We have been wanting to visit Gramercy Tavern for a long time. This place has also been rewarded with one star on the Michelin Guide as far as I can remember. Finally, we decided to visit here for celebrating my birthday. During lunch, the dining room wasn’t crowded at all. We had a several dishes and they were all very remarkable: braised Hinona turnips, beet mezzaluna, celery root chowder, duck breast & bacon, and pear pudding. Everything was fresh, seasonal and different than anything that we ever had.
The meal could really work with Stephanie Sun’s 尚好的青春. The song is about we should feel no regrets for our youth.
Alex has always been a big fan of Tom Petty. I also liked his songs a lot. We were able to go to his concert in Madison Square Garden today. It was awesome. This was my first concert at MSG. This place was massive with lots of seats.
Prior to the concert, we got some quick bites from Tous Les Jours – a French and Asian bakery in K-Town. We had curry croquette donut (always our favorite), sausage foliage bread, ham pastry and sweet rice donut. Everything was very tasty and filling.
I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was one of the songs from the concert, which paired well with this quick meal.
Peter Luger Steak House was always one of my top choices for having a dry aged steak. This hangout event was supposed to happen last week but due to the heavy work load it was rescheduled. There were nine of us tonight. And I had fun. We ordered two orders of USDA prime dry aged beef steak for three, two orders lamb chops, two orders of creamed spinach, four pieces of bacon, onion rings, two orders of “Holy Cow”, one cheesecake and two rounds of beer. Not to mention the bread box and pre-dinner drinks. We were so stuffed.
I thought Coming Back to Life by David Gilmour would pair very well with the meal, which made me happy and relaxed.
Alex and I took our nieces – Pookie and Nikki to a helicopter ride in Manhattan. It was a crazy and fun experience for all of us. We started in Chinatown for a light snack at Mei Li Wah. We ordered the roast pork buns (sweet and salty), Swiss style chicken wings (crispy and spicy), egg yolk buns (sweet and juicy), and famous buns (soft and light).
Afterwards, we walked along the East River to pier 6 – our destination. We spotted an old and broken piano laying around near the water on the way. We thought it was pretty cool.
The whole helicopter ride was pretty short about 15 minutes but we got to see most of the manhattan from the sky.
We headed to Freemans for lunch. Alex picked this place not by a coincident. He actually researched on the trendy brunch spots for teens. We loved this place. It had taxidermy hung on the wall. Food was great. We ordered hot artichoke dip with crisp bread, devils on horseback (dates stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped with bacon), open faced egg white omelet (with marinated heirloom tomatoes, raclette cheese and mixed greens), and skillet eggs (with bacon, spinach and Gruyere).
We wanted to walk around to let the food to digest but we passed by Roni – Sue’s Chocolate, who had a big sign in front of the shop said “Pig Candy”. We wasn’t able to resist and popped in there for some truffles.
Nikki showed us 1940 by The Submarines. It was very unique and cool.
I have heard about The Meatball Shop for a while. Finally, I was able to make it there on a Friday night after my coworker’s birthday party. Alex and I shared a beef naked balls, which served with parmesan cheese & focaccia bread. The meatballs were very tender. The tomato sauce was well seasoned.
We also shared a big ice cream sandwich. It was bigger than my fist and made with blueberry froyo and white chocolate almond cookies, which were the specials of the day. I loved how the cookies were not the sandwich cookies from the freezer aisle in a supermarket.
Grinder by Judas Priest seemed could pair with the food very well.
Went to Piano at LES on a Friday night with a coworker of mine for his birthday celebration part one. There was a happy hour special before 8PM, which made a plate of nachos $7. We had two orders. The chips were topped with cheese, curry sauce, chickpeas, and cilantro. Then served with guacamole and sour cream.
The place was very loud. People had to shout at each other to have a conversation. I thought Dark Horse by Katy Perry paired very well with nachos.