A List of Delicious Things I Have Eaten So Far in New York

Bagel, one. Purchased from a bagel shop in what I have affectionately come to refer as "my old neighborhood," given that I stayed in a hotel there for a week back in January. Got lost on the way to find it, walked ten blocks out of my way, wished I hadn't just thrown a sweater on over my pajamas and had maybe also included some supportive undergarments or something.

Weird hippie sandwich, one. Purchased because I'd been thinking about it since January, trying to decide if I'd liked it or not the first time I had it. Upon eating it for a second time, decided I did indeed like it. Had sort of a love/hate thing going on with the pea shoots, but ultimately settled on "love." Only took me four months and two tastings to conclude.

Shake Shack meal, comprising cheeseburger, crinkle cut fries, chocolate shake: Suggested for dinner as a kind and selfless gesture so that father might decide for himself whether Shake Shack could hold a candle to In-N-Out. Should really be given a medal for this selflessness. Such selfless, selfless selflessness. Am Gandhi, basically.

Hot apple cider, cup of: Purchased at Union Square Greenmarket, also known as new favorite place. Helped ease the fresh trauma of taxi driver who decided to "translate" each line of the music he was blasting for us in his cab. Translation of music would have been fine if  music had, say, included lyrics in a different language. But music was purely instrumental. Taxi driver "translated" every bar of it for us all the same. Music was having some pretty deep feelings, turns out.

Apple cider donut, embarrassing amount of: Went so well with hot apple cider. Could not resist.

Ginger molasses cookie, one: Went so well with apple cider donut. Could not resist.

Junior's Cheesecake, half of: Alright, this is getting embarrassing.

Bratwurst and sauerkraut: Ordered at Prime Meats in Brooklyn from woman dressed in garment that was either from her Amish grandmother's wardrobe or from American Apparel. (Tough to say.) Washed down with cocktail made by suspendered bartender, not that we should hold that against him.

Apple, honeycrisp: Finally. Something with a caloric count not in the quadruple digits.

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Pretzel Thief
Apr 21, 2011

Dammit, now I'm hungry! Mmmmm, foodstuffs.

(I've never tried hot apple cider, waaaaahh. Not really a thing here in Oz. Note to self: must rectify this. Somehow.)

May you continue having an awesome time in NYC, Holly!

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Kate
Apr 21, 2011

What did your dad decide? Which did he like better? You totally left us hanging.

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zan
Apr 21, 2011

I LOVE Prime Meats. I've eaten there twice by myself, once supping on cucumber garnished cocktails and oysters in the middle of July as the waiters handed out wet towels from the freezer. The "by myself" part is key: it's as if I can't even be distracted by conversation while I'm focusing on their food. I hope you had a pretzel. Also, when you say suspended, I can't help but imagine the bar staff in a community theater production of Peter Pan.

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Anonymous
Apr 21, 2011

Gandhi, not Ghandi.

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Julie
Apr 21, 2011

I went to Prime Meats for the first time last week! I read a review that said all the staff looked like extras from Deadwood, and thought, "That can't possibly be accurate." Oh yes! It was accurate.

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Natalie
Apr 21, 2011

Love the Jones' style of writing! The food in NYC is a-mazing.

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Nothing But Bonfires
Apr 21, 2011

Thanks, Anonymous. Fixed it. Guess that'll teach me to post at 1am.

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Jaime
Apr 21, 2011

Food, glorious food!
(My sister was in a community theater production of 'Oliver' when we were younger, and this post got that song stuck in my head. Although I don't think it is quite the same situation!)

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Lydia
Apr 21, 2011

Shake Shack far surpasses In-n-Out, in my opinion.

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ScottsdaleGirl
Apr 21, 2011

Well damalamit, now I am going to have to schlep my father to the nearest ShakeShack to see if his obsession with In N Out is truly overrated. I for one think yes, yes it is overrated. But need empirical evidence to convince that man.

mmmmmm NY bagels..........

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Christina S.
Apr 21, 2011

I've had hot cider at the Union Square Greenmarket (also one of my favorite places) too. I miss the doughnuts though - must go back asap! It is such a great farmer's market...

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elz
Apr 21, 2011

In this case, I really do care what you had for lunch b/c it is so hilarious. I especially love the recounting of the Hippie sandwich, you have to make sure you can commit to liking something.

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alimartell
Apr 21, 2011

I would like to have: Ginger molasses cookie, twelve
:)

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I'm so envious of all of the amazing foodie opportunities you have! My friend with a food review blog actually just reviewed Prime Meats, too - they went there for brunch: http://lawandfood.blogspot.com/2011/04/brunch-bets-prime-meats.html

I have... let's see... a choice between a Ruby Tuesday's and a Cracker Barrel. I cannot wait until my husband gets stationed somewhere else!

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findingmagnolia
Apr 21, 2011

This sounds exactly like what I do when I am in New York. I pretend that I am enjoying museums and shopping and such, but really I'm just biding my time until the next meal or snack. If you can manage it, I recommend a stop into Doughnut Plant. If you pick up three doughnuts, you can pretend two are for "later."

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Lauren
Apr 21, 2011

Those donuts are the best! I live right across the street from Union Square Park (best job perk ever), and I love to grab them when I'm wandering around on Saturday mornings. Good stuff!

Next time you go to Juniors, try the carrot cake cheesecake. You might cry from how good it is, though. Just so you're prepared.

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edj
Apr 22, 2011

So? In-N-Out or Shake Shack?

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Amy
Apr 22, 2011

Odd to actually read 'Prime Meats in Brooklyn' in a (well, kind of) complete stranger's blog. Owned by our good friends and in the neighborhood I stupidly left and would give my LEFT ARM to get back to pronto and thank you. But the most important question: did you spatzel because oh my lord that is what my dreams are made up of. Pan fried dough. In cheese. Basically.

Also, if you do not go to Rai Rai Ken you're entire trip will be complete waste. Essentially. Get the Miso Ramen with corn and butter. Go now, thank me later.

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Amy
Apr 22, 2011

Grah spellcheck you demon spawn. YOUR entire trip. As in, belonging to you.

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Carroll
Apr 23, 2011

We California commenters, we need to know! In fact, an entire post about the merits or lack thereof of In-N-Out Burgers, would be quite welcome. It's never managed to snag my affection, although that may be because I've never managed the presence of mind to order anything that's not already on the menu. Envious of your Big City trip though, Holly -- glad you made the most of it :-)

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Savvy in San Francisco
Apr 23, 2011

It all sounds DELICIOUS to this pregnant momma!

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Raz
Apr 24, 2011

FINALLY! Someone else who is convinced that American Apparel are designing for the religiously conservative. They've got a few stores in the UK recently. When I went in I decided to jump ship immediately: who even needs a floor-length skirt and a leotard to wear together??

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honeypops
Apr 24, 2011
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jennifer
Apr 25, 2011

Holly - what is this weird hippie sandwich of which you speak? your NY readers are anxious to know :)

glad you ate your way through the city, that's the best way to travel in my opinion!

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