NYC Cuisine

Bonding with New York’s dining scene started as a little girl on business trips with Dad a long time ago.

toots-shor-bar1Mad memories of Manhattan 1960’s. Train from Springfield, Massachusetts. Dining car with formal tablecloths, waiters, silver, china. First plane ride on a PamAm prop to Idlewild Airport (now Kennedy) from Bradley Field.

Lunch at Toots Shor watching an already drunk Jack Lescoulie at the bar during a day of buying men’s clothing for Dad’s New England retail stores at the Sperry Rand building on 1290 Avenue of the Americas. Lescoulie was Dave Garroway’s sidekick on the Today show.

Sardi’s for dinner, then Jilly’s singing around the piano bar with Nancy Wilson into the wee hours. Memories of trips to New York with my Dad. Priceless.

Copa Cabana to see Sammy Davis, Jerry Vale, lots of Italian singers named Frankie or Johnny or Tony. The bocce court at Il Vagabondo. P.J. Clarke’sElaine’s, Sign of the Dove, Le Pavillon. Stayed at City Squire Motor Inn with Red Coach Grill. Those were the days.

Oh. Does anybody remember Chelsea Place? An unassuming antique shop across from the original Barney’s. Became a kitchen with fresh produce and then a covered courtyard restaurant. Cool.

Love Affair with Manhattan rekindled in the early 80’s. Met the amour of my life, Dr. Husband in the West Village. Courtship faves. One Fifth. Buffalo Road House. Montana Eve. Sevilla. Keneret. Tavola Calda da Alfredo. The Wok. El Coyote. El Faro. Chumley’s.


Memorable NYC Tables 2005-2015

During those Northampton-Manhattan weekend roundtrips on the parkways and stays at Hotels Giraffe and Excelsior– we did what we always like to do. Eat!

Del Posto, Meat Packing. Regional Tavolas
Sushi Nakazawa, West Village. All Omakase
The Mermaid Inn, Upper West Side. Exquisite raw bar
Da Silvano, West Village. Fun old standard
Eleven Madison Park, Flatrion. Special event
Colicchio & Sons Tap Room, Meat Packing. Fabulous roasted octopus, just closed, boo
Bobby Van’s on 50th, MidTown Theater. Lobster app
Gramercy Tavern, Flatiron. Best of best 
Blue Hill, West Village. Sometimes okay
Lure Fishbar, SoHo. Consistently fresh fish
ABC Kitchen, Flatiron. Special lunch spot
Ilili, Flatiron. Lebanese. Lively and tasty
44andX, Hell’s Kitchen. Sophisticated excellent
Nobu Next Door, Tribeca. Fabulous black cod
Maysville, Flatiron. Interesting and creative dishes
Pomodoro Rosso, Upper West Side. Friendly neighborhood Italian
Ocean Grill, Upper West Side. Was great, succumbed to scaffolding scourge


Picks & Pans October 2016

Now that we live here. Cooking in our city kitchen with Citarella’s fresh fish, meat and prepared treats. But, we are also exploring new boîtes as well as revisiting old haunts.

Favorite spot to hang on a beautiful Fall day~ Tavern on the Green outside bar. Resort in the Park. Other faves. Mermaid Inn. 88th & Amsterdam. Best little necks. A.G. Kitchen. Columbus Avenue staple in the ‘hood. Fresh & good. Isabella’s. Fun outside people-watching next to Natural History Museum. Scene better than cuisine.

Just okay. Cafe Luxembourg. Upper Broadway. A bit dated. Untitled at the Whitney in the Meat Packing. Uninspired space in a touristy vibe. The Ribbon. Near the Dakota. Dark more a winter cozy. Back room better. Tessa. By the Beacon. Uneven and unmemorable. With the requisite scaffolding.

Won’t go back. Motorino new pizza parlor uptown. Soggy thin crust, bland toppings. Cafe Frida. Mexican with no flare. Cesca. Dingy room. Canned Italian.


2018 Update

Citarella still the freshest best fish, meat & prepared treats.  Tavern on the Green outdoor garden a consistent retreat.  Mermaid Inn moved to a bigger busier location next door. Raw bar great. Fish & regular fare so-so.  Isabella’s closed. Rent & Museum construction the likely culprits.  A.G. Kitchen still best burgers and burritos.  Haven’t frequented the others for obvious reasons.  Sushi of Gari on Columbus & 77th is expensive but worth the price for delectable sashimi from the sea.  Newly opened Oxbow Tavern on Columbus & 71st looks promising. Nice space and zinc bar replaced Café Tallulah.