Wednesday, April 1, 2009

New York buzz

Pam and myself went on a long-planned trip to NYC last week to celebrate a significant birthday, it was our first time there and wow what a place, it was fantastic, great buzz. Here are my restaurant tips.

I don't have addresses etc, but Google is great.

In chronological order:

Bella Vita - near Times Square - stumbled into this place, real locals place for pizza or pasta at lunchtime - massive portions and great value.

Keens Steakhouse - traditional New York steakhouse in midtown. Massive, succulent and juicy steaks - I had a massive, daunting T-bone. Pam had to ask for a small, girlie fillet that was left over from lunchtime. They weren't used to lightweights, but handled it well. We drank Haut Medoc de Giscours 01 whaich was lovely.

Balthazar - French brasserie style in Soho. Great atmosphere, large room, high ceilings, food was very good and not too expensive. We drank the house Beaujolais in a carafe, hardly even counts as drinking, but went down very easy.

Lombardi's, Little Italy - great, great Pizza - a must see, but don't unless you want pizza as they don't have anything else, not even dessert.

Spotted Pig, Greenwich Village - very busy gastropub with very high standard of food and a really nice wine list. Great place for watching the beautiful people. WE went for the amazing large burgers. Pam drank a glass of Bourgogne from Leflaive and I had a glass of pleasant Friuliano followed by a disappointing glass of zin from Ridge (some Cuvee I didn't know, not Geyserville).

La Goulue - another French place but a great brunch on Sunday, nice food, nice atmosphere and cocktails included in a fixed price menu. They are moving in July, but I'm sure their website will
inform us of where.
The Guinness was surprisingly drinkable everywhere we went

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