You’ve seen the video, now here is a little more info on where we ate! Some of the places below may not have made the cut but this is a list of some of my favourites from my trip to NYC and the epic time I had with my mates, Harry (muso, foody, NYC local, old mate), Chris (shooter / editor / producer at Rafferty Productions) and of course Michael Weldon (runner up MasterChef Series 3).
tina’s place diner(1002 Flushing Ave, corner of Flushing and Wilson, Bushwick ) this place is a bushwick institution, a place open from 3pm to 3am, the spot where you go when there are no more spots to go. super cheap, real diner food. eat too much you might get a little large, but nothing could be better after a few beers the night before for a late “breakfast” the day after. with everything on the menu from a $2 egg and cheese roll, to hot cakes, to home fries. I went for the club sandwich, as I think you can judge any venue, wether it be pub, diner or 5 star hotel by its chicken club sandwich. And to use the words of my good friend Harry, “the club was balls!” [read: good!] uncomfortable stools, no frills service and coffee that has been dripping for hours just adds to the whole experience.
ever since my first visit to the US back in 2005 i have loved a good pickle, and in the US they dont mind adding the odd pickle to most things. but finding a good pickle sometimes proves hard to find (particularly in Australia). but Horman pickles well and his pickle dealers some times may not look like the most reputable or trustworthy salesmen, but they know their brine. we tried them all and particularily liked the spicy sour.
you know a good cheese place when you walk through the doors and you just get that heady smell of fermented milk products. you know an even better cheese place when one wall is full of boutique beers. people think wine and cheese, but there is nothing wrong with pairing some great beer!
the one gripe i had with Murray’s was that we were not offered any samples of their cheeses. you have to be able to try before you buy with this stuff!!!
this place has become an institution, a place for stumbling in for a late night eat and tucking in day time while the pies are being made for the night to come. where top chefs like david chang of momofuku enjoy their specialities and cry their praise. come for the artichoke slice, try the crab. you wont be disappointed.
oh and have a draft beer too while your there. we did.