New York Journals

Eating the Big Apple, One Bite at a Time...

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A July 2010 trip to New York by Liam Hetherington

The River Cafe Photo, Brooklyn, New York More Photos
Quote: Getting under the skin of an international city through classic meals, classic tastes and classic views.

Breakfast in America

Kitchenette

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Restaurant | "Rebecca's TriBeCa Breakfast"

Kitchenette Photo, New York, New York
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How’d you like you eggs in the morning? I like mine with some quirk. It was hence not surprising that I enjoyed my charmingly quirky breakfast at Kitchenette in Tribeca. While cuisine has become internationalised over the last century, breakfasts still say much about the prevailing culture, whether it’s a healthy Swedish bowl of muesli or the artery-clogging ‘full English’, a French croissant and bowl of chocolate or an Italian espresso drunk straight up at the counter. The USA has turned the humble breakfast from a mere stop-gap into a meal in its own right, of an equal with lunch or dinner. I was certainly of the opinion that a hearty breakfast would often be able to see me throug...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 11, 2011

Kitchenette
156 Chambers St.
Manhattan, New York 10007
212-267-6740

The Odeon

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Restaurant | "A Lazy Sunday Brunch on West Broadway"

The Odeon Photo, New York, New York
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The Odeon in Tribeca was just the ticket for a lazy Sunday brunch. This restaurant on West Broadway serves brunch from 10am to 4pm every Saturday and Sunday. With its comfy leather banquettes, relaxed ambience and clientele of friends and couples relaxing over the paper it was immediately welcoming.Rebecca and I met up with our friend Marie for a farewell meal prior to her flight back to the UK and our train to Philadelphia. Although the place does not open until 11.30 on weekdays it also caters on Saturday and Sunday for the hungry and hung-over and those determined to wring every last ounce of relaxation out of the weekend. I have to say that this does not come cheap. Frankly $18 for a s...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 11, 2011

The Odeon
145 W. Broadway
Manhattan, New York 10013
(212) 233-0507

A Walking Lunch

Big Onion Walking Tours

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Attraction | "Eat The Poor"

Big Onion Walking Tours Photo, New York, New York
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New York is a city of immigrants. Each culture gave a little of itself to the make-up of this great city, particularly in terms of cuisine. This is a city whose bagels, frankfurters and old-school Italian restaurants are part of its image. In 2009 I foolishly attempted to win a bet by trying to eat myself ‘Around the World in 80 Meals’ – I maintained that it was possible to find food served from 80 different nations without leaving my hometown of Manchester. And I managed it – just about ! But how much easier, I found myself wondering, would it have been in New York ? ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2010

Big Onion Walking Tours
476 13th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11215
(888) 606-9255

"Only in New York" Dinners

Carmine's Theater District

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Restaurant | "Breaking the Rules and the Scales but not the Bank"

Carmine's Theater District Photo, New York, New York
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On our first night in New York we broke one of my cardinal rules. We had a meal at a venue not just on a square but on Times Square. I have always been of the opinion that when you eat right next door to a famous landmark your bill will be artificially inflated to pay for the experience. And when we checked the menu in the window my feared resurfaced - $26.50 for a main course? Strewth! I almost insisted that we keep walking for another couple of blocks.But I’m glad that I didn’t. For the restaurant in question was Carmine’s, and it proved to be a whole lot better, a whol...Read More

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Carmine's Theater District
200 West 44th Street
New York, New York 10036
(212) 221-3800

Boathouse

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Restaurant | "At the Centre of the City"

Boathouse Photo, New York, New York
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One of my fondest memories of my first trip to New York would have to be dining at the restaurant at the Loeb Boathouse in the heart of Central Park. It was not a perfect dining experience I’ll admit. The tables on the deck looking out over the Lake were a little too busy and the July evening was a little too light to make it into a completely intimate and romantic meal. I was also shocked that, for all its reknown and hefty price tag, the restaurant was unable to provide me with something so simple as freshly-squeezed orange juice (I had to make do with OJ from a carton). Howe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 11, 2011

Boathouse
East 72nd St.
New York, New York 10021
(212) 517-2233

The River Cafe

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Restaurant | "How to Eat the Brooklyn Bridge..."

The River Cafe Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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$95 per person, excluding drinks. That is how much a three-course dinner costs at River Café. Thought I’d best state that up front to avoid complications. If you think that is a ridiculous price for a meal – as I to a certain extent did beforehand – you really do not need to read any further. On the other hand, if your budget does stretch that far and you fancy a memorable and very good meal then please read on… River Café is located in Brooklyn. It is right below the massive piers of the Brooklyn Bridge looking across the East River to the lights of Manhattan and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 11, 2011

The River Cafe
1 Water Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
718-522-5200

And So To Bed...

Hotel Grand Union

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Hotel | "Living in a Box"

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My first thoughts on the Grand Union Hotel were that we had got stung. Our room was not very prepossessing. It was a small grey box with a small grey window (mostly taken up by an air-con unit) looking out into a small grey internal light well. Most of the room was taken up by the bed. Rather than a wardrobe there was a bare rail in one corner with three (count ‘em!) coat hangers. And at $122.50 a night (excluding tax) this did not compare favourably with the suites we had booked in Philadelphia or Washington. By the end of my stay however the Grand Union had worked its discreet charm upon me. Okay, the room was not great and was very over-priced. But then I imagine that most places...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 11, 2011

Hotel Grand Union
34 East 32 Street
New York, New York 10016
(212) 683-5890