As is often the case when Dave and I go away, our holiday revolved around food. We basically took as many recommendation from our friends as possible, and planned where we were going around the restaurants we were going to visit. It’s not the worst way to see a city.
Anyway, here’s a list of some of the recommendable food places we went to. This is not meant to be a definititive list of anything, it’s more just a reminder for myself in case I ever want to look them up (does anyone’s alse do this? That’s why I like to occasionally post recipes, because if it’s on the blog it’s a lot easier to find again than some random piece of paper in a folder). So, in alphabetical order:
Alice’s Teacup – afternoon tea. A great place to stop off after a morning in the Upper East side museums. I’ve had a lot of afternoon teas, and this was a good one. Interesting sandwiches and excellent scones with flavours changing daily – we had buttermilk, banana and beanut, and chocolate and strawberry.
Ample Hills creamery – Ice cream Delicious home made ice cream, famous for it’s salty caramel, which is weird but amazing
Brooklyn Flea – various It was a massively hot day when we went to this flea, so we didn’t spend too much time on the stands, but quickly made for the steps in the shade and got food from one of the many food stands. There is every type of food to choose from. We had fruit lollipops and Mexican filled pancakes (Papusas, never heard of them before)
The Commodore – Southern (US) This is a divey type bar in Williamsburg that also does yummy food. Southern food seems to be everywhere in New York, and it’s not something I’ve had anywhere else. Dave says the fried chicken was amazing, I loved the grilled cheese sandwich and I finally discovered what biscuits are in the US. They’re like square savoury scones made from slightly puffed pastry, though they were served with honey butter, which messed with my mind a bit.
Hanco’s – Vietnamese sandwiches Another new type of food for me. Rolls filled with bits of real or veggie meat, loads and loads of vegetables and coriander, and copious amounts of spicy sauce. Cheap and delicious! Thee are three branches apparently, we went to the Bergen Street one.
Happy Buddha – Vegetarian Chinese We went out to Flushing, which has New Yorks second (and much bigger than the Manhattan one) China town, after a visit to the Louis Armstrong house. There are bazillions of Chinese restaurants in Flushing, we chose this one because its vegetarian. They do Dim Sum, as well as fried starters and a massive selection of vegetable and dishes with ‘fake meat’.
Isa – Mediterranean This is where we went for our anniversary meal. Their menu changes daily, it’s all fresh and fairly simple, and often chargrilled. The decor is sort of rustic minimalist, and my only complaint would be that the lighting was a bit too low. Because I don’t eat meat, the three main courses* weren’t going to work, so we went for two starters (which were pretty much main course size) plus four sides instead, which was great because we could try lots of stuff. And we just about managed to squeeze in s pudding of caramelised peaches and almond semifreddo.
Pok Pok – Thai I love thai food, but this wasn’t like any thai food I’d ever had – it was better. All fresh, lots of herbs and almost raw ingredients. And these amazing drinking vineagars that sound disgusting but are delicious. Our friend has been to Thailand and said that’s the closest he’s ever had to what the food was like there.
* which confusingly are called entrees, i.e. starter in French.