In NYC there’s something for everyone, and that includes food. With so many cultures making up the 5 boroughs of NYC, you never run short of food choices.
As a NYC native, I spent this trip not going to the typical tourist spots, but to stop at different food joints as well. After all, there’s more to NYC than chain restaurants in Times Square.
My first stop was Trattoria Trecolori an Italian restaurant in the Theatre District. A business casual atmosphere complete with hardwood floors, wooden tables, and high ceilings set the tone. The typical bread & butter service was given. However, the menu was more than your typical chicken parmesan. Instead there was lesser known Italian flair including a generous portion of Calamari alla Luciana which was squid sautéed in its own ink atop the saffron risotto mixture.
Calamari alla Luciana at Trattoria Trecolori NYC Theatre District
Other than making my teeth black, I loved the dish. I recalled the last time I had a squid sauce dish, and that was last November. Needless to say, those dishes were few & far between and I’m glad I found it here!
Penne a la Vodka at Benito's in Little Italy, NYC
Next stop was an obligatory trip to Little Italy. Sadly, out of the many cafes that serve authentic Italian food, we managed to pick the lemon of the bunch. On the inside, Benitos looked like the type of café you’d expect: brick walls, gaudy décor, and checkered tablecloths. The food was also the norm: linguine, penne, fettuccine, and lasagna. However, like the décor, the food was overdone. My Penne a la Vodka tasted entirely of alcohol. I couldn’t taste any of the components of the dish. At that point I was thankful NYC had mass transit because I didn’t think I would be able to drive home!
Iced Cappuccino at Bella Ferrara in Little Italy, NYC
Fortunately, redemption was at hand down the street at Bella Ferrara Bakery. The smells of Italian cookies and desserts wafted to my nose as I began to recall childhood memories. We however wanted to take in the experience further, so we opted to enjoy our dessert on the patio that overlooks Little Italy, which is perfect for people watching. The coffee gelato and amoretto flavored hot chocolate were heavenly. I am proud to say that Paciugo in Hermosa does come pretty close but Little Italy showed me exactly how it was done. Light flavoring and texture, but just enough to hit the spot. The hot chocolate had a fragrant and sweet flavor that was the equivalent to having a liquid version of Italian cookies. We had such a wonderful experience at Bella that we came back for a second helping of profiteroles & iced cappuccinos.
Roast Beef Sandwich at the Carnegie Deli in NYC
We ate at the one & only Carnegie Deli. After getting used to the very tightly knit seating where you get to know your neighbors more than at a normal food joint. Elated to find a traditional New York deli, I ordered the matzo ball soup and a roast beef sandwich.
Matzo Ball Soup Carnegie Deli NYC
The matzo ball soup was more like two oversized matzo balls & a side of chicken broth but it didn’t matter to me! All components of the dish were delicious from the savory broth to the slightly dense but moist matzo.
The roast beef sandwich could easily be a lunch and dinner for one person. With this being said, my husband and I split a heaping portion of roast beef encased in two small slices of bread. I’ll admit I’ve had better roast beef sandwiches but just the experience of feasting on something that would require me to open my mouth with a tire jack a la Garfield & Friends was just fun. I would come back for the matzo ball soup alone next time.
Margherita Pizza, No 28 Pizza in Greenwich Village, NYC
Of course a trip to NYC isn’t complete without having authentic New York pizza and we did just that in Greenwich Village at No.28 Pizza. It was the tiny café with the big taste. We sat at the small patio to enjoy the cooler weather than we had experienced earlier in the week & take in the sites of the Village which we hadn’t seen in a while. The margherita pizza oozed of fresh mozzarella cheese while the fresh tomatoes still were steaming as it was fresh from the oven. Also fresh was the ever so green basil which topped the dish. I’m glad to say that the pizza tasted as good as it looked. It definitely ranks up there with Joe’s Pizza just down the street. I’m glad we tried something new on this trip because you always need options. Furthermore I’m glad our new venture was a good one.
These are just a few of my many foodventures in NYC, just to whet your appetite. New York City is a culinary world open to anyone willing to try. With so many choices, you can’t go wrong!