During my trip to New York we hit up a few, ok I lied, MANY restaurants. We chose Café Habana a small yet popular Cuban / Spanish joint in East Village. Café Habana is known for their corn and Cuban sandwiches.
During lunch time it was packed and we were seated in a cramped corner. Once I tasted their Cuban sandwich they could have sat me on a bus stop for all I cared. It was that good!
The Quesadilla de Pollo was typical and the intensity of the flavours was dull.
I asked for restaurant suggestions in New York, almost everyone recommended Del Posto for lunch. I can see why, it was delicious. Del Posto décor was stunning. A two level restaurant that reminded me of opulent Victorian homes with the gleaming cherry oak. They had a personal stool to rest your designer bag. I thought it was a foot stool, that’s how cultured I am.
The service was impeccable, the FOOD was amazing.
Sorry guys it’s been a while since my trip. I can’t believe I forgot to blog about it. I still do have some pics though.
Tomato Consume, prosciutto wrap appie and I forgot what type of tea sandwich it was.
This was the best Orecchiette dish I’ve ever had. It was so creamy it just melted in my mouth. It was one of my favourite dishes of the meal. Not part of the set lunch menu.
I was obsessed with skate for a while. This was phenomenally cooked.
Damn! Chocolate pistachio was sooo good. I am just salivating thinking about it.
Sour Cherry Ice cream was surprisingly refreshing.
Amazing Chocolate Platter, the chocolate covered grapefruit peel was so intense and my friend’s favourite
Tip: If you show them 4square you receive a complimentary flute of Champaign.
You need a freaking map to find this burger joint but it’s worth it.
Burger Joint is situated behind curtains in the corner of the Parker Meridian lobby, right beside the concierge desk. There is large sign and you have to walk through a dark makeshift path.
Inside the decor reminds me of a midtown local dive bar, although I doubt anyone here was a local. Most look like tourists. Furnished with wooden bar benches and booths and, celebrity photos and autographs and strewn throughout the walls.
It was packed, so we decided to take it up to our rooms. (Special thanks to Eman for hooking us with a gorgeous 1 bedroom suite on the sub-penthouse floor at the Parker Meridian)
The burger was juicy, so much more than I expected that the juice squirted all over the front of my shirt. The fries are norm, not anything special the patty itself is a must try.
Sarabeth’s a very popular restaurant for brunch, situated across from Central Park, New York. On the weekends expect a long line but, it does move quickly.
You do feel rushed, they kept on coming back to check whether we were finished even though we clearly were still in the middle of the meal.
The highlight of the meal was the highly sought after Sarabeth’s velvety cream of tomato soup. Hot Damn! I can’t stop raving about the soup. Even my cousin who hates tomatoes loved the soup. It was an indulgent creamy soup with just the right amount of seasoning. I loved it so much I requested it for Thanksgiving. We had some homemade cheddar biscuits on the side and we were in heaven. Ahem, Marian, could I have some more please?? 🙂
Farmer’s Omelets, a medley of vegetables and multigrain toast. As a warning, don’t eat anything before, the portions are huge. The omelet was nice and fluffy and if you wanted an old fashion omelet, this is it.
Popeye eggs, scrambled eggs on an English muffin with Black forest ham and sautéed spinach. This was old school. It was nicely cooked and very simple
Manzo was definitely my most memorable experience in New York. The restaurant is situated inside Eately, an upscale Italian market. Manzo, is the only restaurant inside the market that accepts reservations. Trust me, advanced reservations will be required.
With Chris Rock sitting only a few meters away and, Foie Gras and Truffle in my tummy, I was in heaven.
My first dish Seared Foie Gras with Figs A smashing 5/5, I had a mini orgasm. This dish was ordered a la carte off their 7 course tasting menu.
Seared Striploin with Foie Gras & Cherry Aceto Balsamico, was rich and decadent. As expected the Striploin was seared to perfection. The Cherry Aceto Balsamico complimented very well with the meat and created a well rounded explosion of flavor. 5/5
Carne Cruda al Coltello with Enoki Mushrooms & Black Truffle Bruschetta (Carne Cruda, steak tartare. 4/5
Guinea Hen with Chanterelles, Foie Gras Sugo & Black Truffles, was phenomenal. Don’t let the white meat fool you, this dish is rich. With the 3 shared courses down, I was dying half way through my entrée. Yet I couldn’t stop! This dish had all my favourite ingredients. 4.5/5
Tagliata with Sweet Potato, Funghi Misti & Bone Marrow Agrodolce. (Tagliata, thinly sliced beef) Suck my fingers kind of succulent. Again, cooked to perfection and the bone marrow gave the dish a melt in your mouth finish. 5/5
Lamb Loin with Belly Confit, Cranberry Beans & Green Onions. Indulgent dish, think about it, belly confit with loin, I was rolling in fat and deliciously happy. 4.5/5
Yukon Gold Crocche, a potato side dish. If you have a limitless belly I suggest you order this side. Luscious potato croquette covered with crispy breadcrumbs. 4.5/5. I was delirious by this point, I could only frustratingly eat one.
If you are looking for restaurants to try in New York I recommend Manzo. For the ingredients alone it is very affordable. The bill came out to be $100 each between the three of us and, that includes 3 glasses of wine.