As I returned to the Big Apple I’m overwhelmed because there are so many choices to dine. From the 5-Star restaurants to the simple small diners. On my most recent trip in September, I had a few places in mind. For my first night out I went to a place in Chelsea, called Co Pane ( http://co-pane.com/) . it was a small dining room with a menu that had small bites and wildfire pizzas. There is a small wine list, along with some gastronomic pub beers. We started with some crostini–one with chicken pate, and one with white beans. Next, we had some meatballs (made with veal) that were so good we had to order another one. The red sauce hugged the meatball like a mother grabs her first born. Next up, a artichoke Saldana with shaved Parmesan, served with a lemon vinaigrette that warmed my soul. The pizza crust had a cherry wood flavor, sweet to the tongue.
For lunch the next day we stepped into Eataly( http://eatalyny.com/) , a Italian style market with different areas of food courts, pizza, pasta, seafood, fine dining and of course gelato. They also house several grocery areas to purchase product for the home. We decided to try the fine dining one, of course we sat at the bar. Outside of this indoor food market it was a little humid which prompted us to start with a refreshing bottle of Rose. I started with the beef tartar, the beef had a grassy flavor, and with my eyes closed I saw myself on a ranch in the middle of Italy. My main course was a bore sausage made in house, with fingerling potatoes. My Oh My, I was in love. For dessert a nice cheese course.
Breakfast in the city a must stop in midtown is Viand Coffee Shop on 59th and Lexington Avenue( http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=viand%20coffee%20shop&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCMQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.yelp.com%2Fbiz%2Fviand-coffee-shop-new-york&ei=6IwKT6PbCYqUiQKNpeC1CQ&usg=AFQjCNH6frcy79kUNacj-r_Gy6NlnCWhLQ.) Yes ladies, this is in the shopping district and Blooomies is within walking distance. This place sits about 20 people, and they only accept cash. When I asked the waiter for table for 2, yes, he pointed to the counter, OF Course ( I wouldn’t have it any another way as this is my favorite place to eat). I smiled, and sat down right in front of the sanitizer bottle. My coffee was hot and delicious. As in most New York establishments, they brew it in these huge urns. It must be the water, as many have been saying for years, this coffee so good. My wife and I shared a spinach egg white omelet, a short stack and some fresh squeezed orange juice. Man! Oh Man! This is a must-eat place for breakfast–especially for under $25. This is one of my favorites and every time I come to NY I have breakfast here.
When going to visit the Big Apple a must stop, is the world famous Peter Lugar ( http://www.peterluger.com/ ). We went to the one in Long Island, (the original is in Brooklyn) for my first visit. Of anyplace I’ve ever been, this was one of the top eating experiences of my life. There I said it and I mean it.
We began our meal with shrimp cocktail. Each shrimp was the size of my palm and the taste was exceptional and so fresh. For our salad course, the steak house favorite is the tomato and onion salad. On the side and a must is a side of the homemade bacon. Our entree was a porterhouse (what else is there to order?) creamed spinach and German potatoes. Somehow after all of this food, we managed to save room for dessert which was a hot fudge sundae that had “shlaw,” Luger’s version of whipped cream. It was amazing and a truly great meal.