Sometimes, a picture is just worth a thousand words. And sometimes, it's so much more fun to look at pictures of a great meal than to read about it. So, I'll just describe the pictures briefly so if you go you'll know what to order and expect.
Eataly, is a newer spot in New York City where you can shop for fun, imported foods, and then head upstairs for dining--either overlooking the shopping or in a semi-private room with a curtain to draw. The benefit of the room? Warmer.
One day during our visit to New York City, Paul's mom joined us for a stroll around town. After tootling around town, we stopped to eat. We chose Soho Park, if I remember correctly, because it didn't look too expensive, didn't have too long of a line, and had vegetarian options on the menu. Actually, there were four vegetarian sandwiches on the menu. And I believe without cheese, the burgers are vegan.
We were freshly landed in New York, and it didn't take long for us to be getting really hungry. Paul's dad took us to a fabulous restaurant he had just discovered a few days before. Bread & Olive. I don't know how both of my in-laws have this sense in quality restaurants, but this one was completely fabulous.
About a year ago, I posted a story about the fabulous selection of fun prepared foods on the hot and cold bars at the Whole Foods Columbus Circle. Well, Paul and I went back there because we needed some fast, good food. We ran out of time for a great sit-down lunch because we had been too busy being tourists and needed to get to the airport.
Notice I didn't say "Last Visit"? Perhaps it was my last visit for our overnight trip, but I hope I will never have a "last visit" to Moosewood Restaurant. Did I mention this place is in Ithaca New York? Do you know how far away our little house in Orlando is from upstate New York? I can dream, can't I?
Paul and I are both Tigers. The Tiger with the brown jersey is from Paul's Rochester Institute of Technology. My Tiger with Purple-and-Gold is from Louisiana State University. Sure wish we still had some of those cute little outfits from my childhood to dress Nora in.
Anyway, there's a nice new-since-Paul shopping plaza on the campus of RIT. And the sweet shop is an Abbott's. We were treated to dessert there by Paul's former classmate, Mimi. We enjoyed the custard, but most of all, we really enjoyed the company.
Peacefood Cafe was recommended to us by Leigh at Marvelous Kiddo. She certainly has good taste! We loved our experience at the restaurant. It was amazing that there was always a line for a table during our entire lunch. Maybe that doesn't mean much in crowded New York City. Still, I've always maintained the belief that people being willing to wait for a table is a good thing.
Back to catching up on the restaurant reviews from New York back in December. . .(luckily, we're pretty sure these popular places haven't closed)! I can't recall where we learned about Lombardi's, but it didn't take us long to understand why it was so popular. I will give a warning here: The wait for a late lunch was one and a half hours. The problem is, I hear there's always a wait. I am willing to bet that comes with living in a big city, but that also comes with wanting some really good food.
Looking back through pictures, it's time I put some more focus on our fabulous trip to New York City at the beginning of December. We walked around town on Saturday Night and were absolutely amazed by the crowds running around. Police were managing intersections, even some with lights, to make sure the crowds and cars moved smoothly. I have nothing to compare it to to know if it was a success or not.
Our pictures from New York are up! They aren't all in order, though. Some pics from Paul's trip to San Francisco are mixed in. Simply click on a photo above to take you to Paul's flickr.com page.
One of my EMTs moved from New York about a year ago, and before we left for our trip, I asked her about a good bagel joint recommendation. She said she didn't have one--all bagels in New York are good.