Whirlwindy NYC


New York and Food.  Two loves that will never be separated.   Last week, New York was nearly too cold to be enjoyable, but I ducked into many a food/coffee/drinking establishment to warm up.  Highlights below.

Olga took the train from the Catskills to Penn Station and had a few hours before catching a bus at Port Authority.  We were therefore limited to the midtown/Hell’s Kitchen area (aaah), but we followed our instincts to yummy non-touristy food.  It was freezing and the Puerto Rican comfort food (yucca frita, chicken stew, maduros) at El Deportivo on 9th Ave in Hell’s Kitchen was perfect.  We followed it up with coffee and sour cream apple walnut pie at Little Pie Company.

With my old friend Ashley, I visited an old haunt in my old ‘hood, Cafe Habana.  We had the Mexican corn and split the mushroom and goat cheese torta.  Ashley lives in and loves Bay Ridge, and on New Year’s Eve we were finally able to visit Tanoreen, a Middle Eastern restaurant that many different people have recommended to us for the last two years.  I can still taste the spices.  My taxi driver on the ride to the airport on Monday also loves Tanoreen, even though it’s not as good as his mother’s cooking.
Unparalleled Mother’s Milk (Kingston, NY) stout at an unparalleled LES drinking hole, Marshall Stack.
Fried haddock and chips washed down with a healthy amount of Six Point (brooklyn) Oatmeal Stout at Chip Shop.
First trip to crowded Williamsburg bkfast joint, egg.  I shared a table with lively strangers and ate delicious eggs Rothko: an egg in the hole w/ cheddar; served with tomatoes and kale.  Additional points for the delicious, seeded raspberry jam I got upon request for my toasted “hole.”
Birthday waffle made by brother.

Thai Chow fun at Nolita favorite, Lovely Day (recently reoppened after a fire closed it for too long!).

Lastly, Steve’s iphone led us to a new and highly marketed Vietnamese joint, Baoguette for pho, green papaya salad, and a Vietnamese coffee.  It was a more generic and more St. Marks Pl. version of the bare bones Vietnamese joints I like farther downtown.   We followed up with a Hot Toddy and free music at wonderful Banjo Jims.
Until next time, NYC…

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