A desire for a quick weekend getaway landed me in the city that never sleeps, New York City! A forty hour trip afforded several food and drink outings in arguably one of the best cities for foodies in the world. I thought I'd share a roundup of a few of the spots I stopped by while in New York. Please excuse the quality of the photos as I was only equipped with my trusty iPhone!
Since the BF and I are self-described beer snobs, it was only right that we make a pit stop at one of New York's local craft breweries. I had never been to Brooklyn so we decided to take the subway to Brooklyn Brewery for some beers and an informational "tour". Once we arrived at the brewery, we purchased beer tokens and sampled a few of their local brews including an IPA and a double IPA. The free "tour" is offered on Saturdays from 1-4pm and runs every hour on the hour. I use the term tour lightly, as it's really just a gathering in their brewing facility where a staff member talks about the history of the brewery, as well as the brewing process. It was interesting, and the tour leader was hilarious and well-informed, but definitely not the best brewery tour I've been on.
Another fun fact about the brewery is that you can set up shop at one of the several card tables located in the brewery and play board games while drinking Brooklyn Brewery beer. In fact, you are allowed to have food delivered in and there is also an Italian food truck stationed outside for your dining pleasure.
|Outside of Brooklyn Brewery|
|You can purchase beer tokens to try one of about 8 varieties of beer|
While New York may not be known for their craft breweries, they certainly are known for their delis. A trip isn't complete without stopping into either Carnegie or Stage Deli for a gigantic deli sandwich. We opted for a corned beef sandwich at Carnegie Deli, one which the BF and I split. I suggest coming here on an empty stomach!
|Carnegie Deli- The sign doesn't lie|
|Piled high corned beef sandwich and pickles...you can't forget the pickles!|
The BF and I arrived for a 9pm reservation and the entire place was packed! It was nice to be able to bring our own wine, especially with no cork fee. We started our meal with a goat cheese tart with shallots, truffles and grapes, topped with swiss cheese. This was probably one of the most ridiculously delicious appetizers I have ever tasted, but let's be honest, anything with goat cheese is ridiculously delicious to begin with.
|Goat Cheese Tart|
|French Onion Soup|
|Grilled Sea Bass with Basmati Rice|
Along with our entrees, we were served a plate of four vegetables including roasted green beans, parsnips and carrots (I can't remember the last one!). These were tasty but arrived at our table after we were nearly finished with our meal! Our dinner at La Sirene was one of the best meals I've had in a long time, but you should know they only accept cash!
|Hanger Steak with Parsley & Garlic Sauce|
This was easily the best bagel I have ever tried in my 24 years. The BF agreed!
|Wheat Everything Bagel with Lox Spread|
|Good luck picking your cream cheese!|
79 North 11th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249
854 Seventh Avenue at 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
558 Broome Street
New York, New York 10013
Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company
286 8th Ave.
286 8th Ave.
Chelsea, NY 10001