When I first landed in the States to pursue further education, New York became my first port of entry into pursuing my education and I have made numerous memories with a bunch of people in this city- both good, and bad and I have visited this city multiple times. One thing that draws me back into going back and forth into town was its food. I felt that New York is a food haven that has numerous cuisines from all over the world housed all into the different boroughs the city has. I can find all good food from all over the world in NYC.
Indonesian food? Check.
You name it.
But before going in to the food, here's a picture of the famous Manhattan Bridge, taken while I stroll around Manhattan to offset what I ate. You and I do need to offset those calories. :D
Just click and see the beauty full screen.
Based on my last visit, I have decided to recap the highlights I had during my trip. Err. my food trip. my cheat meal trip. my just sleep and eat trip.
Just click the widget below each establishment's review for directions, menus, and what others got to say.
Reuben with Sauerkraut and Swiss Cheese
Clockwise: Pickles, the reuben, more pickles, Beef Tongue sandwich, and on the center; Matzo Ball.
Numerous people said that Katz makes the best corned beef and pastrami no one would be able to replicate. I have to agree that their pastrami was delicious! Their meat was cut to perfection and seasoned well enough and the sauerkraut and gooey Swiss cheese complements the deliciousness of the meat itself.
With regards to the matzo ball, to be honest, this was the first time I had a matzo ball and it is surprisingly... tasty! The matzo ball was actually bland in taste.. but somehow, there was this indescribable richness once its gets into my throat and it kept me eating and slicing more of the ball with the flavourful broth.
I did not dare myself to try Chris' beef tongue sandwich. But he said its delicious.
Peter Luger's Steak House
Prior into dining in at Peter Luger's we made a reservation that was made rather.. late but we were fortunate to get a table. For those of you who are not aware of this establishment.. this establishment has existed since the late 1800s and is famous for their delicious porterhouse! I had a bread of basket with some butter and I enjoyed these breads as the textures of these breads reminds me of the butter rolls I loved back home in Jakarta. Delish!
A basket of bread, served with butter.
Steak for Two, Cooked to medium rare
Well let the picture do the talking and I'll explain the details that could not be explained by the picture. The plate that holds the steak was VERY hot and it allows me to cook it to medium well - my preferred temperature. I love their steak very much and I'm practically speechless if I have to explain more about their steak.
Joe and Pat's PizzaThis beauty is located at Staten Island which took me a half an hour just to get here from Lower Manhattan. After watching one clip from YouTube that made me drool... I decided to give this one a shot since it looked deliciously thin on the video I saw. Yet.. it is. Chris and I decided to order one pan of pizza with two toppings: Calamari and Prosciutto.
Pizza with Calamari
Pizza with Prosciutto
I'm also practically speechless about their pizza. It was very tasty and the thin-ness of it was like something I never had (well.. I have not traveled to Italy, so further comment). The sauce used was vodka-ey and tomato-ey (haha) Surprisingly, calamari works very well with this pizza and we loved it!
Guy's AmericanChris mentioned that he had one of the best ribs and wings he ever had thus far in his life. Show me. I replied. I did not realize that this restaurant features Guy Fieri's cooking up until I saw a picture of him.. displayed huge size-wise at the restaurant.
Chicken Wings with Bourbon Brown Sugar sauce
Now.. I loved the Chicken Wings. They're surprisingly still very crispy on the inside despite all the heavy sauce that coats the outer skin. Crispy, sweet, and savory. Loved this!
Motley Que Ribs
The ribs.. I find the seasonings very good and I find this one tasty. But for me.. I preferred those fall-of-the-bone ribs compared to these ones. We also ordered a plate of Cajun Chicken Alfredo and it was delicious! But then.. I forgot to took a picture of those.. Sorry.
Lastly: If you happen to pass by a Momofuku milk bar or if you happen to be in town, then you should also have:
Momofuku's Cereal Milk Soft Served Ice Cream!
Founded by the infamous Masterchef USA judge Christina Tosi, this is a must try and a must have for me and my friends every time I visited town. It's silky rich and sweetened just right! The added corn flakes just made the dish felt like an icy cold breakfast in a delicious manner. Fancy!