Had another great weekend in Manhattan.
FWIW, last February, I visited for a weekend, and posted extensive musings, mostly about cheap Asian food.
This trip was most different, interesting nonetheless.
Culinarily, it started with Sammy's Roumanian.
I have to agree, it probably is ridiculously overpriced. We ended up paying $420 for six before tip, although it included 2 vodka bottles.
(actually only 4.5 of us drank; we felt that the next morning)
Still a raucous time nonetheless, but not a place I would really go if I was trying to make it a houndish night.
That being said, what they did bring was good.
Sweetbreads, kreplach, chopped liver and schmaltz, egg creams, kratzenlach(sp?) and etc. that i was able to try was tasty enough.
My next meal was at Craftbar.
I had the fish stew, and a glass of the malbec.
Both were quite good.
I was disappointed when the stew came in such a small bowl, thinking not much value for money.
But then everything in there was seafood, which is good. Still, some more of other stuff would have been nice.
Though the wine racks are interesting enough to look at, I especially like the bathrooms. That's very cool.
The way they're hidden, but also the way the doors swing open. Not sure exactly what movie/situation/description I'm thinking of, but fabulous regardless.
From there I meandered south, through what I presume was the Union Square Greenmarket. I was slightly disappointed, though not sure why. Plenty of vendors, looked like good quality stuff, diverse selection of it too.
After looking in at Republic, United Noodles, Blue Hill (I really wanna go here), later I popped in at Ony. Great place. I think ramen is my favorite noodle right now, not that I really had a fav previously. The yuba chakin was good as well, although i expected more of them, and smaller ones (2 to an order).
My eventual dinner was at the Flying Burrito on West 4th just west of Sixth. Just a standard little TexMex place from what I can tell. Wasn't looking for anything unique culinarily, just needed a place to watch the Eagles game. Decent stuff, I suppose.
Place was dead, like a lot of places I saw, but I guess it was still early for the bar crowd.
Sunday, I started out with lunch at a little bodega counter in Union City. Stuff was pretty good, just needed to be hotter. (That's one of the things I'd like in Philly, bodegas everywhere.)
Made my way to the Cupcake Bakery. My friend really liked it, which is why we went, but I was not really impressed. I've had better cupcakes. I wish it was a little cleaner, in better order (like cash register not on top of a half speed rack).
Wandered into the McDonalds off Times Square, (was that an internet cafe in the back?) on my way crosstown to Grand Central. Woulda taken the shuttle if I knew I coulda (didn't feel like reading the map quite that hard). That is a gorgeous building, can't really tell where they left the unpainted spot even though it was pointed out by a cop.
Took subway back downtown, stumbled upon Ground Zero. woulda preferred to been able to see more) but the World Financial Center looked really cool across the way. Wandered around all the touristy places on the mall on South Street Seaport before taking train back up to 14th.
Planned on going to Tea and Sympathy, but after seeing 20 people outside waiting for tables, decided against it. They got way more cojones than me, waiting outside in 25 degree semi-windy weather for a table, without even those tent flap type things around them.
Then wandered up to f&b. Now that's a cool place. Good interior and graphic design. guess that's what allows them to charge $8 for apple beignets, caramel sauce, mixed frites, and a hot chocolate (and the latter was a $.25 special).
Everything was tasty enough though. Nice and simple like it should be.
My trip ended with a quick bowl of seafood noodle soup at Shanghai Cuisine, at 91 Bayard
Woulda gone to Joe's Shanghai, if I coulda found/remembered where Pell was first.
Plus I was next door to New Jerky King or whatever, where I bought about $30 worth of jerky.
All in all, quite an enjoyable sojourn. Hope to do another next month.