Arrived back in SF this weekend. My week in Manhattan began Easter Sunday eve after a 2 hour flight dealy and then waiting 2 hours for my bags before being told they could not get the door opened left the airport and luggage arrived midday Monday.
My hotel was in midtown about midnight went to Nizza on 9th ave had a Margharita and sausage pizza. tThe first was utterly tasteless and the sausage had a hot spice I believe was either serano or jalapeno chiles thrown on. Would have been just ok if chiles were absent.
Monday: Yonah Schm was closed as it was the second time I was in the nabe a few days later. Russ and Daughters had an onion bagel with plain cream cheese and scottish lox, very good except the bagel was too chewy should have had it toasted. Then had Herring and cream sauce with onions Outstanding!On to Katz's deli for pastrami only ate half the sandwich and took remainder with me. It was very good and not as fatty or salty as say Carnegie but would not make special trip from midtown would just go to Carnegie.
Next up Il Lab gelato for a scoop of hazelnut and banana. Good but again did not meeet expectations, can find similar or better back home. On to Schillers Liquor bar for a beer. Then to Inoteca for a glass of Gavi and the truffled egg toast. Was really looking forward to this dish but came away very disappointed as toast was under done and chewy.
Next up Crift dog, loved it got the spicey reneck!!! On to Mcsorelys for adark ale, not only good but a relaxing hideaway. I know its not always like that but it was early with just a few locals. On to Momofuku Saam for Pork buns and korean beer. Buns were good but again came away frustrated just didnt meet all the hype and can find similar or better quality at home. Last on the lunch list Artichoke for the sicilian slice. Like the cruuch on the bottom but otherwise doughy, messy and too sweet.
Dinner at Keens chophouse tried the pub mutton and the NY strip. Mutton was very good. But for me as far as the steak and even environment I'll take Lugers! Gin Martini was excellent
Tuesday H and H bagel very good. Mousaka for lunch at Nicks Greek on 9th ave. Cheap but tasted that way. Prefer a littler lamb in my mousaka. Next Pigalle for steak tartare and glass of sancere. Loved the tartare thought it had the right mixture of spices only wish it was done table side or spices fwere left out so I could mix. Dinner took train to meet friends in Stamford. Late night wine at Riposo 46 nice wines and atmosphere.
Wednesday: Clinton street Baking Co. Banana Walnut pancakes and cup of black coffee. Great coffee and pancakes wow that sauce to die for.Mars bar on 2nd ave and 1st for a budwieser and then back to Artichoke for a Margharita slice. For me just not the right porportion of cheese and again sauce too sweet.BXL cafe for mussels and frites and a Duvel. Nice soccer game on tv not the best musseles and frites. Studio 54 for Waiting for Gadot and then to Johns Pizza on 44th. Tried to pizzas at Johns have been here in the past and to the village location. Have enjoyed it in the past but really let down, is it me? have my taste changed or are they relying on their past laurels?
Thursday: Bagel and cream cheese and coffee from a store/deli between brdwy and 6th on 47th. $3.00 and delicious not sure where the bagels come from. Bar Piti for glass of prosseco and some nibbles good relaxing start. On to Ino for cheese plate, charcuterie, and again the truffled egg toast. This time the TET was fantastic the bottom was cooked well and had a little crunch to it. Glass of sicilian white and orvieto, On to Spotted Pig, great burger. Nice atmosphere. Beautiful day! Luch finally had to return to Famous Rays at 6th ave and 11th. One slice of cheese Uhg!, not the olds days with cheese that strung for two blocks. All in all did not have a decent pizza during my visit. In past have been to Difara, Patsy's original location, Lombardis and Grimaldis. Enjoyed them all in past unfortuantely only new one I tried was Artichoke. Oh well next time. Dinner at the bar at Gramercy Tavern, Had 4 apps the merguez was out of this world, the egg crepe with crab wery good. Did not like the grilled octopus its on many menus these days and i thought there was too much and not very tasty. Finally very much did not like the seafood chowder dish which they list as mussles. I thought it was going to be primariley a broth with mussels since that was in the title bit it turned out to be 3 mussels no shells, 1 shrimp and a few pieces of fish. Asked the bartender and his best guess was they list mussels in the title to steer people away in case they have a food allergy. Had two glasses of Oregeny pinot noir, yummy!
Friday morn room service bagel and cream cheese, coffee, bottled water and an orange juice. $45.00 and the bagel was unedible. But the water was good.
All in all great time thanks to many for your suggestions and links. Cheers!