For the last couple of months, I've been posting questions or doing searches here in anticipation of my trip this weekend. I've been to NYC dozens of times, always eaten well, but never as well as I did this weekend, thanks primarily to this board. I'll skip reviews for the most part, and just tell you where and what we ate.
Checked into our hotel on Washington Square about 3 on Friday. Took a stroll north and passed a Beard Papa's. Told the wife "Hey, people on Chowhound rave about their cream puffs!" Stopped in, found the raves to be well-deserved. 7:45 walked across the street from the hotel and went to Babbo. I had the lambs tongues and the sweetbreads with fennel, sweet and sour onions, and duck bacon. My wife had red oak salad and gamberinos (a special of Argentine langoustine). All good, but I thoght mine the better. We split an order of pappardelle with butter and white truffles. Incredible. $100 but they didn't stint on the truffles. We split a hazelnut chestnut confection for dessert.
The next morning we had the continental breakfast in the hotel and then around 11:00 we called Saigon Banh Mi and walked over to get our sandwiches. I am now addicted and have no supplier here.
We then went to Sugiyama for a pre-theater meal. I had the 5-course kaiseki and a side order of fugu sashimi. First time I'd had fugu, and I found it good but nothing that exceptional. The other sashimi, monkfish liver pate, salad with roasted mushrooms and garlic and the grapefruit jelly were all fantastic, the seared seafood simply good.
Breakfast at a nice enough breakfast joint called the Waverly on Sunday morning. since it was in the neighborhood, we stopped by Otto for a light lunch. Testa, octopus an olive oil, Meyer lemon, and hazelnut
gelati. All were very good but the olive oil gelato was a real eye-opener: just as I read here and elsewhere, it sounds horrible but tastes wonderful with that crunchy sea salt. End of trip.
Thanks again, guys. You really helped my wife and I have a very special weekend.