The Boyfriend and I had four days in NYC and were determined to eat as much as possible. Four days really isn’t enough to go everywhere we wanted, (we did consider taking sandwiches/hotdogs/bagels on the plane to extend our eating vacation for another day but figured that shipping meat across continents probably wasn’t the smartest of ideas), but we did pretty well for ourselves.
The trip started with breakfast at the Landmarc, and accidental visit, after spending 30 minutes hunting for bagels in the area and then getting so desperate we ran into the nearest breakfast looking place. It was a lucky find, as it was not too bad - nice views over Central park combined with bagels were all we really needed
For lunch I hopped over the road, sans The Boyfriend, for lunch at Nougatine by Jean Georges. MY dining companion and I were seated next to the kitchen where we managed to spot the great man himself. Tuna tartare with avocado and a ginger dressing, was an incredibly refreshing way to start the meal - the dressing should be a mandatory accompliment to tuna everywhere it was so good. Beef with miso dressing, was less exciting than I expected, but well executed so there where no grounds for complaint. Poached pear, with a cloud like almond cake made the meal very close to perfect. At $30ish for three courses at lunch it was really genuinely good value. Its definitely going to become a fixture on my NYC visits. Why can’t we get one of these instead of Spice Market in London, Mr. Vongrichten?
Finally rested we headed down town for breakfast at Murray’s – the best place on earth, where we battled a queue to grab a bagel and a space at the bar to devour the things. I think the pictures speak for themselves. Cheese,egg and bacon anyone?
After Guggenheim-ing, at 3.55 we went in search of Earl’s Beer and Cheese where we found a very depressing sign . We consoled ourselves with a Papaya King hotdog, which after all we had heard turned out to be a bit of a let down
Breakfast the next two days at the Europan Café, where we grabbed bagels and ran was a fast and filling way to start the days.
Artichoke Pizza could have been the best find of the trip. It was unbelievably good – quite frankly, I didn’t know you could do to pizza . Four stools, four types of pizza, one guy. This was a whole new level of pizza. I genuinely didn't know pizza could taste this good. Artichoke pizza and crab pizza, were outstanding.
Overall, we did very well. No restaurant was disappointing and Murray's, Osteria Morini, Red Cat, Artichoke and Nougatine, all deserve a return visit.