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Trip report! Xmas in the City

mrsflynn | Dec 14, 201407:57 AM

Hello All!

I'd like to share some thoughts about the food I ate this past week in NYC.

Sunday dinner

Keen's: What a great atmosphere! Warm and historic. Had the mutton chop, spinach, and hash browns. Sooooo good.

Monday lunch

Cafe Sabarsky: One of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city. Sad to say my ($30) wiener schniztel was mushy, not crisp, and the breading fell off the meat. Also brought to table suspiciously fast. Linzertorte, though, was absolutely outstanding!


Bemelman's Bar: best martini of the trip! Nice free bar snacks.


Waverly Inn: Cozy with an open fireplace. Excellent cocktails and chicken pot pie.

Tuesday lunch

Viand: Upper East Side diner. Didn't know places like this still exist. Had a turkey sandwich and sn egg cream. Saw Ina Garten's Jeffrey there!

Cocktails & Oysters

Mermaid Oyster Bar: $1 oysters, $7 cocktails. Nuff said.


Via Brasil: Fabulous feijoada. But restaurant was empty. Tacky music. Probably a lot more fun when full.

Weds lunch

JG Melon: One of my favorite places on earth. Seriously.


Odeon: Had the excellent duck. Lots of people having fun. Champagne flowing.

Thursday lunch

The Smile: Got the Salty Dog and the Kale Salad with chicken. Both were outstanding. Other diners apparantly lunching with their literary/ theatrical agents. Felt like Ma Kettle.


City Bakery: Pretzel croissant and hot chocolate with housemade marshmallow. OMFG


Raoul's: Ain't nothin but a party y'all. Outstanding Steak au Poivre. So good! So fun!

Friday lunch

Parm: Friendly, great sandwiches.


Wallse: The only bummer of the trip. Silly, pompous waiters and maitre d. Food was bland, not as good as it should have been at those prices. We left before dessert.

Saturday brunch

Barney Greengrass: Sorry, Russ & Daughters got nothing on BGG. Nova melts in the mouth.

That's it. Already plotting my return AND where to eat next time. What did I leave out?

Cafe Sabarsky,
Waverly Inn,
Viand Cafe,
Mermaid Oyster Bar,
Via Brasil,
The Odeon,
The Smile,
The Smile Newsstand,
Salty Dog,
The City Bakery,
Barney Greengrass,
Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum,
Russ & Daughters,
Nova Catering+Events,
Bossa Nova Civic Club,
Philly Pretzel Factory,
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