I promised I'd post a report about my trip to NYC--I realize that some of the following oughta be sent to the outer boroughs message board, too. Thanks to everyone who gave me suggestions. I'd love feedback on my report--I'll be back to NYC in January for a week, so if I can do even better next time I'd love to hear it!
Amici II, Mulberry St: A great antipasti of marinated portobello mushrooms, roasted red peppers and broccoli. Was it authentic Italian? I heard our waiter say "mucho" and found out he and the entire kitchen staff--whom we met--were from Ecuador. They recommended a place in Queens--Hornado Equitoriana--anyone know it? Would it be safe for me to trek out there alone in January?
Antek Rest & Deli, 105 Norman Ave in Greenpoint: We had pierogies ruskie and beef goulash--so good. Found great delis all over Greenpoint--unfortunately my husband forgot to strap on his cooler pack.
Spring Street Natural in SoHo: This is what I cook at home, but I needed a low-fat meal to counteract the huge amounts of lard I consumed all week--great tomato & rosemary bread.
18th Ave. Bakery near 60th St. in Bensonhurst: biscotti labeled "quarisimilia"--never heard this before--they were DELICIOUS--chewy and spicy and loaded wtih almonds--I've never had better outside of Italy.
Danza's, 6205 18th Ave. in Bensonhurst: The meatball hero was so good I wanted to smear it all over my face. Forgive me--we don't get food like this down south. The Mozzarella & carrozza was greasy--could I find better elsewhere?
Coco Roco, 5th Ave., Park Slope: I liked it. The avocado was perfectly ripe--it's fun to eat Andean food here in the States, where the lettuce and tomato aren't lethal. I had salmon and quinoa pilaf--yum.
Shangri-la, East Village: Never had Tibetan food before. The bocha tea didn't appeal to me. Our dumplings were good, but I'm not sure this restaurant was good enough to go back to.
The Keltic Lounge, Ludlow St., Lower East Side: GREAT pint of Boddington's--very fresh, creamy head.
Bruxelles, Greenwich Ave.: I wonder if messed up airline services are interfering with mussel supply? I had mussels the other night that tasted slightly fishy--they shouldn't--really good fresh ones have no aftertaste. But I loved the country pate and the POMMES FRITES--this is a good place to eat on a cold night.