Tuesday, May 20, 2014

New York Food

Some people will argue that there is no particular New York food. They are right in so far as the melting pot of people has many restaurants serving international cuisine. Nevertheless the various national specialities are always presented with an American touch.

One typical attribute of the food served in the States is that portions are big. Another feature are the many calories American food contains so I use to say: It is sufficient to look at US food and you will gain weight.

Katz's where Harry and Sally had lunch
While in the city that never sleeps Red Baron revisited one of his favorite places: Katz's Delicatessen on Houston Street. There I had what "most of the others are having": Pastrami on rye bread with a glass of Pilsner Urquell beer. You simply say in Yiddish: Me ken lecken di finger (You want to lick your fingers).

For photographic clarity only half the portion is shown
However, after the meal I was not so sure whether I had followed Katz's basic advice: Ess gesunt (Eat in good health).

Pizza is one of America's favorite food that is best in Brooklyn's district Dumbo (Down under Manhattan Bridge) at Ignazio's. When my son and I entered the pizzeria around noon we had to wait for the oven to heat up but the wait was worth it. We had ordered The Pizza with tomato garlic basil & olive oil pie and the pizza White Pie with ricotta & mozzarella. Simply delicious.

The Pizza and the White Pie

The Heartland Brewery premises (©Heartland Brewery)
One evening just around the corner of my son's apartment we were looking for a snack and a beer and landed at the Heartland Brewery on the lower floor of the Empire State Building. Here for the first time in my life I had Pulled Pork made from house-smoked pork served on a sesame bun with coleslaw and fries that I downed with a glass of Farmer Jon’s Oatmeal Stout.

Pulled pork

McDonald's MMMM on Time Square
Before I leave the Big Apple I usually visit a place full of memories. A couple of years ago Elisabeth and I stayed at a hotel near Times Square for a week doing lots of sight seeing. One day we saw people coming out of McDonald's eating French fries out of a cup that caused an irresistible desire for pommes frites. We entered, stood in line, and drew strange looks from the vendors when we ordered the biggest portions of fries available without a Big Mac, sat down and enjoyed our potatoes. Since then Elisabeth and I claim that McDonald's at Time Square serves the best French fries in New York.

My meal
This time I sat there all alone with my French Fries and a McCafé Vanilla Shake that I better had not ordered for the drink was pure calories.

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