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Top 10 Noms of 2009

31 Dec

What is a New Year without a Top 10?  I have been blogging for exactly 325 days and have enjoyed every moment of it.  I love food… and I’m so happy that I have some very faithful readers who have joined me on this journey (THANK YOU!). With that said, here is my top 10 Noms from 2009:

10) Disney World stands out in my mind for a very memorable eating trip in 2009.  The dinner we had at Marrakash comes up often and I still can’t remember ever having a better sundae than the Ghiradelli one I had at Downtown Disney.

9) When Mike and I took the Culinary Walking Tour of Greenwich Village, we didn’t really know what to expect. It wound up being great for both food (we have gone back to these places a few times since then) and history. 

8) I actually wound up going to Becco twice this year (Becco 1 and Becco 2).  They are awesome for having an unlimited pasta tasting from their three pastas of the day and a pretty extensive wine list for under $25.  But their Osso Bucco is what dreams are made of.

7) Every time I go to Koi it is amazing.  It’s one of the very, very few restaurants I can go to over and over again (even multiple times in the same week).  The crispy rice is amazing and I credit the Miso Glazed Cod with having started me eating fish for the first time.

6) The short ribs at Charles were great (well… I thought so until I had #2 on this list). We first sampled them at a nice fund-raising food festival and then I won a gift certificate by bidding $60 for a $75 gift certiciate.  The braised lamb shank was exceptional and highly recommended.

5) Quality Meats had been recommended to me time and time again.  While the steak was great, but not my favorite, the corn creme brulee was so good that I dream about it.

4) Eating at Montenapo, especially on someone else’s dime so we could order multiple courses without guilt (well, except waistline guilt), was a HUGE treat.  It’s brand new and in the middle of an area that is known to wimp out on food.  The Osso Bucco was the best I’ve ever had (even though I just had a taste of someone else’s) and the desserts were sensational.  There wasn’t a bad bite in the entire meal. 

3) I have loved Keens Steakhouse since the first time I tried it, however, the bar is especially amazing and I’m so glad Lori joined me for my first time.  That potato and steak was heavenly and more restaurants should make merengue… especially if it’s that good!

2) The number two slot goes to a yet to be blogged about meal at Bottega (Michael Chiarello’s restaurant in Napa Valley).  Why was it so good? You’ll just have to read the blog to find out!

1) My birthday dinner at WD-50 was epic. It is hands down the best meal I’ve ever had.  We went whole hog and got the full tasting menu.  Each dish was a new adventure… and not just because it looked cool.  There were such wonderful flavors in everything and I really loved this place.  #1 for the year… probably lifetime #1 to date.

Runners up:

Happy New Year Nommers!

“Fast” Food near Port Authority

11 Nov

I now live pretty close to Port Authority, which is known for having pretty bad food selections.  I have been pretty pleased with some new offerings in the area (especially Montenapo in the NY Times building).  We needed two quick meals this weekend, so I decided upon Pick-A-Pita (now on 8th Ave between 39th and 40th) and Schnippers (also in the NY Times building on the corner of 8th Ave and and 41st). 

Schnippers is a place that I have been to a few times and REALLY enjoy.  They remind me a bit of Johnny Rockets but not a chain and no singing involved.  Their burgers are great and exactly the way I like them (with lots of extra flavorful goodies on top).  I usually get the Schnippers Classic (cheese blend, carmelized onions, bacon, arugula, and Schnippers sauce) but the Hickory Bacon Blue Burger (bacon, blue cheese, crispy onions, hickory BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomato, and Schnippers sauce) always sounded good.  Luckily Mike ordered the Hickory Bacon Blue so I could stick with my Classic.  One bite of Mike’s burger, however, and I’m sold!  The blue cheese was so. good. 

The Classic:

The Hickory Bacon Blue

One of my favorite parts of Schnippers is their sweet potato fries.  They come with a maple dipping sauce and it is SO good I could eat it with a spoon.

They’re also known for having great sloppy joes.

Total Nom Points: 7.5 out of 10

Next up was Pick-A-Pita as a quick lunch before starting to install a divider in the new apartment.  Pick-A-Pita used to be through a freight elevator in a tiny little back kitchen area.  It was always VERY tasty, but there was something fun about going through the elevator to get falafel.  They moved to a new, bigger location on 8th Ave between 39th and 40th, and I stubbornly believed it lost some luster with the move and haven’t eaten there since.  Knowing my party loves falafel, I figured it was as good a time as any to see if their falafel still lived up to expectations now that it wasn’t mysterious.  Luckily, the food hasn’t changed.  The location is actually quite nice with beatiful tin ceilings and a huge mirrored wall.  Tons of open seating and a little more room to maneuver as you pick from their salads.

Both my dad and I got the falafel with hummus pita and Mike went with the Shawafel (half shawarma and half falafel).  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed our pitas.

Total Nom Points: 7 out of 10