Had a quick visit to NYC this weekend (grew up there and live out of town now)Had many chow highlights in a relatively brief period. Here are a few....
(Stayed at the SoHo Grand, so many of my experiences were relatively close by)
Raouls (SoHo) Stopped in Friday night for starters and drinks. Tasty seared Foie Gras and crab cake apps. Nice homey neighborhood vibe. Woud like to have full dinner here some time.
Sullivan Street Bakery for pizza. This place was reccomended on this board a while back, and I love it. They make very thin-crusted crispy pizzas with very tasty toppings. Am particularly fond of their "funghi" version, and their "patate" version. Great little snack.
PO--walked by Friday night at 8:30 and lucked into a 2 top due to a cancellation. Wonderfully comforting, satisfying Tagliatelle Bolognese for a frigid eve. Companion had very tasty lamb dish (sorry, can't remeber all the deatails.) Service was quick, pleasant, and efficient.
Blue Smoke--A very pleasant surprise. Have followed the debate on this board since they opened and wondered what I'd find. Actually, it was a happy accident that I got to sample their food in the first place. Went to see a show at the Jazz Standard and had no idea they shared space with Blue Smoke (had actually tried to get a res for Blue Smoke that evening and was told they were booked!) Having no other dinner reservations that night, we figured we'd just grab something quick at the show (figured it was typical pub fare) Imagine my surpise and delight upon arriving and finding out that the Blue Smoke menu is available downstairs at the club. I thought the Ribs (Both St. Louis and Baby Backs) were terrific. Wonderfully smoked sweet meat that fell of the bone. Dry, but plenty of tasty, nicely spiced sauce available in a squeeze bottle. Sides were tremendous too. Really enjoyed the Collards--good smoky bacon taste. Also loved the Mac and Cheese--creamy and luscious (could have been a tad hotter---but a minor complaint)Overall, a nice surprise and satisfying experience.
Sunday was the pig-out day. Started with Breakfast at Fried Dumpling on Mosco. As most of you know, very tasty, and incredibly cheaply priced (5 for $1.00!)
From there, walked over to Yonah Schimmel's and had a knish. Haven't had one since I was a kid, and think they are still very good. Flaky wrapper and delicately spiced potato filling. It definitely brought back memories. I know there's a debate about this spot on this board, however, if you live in a place place that has hardly any knish options (as I do) trust me, Jonah Schimmel's is pretty damn good!
Walking around, stumbled on Gus's pickles and of course had to indulge. Thought both the sour and half sours were great. Next time I need to get a "to go" order to transport back.
To top that off, I of course then walked over to Katz's, and had a pastrami on rye that damn near made me weep. Again, I've read the ongoing debates here, but as with Jonah Schimmel's, living in a town (Buffalo) with very few Pastrami options, I've got to say that Katz's is pretty wonderful in my book (plus part of it I'm sure is the flood of childhood memories whenever I go back there)
After all that, it was time to get on a plane and head back...happy, sated, and with my belt generously loosened! All in all, a quick but active chowing weekend. This weekend confirmed for me what I already knew....that I will always love and truly miss NYC. Thanks to all you Hounders for your ongoing debates, info sharing, etc. It's a great service and really helps us out-of-towners tremendously. Keep up the good work! (and occasionally stop to smell the roses and realize just how fortunate you are to have all those chow options close by!) Thanks again....h.