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NYC Visit - Reviews & Thanks Part 1 (long)

lizard acres | Jun 23, 2004 12:23 AM

Fellow Hounds -

I have been lurking on and posting to this board since March, when hubby and I decided to go to NYC from New Mexico to celebrate our 25th anniversary.

First of all, thank you to all who so kindly responded to my questions. It was all terrific info. This is the first of probably a couple of posts reviewing our culinary experiences in NYC.

We got in early evening on the day of Reagan's funeral. Checked into the hotel in mid-town and then made our way to the LES for Katz's. I'd been there before, but not hubby. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the tip about the tips to the counter guy. He offered tid bits, piled the sandwiches high and chatted with us about the funeral and then about the weather. It was fun. And, thank you for the tip on ordering the full sour pickles. He also gave us some pickled tomatoes without us requesting them.

Hubby loved the beef brisket sandwich that was stacked a mile high (I was surprised he didn't order the pastrami...after 25 years, you'd think I'd figure this guy out.) I'm not much for beef, so I had the chopped chicken liver sandwich. The chicken liver was done just right for me - well flavored with onion and with little bits of liver. It wasn't a smooth pate. Very Jewish grandmother style. I did taste the brisket - it was savory and tender. Also, there is nothing like East Coast seedless Jewish rye. This wasn't the best I've had (the crust wasn't chewy enough) but it was tasty, especially considering I can't get it at all in New Mexico.

We waddled out of Katz's. After a meal that size, we probably didn't have to eat again for a week, but we did.

The next morning we found an Oren's Daily Roast a few blocks from the hotel. The coffee was dark and strong...a bit acidic for my taste, but it did the trick.

Next meal of note was the next night after getting back from the Yankee game: Ethos - Greek restaurant on 3rd ave south of 34th st. It was in our hotel's neighborhood.

First, the portions are huge!! I'm glad we saw our neighbors get their appetizers, which were meals in themselves. (Their grilled calamari looked very good.) We opted for the classic Greek salad to split between us. The dressing was tangy and good, the oregano was flavorful and sweet, and the feta cheese was outstanding. The vegetables were very fresh and tasty. The salad would've been enough for a meal (I think we were still full from Katz's!) But, no, we ordered some main dishes. I had the clay pot chicken with tomatoes, orzo and feta cheese (I like feta cheese.) This was quite good. Pleasantly seasoned and slight salty from the feta. The chicken breast was slightly overdone for my taste, but didn't take too much away from my enjoyment of the dish. Hubby had the braised lamb with some kind of Greek cheese, tomatoes and potatoes. He reported the lamb was very tender but didn't fall apart, and the dish was well seasoned. I am not a lamb fan, so I didn't taste. We had some good Greek red wine (kind of a merlot/cabernet sauvignon blend). The waiter disappeared from the restaurant in the middle of the dinner and one of the owners or maybe it was the manager finished up the service. He was very nice and brought us complimentary glasses of a Greek port style wine (for no particular reason...we didn't complain about anything.) We shared a piece of baklava which was great and did not make my teeth ache from being overly sweet. The final bill was very reasonable and really, the portions are so large, two can eat for the cost of one there. If we were NYC residents, we would definitely eat there again and again...there were many dishes on the menu that sounded so tempting. Also, it seemed like a real neighborhood place. I think we were the ony tourists there. And so...we waddled out of Ethos.

To be continued...Les Halles, Mesa Grill and Restaurant Daniel are next.

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