I ♥ NY (Food)
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 🙂