From New York, with love

posted on April 12, 2008 at 7:40 am
The past couple of weeks have been sheer madness. I have been so busy and I don’t know how I’ve gotten any sleep. So, to add to the craziness, I jammed in a 3-day trip to New York City with my father for a wine shindig–my pops knows his wine and I couldn’t pass the opportunity to have some father/daughter time. If I got my passion for food and wine from anyone, it is him. As supportive as my Dad is when it comes to the blog, he hates me taking photographs at dinner. So, I cut him some slack and left the big gun back in Atlanta.
I have been obsessed with Daniel Boulud’s show “After Hours” since “Mike” posted I could download them from I have to agree the NYC season is way better compared to the Los Angeles season, but he is just so sweet and knowledgeable that even bad Boulud is good Boulud to me. He had featured a Tuscan restaurant, Maremma, where the chef made a roasted baby goat and casually hacked it up at the table for the special dinner. I like the man’s style and put it on our list when my Dad requested Italian since we have done Babbo and Il Mulino plenty. The chef raises his own pigs and everything on the menu with pork uses his swine. I got a sick starter of some homemade sausages over white beans and my dad got a fresh pasta with a meat sauce so uniquely spiced there are no words to describe it. My main of wild bour ragu tossed with fresh ribbons of pasta was just gorgeous and I had to stop myself from eating the whole thing. My Dad’s pork chop was the first (the chef told him in Italian) of his new hybrid pig and so amazing. He had sliced the meat of the chop into small slices, but it was still juicy somehow. Unbelievable.
Maremma: NYC
My Dad’s pasta

Balthazar Bakery: NYC

Being the good daughter that I am (or like to think I am), I went to Balthazar’s bakery in the morning to grab some sweets for my Dad’s nightly craving. I bought some beautiful baby caneles and a petit four for myself. Such a great little bakery with so much to choose from!

Maybe just one bite of a NYC “dirty water dog” for old time’s sake….
Hot dog on the street in NYC
And, Lunch happened. My favorite pie in NYC: Lombardi’s plain and simple. Need I really say more? Here are a couple of shots of that beautiful pie.
Lombardi's Pizza: NYC
Lombardi's Pizza: NYC
We are a family that loves their food shopping and we started our pre-shopping ritual for a pre-flight scrimmage through NYC’s stores. First stop was Dean and Deluca to check out the fresh mushrooms. I am so getting some porcinis for dinner this weekend.
Mushrooms at Dean & Deluca
Next, was Yonah Schimmel’s for some of the famous knishes, pickles, latkes and kugel. I can’t wait to pick these bad boys up on Friday. I saw Katz’s down the street and cursed my newfound self-control. The old Bliss would have been down there for a second lunch…
Yonah Schimmel Knishes: NYC
Just a lovely little stack of pretzels on the side of the street.
Hot pretzel on the street: NYC
We then went to Russ and Daughters for some fish. Oh, I just adore this place. Caviar cream cheese, sturgeon, chocolate babka, chopped liver, endless rows of smoked fish and great customer service. A true NYC institution. All we need is a stop at H&H bagels and our shopping will be complete.
Dinner that night: BLT Steak. Stay tuned for photos on this and the rest of my trip when I get home. The streets are calling and I am not staying in my room. Ciao!
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