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Trip to NY State – NYC

Posted on | May 16, 2011 | 3 Comments

For a long overdue vacation this year, we decided on a trip to New York. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, and, apart from a couple of delays (US Airways… grrr), the trip went without a hitch. 3 days in NY City, 1 day on Long Island, and 2 days trekking through upstate New York. What a tiring, but fun vacation! And what remarkable food! And you know I photographed EVERYTHING that we ate. Here’s some highlights from our trip:

I had a loooonnnng list of places I wanted to go to while in the city. One that (thankfully!) made the cut was Katz’s Deli. It was morning, but I insisted on having pastrami, which was tender, tasty, and ridiculously good. The owner came out to chat with us briefly. What a great place!

Katz's Deli on Urbanspoon

Being a West-coaster, it took me awhile to get used to the disproportionate amount of taxis vs. cars in the city…

Another memorable breakfast? Hot dogs at Gray’s Papaya. We went for the recession special- $4.45 for two hot dogs and papaya juice. Now that’s a breakfast! Oh, and I get the whole ‘crispy skin’ hot dog thing now. I will never eat a soggy hot dog again…


Gray's Papaya (UWS) on Urbanspoon

We couldn’t very well go to NYC without seeing a show, right?! After much thought, and considering what a huge South Park fan Adam is, I decided The Book of Mormon might be a good choice. I have no idea how I was able to score tickets as easily as I did. If you’re in NYC, go see it. Great cast, and funny as hell. We laughed so hard, we cried!

I couldn’t leave NYC without trying one of the supposedly best Ramen-yas, could I?! Ippudo was good. I liked the dollop of miso added to the tonkatsu ramen… very nice touch. But, sorry NY… I’m still a Southbay LA ramen girl!


Ippudo on Urbanspoon

Another non negotiable? A Yankee’s game. Adam and I both LOVE the Yankees (even though I equally love the Dodgers). The new stadium is beautiful. But they lost to the KC Royals! Didn’t Jeter realize I was in town and watching?!

For our one Michelin 3 star restaurant, I picked Jean Georges. Mainly because A) I couldn’t secure a reservation at Per Se, and B) Le Bernardin was iffy, with Adam’s shellfish allergy and all. I’m not disappointed that we ended up at JG’s. The food was excellent, as was the setting and the service.

Parmesan risotto with mushroom and herbs:

Foie gras brulee, with pineapple meyer lemon jam:

Sauteed veal scallopine, Flying Pig ham, with mushrooms and lavender:

Red snapper crusted with nuts and seeds, with a sweet and sour jus: Probably the best red snapper I’ve ever had!


Jean-Georges on Urbanspoon

Here’s a view of NYC from the Empire State Building. Chilly, but breathtaking!

We couldn’t leave NYC without trying at least one of David Chang’s restaurants. It was a tough choice, but I picked Momofuku Ssam. I liked the casual feel of the eatery, and of course, the food was excellent!

Their famous steamed pork buns, with hoisin, cucumber, and scallions. Quite tasty!

The duck sandwich, with spicy mayo, lettuce, and peppadews. Another incredibly flavorful dish!

We woefully chose to order the beef noodle soup sans tripe. I think if anyone could make tripe palatable to us, it would be Chef Chang. Oh well. Maybe next time!

Momofuku Ssäm Bar on Urbanspoon

Then… on to dessert, next door… Momofuku Milk Bar!

I admit, I’ve tried making a crack pie before, and while it was good, I grossly overcooked it. This one was much softer, and still stupidly buttery and sweet!

I hate to admit it, but Adam chose the better dessert. This candy bar pie is to DIE for. Caramel, peanut butter, and pretzels on a chocolate crust. How can you go wrong?!  We also ordered several of their cookies… sadly, the last of which we ate yesterday. I’m going to have to bite the bullet and order some online to get my fix!

Momofuku Milk Bar (Midtown) on Urbanspoon

Adam and Kristi go to White Castle!

Okay, White Castle was a last minute addition. We’d both had the frozen versions before, but they really are better fresh! I actually preferred the cheeseburger over the plain burger.

White Castle on Urbanspoon

It’s funny… the only time during our trip that the skies were gray was when we went to visit Ground Zero. It was nice to see so much going on in the area, with the mass amount of construction taking place. Still, it had a powerful, almost eerie feel to it…

Comments

3 Responses to “Trip to NY State – NYC”

  1. Janice D.
    May 19th, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

    Great post, Kristi! I have been to NYC once, but that was before I got really food camera crazy and I wish I had taken pics of the food that we ate too. Your post makes me want to go back! And, I’ve said this before, but I love your food photography! Hope all is well!

  2. Kristi
    June 3rd, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    Thanks Janice! How’s everything in San Diego?

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