New York City Dining Part 1 of 3
I recently had the opportunity to really experience the culinary skills of New York City. We ate and we ate and then we ate some more. Five full days of lunch, dinner and then dinner again! A fantastic and unforgettable experience.
I was accompanied by Travel Expert, NBC host and Publisher Brian Berusch. Brian lives here in Hawaii but is from New York originally and knows the restaurant scene. He was the Editorial Director at Oahu Publications Inc. magazine for years and has done a lot of award winning freelance for various travel, culinary and lifestyle magazines. I’ll do a 3 part blog rundown and some highlights for you incase your in New York City and would like some direction in what can be an overwhelming decision on where to go. A special thanks to Brian for his guidance, company and pictures and writing some of the list descriptions I’ll be posting over this 3 part blog series.
Ess a Bagel. Legendary midtown Manhattan institution for bagels, sandwiches, smoked fish and precision service.
Sparks Steak House. We didn’t eat here as it was still mid-morning, but popped in and talked to the manager for a minute, reviewed their menu. This is one of the top steak houses in NYC that hasn’t “chained itself” out, sticks to it’s guns and what it knows best.
Blue Ribbon Bakery. Our first dinner stop of the evening, this legendary institution has on-premises bakery in a 19th century brick oven (that delivers to 2 other Blue Ribbon locales as well as 50+ accounts), and minimal tables in a really small space. Highlights were an amazing pink trout, preceded by Bone Marrow and Foie Gras terrine appetizers. We were able to speak with both the manager and one of the owners who showed us around.
Little Owl. Dinner #2 on Day 1 was at this venerable hot spot in an even smaller space (10 tables, max), on Bedford Street in Greenwich Village. Incredible what they packed into a small space.
L’Express. This 24 hour Belgian eatery in Union Square gathers a diverse crowd, yet boasts amazing food for a late-night post-restaurant-worker-shift eatery. Over a Belgian beer we enjoyed a pot of “Moules Frittes” (mussels and fries), of which I was very impressed and didn’t brush my teeth that evening so I could taste the mussels all night.
More to come next Friday. As some would say, the best!