Just had five excellent days of theatre, food, friends and museums in NYC. Thanks to Chowhounders - I marked all the coffee shops recommended on this board on a map so I always knew where the nearest coffee shop was! Vital in the freezing conditions of the last days. (growing up in the North East of England I thought I knew about cold - turns out I had no idea!!). Now I just need to map coffee shops with more than 6 six seats.
I went to a couple of old favourites (Rare, City Bakery and Gramercy Tavern ; anyone going to Gramercy Tavern in the next few days - I thoroughly recommend the butternut squash lasagna).
Normally, I would walk out of my way to go to recommended places to eat, but the conditions meant that I concentrated on places close to other things I was going to do or which just happened to be be convenient. So I discovered a few places new to me - always good. Dudlys, near the Tenement Museum, does a great cheese toastie for lunch, and the American Kitchen in the Juilliard has excellent salads. Murray's Cheese Bar in Bleecker Street has a cheesemonger's choice board, three cheeses which I imagine vary from day to day, with bread. One of the cheeses was a local Hudson Valley cheese called Hudson Flower; one of the nicest cheeses I have had in some time. For a quick pretheatre dinner I went to Le Pain Quotidien, a bit of a cop out since we have them in London, but the roast beet and salmon salad was as good as it sounded.
So, New York as ever - never disappoints.