Thanks to everyone on the board for making our trip to NY easy. I’m trying to remember back to the dark ages when one would have to walk by restaurants thinking – does this one look good? The following is our trip report. We’re a family of 4 from Fort Lauderdale, FL with two boys 14 and 11. After originally planning to stay in a hotel near Madison Square Park, I had a change of heart and we stayed instead in an apartment near 7th Ave and Bleeker, took it easy, and spent most of our time in and around the West Village. Our first afternoon and evening we saw midtown, and had a morning downtown, but after that we stayed pretty close to “home, and ate mostly within a couple of blocks of our apartment.
Here’s where we ate, with stars by my favorites:
Murray’s Cheese Shop sandwiches to go*
Doma na rohu (4 times)
Spotted Pig (brunch)
Dominique Ansel assortment (take out)*
Blue Ribbon (desserts)
Waffles and Dinges*
Roxy’s Deli pastries
Le Arte de Gelato
Milk and Cookies
Every place we ate had at least one outstanding dish, with Minetta Tavern coming closest to the fabled perfect meal missing slightly with just one dish, Public missing more obviously with just one, and Babbo coming in a strong third place. The exception is Totonno’s, which mystified us with one-dimensional and bland pies, but this is obviously a matter of style and I’ll make no more mention of our only disappointment.
I took a quick poll of the family and asked what dish would get them to return to NY for a quick meal:
Me: The warm Cannele de Bordeax or DKA from Dominique Ansel
Wife: Tied between Babbo’s Garganelli with mushroom and Palma’s Pappardelle with lamb
Son 1: Babbo’s octopus
Son 2: Fatty Cue’s deep fried bacon
Detailed impressions and photos coming soon.