About Me

Food is one of my many joys in life. It is a common bond I share among my friends and family. Combining food and travel makes it all the more interesting. I enjoy going out for a good meal with friends and family. The array of various cuisines and our fantastic array of produce really makes Sydney such a great city to live in. Blogging is my hobby and my posts on restaurant meals I have had are paid for and not gratis. Any gratis provided to me will always be stated beforehand.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

A Breakfast, Brunch and Dinner - New York City

I have been struggling to bind my one off meals while at New York so I thought it would make sense to have a couple of posts covering my various meals which are not specifically themed.

This post covers a breakfast, a brunch and a dinner which occurred on different occasions during my recent trip.

Jack's Wife Freda
One day while I was strolling around Soho, I was near the boundary of where Soho changes to Nolita and I saw a group of people milling around a little cafe. My curiosity got to me, I decided to get nearer and saw the sign "Jack's Wife Freda".  What an interesting name! It certainly perked my interest and after a bit of googling back in the hotel, I came by one early morning for breakfast.

It was a cosy little bistro packed to the brim with diners. I managed to slide into a little table and ordered the Madame Freda. It was a Pressed sandwich with duck prosciutto, cheddar b├ęchamel, gruyere and a fried egg.

It was delicious! The duck prosciutto was thinly sliced, and the b├ęchamel and gruyere was nicely cheesy. There was a small salad of rocket with pickled onion. I loved the sweetness of the onion.

I also had a fresh cantaloupe juice (for us Aussies it is rock melon juice).

The people were friendly and I could see Freda running the front of house.

Wishlist: Green Shakshuka with Challah toast.

My friend JN and I were informed by the hotel concierge that Jane was one of the best places to have brunch when in New York. How could we resist checking it out? However, since it was so popular, it is a must to book for brunch.

When we got there on a Sunday, we understood what he meant. It was quite a large restaurant but whoa! It was so full of people and the queue outside to wait for a table for those who booked was just as bad. Goodness! I could only hope the food's good!

By the way, I may have forgotten to mention that Jane has special menus for brunch. Brunch is only on Saturdays and Sundays.

The other thing to be aware of is if you order a dish from the brunch menu, you get a free Cocktail!!!! :)

I chose the White Peach Bellini.

We were served slices of bread with strawberry butter. Yes, you read it right! :)

JN had the Classic Eggs Benedict which consisted of poached eggs, Canadian bacon, English muffin and hollandaise. It looked gorgeous and she seemed to enjoy it. Poor girl was feeling so poorly, she didn't have the stomach to finish the lot.

I had the Fried Chicken and Waffles, with sunny side eggs and black pepper maple butter. As a dish, I did enjoy the various combination. I would have liked the fried chicken to be a little more crunchy but I think it got a little smothered with the maple syrup and lost the crunch.

Even though I was feeling full, I decided to extend my tummy to have some Mac and Cheese Croquette. As I cut into it, I could see the shape of the Mac and Cheese. Yum!

Wishlist: Lobster Benny (My initial choice but I changed my mind when I was there. Next time!)

Burger Joint
On my quest to have more burgers outside of Shake Shack, I decided to check out Burger Joint. It has the reputation of having one of the best burgers in New York City.

The original location is at the back of Le Parker Meridien but I decided instead to check out their Midtown West branch. It is about 4 blocks north of the W. 4th Subway station.

What an interesting place. It seriously felt like I had walked into a joint! I found a booth to slide into and just soaked in the atmosphere.

Yes, I had the cheeseburger. How could I not? And with it I had French Fries and a Soda.

The burger was served all wrapped up in paper and I sat there munching into this very delightful burger which was cooked medium (they did ask me how I wanted the beef patty to be cooked). So good! And I felt very much like I was hanging out with the locals!

Jack's Wife Freda on Urbanspoon
Jack's Wife Freda
224 Lafayette Street
New York
NY 10012
Website: jackswifefreda.com/

Jane on Urbanspoon
Jane Restaurant
100 W Houston Street
New York
NY 10012
Website: janerestaurant.com/

Burger Joint on Urbanspoon
Burger Joint
33 West 8th Street (at MacDougal Street)
New York
NY 10011
Website: www.burgerjointny.com/


Helen (Grab Your Fork) said...

I'm really waiting for fried chicken and waffles to really take off in Oz. It's so tasty!

Cindy said...

Hi Helen, it might take off sooner than you think! :)

Paulina said...

Really enjoyed your post and was hoping to connect via email to ask a couple of questions. Could you let me know where to reach you? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I love me some Popeye's fried chicken and prefer the strips to the fryer pieces with the bone in.

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Cindy said...

Hi Mike, thanks for visiting! Oh yes, I loved Popeyes fried chicken. Didn't blog about it but it was certainly delish! :)

Anonymous said...

I am crazy over bagel and I think Bagel station is a lot better.

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