Momofuku Noodle Bar
Just walked in at 2:30 and sat at the bar with no problem.
Yuzu Soju Slushy ($5) I could seriously develop an addictive personality with this one.
Buns - Pork, hoisin, scallion, cucumber ($10) Amongst cooks, these are famous. You go to NYC and they will ask if you have tried them. I have. They are meth-addictingly wicked.
Side - Soya Egg, crispy shallot, chive ($2) Momofuku has menu items that are $2.
I managed to check out a taping of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart while in town. Fun times, but more relevant to this blog, a bunch of lesbians picked me up while in line and brought me to a bar for pre-show drinking where they specialize in $4 glasses of wine and Tater Tots...
Here is Tater Tots, Franks Redhot, and Blue Cheese.
The Spotted Pig
What a cool spot. At 4:00pm it was still bustling. It's hipster/feminine attitude throughout, but what caught my attention most was the cooks wearing chef jackets and shorts...
Roll Mops ($8) Pickled Herring, Creme Fraiche
Sal and Carmine
Routinely acknowledged as one of the top spots of a slice in NY, Sal and Carmine is located on Broadway towards the Bronx. It is worth the trip. I think it's just Sal now, but they have been open since 1959 and everything (from the decor, to the recipes) are apparently the same. Sal does not talk much. Just order the slice and put $4 down. Perfect ratio of cheese to sauce, the right toothiness, and a good amount of grease. Go.
Check it out. A wide variety of fresh mushrooms. I have never seen this before. Eataly is both a grocery and casual dining spot. It is the kind of spot you can sip moscato and have a plate of parma while eye-balling what fresh Ricotta Gnudi you'll take home. If the rent wasn't $3000 comparable to here...
At least porter can fly you there for $200.
|Overrated. ($18-F*** Off!) You know what kicks this in the teeth easily? |
This place is where you bring a hot girl to. This is not the place you go when you are male, alone, and rely on your blackberry as a crutch companion. I was out of sorts with this one, but it was a necessary trip. This place is known for its $1000 Golden Opulence Sundae, which I did not order as I have a mortgage and brain. I did sip a chocolate cappuccino which was tasty but awkward as I faced three girls who I could tell where trying to figure out if I were a danger to them. The place is charming enough and the next time I am around, I will be happy to bring my wife.