LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN, EATALY AND PASTIS…
Armed with personal recommendations,write-ups and other literature we set out to discover great places to eat. Never eating at the same place twice, we were in exploration mode and headed down to Soho to a French bakery, Le Pain Quotidien, ( the daily bread) 124 Seventh Avenue NYC, between 17th & 18th Streets, for an awesome breakfast. This boulangerie serves uncomplicated, simple, healthy and (whenever possible) organic fare. It is an international chain of bakery-bisto style stores. Fabulous espresso, I bought 500 g of their organic espresso beans for $12.95–a bargain for the quality. Onto the High Line, 1-mile (1.6 km) is opened that the New York City park built on a 1.45-mile (2.33 km) section of a former elevated freight railroad ridge called the West Side Line, running along the lower side of west Manhattan. The redesign transformed this rail line into a greenway.There are wonderful views of the city and of the Hudson River and to rest; rolling lounges positioned for the river views. An extraordinary site that opened in 2009, with expansion under construction. Of interest, crime has been extraordinarily low in the park and shortly after the second section opened, The New York Times reported that there have been no reports of major crimes since it opened.
Eataly was our next stop, 200 5th Avenue, New York, “wants to challenge the idea that quality products are accessible only to a select few. Good eating and shopping is not limited to connoisseurs; it is an agricultural act we all have the right, “dovere” in Italian, to enjoy. Food unites us all.” The first item on their manifesto is: “We’re in love with food.”-DITTO, a fabulous place to browse, shop, eat, and learn. Eataly makes fresh mozzarella daily and you can actually watch them make it! There are twelve different counters that you can sit and eat off their menu. LA ROSTICCERIA is a counter where they offer different types of roasted meat, where Peter and I decided to sit. I had the fresh mozzarella and tomato salad–beautiful and Peter had roasted striploin on a baguette with butter lettuce–he is still talking about it. (It is amazing how something so simple can be a highlight!) The IL PESCE counter offers many types of responsibly sourced fish, prepared in different ways. LE VERDURE counter offers seasonal vegetables, serving 13 different dishes inspired by the season. Of course there is an espresso counter, a gelato counter, and it goes on! You really can’t miss this one when you are in New York.
You ask how can we possibly eat again??–Easily, at 10:30 in the evening we found ourselves at Pastis, 9 9th Avenue, New York, in the Meatpacking District. This hotspot is a replica of a Parisian brasserie that was still buzzing when we arrived. I shared the Onion Soup Gratinée with Peter, followed by the Moules Frites au Pernod..I still believe the best broth that you will taste is our onion soup on this blog. The mussels were “nothing to write home about”, but I would still recommend visiting the restaurant for the energetic scene.