Have been trying to get together with some old friends who we hadn't seen in at least 2 years. Finally it seemed that Friday would work out for all concerned. The suggestion was to go to some pub in Chelsea for beer and bar food - uggh. So I suggested a food safari and (no pun intended)they were game.
First stop was Brooklyn - An Dong in Sunset for Banh Mei, Vietnamese Ice Coffee, Some canned drink that the daughter (Quinn I think) had no idea what it was and when we prompted her to ask Dad - she was horrified and embarrassed to describe it as a delicacy from the mountains of bird saliva that the bird spit into a nest and then was made into this drink. Now mind you the delicacy cost all of $1 for a small pop top can - so we of course had to try it. It tasted like gelationus vanilla cream drink. We had 1 hot special Banh Mie, 1 regular special and 1 hot sardine. Our friends loved them. The best part is when we walked in the daughter (who I later asked her name) looked up from the current customer and said - oh you're back again. This was only our 2nd time... It was so funny but nice.
Next stop- now that the stomach had some food as a buffer against the inevidable wait - DiFaro's in Midwood. Ordered a whole pie and this time Dom remembered and gave us a (Paper) plate of grated cheese on the side without asking. Oh guess we are getting to be regulars!!! Turns out my friends mother lives in the neigborhood and they were telling us about an Afgani place on Coney Island Ave. Bahar I inquired - not sure of the name was the reply. Sure enough on our way to the next stop we passed it and it was Bahar. They were impressed - she knows her food.
Third stop - Two Hundred Fifth - Park Slope - We were too full for more food but ready for a few of the 42 beers they now have on tap. The favorite seemed to be Closendunk (sounded like that) which is very similar to Ommegang the New York State Belgium Trapist Style Beer. They had live salsa band too - but it was too loud for our old foggie tastes. So a few beers later, we split and headed back to Chelsea (where they live) and ended up at Empire Dinner. Actually was up for a snack again - so I ordered the sweet potato fries - which were very very good. Large thick slices, deep fried and sprinkled with cinnamon, brown sugar, salt and pepper combo that was so good.
What a great night and we still managed to catch up on each others lives while consuming some great New York food and beverage. Chow on!!!