the meaty dog, the crunchy frites, and the lemonade. What a cool decor too!
That night we had dinner at Il Cinquanto. We had the three course meal for $26.00 each. I had the steamed mussels for starter and they were delicious. My main course was the veal scallopini with sauteed mushrooms. That was excellent. For dessert the Tiramisu which was the perfect end to a fantastic meal. I also had a glass of the house Cabernet which I would recommend also.
For breakfast we went to Broadway Diner East on 52nd and Lex. Good variety. I would definately recommend the banana pancakes and fresh squeezed OJ. The manager Chuck seemed to know everyone in the place including us before we left. He was so personable and chatted with us for awhile since it wasn't packed yet. It was great to see the town waking up and all the business people rushing to work as we had a window table. Even after it got packed and we had finished our meal, Chuck told us we could hang out awhile instead of rushing right off. Cool diner and atmosphere.
Tried Norma's another morning. Great experience and not as expensive as I've heard others whine about. Sunday morning seemed like a good time to go as we were seated right away at 9am. The Wassa fruit waffle was a great way to start the day. My friend got the Nutella crepes. The atmosphere was a cross between an IKEA showroom and a cruise ship.
For lunch we went to Grimaldi's and had a memorable pepperoni pizza with fresh chopped tomatoes. The pizza barely took 5 minutes to get to our table. What a cozy little pizzeria.
Finally, our last meal was at Angelo's Pizzeria on 57th. Pepperoni pizza was almost as good as Grimaldi's sans the chopped tomatoes. It also took nearly 10 minutes to come to the table (not that I'm complaining). Very tasty pie with good dough and tomato sauce.
We were about to try Balthazar one night but the wait was too long and I didn't think it was worth waiting.