Spent a weekend in New York City with my family, just a quick visit between Washington DC and Boston. Traveling with family so we ate at reasonably priced restaurants, but still managed to eat well.
I originally planned on eating our first meal at Molly's, but we needed to make an 8 o'clock show and were around 55th Street so ended up at PJ Clarke's for cheeseburgers. The fries were done just right, hot and crisp, the burger was tasty but we all thought the bun rather pedestrian. A really good bun or roll would have elevated this burger, but at $9 it was just ok.
Lunch the next day was at Lombardi's. Went in around noon and the place filled up in no time and was packed. The pizza was excellent, crispy and chewy with a nice char to the pie. The sausage and mushroom pie was delicious, nearly perfect, with the pepperoni a distant second. I've tried John's of Bleecker St, now Lombardi's, next time I'll do Grimaldi's and decide which is the best pizza in New York.
We roamed around NYU that afternoon and found a Papa Beard's. Tried the cream puffs for the first time, light custard, not too sweet, absolutely delicious with hot coffee.
Dinner 2 was at Katsuhama, a return visit for us and we found it as good as we remembered it to be. Great pork filet and chicken katsu. We especially like grinding the sesame seeds to add to the katsu sauce. A very tasty and reasonable meal.
Breakfast Sunday morning was at the Comfort Diner, we lined up at 10 am and were rewarded with some bacon, eggs, hashbrowns and buttermilk banana pancakes. Very good food and we filled up for the rest of the day.
Our last meal was at Ennio and Michael Ristorante near NYU in the Village. I can't think of a more perfect neighborhood restaurant than this one. Not too big, not too small, white tablecloth, not too loud so you can easily carry on a conversation, a small well done menu and friendly service. Started with an excellent caeser salad, followed by eggplant parmesan, chicken parmesan and veal marsala which were all done very well. We will definitely return next time for another meal.
We had intended to go to Cafe Zaiya to pick up bento boxes to eat on Amtrak up to Boston, but they don't bring them out until 10 am which cut too close to our departure time. Settled instead for sandwiches from Au Bon Pain for our journey. Made our way to Penn Station and were off. Thanks to everyone who answered my questions as I planned our trip.