Where We Ate In NYC

18 06 2010

This is the second installment for my backlog entries and this is a nice supplement to the one I earlier posted about Ace Hotel New York.

If you remember, I posted here some time before that I wanted to go into a Food Tour of NYC. You see, the problem is that four days in NYC is not enough to see and try everything. Another setback for us was that NYC was like the 5th place in mainland USA that we went to and as you know, Filipinos love to eat with family. We realized that’s what we’ve been doing for most of the time and we can’t splurge on gastronomic journeys lest we go home with hypertension.

So what happened was we didn’t push through with Buddakan (*sorry Burns, I promise I’ll go there next time*) and Le Cirque (*for delicadeza’s sake, hubby and I decided not to go especially that he worked for the country’s President*) and we also didn’t bother searching for the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory and Cafe Lalo (*thanks Pao for recommending this but maybe next time when we have more time to splurge on that You’ve Got Mail resto*). We never even got any chance to try the Halal guys in 53rd and 6th.

I know most people would say that hey, you should have tried this and that. We know. Too bad, we didn’t have enough time, really. But for sure, our next trip to NYC will involve more culinary experiences for us. This is not to say we didn’t enjoy what we ate in NYC. It’s more on the safer side of things but heck, we enjoyed every crumb of it. Each experience is unique and for us, we had a great time with family and we happily went to where they led us πŸ™‚


Yah, sounds like a FaceBook game but nope, Pizza Town is the very first restaurant in NYC that we ate at.

Our route to NYC was from Washington DC via MegaBus. When we got off at our NYC destination around lunchtime, we heard our tummies rumbling as we walked towards Ace Hotel. There are lots of things to see and as excited as I was with the buzzing New York City, I accidentally laid eyes on this pizza joint. I actually heard it call my name.

Without knowing where to go and having no plans where to eat, sure thing, we gave it a go. It’s at W 30th St./7th Ave. Yes, very near Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, and our hotel of course.

To be honest, the pizza tasted good although I felt that it was a bit pricey. I remember paying around $4 for a slice. The bad thing though was I cried while eating because I experienced a terrible nightmare while in San Francisco and I badly brought that with me to DC and then to NYC. Hubby was just really quick at fixing things and made me back to my usual excited self again. I ordered Penne pasta too and that’s something that I liked.

Overall, it’s not a pizza joint I’d crave about. It’s basically just like Sbarro. If I were to choose between Pizza Town II of NYC and Brooklyn Pizza over at Ortigas Home Depot, I’d say Brooklyn’s better πŸ™‚ At any rate, there’s always an on-going pizza war in NYC anyways. You wouldn’t miss anything if you don’t eat here.


photo not mine

We met up our hosts for dinner at Angelo & Maxie’s Steakhouse in FlatIron district. It’s a casual/semi-formal restaurant that is not so much on the high-end but still pricey for us because we have this tendency to always convert US$ into Philippine Pesos πŸ˜› But of course, steaks are always priceyΒ  wherever you eat them (*wonders when will I eat at Fire Lake Grill again*).

We ordered some appetizers, I think we had Clams Oreganato (US$19.95). They’re good but I didn’t eat too much. I was saving space for the steak *har har* πŸ™‚

And then we were told that the portions are really huge so I was kinda thinking if I could finish up one whole steak. Besides, two nights before that, we had Brazilian steak in Baltimore so I’m not sure how many more steaks I can handle. I ended up gulping down half of their Rib Eye Steak and sharing the other half. Of course, steaks are best eaten with wine. We had red wine but since I am not a sommelier, any red wine tasted good for me πŸ˜›

It’s a little jam-packed that night but we had good seats, nice dinner, and wonderful company. I would probably go back there again.


If there’s an on-going pizza war in NYC, let me tell you that there’s also a bagel war πŸ˜› Some say that H&H have the best bagels in town. But heck, food is food and bagels are bagels, I’ll eat them wherever they’re from as long as they’re clean πŸ™‚

Bagel Maven Cafe is a place that New Yorkers would most probably just pass by. It looks like they go there for a fast order or something. I also heard it’s a little expensive being in the Midwest. Hubby and I expected, and we were right, that an order wouldn’t be less than $5.

