There’s a stretch along the Hudson River on the Upper West Side that used to be train yards and other industrial uses that is now the Hudson River Park. There are sculpture installations and an old gantry crane that’s sculptural in its own right.
At about 70th Street you’ll find Pier I Cafe. (Use the park entrance at 68th St.) You place your order at a counter and they give you your drinks and a pager that will notify you when your food is ready.
Fine and Schapiro’s Kosher Restaurant and Delicatessen had been on the Upper West Side of Manhattan since 1927. That’s about 80 years of excellent pastrami. And although that’s my standard order, it isn’t all they serve – MENU.
Something to pick on while you’re waiting for your order.
Lean pastrami on rye, pickles and a hot cherry pepper – perfect!
Ellington in the Park is situated on two levels (we prefer the upper) of a terrace in Riverside Park. Its approximately between 105th and 106th Street. Perfect for lunch and even better for drinks or dinner watching the sun set over the Hudson River.
French Roast is one of our favorite Upper West Side restaurants. Open from early to late they’re available for breakfast, lunch/brunch, dinner and late night. They also have a full bar with beer on tap.
Onion soup, escargot, moules and steak frites are some of our favorites. The Friday plat de jour, bouillabaisse is something special.
You can watch life go by on Broadway from their outdoor seating. If you’re in New York, keep in mind that there’s more to the city than Midtown and Times Square. Try the Upper West Side.
Whenever we go to Hollywood Beach in Florida we stay at the Marriott right on the beach. It’s a very nice hotel but the best part about it is its restaurant – Latitudes Restaurant and Tiki Bar. There’s an enclosed restaurant and bar in case of bad weather but most people usually eat and drink outside. They’re open for an early breakfast and until late at night. The waiters and bartenders are top-notch and we’ve never had a bad meal there.
I’m from New York and know good pizza so I can say they have an excellent pizzaola at Latitudes.
There’s a daily buffet breakfast with something for everyone – even Froot Loops.
They’ve got these sugar-junkie birds there called Grackels. They take sugar packets from the outdoor tables – not Sweet ‘N Low or Splenda, just pure sugar.
If you’re traveling between Miami and Fort Lauderdale and want to stop in the Hollywood/Dania Beach area for something to eat, try Jimbo’s Sandbar.
It’s on the Intercoastal and has great food. They call it “redneck cuisine” but don’t let that throw you. They’ve got a chef who really understands Southern seafood. And if you’re there for dinner, terrific sunsets too.
Staten Island has some really good restaurants. Just a couple of weeks ago we ate at Blue Restaurant on Richmond Terrace. The food was great and was matched by the views of Kill Van Kull from our terrace table.
New York City’s so-called “Forgotten Fifth Borough” was just recognized by the New York Times for it’s food scene.
A few years back, on the way to a weekend in Upstate New York, we pulled off the Taconic Parkway to stop for lunch. We went to a strip mall in Hopewell Junction hoping for a diner. No luck, but there was a deli – the S and J Deli. We thought we’d get some sandwiches and eat in the car.
When we walked in we were glad to see that they had a few tables. We were ever more glad to see what kind of deli it was. There shelves were stocked with imported pasta, olive oil and other Italian delicacies. The guy behind the counter saw that we were overwhelmed with the choices when he asked us what we wanted and suggested fresh mozzarella and capicola topped with sautéed broccoli rabe on Italian bread. What a great combination. They even had Manhattan Special, an espresso soda usually only available in NYC Italian neighbourhoods.
It was a much better lunch that we ever expected. I saved their address and this became a standard lunch stop for all our trips to the Adirondacks. We were there again just a few days ago and had a fresh mozzarella, fried eggplant and roasted pepper sandwich with a sprinkle of balsamic – perfect. No website but they have some great reviews on Yelp, Trip Advisor and others.