Long Weekend with Company == Food Orgy :-)

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Our godson and his friend (and for years now, independently our good friend as well) spent a long weekend with us (arriving Saturday morning, and leaving this afternoon, Tuesday). We packed in tons of fun during the 3.5 days, and I’ll post a number of blog entries about our escapades. This one is about the food, and I’ll combine all of our meals into this one post.

First, the good news: every meal that we had was outstanding. Next, the bad news: I gained way too much weight, as I purposely let myself go, choosing to enjoy every last morsel of things I should have avoided even tasting. πŸ˜‰

It started with an early lunch on Saturday at Jackson Hole (it’s a chain, and we ate at the one on 35th and 3rd Avenue). While you can get lots of stuff there, they are known for their amazing burgers. Every New Yorker has their favorite burger joint. Jackson Hole is mine (every location, not just this one).

Lately, I’m good about getting a Turkey burger. I did that this time too. But, they have dozens of specialty burgers, and I went nuts and started off a glutinous weekend by ordering a Mexican Burger, yes, with the chili. Of course, the waitress correctly asked me if I was sure that I wanted the chili. since she realized that I ordered Turkey, rather than beef. Of course, I said “Yes”, and I plattered it up with the fries as well. Oh well. It was fantastic, but I was stuffed to the gills after the meal.

At dinner time, we had a reservation at The Palm West. I recently joined OpenTable after being aware of it for a long time. It’s very cool in a large city like NYC, where there are lots of choices. This was the second time I made a reservation through them. The first was The Palm One (the original Palm) a few weeks ago, and that worked perfectly. When we showed up at 6pm at the restaurant this time, they didn’t have the reservation. Very disappointing, since OpenTable sent me an email confirming it just the day before.

Anyway, after 15 anxious minutes, they seated us, and we had an amazing meal. Of course, I had to have some of the gigantic chocolate cake that we all split for dessert… Stuffed again (the same day), but happy nonetheless…

On Sunday, we had lunch at the Duck House. I’ve blogged about it before, so I’ll spare my regular readers. For those who want to learn more, read this. As usual, it was delectable. While I was full, I wasn’t nearly as stuffed as I was on each of the meals on Saturday.

We had dinner at Joe’s Pub. We were there for a show, but that will be the subject of a separate posting. I had my usual for dinner (seared Tuna steak), which was great, but I also had a side of fries, which they nail every single time (so I have to order it every single time). πŸ™‚ Our friend did not enjoy his meal there, which was the first (and only) individual meal that wasn’t rated highly the entire weekend.

On Monday, we had lunch at Pizzeria Uno at The South Street Seaport. We ate outdoors, looking at the East River, and all enjoyed our pizzas (individual sizes and choices) immensely.

We had dinner with an additional friend of ours, our godson’s college roommate for the last two years that he was at Duke. We ate at El Rio Grande (across the street from our apartment), and I’ve probably blogged about it in the past, and if I haven’t, shame on me. It’s our favorite Mexican Restaurant, with incredible food and even better margaritas. I was expecting to use a gift certificate that our goddaughter and her boyfriend gave us when they left NYC 2 weeks earlier (they were both summer interns), but our newest companion faked us all out and pretended to go to the men’s room and instead slipped his credit card to the server, and treated us all. It was, indeed, a treat.

We had dessert and coffee at home, both Sunday and Monday evenings, and I partook of too many of the goodies on both nights…

Today was the last day, and we snuck in an early lunch at Hane Sushi (also across the street from our apartment), and also one of the best Sushi restaurants I have ever eaten in. The link shows two locations, with the one across from our apartment listed as “2nd location”. Ironically, our location was the first one, and it was written up so many times, with the only complaint being the small size. So, they opened a larger flagship location, but ours will always be the first. πŸ™‚

We then dropped off our guests at LaGuardia, and headed to our house, which we’ve sorely missed, but not this weekend! πŸ™‚

More posts tomorrow, but not about food. πŸ™‚