First stop of the weekend - EATALY in Midtown. It's basically a grocery store/restaurant/pretty place/yummy. You walk in, and right there, they have a gelateria, considering that on Friday it wasn't too warm, I didn't venture into the ice cream, but decided on a sandwich instead. No any kind of sandwich, but a panini with the most freshest Italian meats and cheese. It was called the PANINOTECA. It served warm and cold paninis. Just cheese, meat and veggies. No mayo, no mustard. And to be honest, there really isn't a need for them. I can't even remember what I took, but it was a combo of a proschiutto type meat with some cheese. DELISH. It was smooshed in the panini machine and tasted like little pieces of heaven. My 2 other partners had other types of paninis. One of them had veggies in it and she didn't like that one bit, so maybe refrain from the veggies.
Second stop of the day was JAZZ STANDARD in Midtown, actually known for being a jazz bar, but the restaurant above "Blue Smoke" is known for serving BBQ style food. I could go on about this place, but this culinary experience wasn't the best. I have had much better ribs at Baton Rouge. We were 6 and we sat at this table in the jazz bar, we couldn't see our food, we couldn't talk. The quality of the jazz was amazing!
Saturday morning, we decided that we wanted to try a great brunch place. One of my friends suggested a place in the West Village called BLUE RIBBON CAFE! What a treat! 2 of us had the Blue Eggs Benedict which came with egg, ham, cheese and tomato on a baguette, 2 of us had the french toast on challah bread and another one had the Steak and Egg with fries. All meals were DELISH! It's a really cute place too on a beautiful street. When you're done your meal, you can walk around the pretty streets!
After our brunch, we walked.. FOR A VERY LONG TIME! What else do you do when you're in NYC anyways! We made a quick stop at the CHELSEA MARKET. This MUST be on your list of places to go. Food galore. You like sweets, you'll get sweets, you like smoothies, well they have quite the smoothie place! They have TONS of food!
Right after our quick stop at the Chelsea Market, we kept on walking, did I mention we walked a lot? I must say that i really love the West Village area. I can't tell you if I actually stayed in that area because I was guided by others, but the streets are lovely. We even visited Hilltop which is a park created on top of a building, very beautiful too! Then I know we walked into Chelsea, and for those that know NYC - hello gorgeous community! All the bars, restos and places you can ask for!
We finally stopped for dinner at a place called Co in Chelsea. According to the NY Mag, Co is known for having the best meatballs in the city. I tried the meatballs, but I wasn't SUPER impressed. Bottega in Montreal has better ones. The pizza however was quite good and the decor of this little italian pizza spot was really cute too. The food was good. Perfect for a pre-going out meal!
|Co (Company) Restaurant in Chelsea|
Sunday was a lazy day. Big time lazy day. We went to bed at hours I should usually wake up at. So we headed to Chinatown for some Dim Sum. We went to a place called GOLDEN UNICORN. Oh yes. Very typical dim sum. I very much enjoyed all the yummy food they had there, and mostly enjoyed the coconut gelatin bars we had at the end of the meal. We were 5 VERY TIRED and grumpy people, but managed to eat and sorta enjoy each other's company! The place was packed, the food was yumm and well, that's as good as it gets on a lazy Sunday!
|Golden Unicorn in NYC|
|See Nom Wah in the background. Cute place!|
Later that night, we headed to DOS CAMINOS in the Theater District for supper. We wanted to go to the Meatpacking, but they didn't have any room for us at the time we wanted to eat! I had some ceviche which was WAY TOO SPICY. Well I can't eat spice. But the tacos were delish and so were the margaritas, but for the price we paid, I think I could have found something a bit more wow. It was good, don't get me wrong. I had some chicken tacos, and by the time I started my first taco, I was already pretty full! We started with some guacamole, which i need to say had WAY too much onion. But the company was perfect and we had a good time!
My last meal of the trip in NYC (Red Lobster in Albany doesn't count!) was at this place called HAMPTON CHUTNEY CO. A perfect stop if you are shopping in Soho and you're looking for something good and different. This place serves what they call are DOSAS, which looks like these long crepes with stuffing. The typical dosa is with tikka masala potatoes (yes it's indian) and they serve a really amazing CHAI tea, which you must take!
|Dosas at Hampton Chutney Co.|
I'm heading back to NYC in May - so PART II is sure to come!