Wednesday, March 29, 2017
New York 2017 - Eating in Manhattan - Part 2
Russ & Daughters food shop (179 E. Houston) over the weekend but had no success as the wait was 45 minutes or more. Instead we went on a Wednesday night to the Russ & Daughter Cafe (127 Orchard St.) which opened in 2014 on the 100th anniversary of the shop. The menu of the cafe comprises of dishes made from the fresh ingredients sold from the shop including bagels, lox, smoked fish, pickled vegetables, caviar, as well as homemade sodas, egg creams and cocktails. All the decor around the cafe oozes of nostalgia as there are vintage photographs and pencil drawings of the food shop, as well as a very sweet drawing of Grandpa and Grandma Russ. The cafe is run by the fourth generation of the Russ family and boasts expert smoked salmon slicers who carve up slabs fresh fish to place on fish boards or platters.
—no food establishments but just blocks and blocks of high-end clothing stores. Yim made the comment that we were still on the wrong street since fashion models don't eat. So we moved further east once again to Lexington Avenue, getting further and further away from Rockefeller Centre. By now we were famished and getting desperate, when we spotted a restaurant named "Eat Here Now". It seemed like a commandment sent from the heavens, so we meekly obeyed and filed in. This was by no means the best or fanciest food that we ate on this trip, but it was hearty traditional diner fare and it met our immediate needs which were to quickly get nourishment into our bodies without paying an arm and a leg for it. I ended up with a ham and asparagus cheddar melt on toast, Yim had a Nicoise salad and the guys had cheese burgers and fries. We were served by a friendly waitress with a very strong New York accent who lived up to all of our preconceptions of what an old-styled New York waitress would be like in an old-styled New York diner.
religieuse (two stacked choux pastry shells) filled with caramelized banana jam and dulce de leche ganache covered with caramel and chocolate glaze. Not only was it "too-cute-for-words" but it was tasty too!
bocconcini and pesto pasta salad, a dill chicken salad, grilled mushrooms, cheese breadsticks, and a fruit salad for breakfast.
All in all, Rich and I did a much better job selecting restaurants on this trip than on our previous visits to New York, with help from our travel companions. On our first few visits, we tried to go to the buzzy or well-known restaurants such as Nobu or Lindy's and were not that impressed. This time we found more local gems off the beaten path and ended up with much better food, as well as more varied and enjoyable dining experiences. In the span of five evenings, we dined at an Italian, a French, a Spanish, a Jewish and a Continental Seafood restaurant and we loved all of them.