Just got back from your unbelievable city and wanted to say thanks for the "hot" tips. We went to Katz's for the pastrami and it was as good as everyone said it was according to my husband. I was a little more hungry so I ordered the brisket dinner and a bowl of matzo ball soup. I wasn't as happy. The soup was good but only lukewarm. The brisket was cooked to perfection but was served on a dry piece of bread with no juice, a potato pancake that was very good but I think it is usually served with sour cream or something else. This wasn't. There was some kind of noodle dish that was kind of sweet, I think it had golden raisins, but it was also very dry. Needless to say I was disappointed. But a saving grace was the chocolate egg cream which I had never had. It was delicious. On our anniversary we went to Lupa's Osteria and had a terrific meal. I had the special of the day which was a perfectly roasted pork loin chop with carmelized onions accompanied by some roasted brussels sprouts that were very good. My BH had the chicken diavola which he devoured. He had a side of mashed potatoes with herbs that he thought was very good. We also went to John's for Pizza on Bleeker. It was good but it was almost burned on the crust and it was very dry. We also ordered the spaghetti with marinara sauce which we enjoyed as we like a sauce that it very simple and clean. We brought back bags and bags of Lindt chocolate truffles which are delicious. We also made the mistake of having dinner the first night at Mickey Mantles (it was late and it was next door to our hotel). The ribs were good but the rest was yuck. They served a biscuit that could have been used as a hockey puck. Their baked beans that they called "jalapeno beans" were straight from the can with no taste at all. The last night, due to an early a.m. call for the airport, we went next door to a restaurant called Sarabeth's. I had a very good mahi mahi dinner that I really enjoyed. The service there was excellent.
We had a wonderful time in your city in spite of the wind, rain and cold. One thing tho', I'll never complain about Los Angeles traffic again!!!!!