Being the Top Chef fan girl I am, I couldn't go to New York without visiting Tom Colicchio's restaurant CraftBar. Naturally, we had walked there. Taking a path up Fifth Avenue with a walk through the Union Square Greenmarket. The Andy Memorial brought a smile to my face.
We were at Craftbar mid-day, so enjoyed a cheese plate, along with some craft beers. Hopefully, on a future trip to NYC, we can add dinner at Craft or Craftbar to my list of Top Chef restaurants where I've dined. Tho' I can already add this to the ones I've enjoyed.
One of the highlights of the trip was the "Neighborhood Nosh Tour". 8 of our group choose this as an excursion on a Saturday morning in early May. We began the tour at Ferrara's in Little Italy for coffee and cannoli, which we enjoyed outside the restaurant.
After eating our fill of these delectable sweets, we needed to walk a bit to work up an appetite for our next stop. A tour through Little Italy and on the Chinatown, with a stop along Canal Street to haggle on "real" Rolex, Coach, Louis Vitton, Chanel did the trick.
I found the shops and street vendors in Chinatown fascinating.
Our destination was Columbus Park where we ate Tasty Dumplings while watching people young and old perform Tai Chai, play chess, and mingle in the park.
A quick bus ride brought us to the East Village to Yonah Schimmel's Knishery. I've never had a knish. As knishes go, I'm sure these were quite good. BUT....while I love potatoes, knishes just went to my been there done that, checked the box list. Not a fan. The Egg Creams, tho', I could do again (but I'm a huge fan of Chocolate Phosphates)
We ended the tour with a trip to Empire Candy. Was so stuffed at this point, going to a place to buy something for later ws just the ticket. Bought several treats to bring home to Kiddo while here.
This was Derby weekend, so we had to find a place to watch the race and drink a mint julep - Brinkle's worked out well for that. And, of course, I worked in a Blue Moon or two (including on Broadway at Million DOllar Quartet).
In fact, loved this trip. Can't wait to get back to NYC!
This is part 2 of a trip report on NYC, part 1 is here