Slow Food.

We went into NYC yesterday with two main goals:

1. Eat (at least) two good meals.

2. Check out the American Museum of Natural History, with Aaron and the boys.

It was a successful day.

Lunch at Katz’s Deli:

Katz’s is where Harry met Sally, and we had what she was having.  It was that good.  (The pickles were excellent too.)  I failed to snap a photo of the lovely latkes we had as well.

From there, we took the subway to the Museum of Natural History, where we met up with Aaron and the family.  We navigated the labryntine exhibit halls to find both the bathrooms and the cafe, and then onto actually checking out the exhibits.  We had just enough time to see the dinosaurs before parting ways with the crew to see the special exhibit on the Silk Road.  Beautiful, beautiful exhibit, which only served to fan the flames for our travel desires….

The museum closed at 6:45pm, and we buzzed through a few more exhibits before the final, final announcement that the museum was definitively CLOSED.  Then, back out to the brisk New York night.

We strolled southwards until the wind made it cold enough for us to hop back onto the subway to head back towards the Lower East Side for dinner.

Jimmy’s No. 43 served us well.

(photos snagged from Jimmy’s website)

We found out about this place last year, while searching for a good place to eat with cousin Nickolai.  Though we wound up eating at the Green Table with Nickolai, this place stayed on our radar, and we were glad to have a chance to check it out this time around.

Warm atmosphere, outstanding beer selection, and locally-sourced seasonal menu.  Over the course of about two and a half hours, we enjoyed the following:

(beer)

Chelsea Hoppy Holidays cask ale

Stone Smoked Porter

Sixpoint Bengali Tiger IPA

Victory Whirlwind Witbier

(food)

Smoked Herring Crostini with Dill & Onions

Shrimp and Grits, Hickory Bacon, & Scallions

Cast Iron Hanger Steak, Shiitake Mushrooms, Fingerling Potatoes, & Brandy Butter

Ronnybrook Cream Panna Cotta with Vermont Maple Syrup

Hazlenut Bread Pudding with Ronnybrook Whipped Cream

No photos because we were too busy happily noshing away.

It was an outstanding way to end the day.

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~ by ... on 31 December 2009.

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