Recomendations for New York-
Breakfast is always great at The Five Leaves
Oysters, Ale and Sunsine down the road in AsWell for happy hour
More oysters - you can never have enough - at the stunning Oyster Bar in the bowels of Grand Central Station and then upstairs for a true New York cocktail in The Campbell Apartment.
Tasty and unusual tacos at Salvation Taco and one of the nices roof bars in the city is conveniently upstairs.
The Bakeri in Williamsburg serves great coffee and an interesting selection of baked goods. I particularly like their coconut yeast bun stuffed with custard. Anything with custard has me hooked.
New York as I mentioned before is one of my favourit places in the world. It is particularly beautiful at this time of year with the streets lined with cherry blossom and flowering magnolia trees.
On this trip we explored down town Manhattan instead of crossing the bridges into Brooklyn. The Fat Radish is well worth a trip down to the Lower East Side, with its market vegetables and clean white decor. After lunch you could walk up through the Nolita district and book a table for dinner at Public. This is a flavour filled, not so cheap, busteling New York type of place.
Miss Lily's on Houston and Sullivan has some of the tastiest food I have eaten in a long time. I want the recipe for their amazing corn. It has it own radio station attached and it really livens up at night with its dinning room covered in old vinyl covers and filled with bright formica tables.
If you want to watch the most glorious sunset make your way past the sleek reception in the Standard hotel in the Meat Packing district and take the lift to the 18th floor. The screens on either wall will guide you from Hade's hell up to heaven and when the doors open you will not be disappointed. The BoomBoom room at the top makes you feel like you have wandered onto a Great Gatsby filmset but with the whole of Manhattan laid out at your feet....Please take time to go to the bathroom while you are there.
Cafe Minerva on 302 West 4th Street is a relaxed place to while away the hours and to drink nice wine at good prices for New York. Or head to the Waverley Inn to people watch and if the weather has turned to its more typical for this time of year you can sit by the fire in their bar.
The Spotted Pig also in the west village has great bar food and cocktail it gets packed to expect long waits but it is fun.
Here is a link to all the films taken at MAD Foodcamp in Copenhagen over the Summer. It was organised by Rene Redzepi of Noma and brought together great visionaries in the food world.
It is well worth taking the time to watch some of them.
I had some great meals over the course of my stay most notiably in Pate Pate in the old MeatPacking district (www.patepate.dk) and in Van Stranden Wine Bar sitting on deck chairs overlooking the canal (www.vedstranden10.dk)
I was not lucky enough to eat at Noma but I did get a guided tour by one of their lovely chefs. I snapped a few photographs while there.
I fell in love with his Paris restuarant only to return two years later to find he had also opened the wonderful La Dauphin a few doors up.
After finally meeting the man I can not only say that he is a very talented chef but very handsom too.
Interiour of Le Chateaubriand 129 Ave. Parmentier, 11th Arr. 33-1-43-57-45-95
Not Inaki in the image
A friend just asked me to recomend a few places to eat lunch in Ibiza as she knows that I adore a long lazy afternoon meal and that I adore Ibiza. It is the perfect place to lazy about over a splate of seafood and glass of wine while waiting for the minday heat to die down.
Bon Profit in Ibiza town just on the square by Hostel Parc. They only open for lunch between 12 and 2. It is amazingly cheap and great simple no fuss food. What is lacks in romance in most definatly makes up for in value.
Hostel Parc with its over worked waitresses still remins one of the best people watching places for a coffee or orange juice. Do not subject yourself to the food unless it is breakfast time.
Casa Juan is an all round winner. It looks great and tastes great at a great price. I could happily eat three meals a day here. The best paella on the island for only 5.00
I love walking across the Williamsburg Bridge on a crisp and clear morning, I love strolling through Central Park in the Autumn, I love turning onto a soaring avenue and feeling the wind in my face, I love walking along the “High Line Park” and watching the sun set behind the Jersey shore, I love sitting at the tip of Red Hook and looking across the bay at the Statue of Liberty standing tall and most of all I just love being in New York. I am probably not the first person to point this out but in my mind New York city is the best city in the world. It is certainly the best when it comes to food. It has made the cupcake famous, it has the best pizzas that I have ever tasted, it has queues of people lining the streets by a battered old Mexican food stand selling slow roasted pork cooked in spicy mole, it has amazing Vietnamese bread rolls filled with coriander and julienne veg and of course it has breakfast. Nobody does breakfast, or should I say brunch, quite like New Yorkers.
New York is an ever changing city, with new favourites and adventures to seek out upon every visit. On my last trip I found myself sitting outside the fantastic “Five Leaves” diner, in Greenpoint, having brunch and watching the achingly hip locals walk by. Venturing down under the Williamsburg Bridge to sit at the bar in “Marlow and Sons” and munching on pancakes served with a boozy brandy cream. In Manhattan I sat in the tiled booths of “Goat Town”, in the once legendary Alphabet City, and slurped down oysters straight from their shell while drinking tomato spiced beer, much nicer than it sounds, I promise.
Egg's Eggs Rothko
I also visited a diner called “Egg” in Brooklyn on my last whirl wind tour of New York breakfast joints and I enjoyed one of the best and most excellently named breakfasts on my trip; Eggs Rothko. If any of you are familiar with the painter Rothko you will have seen his blurred canvases. well what was served in frount of me did very much resemble one of his atmospheric paintings.
you will need: knife, a frying pan, a grill, a cookie cutter, a grater
1 tablespoon butter
1 thick slice of brioche bread
1 large eggs
enough Cheddar to cover your slice of bread, grated, Hegarty's works well
Melt half of your butter in a pan and fry the bread until it is golden on both sides. Using a cookie cutter or a glass cut a circle from the centre the slice and remove the extra piece. Put the rest of the butter into the hole you have created in the bread. Once the butter is hot crack an egg into the hole. Once the egg is solid enough, flip the bread over and cook it on the other side.
Remove the bread from the pan and sprinkle it with the cheese and place under a medium grill.
Once the cheese has melted you are done. Serve the circle that you cut from the centre alongside your dish. You can top it with grilled tomatoes if you like.