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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Life Gives You Lemons, Make Pastrami

We were all packed to go on our kid’s first jaunt to Europe last week when our flight was cancelled because of the volcanic ash. There would be no touring of the Tate Modern or dinners at French bistros, at least for now. Obviously, we were all disappointed when we realized there was no way we could get a flight to Europe over our children’s April break.  So we did the next best thing. Got in the car and drove to Manhattan for four days. Instead of Madame Tussauds in London, we visited Madame Tussauds in Times Square. Instead of dining at L’Entrecote in the 17th arrondissement, we dined at the new L’Entrecote at the corner of Lexington and 52nd Street. There is only one item on the menu, steak frites, served tartare, rare, medium, or well-done, and paired perfectly with crispy French fries.

Our favorite day was going down to the Lower East Side to take one of the tours at the Tenement Museum, grab a sour dill from the Pickle Guy at the corner of Essex and Grant, a crème brulee doughnut from Doughnut Plant around the corner, taste the lox at the century-old Russ and Daughters, and then feast on the best pastrami in the city at Katz’s Deli. After lunch, we ran into the artist Shepard Fairey, creating his latest work on the corner of Houston and the Bowery. An added bonus was seeing Green Day perform live after seeing a performance of “American Idiot,” the new Broadway musical based on their music. In the end, we had a great time and London and Paris will have to wait until the summer. After all, the nature of travel is to be spontaneous. 


Posted by Steve Jermanok on 04/29/10 at 01:00 PM
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You didn't take Amtrak? NYC has some of the greatest food. I'll never forget my first time at the Stage Deli, glad I had hands and stomach big enough for the the sandwich in front of me. And I'll never forget the six dollar cupcakes I had the last time I was there a couple of years ago... mp/m

Picture of Mike Maddaloni - @thehotiron Comment by Mike Maddaloni - @thehotiron
on 04/29/10 at 08:36 PM
 


Amtrak for a family of four adds up. So do those cupcakes, Mike, but worth every penny!

Picture of Steve Jermanok Comment by Steve Jermanok
on 04/29/10 at 08:45 PM
 


Glad you wound up having a nice time in NYC, Steve. I love the Tenement Museum,maybe our country's only urban living history museum and truly a worthwhile experience visiting.

Picture of Susan Farewell Comment by Susan Farewell
on 05/11/10 at 09:13 PM
 


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