USA Day 4: New York
120 Hudson Street
Tribeca, NY 10013
Open 24 hours (on Mondays til midnight)
We started the day by trekking out to Tribeca to find Bubby’s – according to their website they had sourdough pancakes – I couldn’t resist the lull…
When we came out of the subway station, we had a bit of a challenge getting our bearings – so we looked a little lost. A local New Yorker helped us out and pointed us in the right direction. We finally found Bubby’s – which had a really great vibe. Lots of exposed brick, and loads of framed prints on the walls. I ordered the pancakes, while Andrew ordered his usual poached eggs and bacon (no pic).
I was not disappointed – these pancakes were amazing!!! Some of the best I’ve ever had – and that’s high praise. Forget the Clinton Street Bakery Company – THESE were the best pancakes in New York!!! Beautifully moist and doughy – with a lovely sour tang – AMAZING!! They’re up there with Dimitri’s Feast!
American Museum of Natural History
After breakfast, we did some more cycle gear shopping at Bicycle Habitat in Lafayette Street (Chinatown) and then headed on up to the American Museum of Natural History. A must do for me because one of my favourite book series (The Pendergast Series by Douglas Preston) is set behind the scenes in the museum. Also, for movie fans – A Night at the Museum is set in the American Museum of Natural History.
The subway has a station right in the basement of the museum – so, you don’t even have to go outside if you get there via the train.
Momofuku Ssäm Bar (Repeat Performance)
207 2nd Avenue
New York, NY, 10003
Open for lunch everyday 11:30am – 3:30pm
Open for dinner Sun-Thu 5pm – Midnight; Fri-Sat 5pm – 1am
I couldn’t resist – we had such a brilliant time at our last visit, we decided we should go back there again – and have more of those steamed buns!
Apologies – we were so excited that we jumped into it, and then remembered that we should take a photo. This dish was fantastic – the steak is cut into strips for you, and then served on a creamy, pureed cauliflower, and a minimalist piperade (a mix of onion, green peppers and tomatoes), and sprinkled with pinenuts. Very delicious, but I do have to admit – the lamb dish was still the winner for me.
I had been making conversation with the bartender (as you do), and he was trying to explain how good the BRT bun was – so I had to try it… right? The pork in this bun is caramelised on the outside, so it’s a bit crispy on the outside (I guess a bit like bacon) and soft and juicy on the inside. When you bite into it you get the fatty goodness of the pork, with some fresh acidity and fruitiness from the tomato, and creaminess from the smoked mayo. It was pretty nice – but no match for the steamed pork buns!
Again, all the food was fantastic, and the service was exemplary. Just some notes if you’re thinking of going – we went on Wednesday and Friday – and being the paranoid person I am, I made sure we were there when it opened at 5pm (seniors’ dining time) – better to be safe than sorry. However, the place didn’t really get to capacity until just after 6pm or later. This, and the fact that there was pretty good turnover with customers, meant that there weren’t huge lines of people out the front. The ‘no bookings’ policy here in New York seems to work much better than in Melbourne – probably because there are so many restaurants to try, it’s not such a problem.
Momofuku Milk Bar East Village
251 E 13th Street
New York, NY, 10003
cnr 13th Street and 2nd Avenue
After dinner – I decided to try David Chang’s new “Milk Bar” – his new series of dessert / bakery cafés which he’s only just recently opened. We were lucky that there was one just across the road from the Ssäm Bar. Our waiter recommended I try the Candy Bar Pie – first 4 ingredients are: sugar, cream, butter, peanut butter (no calories at all!!!).
The four layers from top to bottom are: chocolate ganache (with a decorative, chocolate coated pretzel), peanut butter cream, salted caramel, and chocolate biscuit base. This was soooooo rich it took me (and we all know how well trained I am) 2 days to eat it!
Oh. My. Goodness! The things we do!