Friday, December 11, 2009

Virgil's Real BBQ

Virgil’s Real BBQ. (152 West 44th St.) There are a lot of really bad restaurants in the Times Square / Theatre District. Virgil’s offers good value and serves decent food in a great location. Don’t even think of it without a reservation. Portions are generous.

152 W 44th St
(between 7th Ave & Avenue Of The Americas)
New York, NY 10036
(212) 921-9494

Trattoria Dell’Arte

Trattoria Dell’Arte (900 Seventh Avenue between 56th and 57th). Boasts New York’s largest Antipasto bar. You can easily make a meal on the antipasto, so it is very vegetarian-friendly and need not be expensive.

900 7th Ave
(between 56th St & 57th St)
New York, NY 10019
(212) 245-9800

Second Avenue Deli

Second Avenue Deli. No longer on Second Avenue, make your way to 162 East 33rd and you won’t be disappointed. Everything is good and everything comes with home-made pickles, great coleslaw, and a healthy slice of Jewish attitude. Try the whitefish sandwich.

162 E 33rd St
(between Lexington Ave & 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10016
(212) 689-9000


Sarabeth’s is another great place for breakfast or brunch, also on the Upper Eastside. I’d recommend the pumpkin waffles.

1295 Madison Ave
(between 92nd St & 93rd St)
New York, NY 10128
(212) 410-7335


Norma’s (in the Parker Meridian) is the place to go in the Upper Eastside for breakfast. Make a reservation – especially if you go on a weekend. This place is full of New Yorkers eating and talking about food, so the atmosphere is as rewarding as the over-the-top food. The French-press coffee is great; don’t bother ordered an espresso drink – this will do fine. Next time I’m going all the way and ordering the “Chocolate Decadence French Toast” which looks amazing. Food like that probably should be illegal. Every second table seemed to have an order. I had the “Rock Lobster and Asparagus Omelet”, which was good but I could have made it, so I broke my rule about ordering things I can reproduce myself. The bottomless OJ was fresh-squeezed, chilled, and refreshing. This rates up there with Katy’s Place in Carmel for breakfast.

Le Parker Meridien
118 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 708-7460

Candle 79

Candle 79 is a well-priced vegetarian restaurant in the Upper East Side of New York. A very comfortable room and good food. I’d go again.

154 E 79th St
New York, NY 10075
(212) 537-7179

Katy's Place

I've just had a client remind me of Katy's Place in Carmel. This is one of the very best breakfast joints in the world. Go early, have a great start to your day. Enjoy that California, Carmel vibe.

Katy's Place®

Open everyday 7AM - 2PM
In Carmel-by-the-Sea
Mission Street between 5th and 6th
PO Box 7467
Carmel, CA 93921
Tel. (831) 624-0199