In what has become an annual event, we spent a couple of days before Christmas in New York City. This trip was part celebratory, we really had a great year - we got married, traveled to Italy for our honeymoon and have been growing our personal chef and catering company steadily. The other reason for our visit was inspirational. The food scene in New York is like none other, changing constantly and in many areas, way ahead of the curve. I always leave inspired and full of ideas that I can apply to my own cooking.
|Instagram Picture of Ivan Ramen|
|Slurping and Phones at Momofuku Noodle Bar|
|Breakfast at Murray's|
When we travel, we have an eating rule. If you're not enjoying what you've got in front of you, don't finish it. It saves valuable stomach space, which is a premium on these sorts of trips. So we chucked our bagels after a couple of bites and a couple of blocks down, we ordered a hot dog from Gray's Papaya, to see what the fuss is all about. A famous landmark known for their cheap 'dogs, we also had a namesake papaya drink. I get the allure; a small spot, standing room only that smells of hot dogs. Crowded with grumpy elderly New Yorkers and one lady violently demanding directions somewhere and being answered with a simple shrug by the hot dog slinger, we enjoyed our hot dog. It felt New York. It wasn't special but I can understand that if you grew up on these hot dogs, you'd have a soft spot for them. Similar to how Bostonians feel about Fenway Franks, I assume.
|Hot Dog from Gray's Papaya|
|The Corner Bistro|
|Cheeseburger at The Corner Bistro|
|Burger Boy documenting his work|
|Bacon, Egg and Cheese Gyoza at Alder|
|French Onion Soup Rings|
|Bagel Pizza with Egg Yolk Pepperoni|