NYC Trip Review #3 – Katz’s Deli

The next stop on Day #2 was the famous Katz’s Deli.  You’ll recognize it from the movie When Harry Met Sally.  It’s famous for being the location for the infamous fake orgasm scene between Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal.  They even have a sign letting you know which table the actors were sitting at when they filmed that scene. 

Josh chose Katz’s because he fell in love with the pastrami when his friend Leo took him there on a visit a few years ago.  I don’t think I have ever had a pastrami sandwich before this day and I have to say, it was well worth the wait.  This stuff is awesome!  What you see on the plate above is half of a pastrami on rye and half of a pastrami on country white.  Katz’s keeps it very simple and they only put a bit of mustard on the sandwiches.  They were incredible, but they should have been for $15 per sandwich with no sides except the pickles!
The pickles that they serve with every sandwich are homemade at the deli and they offer three different kinds.  They were different than any pickle I had ever tasted before and they were wonderful.

Josh was also a fan of the Celery soda at Katz’s.  I thought it would be weird, but it actually does taste like celery and it’s made right there in NYC.  Katz’s is a great experience and I was even able to keep my claustrophobia in check despite the incredible number of people in that place.  I couldn’t believe how many people could fit into that building and be completely content in eating.  There was definitely good reason for the lines and crowds.  Good stuff!

NYC Trip Review #2 – Doughnut Plant

The next stop on our food radar was the Doughnut Plant.  I had been waiting to try this place for months and the day had finally arrived.  Unfortunately, the weather on Day 2 was pretty miserable, but we braved the Subways, rain and cold and arrived at the Doughnut Plant a little wet, but ready for some doughnutty goodness.  We have seen several shows highlighting the Doughnut Plant on the Food Network and Travel Channel and have wanted to try their amazing doughnuts for quite some time.  We were not at all disappointed!

First, Josh and I both ordered 2 doughnuts each and tried each of those.  Let’s see if I can remember all of the flavors that we tried. . . first, I ordered a strawberry jam filled doughnut (pictured above), a chocolate glazed doughnut (pictured below).  

Josh ordered a Chocolate pudding filled chocolate cake doughnut, a blackberry jam filled doughnut and a fresh strawberry glazed doughnut.  We only took a few bites of each doughnut and then went back for more.   

In the end, we had ordered a coconut creme doughnut, cinnamon bun, creme brulee, cashew and several others that I can’t remember.  We also had a container of the freshest and best milk I’ve ever tasted.  It was amazing.  I think they get it from a local dairy. 

We tried all of the doughnuts and took most of them back to the hotel with us to have for breakfast the next morning.

Oh, how I miss the Doughnut Plant.  Sadly, they don’t do any mail order right now, but I’m in hopes that they will start soon.  If you’re traveling to or through NYC and love doughnuts, you should definitely make it a priority to stop by this place.  It is amazing!

NYC Trip Review #1 – JoJo Restaurant

As many of you will remember, Josh and I spent a long Easter weekend in New York City.  I had never been before and I was really looking forward to seeing the city and getting to experience the things that we always see on television.  I was especially excited to try out some of the places that I’ve been wanting to try since I saw them featured on the Travel Channel and Food Network.  We’re definitely foodies, and we used our knowledge and resources to scope out some of the best places in Manhattan to eat while on our short, 4-day trip.  We were not disappointed by what New York had to offer at all.

The first foodie stop we made while in Manhattan was JoJo, a Jean-Georges restaurant that currently holds 1 Michelin Star.  This was the first Michelin rated restaurant that either of us had ever been to and we were curious to evaluate it ourselves after reading a lot of mixed reviews from people online.  A lot of people felt that the restaurant was suited for more of a grandmotherly crowd with older decor and stuffy clientele.  During our meal, the crowd was quite diverse as far as ages, but I would agree about the older decor.  It really did remind me of Upper East Side old money and a fancy formal dining room that has had few updates over the years.

We both ordered the prix-fixe menu here and unfortunately, I’m not comfortable enough yet with just whipping out my camera in a fancy restaurant and snapping photos, so there will be no food photos in this review, but don’t let that deter you.  We ate some great food here and would definitely recommend it to anyone willing to spend a bit more for a great lunch.

The prix-fixe lunch menu at JoJo consists of two small plates and a dessert course.  They also provide bread sticks that were to die for with real butter.  Josh ordered the Tuna tartare and the Chicken, which came with chick pea fries and I ordered the Ricotta Ravioli and Hanger Steak, which came with a large basket of french fries.  I’ve been very lucky ordering Hanger Steaks recently and didn’t have any problem with this one.  Both of the dishes I ordered were amazing.  Josh’s chicken was highly reviewed on Yelp, but he didn’t think it was that amazing.  His tuna tartare was great.  The chick pea fries were interesting, but very good and the french fries were wonderful.  I think they gave me too many though.   

For dessert, Josh ordered the Banana Cream cake with vanilla ice cream and I ordered the sorbet trio.  The sorbet flavors were dark chocolate, mango and raspberry and all were very good.  I preferred Josh’s cake.  It melted in your mouth and the flavor of banana wasn’t overpowering. 

Overall, we really enjoyed our meal at JoJo and would recommend it highly to anyone visiting NYC who wants to experience classy dining.  It was well worth it!