For breakfast, I had scrambled eggs, french toast, and 3 slices of bacon and a juice for $5. Hubby had sausages instead of bacon for the same price. We know we could have gone to another place but we didn’t have the time to hunt for a budget-friendly resto especially that at that time, we were already running late for our meet up at the Subway near Penn Station.

And nope, I’m not going back there not because the food wasn’t good but because I will try something else next time.


This is where we had late lunch/merienda when we went to Chinatown. I may be exaggerating and I’m good at it but really, they have the best wonton noodle soup I have ever tasted. And their char sui, oh my goodness! Little tender pieces of barbecued meat in light fluffy and soft mantao bread. Argh, perfect combination!

Surprisingly, this is like the least presentable of all the restaurants we went to but they served memorable dishes and definitely, I’ll go back there again.

You SHOULD go. You won’t regret the trip πŸ™‚


We spent one of our dinners at Famous Dave’s in Times Square. This is the only place where I actually took photos of the food!

I ordered their Memphis-style baby back ribs paired with rice pilaf (US$27.99). Of course, I miss rice! I’m a proud rice-eater! πŸ˜›

And if steaks are best with wine, ribs are best with beer… Stella Artois from Belgium.

I haven’t had ribs since we came back and I have no plans of having one any time soon. Not to say that Famous Dave’s is bad. Just that if you had too much ribs, regardless of how much you were craving for it before, your palettes will really get tired of it and the smell alone will make you wanna puke. We had ribs in all of the places we went to and it’s not something that I’d like to eat again before the year is out.


Okay. I have proven all the hype about it to be true. This is definitely the best cheesecake out there! I remember our Cheesecake Wednesday at the office where I believe, with strong conviction, that the best cheesecake is the one submitted by my friend CherieL from Miss Desserts or the one I got from Chelsea. Unfortunately, they’re no match when compared with Junior’s Cheesecake.

I got a slice of their strawberry cheese pie, and while it was ouch on the pocket (US$6.75 a slice!) it was all worth it.Β  While hubby seldom afirms what I consider to be good, he gave me his wholehearted affirmation on this one.

Junior’s cheesecake bears our stamp of approval and now bears our seal as the best cheesecake we’ve ever had πŸ˜›


We were hunting White Castle down, not because of Harold & Kumar’s movie, but because we’ve seen it in a food network way way before. We saw that they put five holes on their burger patties and cook them over a pan filled with onions. I copied that at home and that was the very first epic failure I had in cooking 😦

Anyways, we went to try White Castle and while we weren’t very happy with it, we weren’t disappointed either.


When you see it in the movies, and it gets featured by Anthony Bourdain, and your friends talk to you about it, wouldn’t you be curious enough to try it?

We tried Gray’s Papaya and we got mixed emotions.

I wasn’t that ecstatic about it although it wasn’t that bad. Hubby though loved it. I guess they’re really good it’s just that I wasn’t hungry at that moment.

We ordered the recession special, of course πŸ™‚

Juicy hotdogs served by Filipinos πŸ™‚ yup, Filipinos run this place. And aside from the hotdogs, they serve really good juices. Hubby loved the papaya juice.

Before I move to the next place, let me tell you that Gray’s Papaya endorsed Pres. Obama during the last elections. Ergo…


So sorry, I had to cut the picture down to 20% of it’s actual size. This is the only picture I have of Serendipity 3 and hubby and I are in front of it πŸ˜›

If you’ve seen Serendipity, you probably will be one of those who line up at Serendipity 3 in the hope of finding your own John Cusack πŸ™‚

Unfortunately, I don’t get all the hype about it.

Btw, there’s also Serendipity 3 in Las Vegas. So if you want a fast seat, just fly to the Sin City πŸ™‚


We spent our last dinner in NYC at Haru Sushi. It is a modern Japanese restaurant that serves delish Japanese food in elegant styles and big portions. I don’t remember what we exactly ordered but I enjoyed their Endamame (lightly salted steamed soybeans) πŸ™‚

If you’re looking for a nice sushi place, then Haru Sushi is meant for you. But if you’re not into Japanese food like myself, one try in this resto is enough πŸ™‚

Sorry about my lousy blog post. It’s just hard to describe food from memory alone. I wish I could have taken more food pictures to show you. Then again, there’s always a next time πŸ™‚




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