One quick report from one very happy LA girl who just returned from a whirlwind weekend trip.
Thanks to everyone on this message board (especially Mr. Taster) who ranted, raved and reviewed all the wonderful places I went too. Without you, my trip would have been tasteless!
Hot Chocolate at "The City Bakery".
A bowl of the most decadent, thick, rich, chocolate soup I have ever tasted in my life! With marshmallows to boot! Way too indulgent for one person alone. I am surprised that anyone at our table could actually walk away and didn't immediately go into a sugar induced coma! What a treat!
"DiFara's Pizza" in Brooklyn
Took the train to Avenue J to the tiniest hole in the wall for what was one of the best pizza I ever ate. I watched the little old man pour his love into each individual pie. Worth the wait (which was nowhere near as long as expected). 1 sausage pie. 1 half porcini mushroom and half brocolli rabe (not on the menu but I read about it here so knew to ask!) 5 very happy chowhounds.
2 hot dogs (with a perfect crunch when you bit them) and 2 pastrami sandwiches later, we rolled out of there with full stomachs and big smiles. Maybe I will have to finally make the trip to Langers Deli in LA to decide for myself who is the pastrami king on teh USA. Righ now, Katz's will definitely take some beating.
Indian Food at Grand Central
We stopped by to go to the Oyster Bar and discovered our friends don't eat fish. So we threw ourselves at the food court with much gusto. A curry here, a pakora there, flat bread sandwich, a bowl of soup and a slice of pie later, we declared the pakoras from the Indian food place some of the best we have ever had (and coming from 4 British people addicted to curry, that's pretty high praise.)
"Rare" Murray Hill
Too stuffed to walk more than 2 blocks from where we were staying we scrapped our plans for tapas in Greenwhich Village and soup noodles in China Town and hit a restaurant called RARE for burgers. Service was diabolical. So bad, that I will be amazed if they are still in business when I go back. Burgers however were big, juicy and rare, just how I like 'em! Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Probably not.
All in all, an excellent trip. Planning the next one now with Cafe Bruxelles, Artisanal, Pinxtos and Union Square Cafe all on the list already.