Went to NYC for a few days this past week. My GF and I had a ton of fun.
Stayed at the Wyndham Garden Chinatown. New hotel (November 2012) at Bowery & Hester.
Wicked - Good
Kinky Boots - GREAT! Highly recommended.
Shanghai Cafe Deluxe- Soup Dumplings (Xioalongbao) and Broccoli in Garlic Sauce.
We go here everytime. Better than Joe's Shanghai, really.
Le Marais - Assiette De Charcutailles, Onglet À L’Echalote, Demi-Poulet Rôti, Frites, and the house red and white.
I love French food. This place gets mixed reviews, but the food is great and I've never been disappointed. Excellent service this time, as well.
Salvation Taco - Tacos al Pastor and Modelo Especial
Pre theater snack...Six tacos and two beers for $20. In and out in 24 minutes
Momofuku Ssäm Bar - East Beach Blonde Oysters, Santa Barbara Uni, Steamed Pork Belly Buns, BBQ Buns, and a bottle of Koeler Ruprecht Pinot Blanc
This place is another regular stop for us. Oh, those steamed buns. They're on my death row, last meal list.
Di Fara - Two Regular Slices and Two Square Slices
We were the second people there Friday morning. Arrived on the Q train at 11:20 and they opened at 12:05.
The regular slice was...eh, OK. That's really the best I can say, but the square slice was rather good. Excellent. I'll try and clone it.
Totonno's - Plain Cheese Pizza
Wow...I was underwhelmed here. The slices needed doctoring (Garlic, Hot Pepper Flakes ) to bring them along. Great Crust, though.
Motorino East Village - We were the first people there at 11:15am Saturday. Nobody else there when they baked our pizze. Poor oven management for two pies (baked separately)....But,
Roasted Mortadella - Wow!
Pizza al’ Uovo (Fior de Latte, Fried Farm Eggs, Smoked Pancetta, Basil, Pecorino, Chili Oil). Mmm, a treat only served for weekend Brunch
Cherrystone Calm Pizza (Fior de Latte, Oreganata Butter, Lemon, E.V. Olive Oil). It was great, but...Interestingly, mine is better.
Kesté Pizza & Vino -
Ortolana (Tomato Sauce, Homemade Mozzarella, Mushrooms, Artichokes, E.V. Olive Oil) Strange, but good.
Padrino (Tomato sauce, Caciocavallo Ragusano, Soppressata, Gaeta Olives, Basil, E.V. Olive Oil) Bold. Salty. Great!
Sunny Saturday Afternoon:
23rd Annual Upper West Side Street Fair (It's just like every other street fair in Manhattan, except the Murray Hill street fair aroun Memorial Day)
Rainy Friday Afternoon Movie:
Oblivion - Yecchhh. Imagine every high-tech sci-fi movie from the last 25 years all rolled into The Last Samurai 2154.
Rudy's Bar and Grill - 9th Ave., Hell's Kitchen - Great prices. Tossing out drunks since Babe Ruth wore pinstripes
Iggy's Keltic Lounge - LES, Ludlow St. - Loud, Great Jukebox
Thirsty Scholar - 2nd Ave, East Village - Low Key, Heavy Pour!
A great trip. Forgive the iPhone photos.
1. Dom Demarco adding basil to our square pie
2. Totonno's Pizza
3. Kesté Ortolana
4. Kesté Padrino
5. Motorino Clam and Egg Pizze