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highlights from 48 hours in Manhattan

prima | Mar 26, 201203:24 PM

the good:

Lunch at the Bar Room at the Modern

loved this lunch. 4 of us enjoyed sharing a selection of plates: the scottish smoked salmon tartar, 2 types of spanish ham, a tarte flambee with mushrooms and muenster, spaetzle with yellowfin and foie gras, sauerbraten (last day on the menu for that particular winter dish), veal and ricotta ravioli, duck confit with orange sauce, and the beignets. One of the nicest lunches I've had in NYC. I'll definitely be back.

Dinner at Toloache

enjoyed the trio of guacs, as well as the fish tacos and shrimp tacos. Attentive, friendly, good service, especially considering the price point and location.

Cappuccino at Blue Bottle in Rockefeller Center- best coffee I had this trip.

Cappuccino at The Shop. Liked the vibe, too.

A box of assorted Chocolates from Jacques Torres. The ones I've tried so far (chai, Euro peanut butter) have been pretty good, but seem sweeter than most chocolates at this price point. Although I realize I like Maison de Chocolat chocolates better, now. Which are your favourite Torres flavours?

A black and white cookie from Dean and Deluca. Best version I've tried so far.

the ok:

Dinner at Parea Bistro. Had to cancel reservation for 3 people at Forcella when our group grew to 6, and finding an open table for 6 through Opentable on a smartphone app late on a Friday afternoon was a slightly frustrating experience! ;-) Most of the food at Parea Bistro was ok, and some food was pretty good, but I have preferred the food and service at other Greek restaurants in Manhattan.

Egg cream and kreplach soup at Carnegie Deli. Sort of was dragged here, post-theatre. ;-)The egg cream was fine. The chicken broth with kreplach was decent, but I'm not sure I've tried any amazing chicken broths with kreplach to compare it to. What do Chowhounds recommend for moments like these, when you don't want a huge sandwich, a full order of blintzes or slice of cheesecake?

Raspberry donut from Dough, in Brooklyn, bought in the Andaz Hotel's The Shop. Looked tastier than it tasted, probably because it was around 1/2 a day old by the time I purchased it at 4:30 pm.

Was hoping to try Bouchon Bakery's sticky bun, but they were sold out when I stopped by. Next time.

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