I just wanted to thank my fellow hounds for all their great reps. I'm from NYC, but go to school out of state, but I went to Manhattan this weekend on a class trip. My friends aren't foodies like me, so I wanted to take them to great places that were located in the areas of our other daily activities. I also wanted them to be all places I had never been too.
Near our hotel, the Hilton, we went to Trattoria Trecolori for dinner on Friday night. It was delicious and reasonably priced. So much better than anything I've eaten in the Times Square area. I had the potato and ricotta gnocchi dish (the best of both worlds!) that came with eggplant, fresh mozzarella and a tomato-basil sauce.
The next day, we went for brunch at La Bonne Soupe, also near our hotel. Such a cute atmosphere with balcony seating and a cozy upstairs dining room. I had a crepe with ham, swiss cheese, onions and bechemel sauce. My friends had quiche lorraines and croque madames. We enjoyed them all.
For dinner, we ate at Lombardi's and I was pleasantly surprised. There had been a lot of talk that this place went downhill but this is one of the best coal oven places I've been too, and I've had Luzzo's and Isabella's oven, though I know they are more traditional Nepolitan. Though the crust lacked some salt, it was wonderfully smoky and charred with the gorgeous bubbles. The slices held up great and the cheese and sauce distribution was perfect. San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, how could it get better?? Well, we ordered half the pie with sweet sausage, which was good, nothing spectacular, but the other half we ordered with sauteed garlic spinach. Out of this world!
For breakfast the next day, we wanted to eat near the Met so we went to Lexington Candy shop. Breakfast standards done right in a nostalgic, luncheonette atmosphere. Classic NYC. I'll have to come back for an egg cream and/or malted shake. I had the blueberry pancakes, which were light and fluffy, and bacon, which was smoky and meaty.