*Wassail – new cider bar LES. Not a cider fan however after learning more about cider from the staff at Wassail I am a new lover of cider. I was more impressed with the food. The chef is thoughtful on local sourcing, plating, and playing with herbs paired with in season products. Watch out for this chef. He is THAT good.
*Bowery Meat Company – Strip steak, burger, zucchini app, fries. Decent but I will not venture back; perhaps only for the wine list.
*Maman - the chocolate chip cookie is one of my new favorite bites in NYC. It’s a life changer. Great spot for lunch too. Very kind staff.
*Manush – new spot in West Village. Staff was over whelmed with orders. Tried the yogurt and za’atar option. Great spot but hope they work out staffing issues.
*Union Square Market – bought some herbs and goats milk ricotta and Hot Kitchen partha cheese and garlic bread. I expected it to be larger. Only having few chances to get to the city, I would not return.
*Attaboy – great drinks. Pappy Van Winkle bourbon 12 and 20 year. Will return next trip.
*Picked up Ovenly peanut butter cookie at airport; decent but would not purchase again.
*Breads Bakery – biggest disappointment of the trip. Breads was on my radar for a return visit( wanting to try the croissants this time) since I have had their babka and quiche which I loved; tried the babka this trip and it was good but not great. I love chocolate almond croissants. Payards is my favorite in the city. The staff explained that the chocolate almond is only available on occasions when they have an abundance of leftover chocolate. I am not sure why it is listed on the menu if they only make them twice a month? The almond croissant was not good. It was filled with a tiny bit of marzipan and the shell was doughy. Payards is still the winner in my book. Tried the mushroom quiche again. Not good. Rubbery mushrooms and the crust was tough. Everything tasted commercial. Have they lost their touch?