Thursday night, a friend and I had time to duck into LPC just before it closed. I was just going to get a little sour cream walnut apple pie for Friday, but too many other things attracted my eye, including a chocolate chunk cookie and particularly an "orange roll," which looked in shape and texture like a cinnamon roll, but had a slight orange tinge.
The pie, as always, superb (I ate at LPC within weeks of the opening of its 43rd St. storefront -- I'm not sure I've ever seen a baked commodity that has been executed so consistently -- it not only is as good as ever, it tastes exactly the same as it did twenty (?) or so years ago.
The chocolate chunk cookie exceeded my expecations. It had the richness and chocolate quality of David's Cookies when it was at its prime The cookie isn't huge, and costs a buck, but one is a perfect snack or lunch dessert.
I'd have to give an "incomplete" to the orange roll. It tasted fantastic, with a natural, delicate orange taste. But it was a little stale, as these kinds of rolls/buns tend to get when sitting for a long time. But I have a feeling it is killericious when fresh.
Midtown GSI was firing on all cylinders last night, too. The two of us shared the cucumber in garlic (a refreshing cold appetizer), wontons in red oil, the Auzhou chicken (the waiter ran said they were "out" of the #1 fresh-killed chicken), and the Chinese broccoli in spicy sauce.
Sometimes we tend to punish the old and reliable standbys. Both provided fantastic food last night -- made me proud to be a Manhattanite.