For our first local breakfast (since the first day we were fueled on Starbucks alone… until we found the BEST PIZZA EVER) we hit Zabar’s. Just a couple blocks north of our hotel, bagel w lox & coffee (New York enough?) and then we hit the museum… we didn’t mean to… it just happened that way.
Side note—don’t run through the NYC museums. Also, the planetarium is inside the Museum of Natural History, so if you think you’re just going to the planetarium, plan for a long day, because you will discover that you are actually in the history museum and henceforth obligated to check out the rest of it… just sayin…
So continuing our short stint in NYC, we also had to hit Thomas Keller’s Bouchon, of course. The food was great, the atmosphere was a little jarring though. At first, we thought it was a bakery, then upon realizing it’s actually in the upper level of Time Warner Center (Keller’s more formal restaurant ‘Per Se’ is also located in the same building, one level up from Bouchon) – set up almost as a food court restaurant would be.
Slightly bewildered we sat down and looked over the menu. Not at all what we had expected, but hey, let’s go with it. We each ordered sandwiches (being that it was lunch) and of course we couldn’t leave without dessert… I ordered the mini bouchons, which are like 2-bite brownies almost, while BFF ordered the crepe cake… layers upon layers of crepes and crème bruleed at the top served with some pistachio ice cream. To Die For.
Upon leaving Bouchon, I happened to notice a mere 20 feet away was the actual Bouchon Bakery counter that we had been looking for! They had an extensive collection of baked goods: TKO’s (which I made this past Christmas—and will make again for you, of course!), croissants, and giant macarons to name a few…. as well as the very same sandwich I’d just ordered for $3 cheaper! Those bastards! Good thing it was delicious and I had a case full of sweet delicious in front of me or else I might have been upset…
Of course you can’t go to NYC without stopping at Katz’s Delicatessen for pastrami or corned beef sandwich… being the indecisive one that I am I decided to just get a sandwich with both on! (Thanks.) The sandwich was great, the people though… not so friendly. Maybe it was the crappy weather, or maybe they just don’t like tourists, but they were not at all warm or welcoming… also good to note that when you enter here they give you a tiny ticket for no apparent reason. DO NOT THROW IT AWAY! If you don’t have this when you go to check out the world will most likely implode… also they don’t take credit. Which was a not so pleasant surprise, but luckily I had some cash on me to cover BFF & I.
Our trip’s end was tragic. It was the only clear day since we’d arrived, and neither of us was ready to go… I’d like to thank the Met for this accurate portrayal of how it feels to leave NYC.
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also, my old home eats… Columbus, OH