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LA boy says thanks for the suggestions-quite a trip

Just Larry | Oct 25, 2004 11:13 PM

Thankyou for all of your suggestions. The only meal that was less than stellar was when I did not follow your advice (Oak Room at the Plaza). Went to Beacon (oh those Roasted Oysters), Molyvos (grilled baby octopus and lamb shanks from heaven), Cafe Botanica (I like the appetizer buffet that comes with the Price Fix dinner), and Uncle Vanya's (borscht, goulash with kasha, spinach pancakes with caviar). Best quality/price was Molyvos, Uncle Vanya's was least expensive for a good meal. I found a Greek takeout place that specializes in savory and sweet items made with their own in house made Phyllo dough. It was on 9th Ave in Hell's Kitchen, just before the bridge. The spinach and potato "kopita" and the pastachio filled baklava were better than I could ever have imagined and only $5.00 for both. The Crepe Lady on the corner of Central Park across from Columbus Circle was not as good as I remembered. Crepe was ordered crispy but was not. Apple and Brie fillings were very good though. Best bagel of the trip (pumpernickel)was from a coffee place on 7th Ave. a couple of doors up from Stage Deli. I brought a dozen back with me in the luggage. Worst bagels were the ones served at breakfast at the Ameritania Hotel at 54th and Broadway. Same texture and flavor as Sarah Lee. Sorry I can't be more specific but I had no agenda, just looked in windows and at menus and tried what looked interesting. Tandoori Quail was quite a treat at an Indian lunch. 2 good sized quail for $8.00 was also quite a deal. You have quite a city, it was really a nonstop adventure. People have been asking if I brought home souvenirs. I told them that I ate my souvenirs. A real Chowhound trip, limited only by the capacity of my stomach. We made sure to walk everywhere so we really didn't expand our waist lines too much. Cheers

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