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Sunday usually means restaurant reviews for me and I’m loathe to break form just because I went on holiday.  My friends – Debbie and Alisha – and I ate at loads of restaurants while we were in NYC and I could easily give each and every one its own post.  But Deep Dish is about Cayman so I’ve decided just to hit the highlights in a New York minute.  Get ready for some scandelicious food.

The first place we hit up was Broadway Joe.  It’s along Restaurant Row, just up the road from the apartment we rented.  Not only was the food incredible, the service was outstanding.  We were treated like royalty.  We started with prosciutto and melon and then both settled on filet mignon for our mains.  Mine was covered in perfectly seasoned mushrooms.  For our side dishes, we choose the creamed spinach and hash browns.  It was an excellent way to start our culinary journey through NYC.

While on holiday, we decided to head out to Queens to visit a friend of mine from high school in Germany.  Of course, this means we had to eat German food.  Zum Stammtisch not only felt like a real German restaurant, it tasted like one too.  Adam and his wifey, Ruthie, each ordered the Jaegerschnitzel (left) – mushroom lovers heaven.  I had the Wienerschnitzel that was literally hanging off either side of my massive plate.  So very good.  Debbie settled on the sausage (brat & knockwurst) plate with sauerkraut.  Everyone had a bit of that.  The only downside to Zum Stammtisch was the service.  I’m not really sure what the heck was going on.  I think our server was in the same boat…

We asked the locals where to go for pizza the next day.  They sent us to John’s Pizzeria of Bleeker Street.  We got there just in time too, because about 5 minutes after we were seated the line to get inside started creeping down the block.  Despite there being three of us, it only took moments to settle on a large pepperoni, mushroom and extra mozzarella pizza. It was super tasty and gone within 5 minutes.

The next place was a gem of a restaurant we were pointed to by off-broadway performers The Flying Karamazov Brothers.  They sent us to Cafe Asean.  I went with the Kari Kaptian: Malaysian coconut curry chicken with potatoes and steamed veggies.  Debbie’s entree was kekapis dan ikan which was roasted scallops and monkfish with trumpet mushroom and bok choy in a saffron coconut sauce.  Dessert was black rice pudding with cream and bananas. The rice pudding was an amazing treat and a cool spin on regular white rice pudding.

A few weeks before I left for NYC, I asked some of my friends where I should go to eat.  Another Heidelberg alum, Emily, insisted that I visit Ippudo. We tried Thursday night but the wait was 2 hours (you can’t make reservations.)  Friday afternoon, we were told 1 hour and Debbie put her foot down: ‘I’m not going somewhere twice and NOT eating.’ So we waited.  It was worth it.  Good lord, this may be the best meal I’ve ever had.  On the left is my tori ramen – salt flavored ramen noodle in ‘Ippudo chintan’ clear chicken and pork soup, with pork loin chashu, menma, spinach, 1/2 hard boiled egg, naturo, shiso and daikon. Alisha (right) had the special: soy flavored ramen noodles in a triple soup base of ‘tori-paitan’ chicken, tonkotsu and vegetable topped with pork chashu, red pickled ginger, cabbage, garlic and scallions.

The trip, for me, was about seeing some very close friends and eating lots and lots of food.  I think it was a success all around.  Can’t wait for the next girlie holiday 🙂

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29 Comments

  1. Wow! Everything sounds and looks “drooling-li-cious”! Looks that you had a really fun and delicious holiday! I am unable to visit earlier as the internet service in my area has gone “cuckoo” for almost a week! Now keeping my fingers crossed that it won't disappear again!

  2. I'm just going to put it out there that Seattle has some tasty places to visit also Carsley…Maybe some west-coast love next time?
    Kyle Hopkins

  3. Oh, I am just craving to have all these dishes at once. No words for NY pizzas…just out of world !

  4. All of the food looks fantastic and it sounds like you had a blast! Love the Wiener Schnitzel and Jaegerschnitzel is actually one of my all-time favorites :o)

  5. OMG…my mouth has already started watering…so many yummy recipes at a time 🙂

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  7. Oh YUM! You make me want to go to NY 🙂 The coconut curry and everything from Ippudo look especially delish!

  8. It looks like you had a really great time in NYC and lotsa Foodie adventures. 🙂

    I was out there visiting early March and also experienced John's Pizzeria (still haven't written the post). It was good stuff. I luv visiting New York {sigh}, now I want to go back! =)

  9. Fantatic post; with I was there! You all look like you are having a ball. What can I say I Love foodies!Great pictures!
    Rita

  10. Sounds like a fantastic time with good friends eating DELICIOUS food!

  11. Your photos are really wonderful. It sounds like you had a fabulous time and had great food as well. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  12. Scandalicious – love it! Great fun post and felt we were there with you. Love the sound of that Malaysian curry…

  13. Looks like everyone is having fun. It would be hard to pick which meal sounded the best. NY sure knows good food. There's no where like it in the world.
    Sam

  14. Wow, I can't believe that you were in my neck of the woods!! Looks like you had a great time. I have not been to any of those places; got to love that about NY. You can be from NYC and still have more new places to see… Definitely want to check out Ippudo 🙂

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  15. Looks like you had an amazing time with your friends:)Everything looks so yummy …

  16. Sounds like you had an awesome and tummy filling time 🙂

    And no, I'm not jealous you were in the states and I didn't get to see you. Nope…not at all… 🙂

  17. Oh! Everything looks so yummie…love the pictures…and sure looks that you had a great time 🙂

  18. Wow, all the food looks fantastic. I need to get my butt to NYC!

  19. It's been so long that NYC has had the pleasure of my visit…especially at some of their great eateries. LOL
    After having read your enthusiasm about most of these delicious places…I can realize how unfortunate it's been that I haven't made it back there in a while.
    Ohhh…how I envy thee ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

  20. I've said it before and I'll say it again.
    Who are you and what have you done with my little girl? Mushrooms? You eat Mushrooms? I recall you gagging at the mere mention of mushrooms!
    So glad you had a great time with the girls!
    Loved the pix!
    Mrs. Herb Garden

  21. Glad my city treated you well – and that you made it to Ippudo! I'll have to look up that German place…

  22. I love it! NY pizza is the best! And I love pretzels off the street that taste like the subway! 😀

  23. Note to self: Never visit this blog without eating well first!! I have started a travel/food “file” and you are being noted in both.

    Best,
    Bonnie

  24. Your post makes me miss home! I moved to Israel 8 months ago and haven't been back to NYC yet! Ahh how I miss good pizza! Sounds like your trip was a blast 🙂

  25. i am very glad that u have enjoyed a lot with your friends.. pizza looks wonderful..you have nice blog..glad to follow you..

  26. Looks like you had an amazing time with your friends, and also trying all those yummy foods. Love the pizza, wish I could have a piece of that!

  27. The pizza looks so good! Yum!

  28. Great now I am home sick Thank you! Best pizza in the world can't beat it… must be the water they make their dough with… love it… eat some for me please wont be going back home this year…

  29. Dreaming of Ippudo!!! Yummmmmmmmmmm

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