Monday, May 14, 2012
More New York
Peace Food Cafe
Seems I left out some of the many places I visited and ate at...two of which were Wild Ginger down in the Lower East Side - great Asian fusion restaurant and the Peace Cafe - on Amsterdam on the Upper West Side - fabulous smoothies, quinoa porridge and baked goods among other items. Plus, let's not forget Franchia on Park and 35th - beautiful venue and delicious nibbles including dumplings and crepes, conveniently around the corner from Guest House Off Park - our other residence when we were staying in the Big Apple.
My friend Richard also introduced me to The Grey Dog which is a great little sandwich spot in Chelsea - ate a yummy tofu wrap there with mushroom and spinach and a mighty fine soy latte.
As per usual we made a pilgrimage to the storied Shopsin's on the Lower East Side - my meal was a sandwich with brussel sprouts, cheese and avocado on asparagus bread. You must check out this teeny tiny diner in the Essex Street market - for such a small place they have a very extensive menu...all printed on one page...you have to get there earlyish as their hours are normally 9 a.m.- 2 p.m or 10 -2 on Sundays. You can look up all kinds of reviews etc. about rudeness and cleanliness - it's a slice of New York so whatevuh.
This is the "Bingo" sandwich...it was sooooo good. I fell off the vegan wagon for this sandwich...
I neglected to mention a wonderful concert at Dizzy's Club at Jazz at Lincoln Centre where we enjoyed a truly cosmopolitan view as the lights came on in the city plus the incredible talents of the Juilliard students with special guest - legendary Basie alumni Frank Wess. It seemed only natural to have a drink called the "Yardbird" - citrusy cocktail.
If you're in the Park Avenue neighbourhood check out the elegant Kitano Hotel - we enjoyed Toshiko Akiyoshi's trio and visited with Lew Tabackin - a frequent and early guest at the Yardbird many moons ago. The Kitano has revamped their jazz lounge and it's a serene and lovely experience.