American-Italian red sauce trattatoria - Patsy's Pizzeria
I have found an American-Italian red sauce trattatoria that I enjoyed very much. We can all go there for a great time to celebrate my birthday ... Patsy's Pizzeria, 1st Avenue between 117th and 118th Streets, Spanish Harlem. Thin pie crust with fresh mozzarella and red sauce. Delicious fried mozzarella, etc.
Another suggestion is Ottomanelli Grill, 93rd Street & Lexington Avenue. Easy parking, too. Very reasonable prices.
Joe's Shanghai - Chatham - Amy Ruth's - Nice
Last Sunday, my old friend Mietta Buitoni arrived from Italy ... we ate at Joe's Shanghai in Flushing for delicious soupy pork and crab dumplings, clams with ginger and scallions, and "oon choy" green vegetables ... $45 for 3 persons ... 13621 37th Avenue, Flushing, Queens, 718-539-3838 [previous post on AGINY | NYT | NY Mag | Village Voice | openlist | Gayot | Yelp]
Tuesday morning, we rode the bus to Harlem for waffles at Amy Ruth's for $20 ...113 West 116th Street, between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., 212-280-8779 [NYC nosh | MenuPages | NY Mag | Citysearch | openlist | Savory NY | Yelp]
All excellent and all good value ...
13th Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Concert - free
13th Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Concert ... "The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival annually assembles some of the finest musicians in the world who reflect Parker’s musical individuality and genius, to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist."
- August 27, 2005, 3:00 pm ... Bobby Watson & Horizon ... Odean Pope Saxophone Choir ... Hiromi ... Soweto Kinch with special guest Abram Wilson ... Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem (124th Street between 5th and Madison Avenues)
- August 28, 2005, 3:00 pm ... Geri Allen ... Odean Pope Saxophone Choir ... John Hicks Trio featuring David "Fathead" Newman ... Cindy Blackman Quartet ... Tompkins Square Park, East Village (7th Street and Avenue A)
This Week in Reviews - August 5, 2005
Each Friday, AGINY publishes "This Week in Reviews," with quick links to New York City restaurant reviews and mentions from the previous seven days in blogs, magazines, and newspapers.
New York magazine is on the web and the stands with its Eat Cheap issue (August 8, 2005) ... "Presenting the city’s best new places to eat like a prince, at pauper’s prices." ... our kind of list ...
The Amateur Gourmet tried one of the places on New York's Eat Cheap list ... Waldy's Pizza ... and although he would not "come from a far outer borough to sample this pizza" he would absolutely "go out my door and down the block" ... 800 Sixth Ave., 212-213-5042
Robert Sietsema reviews Bosna Express in Long Island City and recommends "grah ($6.95), a white-bean stew that tastes a lot like Campbell's Bean With Bacon, except there's no bacon, of course." 3129 12th Street, Long Island City, Queens, 718-932-5577. Subway: N train, either Broadway or 30th Avenue
eat drink one woman has "yet to be disappointed by a meal at al di la" ... where her favorite dish is "the genie pillow casunziei with fuchsia beet ricotta filling, glossy clarified butter and the subtle crunch of poppy seeds" ... we love poppy seeds ... 248 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, 718-783-4565
Want a grilled pizza? How about a pizza covered with Nutella for dessert? Peter Meehan likes Coals in the Bronx, "Pizza on a Grill in the Bronx" (NYT rr), and says the Pure Bliss and the Al Leiter pies are both "pure winners." but warns you to avoid the Rasta. He declares that "the Second Avenue panini ($6.25) is probably one of the best creative sandwiches in the city." Probably? 1888 Eastchester Road, Bronx, 718-823-7002
New York Daily News concludes that the best pizza in New York is in the Bronx: Di Fara Pizza (1424 Avenue J at E. 15th St., 718-258-1367) and Franny's (295 Flatbush Ave., between St. Mark's Ave. and Bergen St., 718-230-0221) in "Upper crust: Our team of tasters tracks down the best pizzas 'round" ... 3 stars each ... although we're not sure what to make of the 3 1/2 stars given to ... Totonno (1524 Neptune Ave., Coney Island, 718-372-8606) ... Sal and Carmine's (2671 Broadway, 212-663-7651) ... Luzzo (211 First Ave., 212-473-7447) ... or John's Pizzeria (278 Bleecker St., 212-243-1680) ...
The only reason this one is here is because it has "chug" in it: "Tiny Bubbles: What does a 40 really taste like?", by Nina Lalli in The Village Voice, compares 3 malt liquors: Olde English, Colt 45, and Saint Ides ... and concludes, "What really blew my mind was the fact that all the 40s smelled exactly like canned pineapple juice." ... hmmmm, canned pineapple juice has never smelled like beer to us ...
