08 March 2014

Bacon and other NYC Adventures

Last night, we battled the crowds to see a sold-out screening of Wes Anderson's wacky but wonderful new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, in Union Square. It's a beautiful movie with the meticulous attention to detail Anderson fans have come to expect. After the film, I had hoped to take my parents to Smith & Mills, a favourite restaurant of mine in TriBeCa, but the line was too long so we headed back uptown to a family favourite, Trattoria dell'Arte, where I had a delicious bolognese, served in oyster-shell-like ravioli.

This morning, the sun was out again and it was much milder, so we went over to Brooklyn for a brisk walk across the bridge. It was a beautiful morning for it, and we even managed a few leaps.

We then yomped over to Grand Central for a pourover coffee at Irving Farm's circular concession, before walking back to the hotel past the Chrysler and through the Rockefeller Center.

Since I discovered the existence of BarBacon — a bacon-themed gastropub that turned out to be only two blocks from my hotel — a few months ago, I've been wanting to go and happily, today was the first day they were open for lunch. My parents had other plans, but in the interests of completeness, I ordered a couple of items while I sipped on a mimosa.

The bacon tasting flight ($12) offered up four different bacon varieties, all crispy and delicious. From left to right: peppered bacon, house applewood bacon, apple cider bacon and jalapeño bacon. I think the house bacon was my favourite, but the jalapeño had a real kick to it. I didn't even manage to eat half, but luckily they have really cute take-out boxes, so I got the rest packed up to go. Meanwhile, I also ordered the all-day breakfast sandwich: bacon, fried egg, sage & ginger sausage, and Vermont cheddar. It was all delicious and I will definitely be back another time to sample some of the other items on the menu, such as the lobster roll (with bacon).

In an attempt to walk off some of my epic lunch, I strolled down to Gotham West Market, and indoor foodie venue filled with places to grab a bite to eat and a coffee. The Brooklyn Kitchen has a great selection of hipster bar and cookware, and Little Chef is nothing like the motorway service station caff with which we Brits are familiar. I couldn't eat another bite, but I could manage another pourover from the always excellent Blue Bottle Coffee.

Please don't make me leave this city!

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