Chatelaine Kitchen

New York City eats

Just over a week ago, I snuck in a quick getaway to New York. Since eating is a theme for most of my trips (and my life in general) I have lots of great experiences to share and some pictures too.


Where: Mama’s

What: Fried chicken, macaroni and cheese plus mashed potatotes with gravy

Yummy factor: Very tasty. I can’t recall the last time I ate fried chicken but this is one of the best I’ve ever had. The spuds were really flavourful – peppery and flecked with chives.

$: It was cheapity, cheap, cheap. My meal cost 12 bucks and included two pieces of chicken and a whack of starch. When I finished eating my plate looked like it still had a full serving. See before and after shot below.


Where: El Quinto Pino

What: Sea urchin sandwich and braised meat sandwich

Yummy factor: The sea urchin sandwich was tasty with surprising texture that was creamy. The flavour was delicate but not really fishy. The braised meat was quite succulent with a caramelized onion flavour.

$: It was a bit expensive but I really liked the vibe. Veronica (pic below) our host gave us many eating suggestions (including Lupa listed below) so our visit was well worth it. Thank you Veronica.


Where: Lupa

What: Down to earth Italian restaurant owned by Mario Batali

To start: Roasted beets with pistachios and broccoli rabe with ricotta

For dinner: Carbonara agnolloti with butternut squash

Dessert: Apple, cheese and bread

Yummy factor: Simple straightforward Italian fare that was done just right.

$: It was more than we spent most places but considering it was a lot nicer ambiance-wise but I felt it was quite reasonable.


Where: Colonial cafe

What: Omelette with fruit salad and Pao de Queijo (Brazilian cheese bread)

Chicken sandwich with avocado, tomato and pesto

Yummy factor: Nice breakfast. I highly suggest the Pao de Queijo (Brazilian cheese bread)

$: Quite reasonable


Where: Grimbaldi’s

What: Za with cheese, peppers, basil and olives.

Yummy factor: Excellent pizza and I think… this might be the quintessential Brooklyn experience. But what do I know? It felt like it was straight out of a movie. Well worth the wait in the long lineup.

$: Quite inexpensive. The bill was 40 bucks (bottle of wine included).


Where: Union Poole

What: There is a campfire on the patio of this bar. Plus there is also an awesome taco cart.

Yummy factor: I had the chorizo tostada (wish I had a pic, sorry) with guacamole, yum. There was also a guy walking around with a cooler filled with warm, homemade empanadas.

$: Cheap! My taco cost $3.50. Empanadas were $2 each.


Where: Alice’s Tea cup

What: Very cute Alice in Wonderland-themed tea house.

Yummy factor: The scones were fabulous. I had the two scone and tea pot special for $10. I chose, one cheddar and ham and one caramel-pecan chocolate. Had these with a tea that grew near a volcano. It was good but not as impressive as the scones.

Alice’s is just a couple blocks from Central Park and Strawberry Fields (the memorial for John Lennon). Maybe that cheesy, but since I’m a huge Beatles fan, I felt it had to be done.


Union Square

I really enjoyed the market there. I bought apples and local cheeses. They made for a nice pre-dinner snack.


Barcade (Appropriately named)

This was super fun. Love that I could play old arcade games (from when I was a kid) and drink beer at the same time.