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Boston Restaurant Blog -- December, 2005

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

New York City Trip

Got back from New York City yesterday (actually, Edgewater, NJ, across the Hudson River from Manhattan--thanks again to the Homestead Suites by Hilton in Edgewater for a great lodging experience for a fraction of the cost of a Manhattan hotel). Manhattan was, once again, as interesting as usual, especially so during the holiday season. And, of course, we hit several restaurants, starting with Top Dog, just off Route 1 in the Cos Cob section of Greenwich, CT. Great burgers and dogs at a friendly little diner, though I still like the hot dogs at Simco's in Mattapan a little better.

Saturday night, we went to Focacceria on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, which is perhaps my favorite Italian restaurant (along with Via Veneto in San Francisco). We dined on exquisite mushroom ravioli and incredible lasagna, and enjoyed an overall memorable experience at this hidden Manhattan restaurant. I can't say enough about Focacceria. If you head to New York, make an effort to seek out this place.

On Sunday, we had lunch at EJ's Luncheonette on Amsterdam Avenue in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I had a very good monte cristo sandwich at EJ's, as well as a decent chicken soup. I definitely like the lunches better than the breakfasts at EJ's Luncheonette, though either way, the place offers a fun, if slightly hectic, Upper West Side experience. After lunch, we wandered around Manhattan, and eventually ended up back in Greenwich Village for dinner. We tried a new Indian restaurant on Bleecker Street called Mainland India that was actually rather average. The soups were good, but the chicken tikka masala, chicken saag, and chicken kebabs were nothing special. After Mainland India, the three of us wandered into the West Village to Cafe Angelique for some of the best desserts I've had in awhile. Cafe Angelique was our last stop, and we headed back up to the Upper West Side, then back to Edgewater, NJ for the night.

Our final stop on the way back to Boston the next day was the Thru-Way Diner in New Rochelle, NY. This classic old diner, which is just off Route 95 on Route 1, was tremendous; my chicken stroganoff was big enough to feed an army, yet the quality was excellent. The waitresses at the Thru-Way Diner are the types who call you sweetie and honey, and the diners were mostly retirees who seemed to enjoy comfort food very much. The Thru-Way Diner marked the end of a great trip to New York City. I hope to get back soon, this time to try some of the best pizzas in the city.

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MH said:
An update: Mainland India in Greenwich Village has closed. It was replaced by an Italian restaurant sometime during the late summer or fall of 2006. I wasn't all that impressed by the restaurant, so it's not a huge surprise that they closed, especially since there are so many great restaurants around there.
Posted on 10/16/06
KM said:
They are trying to demolish the Thru-Way diner in New Rochelle to build a Walgreen's!
Posted on 11/28/07
Diner History Staff said:
The Thru-Way closed 7/13/2008. We posted a blog entry about the closure here:
If you enjoy diners we invite you to visit our blog at
Posted on 9/18/08

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