So I went around to a bunch of the restaurants doing the Taste of NY special today. First, I should say that I have a mayo aversion. Unfortunately, Gramercy Tavern was serving miniature lobster rolls with, yes, mayo, so I declined (I did cadge one of the cookies, though.) The roll was served with a few picked Kirby cukes and the aforementioned cookie. $4.
Bondi had some very pedestrian-looking chicken parm - which was, however, a generous portion and with mashed potatoes for $4. Also a pasta salad and some green side salads.
Hamachi, next to Gramercy, sold two shrimp tempura for a dollar as well as spring rolls and a pecan-pear-mesclun type salad. They seemed disorganized and the tempura wasn't anything amazing.
The star was the Tonic - they had a delicious golden gazpacho with crayfish for $3 (my stirring eventually, alas, uncovered a glob of what looked like aioli, so I stopped eating, though perhaps they could omit it for you) and an absolutely wonderful, tart lemonade for $1. If they sold this lemonade every day, I would stop by every day. I almost turned around and bought another one after I had my first sip. The Tonic also wins for nicest presentation - they had a sample gazpacho displayed on a bed of ice surrounded by crayfish and dots of tobiko. I've got to eat there again soon.
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