According to Moira Hodgson, New York Observer, the almond soup at Uovo is a "masterpiece" ... "An Icon of Simple Perfection Hatches in the East Village" ... The Humboldt Fog with sherry syrup also sounds interesting; Moira's waitress told her, "It’s like a piece of cheesecake, but it’s a piece of cheese." 175 Avenue B, 212-475-8686
Andrea Strong reviews La Esquina: "Their cold and creamy green tomato and avocado soup was picture perfect, served in a shallow terra cotta cazuela, topped with shaved radishes and bits of avocado and pineapple. It was quite possibly my most intense cold soup experience. I needed a moment after each spoonful." 106 Kenmare Street, 646-613-1333
Joshua Bernestin in "Beach-Blanket Beer-Sipping," asks: "La Esquina. Location? Nestled in Nolita's Corner Deli, behind a door marked EMPLOYEES ONLY. Reservation? Required. Phone number? Granted by a hostess who'll maybe (maybe) provide a table after you schlep upstairs and call. In the name of Milk and Honey, why is getting drunk a cool-approved privilege?" ... good question ... If you want to visit another place that is hard to find, go to Harry's LIC at Water Taxi Beach (Hunter's Point in Brooklyn) ... "Though the [WaterTaxiBeach.com] website touts, 'Finding the beach is easy!' I disagree. The 34th Street water taxi is the most direct route, but why drop eight dollars round-trip to drink? And it's a 15-minute hike from the 7 or G train. Instead, bike or drive and look for the bulbous Tennisport complex, beside a parking lot marked by a New York Water Taxi sign. Head to the lot's rear and—voila!—beach." ... here's the Google map, but this annotated one is better
(NoLita is an acronym for "North of Little Italy" ... just trying to be helpful ...)
Shazia Kahn took a tour of Il Laboratorio del Gelato ... rated number 1 in a Zagat ice cream survey ... John Snyder, the owner, got his start working in his grandfather's Carvel store .... they offer overnight delivery anywhere in the United States ... 95 Orchard St. (btwn Broome & Delancey St.s) 212-343-9922
Charlie Suisman of Manhattan User's Guide posted his list of "favorite sweet stuff" in ... "Sweet Stuff" ... he also likes Il Laboratorio del Gelato ...
Bob Lape gives the Harlem Grill 2 out of 4 stars ... liked the "clay-pot snapper, slow-cooked with other seafood, and taking on a smoky, spicy edge from chunks of andouille sausage in the pot" ... and says the bourbon butter pecan profiterole is "the star of the sweet show" ... "Table Talk: Harlem Grill taps local history" ... 2247 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. (7th Ave.), 212-491-0493
Leo Carey says that "A has a besotted SoHa following, and is so endearingly tiny that it’s impossible not to root for it." ... "A" is for the A train ... although it also helps top any alpha list ... 947 Columbus Ave., 212-531-1643
... as is Jules over at The Bruni Digest, who interprets Frank Bruni's Cendrillon review: "Cendrillon: I Almost Entrechat Myself" ... hilarious
NYC Stories says of Shima (188 Second Avenue), "This was probably some of the freshest sushi I have had in NYC." ... there's another "probably" ... 212-260-6303
dailyheights.com reports on the new prix fixe restaurant, Sorrel, at Carlton and St. Mark's in Brooklyn. map
Probably (adverb): Most likely, presumably.
Did we miss your favorite review? Want to see your review here next week?Let us know: aguyinnewyork [at] gmail ... we're especially interested in hearing from NYC bloggers ...
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Getting to and from La Guardia airport
Very easy to get from La Guardia airport (LGA) to anywhere in NYC ... The Port Authority has a very convenient page on their web site ... also see the handy page at CitiDex that includes driving directions and parking info, and all the ground transportation options such as city bus, taxi, train, and shuttle ...
To get to mid-town Manhattan (1) take the M60 bus, which stops at all terminals (get a $2 MetroCard and get a free transfer to the subway) ... (2) take a shuttle (between $8 and $22)... (3) if you have plenty of money to spend ($35 - $45, including tolls), hop into a taxi ...
With the M60 bus, you can travel to and from La Guardia from the West Side (stops in front of Columbia University at the last stop). The M60 runs between 106th St and Broadway in Manhattan and La Guardia Airport from approximately 5 am to 1 am, seven days a week - schedule here in pdf. The M60 serves all airport terminals. Connections can be made with all north-south Manhattan subway lines ... This is a grand-view ride across the Triborough Bridge to 125th Street and Lexington Avenue (i.e., Harlem) and free-transfer to the IRT #4 or #5 subway downtown to Grand Central ... about half hour for the trip ...
The MetroCard has many great features ... such as: a free transfer between a bus and subway or vice versa within a 2 hour period ... ride costs 20% less when you buy a Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard worth $10, $20 or more ... $7 for the one day fun pass, $21 for seven days and $70 for 30 days ...
AGINY good value
Free jazz concerts - Jazzmobile
Jazzmobile.org...free live jazz concerts...I have been attending these concerts for the last five years ... a great experience ... a Harlem block party ... fried whiting dinner available for $5 ... best way to get there is to ride your bike with the freedom to roam the City at dusk
Wednesday, July 20, 2005, 7.00pm - 8.30pm: Wallace Roney...Grant's Tomb, 122nd Street & Riverside Drive...
Friday, July 22, 2005, 7.00pm - 8.30pm: Wycliff Gordon...Marcus Garvey Park, 122nd Street & 5th Avenue...