I love catching up with old friends. And relive all those wonderful moments we had together. Chloe is a good friend of mine from high school. We haven’t seen/talk to each other for about 3 years I would say. And then one day, she dropped me a facebook msg telling me she is heading to New York City for a week vacation and she would love to meet me. I was so freaking excited. Chloe is just one of the most amazing and fun and hilarious people to hang out with in the world. And she brought some friends along.
I figured since I was free on Monday, I will bring them around the city on my kind of tour. A tour of New York’s finest foods, without entering a fancy restaurant. And they were up for it. In fact, all she wanted was to visit the guggenheim museum. And by visit, I mean walk in to talk a picture of the spiral building and walk out. I shake my head at this girl. But that means I have more time to put in more food locations in that short 6 hours we had to complete this tour before they head out of the city.
And then begin one of the most amazing days of my life. It was a super day of food. Everything was the best you can find in NYC, or not the world.
We started off at Katz’s Deli for the world’s best pastrami sandwich and some cheesecake before walking over to Russ & Daughter’s for their famous classic bagel. These 2 locations are on the list of Anthony Bourdain’s 13 must eat places before you die. Check. Check. We got an onion bagel on scallion cream cheese and scottish smoked salmon. Let’s just say we were groaning as we ate the bagel. mmmm still can remember the nice smoky lingering flavor… We continued walking to il Laboratorio for the finest gelato in the city. So fine, top restaurants around the city order from them.
Then we took a break from food. Took the subway down to wall street to visit the mecca of business school students, also known as the Goldman Sacs building. Then we walked over to worship the wallstreet golden bull, praying to it, asking for its blessing and to make us rich.
Next stop, NYU. Washington Square Park. Laugh at the kids swimming in the pee filled fountain before touring around Stern Business School.
Back to food. Gray’s papaya. New York’s famous hot dogs. Got 2 franks and a papaya drink. Nice and refreshing.
We then took the subway up to the upper west side for a cookie showdown. 2 of the best chocolate chip cookies in New York City. Jacque Torres and Levain Bakery. One was crispy and extremely chocolatey, the other warm, gooey and absolutely yummy.
Took the cross town bus over to the Guggenheim. Imagined the gun scene from “The International”. Then hurried back because we were running out of time.
Quickly walked over to Momofuku Milk bar to try his famous pork bun and crack pie. All I can say is OMG. Full review for that is coming up.
And before we run back to our apartment, I knew we had to get an artichoke slice and thank God there was no line, so we hurried in, got a slice of freshly made artichoke and spinach slice.
What a day. I am sooo exhausted, I slept at 12 and woke up at 10. Wow… What a great day is the fine city of New York.