A Day in New York City, Eating

2010 October 19
by Joe Johnston

This post is entirely off topic, so please excuse my random thought process. In mid-September, we travelled to New York City as a part of a longer voyage that included Boston, Quebec City, and Montreal. I love NYC — the energy, the availability of everything, the parks, great public transportation, people watching, and food. Being in the restaurant business, we are always fascinated with food, particularly local food and common food. My wife was kind enough to allocate a whole day to seeking out some local food. In the process we discovered parks, some great shops, and learned more about the fabric of the city: the character of various blocks. I selected 50 pictures of our travels that day to tell the story. I have also reviewed several of the places on Yelp, if you’d like more details.

We stayed at The Library Hotel

headed to Ess-a-Bagel on 51st St. for a bagel

lounged at a hidden gem: Greenacre Park

checked out the Seagrams Bldg. and its plaza

took the 6 Line to Bleecker Street LES

tried the new Peels by the Freeman's group

it's a casual place with fine dining quality

enjoyed a biscuit+egg+bacon sandwich

the John Varvatos Store is rock themed

we loved the old Marantz stereos for sale

came upon a pocket park in a vacant lot

stopped at the tiny Bluebird Cafe

where we enjoyed an excellent cortado

we strolled to the Essex Street Market

finding the tiny Saxelby Cheesemongers

the excellent staff helped us make a selection

had the best cheese sandwich ever made

a walk to the temple of donuts: Doughnut Plant

for a fresh coconut donut...

and a creme brulee donut...

ended with a fresh white peach cake donut

back to Bleecker St. and Murray's Cheese

viewed their massive selection, tasting some

onward to Bleecker St. Pizza: best slice in NYC?

enjoyed a basic slice, which was good, not great

a breather at the tiny, gem-like Monocle Store

up the street to the exquisite Taim (a must visit)

it's a counter-serve mideast restaurant

the mixed falafel platter was out-of-this-world

time to buy a hat: a 1960's beaver felt fedora

Gray's Papaya, an institution in NYC

had their famed hot dog & papaya drink: meh...

time for a bit of fresh air at Bryant Park

watching the men play boule

and checked out the outdoor "reading room"

antidote for fresh air: a visit to Nat Sherman

to purchase some cigarillos and pipe tobacco

then after torrential rains: fabled Shake Shack

for a cheeseburger and coffee+donuts concrete

across the street to EATALY: pizza station

and the meat department

and the seafood department

finished with gelato: pistachio & vanilla (B+)

settled in at the intimate Angel's Share

enjoying fine mixology: bacon infused bourbon

a pit stop at Pommes Frites for belgian fries

finished the night at Death & Company

with a Rob Roy and a Rita Hayworth!

One Response
  1. October 19, 2010

    I don’t see why you couldn’t fit in a knitting store into your relaxing day.

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