Boston Restaurant Blog -- March, 2006
Sunday, March 5, 2006
I just got back from Manhattan with a full, happy belly, thanks to some of the restaurants I went to when I was in the city. I have a huge list of restaurants that I want to try in Manhattan (as well as the other boroughs--Brooklyn especially), but there are only so many meals in a day...still, this was one of my better New York trips as far as restaurants are concerned.
On Friday, I started out by having lunch at a very usual place in the Diamond District (near the Theatre District, on the edge of Midtown Manhattan). We walked through an old jewelry store on 47th Street, got to the back of the store, walked up a flight of stairs, and voila! A fabulous restaurant overlooking the jewelry store. The Diamond Dairy of New York Restaurant is a place that could only be found in New York; as we ate our potato pancakes and cheese blintzes, and downed our vegetable soup, we looked through the plexiglass window at all the jewelers below, wondering if this amazing little kosher restaurant might just be the most hidden of the hidden gems in New York City.
After an afternoon and evening of wandering through the Upper West Side and Greenwich Village, we ended up, by accident, actually, at an old Italian restaurant in the Village. Cucina Stagionale, an attractive spot on Bleecker Street near 7th Avenue, is a classic Southern Italian restaurant with absurdly cheap prices. Many of the pasta dishes are actually under 10 dollars. Just try to find that in Manhattan! A rarity, indeed. The meat lasagna and the chicken marsala were both excellent at Cucina Stagionale, as was the gourmet salad. We were pretty full after all the Italian food, but found room for dessert at nearby Pasticceria Bruno, also on Bleecker Street. Bruno's has some of the tastiest desserts in Greenwich Village, and it has some pretty good hot chocolate, too, which is key on a cold winter night in the city.
Saturday was another day of good eats in New York City. I started off by having a bagel at H and H Bagels on Broadway in the Upper West Side, after a long walk through Chinatown, Little Italy, Soho, and Greenwich Village. Later in the morning I had a second breakfast at the terrific Manhattan Diner, just down the road from H and H Bagels on Broadway. Then it was off to the Met for a few hours, then off to Mimi's Pizza on Lexington Avenue near 84th street in the Upper East side for my final meal before heading back to Boston. Mimi's has some great pizza, though it isn't quite at the level of the best pizza places in Manhattan. Pretty darn good pizza, though, and huge slices at reasonable prices.
I plan to head back to New York City in the late spring or summer to check out more restaurants, and maybe catch a ballgame at Coney Island. Perhaps while I'm out at the game I can head to di Fara, a Brooklyn pizza joint that is supposed to have some of the best pizza in New York City, if not the entire Northeast. Stay tuned...
Mod Betty / RetroRoadmap.com said:
Dang, I wish I knew about the Diamond Dairy before hearing it was closed - looks totally RetroRoadmap worthy!
Posted on 1/20/11
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