Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM
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The inimitable and incomparable Travelling Gourmet TM jets to the BIG APPLE to see the…
MAGNIFICENT Statue of Liberty and the Big Apple that is NEW YORK! Like the song, “New York, New York! So good they named it twice!” this city is always exciting and very busy!
Steel and Mirrors!
MY base was the luxurious Grand Hyatt New York right in the heart of Manhattan Island. Fabulous location right next to Grand Central Station featured in many a movie, and within walking distance to Times Square, Rockefeller Centre, Macy’s, Saks of 5th Avenue and the inimitable Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The restaurants here are very good too, as is the Grand Lounge for guests on the prestigious Club Floor.
If you love brunch as much as we do, our brand new weekend brunch menu is just what you’ve been looking for.
And to sweeten the deal, we’re giving you one FREE specialty brunch cocktail with the purchase of any brunch entree! Which one will you choose? Just mention the password “LivingGrandNYC” to your server.
Stop in an see us for weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30AM to 2:00PM.
Watch for these monthly emails. Each one will have a different special offer; our way of saying thank you for dining with us.
We hope to see you soon.
– Chef Daron Lee
New York Central, Chef de Cuisine
(inside Grand Hyatt New York)
Why is New York called the Big Apple? Years ago there were apple orchards here. Kinda remonds me of Orchard Road in sunny Singapore. There used to be orchards there…hence the name. I digress. New York, New York, so good they named it twice is a remarkable city of energy, life and scintillating sights and most of all…GREAT FOOD and Wines! One interesting place to visit and have a coffee and a yummy cake is the home of “Carlos The Cake Boss”. The clear window lets you see the pastry Chefs making cakes. To be honest, his cakes are nice but way too SWEET and the decoration lacks a certain finesse and je nais se quoi. WTH, people like his cakes a lot…
Captivating KATZ’S Deli!
MARVELLOUS, mouthwatering, mesmerizing PASTRAMI on RYE is the speciality here! What a King Kong of a sandwich with really meaty, juicy and flavorful Beef Pastrami prepared in the time honored way with NO shortcuts. No chemicals, no additives and no water added to the meat that is cured for up to 30 days! Super Yummie! It is a sandwich to tweep a terrorist for! J’adore the Reuben with crunchy Sauerkraut! I LOVE this place near Battery Park. The atmosphere is raucous and most of the restaurant is for self service although there are some waiter service tables at the back. You just queue u and one of the many expert Cutters will freshly slice and dice your order for you! I love too the fermented pickles Gherkins that really stimulate your taste buds and whet your appetite. ONE order can actually serve TWO. They are that generous with their portions.
Steeped in History…
In 1888, a small deli by the name of Iceland Brothers was established on Ludlow Street in New York’s Lower East Side by the Iceland brothers. Upon the arrival of Willy Katz in 1903, the name of the store was officially changed to “Iceland & Katz”. Willy’s cousin Benny joined him in 1910, buying out the Iceland brothers to officially form Katz’s Delicatessen. Their landsman Harry Tarowsky bought into the partnership in April 1917. Katz’s Deli was moved across the street, to its present location, during the construction of the subway system. The vacant lot on Houston Street (pronounced “House-ton” after a Dutch emigrant of the same name) was home to barrels of meat and pickles until the present storefront facade was added between 1946-49. Their “Send a Salami to our Boys in the Army” is a big hit with parents and friends of sons and daughters serving in the US Army.
Grand Hyatt New York
109 East 42nd Street at Grand Central Terminal
New York, New York,
Tel: +1 212 883 1234
205 East Houston Street
(corner of Ludlow St)
New York City, 10002
1-800-4HOTDOG OR (212) 254-2246
To be continued…
More to come…