Easter. A time of family reflection and food. Easter is yummy for the mind and the soul.
This year we did something different. A lovely day with a light breeze we flow gently into the fair metroplis of Cambridge. We drive, of course we drive past and around, until we find 853 Main St, also known as Cragie on Main.
We’re early, and wait with the other gastronomic gurus… We clearly are in the know. We know the food, experience and Easter is going to be insane.
The door opens, a tall gangly women hokds the door for us and we enter to the sounds of jazz, and with barely any prompting the open table with our name.
We sit, lean back and order our drinks. Orange juice, memosa, cocktails and coffee…. Aaaaaaaah.. How devine… How relaxing….
We look over the menu; there was an unspoken rule we must order all the gastronomic delights on the special menu for Easter, and must not order the same.
I see biscuits and gravy, rabbit sausage, benedict, and a few others. We order the main course, and the dessert in our prix fix meal.
The yogurt and parfait arrives with pastries. One bite of cinnamon roll, a crumble of spice bread, a fresh donut with cinnamon and i spoon through the deliciousness….
Relaxed and satiated, we make chit-chat about the food and await our mains. Almost as if on cue the waiters and waiteresses arrive and place our mains on the table; we quickly swapped as we got each others meal. Our sides arrived minutes after, it was potato galette and pork belly.
I am always suspect of fat, specifically fried fat. … My father and mother grab one piece and rave about the pork. I politely take a corner of a piece. Slowly i place it in my mouth, the pork belly melts and i chew the pork. Wow. I grab the rest of my piece ( from non believer to believer ) it was much like marrow.
Yum, i continue to taste, chew, taste and chew through the depths of flavors at the table. Rabbit, pork, potato, sausage, endive, biscuit… Oh my…
I am at this point happy and nearly full. The waiters and waitresses sweep in and clear the table. I sense dessert on the way.
Minutes later we swap pana cotta, profiterroles, and an apricot tart. I love how my family shares food. We never go hungry, and always enjoy the food.
Top five things i had…
The apricot tarte….
Wow…. Apricots…. Man i do not like them, this dessert changed my attitude.
Union Oyster House – http://www.unionoysterhouse.com/ Gloria and I recommend it and vouch for the reputation. *For this place, I recommend parking a little further away, near Government Center or Haymarket, you’ll get it for cheap. If you park right near by, it’s going to be expensive, but then again it is so much easier to walk back to the car.
One of my dear UK friends, Tim is about to embark on his tour of the Mid-Atlantic and New England. He asked “do if I know anyone who knows NYC and places to eat and must see?.” Of Course, I do!
For the last 12 years, since College and my Dad met Amy, I have traveled to NYC and really experienced a “BIG” city. So I told Tim, I’d write up my top tips, recommendations and things I absolutely love about the 3rd biggest city I have ever been able to see and experience. Shanghai and Beijing were far larger.
The City is an adventure, one you can confidently navigate.
The first stop I like to make is Grand Central. Simply walk in. Walk Through. Look up. Stare. It’s okay, you are a tourist. Enjoy.
There are a bunch of hidden gems in Grand Central. More information is at http://manhattan.about.com/od/historyandlandmarks/a/secretgrandcent.htm
If it’s Lunch or Dinner time, I recommend taking a few moments and going to the Oyster Bar. The Oyster Bar is an experience.
Once full up on the main course, skip the rest, and you should head to Dylan’s. Dylan’s Candy Bar is Ralph Lauren’s daughter’s brain child: a candy store for the ages. As you go in, you should immediately make an appointment with your dentist.
The deal here is, you must buy something, and get the shopping bag. The shopping bag is one of the hottest ones to have in NYC.
With no particular order, I walk by the New York City Library, and end up at Bryant Park for a tea. http://bryantpark.org/ It’s amazing. You take in the sights, sounds and relax in the crisp fall air. You’ll notice some cool artisans, shops and fun gifts to buy. Personally, I do NOT recommend resisting; it is so cool.
Once I am done resting the hoofers, I walk up to Rockefeller Center (It’s a bit of a hike). Rockefeller Center is one of the more amazing locations in the late Fall when they raise the Christmas Tree. The Center becomes a gathering place for tourists who want to see NBC, 30 Rock, the Rockefeller Ice Skating Rink, and the Christmas Tree. It’s worth going to walk around the plaza. One of the coolest parts, some of the stuff is very art deco. I would also recommend visiting the small Dean and Deluca’s Shop. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockefeller_Center
Once you have had your fill, you should take the pilgrimage to Times Square. Yes, take a cab, ride through, but I would only recommend stopping to take a photo, and go on your way. It has far too many people in that area. (They might have even blocked it off to Traffic). http://timessquare.nyctourist.com/
With about 9 days of sites to visit, and the incredible sites I purposed, don’t leave the ones on Museum Mile out. The Frick, The Met, slightly off the track the Museum of Modern Art
The Frick contains one of the most beautiful collections of art in the world. If you walk through, I would plan to spend two hours wandering around the museum. I attached one of my favorites. http://www.frick.org/
If the Frick takes 2 hours, the Met is going to take you 2 years to complete. The Met has an amazing collection of armour, antiques, sculptures and paintings, and is worth every minute you spend in it. It’s an adventure, I recommend discovering it yourself.
You should know IBMers get into the Met for free (bring your badge).
Ok, so I left the one I have mixed reservations for near dead last. MOMA. The Museum of Modern Art is one of the more “Interesting” museums. I really like modern art, but some of this stuff is really beyond me. It’s much like experiencing a slasher film, a blender accident and a kindergarten combined with art.
While I feel this way, there are hidden gems on the top floor. Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollack and others are the ones that steal the show. *Go for those* I also have to admit, the restaurant at MOMA is pretty cool.
Also, if you get a chance, the MOMA Store has MUJI. MUJI is a brand which enhances usability while maintaining a minimalist quality. I use their Chrononotebook for a diary/planner.
Yes, I left out the Guggenheim. I just recommend looking at what collection is on display, and only going if you are absolutely desiring to look at paintings while leaning.
So between the Museums, the sights et cetra, if you followed my order, you probably chased snakes. Hopefully one of the snakes found you walking through Central Park.
You must walk through, but be sure to do so in mid afternoon with people. It’s amazing. The people exercising, the cool wind blowing, and every person enjoying the cool oasis in the commotion that is NYC. It’s a must do.
My last three favorites are Madison Ave. You must see the shops. My favorite is Dean and Delucas. The food is amazing.
Then you must eat at Jackson Hole, or flip for Sarabeths. Sarabeth’s has some of the best soup you can ever expect in life. I do not like Tomato Soup, but theirs is the best!