CMH in the NYC
In November 2006, after years of neglect – I finally made it to NYC for a culinary pilgramage. I will not go into much detail – many people (Holly Eats, Road Food, and such) have written much more and much better about food in NYC (Ed Levine, for one) – but I will give a brief overview.
My mission – pizza, deli’s and hot dogs. And in spite of limited time (48 hours), a non infinite stomach and some slow running trains – I did well. I saw some sites and hit a night club for 6 hours – in between eating.
I missed my first tier pizza choices – Lombardi’s, Di Fara and Una Pizza Napoletan. You can catch the low down on these at
I did hit Nicks in Queens (OK), Ray’s in mid town and John’s (I sat at the Ron Perlman Table) in the Village (very good – and great atmosphere). I popped in to Grays Papaya – the cheapest hot dogs in NYC and a celebrity favorite – but it was just OK. I hit Dim Sum in Chinatown at Pings – very, very good. And I caught ice cream at Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Cones (by John’s) and Italian Ice (near Nicks) at LuigiG’s.
But the best thing, was Katz’s Deli. Made famous by countless celebrities and the movie When Harry Met Sally, this place is worth the hype. I had a Pastrami Sandwich on Rye with some sweet and sour pickles and Matzo Ball Soup. Items I wish I had room for included a NY Egg Cream, a hot dog, and fries.
NYC was not what I expected. I’ll head back – I’m hitting Katz’s first and then I am eating pizza all day.