Food and NYC

Everyone will be talking about Book Expo America and Book Blogger Convention, but I wanted to start off my discussion with food.  I love food!  I love eating in new places, and I am growing to like trying new things.  Hot & Crusty is a great place for breakfast with yummy pastry and so-so coffee, though the hot chocolate rocked!

One of my goals last week was to eat from a street vendor’s truck, and I accomplished it by eating a hot dog, though I think that I was less thrilled with the actual hot dog than I thought I would be.  Rather, I would recommend eating at Gray’s Papaya in NYC, in which patrons can get 2 hot dogs and a smoothie for a mere $5.  I really loved the hot dog and the pina colada.

Here’s a couple photos of us (Anna and The Girl from Diary of an Eccentric and me) outside the great standing-room only place:

Junior’s was another great restaurant we tried, though I didn’t get to have any of their highly recommended cheesecake.  We couldn’t find the location in Times Square, but we did find a little version in Grand Central Station.  I had a great chicken Caesar salad, but the appetizers of pickled beets and pickles made my day!  They were delicious.  I’ve always loved beets for some reason, probably brings me back to my nana’s garden when I was younger.  Check out the beets and the cool chair with the silverware . . .

There are only two other meals I want to talk about and show you, bear with me.

Ted’s Montana Grill was one of the best places we ate in NYC, and it is the place I ventured farther from my norm — I had a bison burger.  I was so hungry that I forgot to take a photo of my burger and any of the other meals, but I did take a photo of the yummy homemade pickles and the dessert.

Another great thing about this restaurant is the care taken to remain earth-friendly from the recycled paper products to the differing flush control for liquid versus solid wastes.

We only got one dessert, a strawberry shortcake with homemade biscuits and freshly made vanilla ice cream that was smooth and very cold.  Can I just tell you that it was to die for.  Yes, we finished off the entire thing.

Finally, we had a great family-style dinner at Tony’s DiNapoli with a bunch of bloggers, including our table with Amanda from The Zen Leaf, Amy of Amy Reads, Natalie from In Spring it is the Dawn.  Talk about getting to know one another over dinner — what foods do you like to eat and more importantly what foods are you willing to share?!  LOL  We opted for an appetizer of fried zucchini and two pasta dishes — Alfredo Tortellini and Ravioli Bolognese.  All were delicious, and I really loved the white wine sangria.

I’ll leave you with these photos from dinner:

What kind of food did you eat in NYC? Or what kind of food is outside of your normal comfort zone?


  1. Yum. 🙂 I ate at my favorite NYC haunts- Max Brenner and Chat’n’Chew, so I didn’t really go outside my comfort zone. I was hanging out with a friend there, and when she and I get together, we have our favorite places. NYC is so amazing for food of all kinds. What a great trip you had!

  2. Love it! Eating in New York City was definitely one of the highlights for me. I’m going to have a food post coming up soon, too; I snapped pictures of basically everything I consumed that weekend, including the best dessert I’ve ever had in my life. That’s a bold statement, I know, but I’m sticking with it.
    .-= Meg´s last blog ..Book review: ‘Life After Yes’ by Aidan Donnelley Rowley =-.

  3. That pizza place and the bbq place we went with Lisa were good, too, though I can’t remember their names right now. Oh, that tortellini was to die for!!
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..The BEA Post, or I Need Another Vacation to Recover From This Vacation! =-.

  4. Ahhhh NYC is such a great place for food.
    .-= Beth F´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday 80 =-.

  5. I think exploring the food in the city that you’re visiting is one of the best parts of traveling!!!

    • I always make a list of food places I want to try when I travel. Each region has its own specialties and I want to try them all.

  6. Wow, that shortcake alone looks like it’s worth the trip!
    .-= rhapsodyinbooks´s last blog ..Review of “Sweet Misfortune” by Kevin Alan Milne =-.

  7. Ladytink_534 says

    Besides Central Park, the NYPL, and the Statue of Liberty, if I ever do make it to New York it will be for the food! I’m a picky eater but I will try anything once.

  8. I love it! I wrote down all my food but I didn’t get to enough different places to really post about it.

  9. Mmmm that pasta was so good! Wish I could have some right about now 🙂
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Review: Say Everything by Scott Rosenberg =-.

  10. Looks like you had some fabulous meals. You should have gotten some of the cheesecake at Junior’s. I had one that was shipped to me at Christmas and it was wonderful even though it had been frozen. I’ll be heading to Chicago and then Minneapolis soon, so I’m hoping to find some yummy food along the way. And stop at one of the Laura Ingalls Wilder home sites. 🙂
    .-= Janel´s last blog ..Mind Shot: Notebooks =-.

    • I hope you have some great food in Chicago…Pizza…Chicago style comes highly recommended…and some kind of hot dog that you can only get there…not sure what it is called though

  11. You would make a good Polish girl! They eat beets morning, noon and night! I am a very picky eater. I don’t eat veggies, except salad. I don’t like things that smell funny (like anchovies). I drive my family and friends crazy. But I would never turn down a plate of pasta!!! Love the post! It all looks so good!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..The Heart Is Not a Size – Beth Kephart =-.

    • I really am picky with veggies too, but I’m trying to be better about it. Funny enough, Beets have always been one of my favorites, especially with vinegar