Me and my colleague kinda stumbled upon this place while searching for a late dinner, and in some way we were glad we found Osteria Serafina. It’s a non-pretentious Italian diner that serves really good and authentic Homemade Pasta (done perfectly al dente) as well as smooth and delightful Tiramisu. The complimentary bread basket was as authentic as it gets, being as cold, tough and plain as the ones I had in Italy ;)
Osteria Serafina. 38 Between Park and Madison Avenue 58th Street, New York.
Dinner at Spice Market wasn’t enough, so after a little tour of Chelsea Market Elaine brought me to a cosy Italian eatery nearby - Scarpetta - for dessert. The Raspberry Cheesecake Sundae (which sadly I heard is no longer on the menu!) was deliciously sweet and enjoyable.
Scarpetta. 355 West 14th Street, New York.
My meet-up with Elaine (remember Divinejoybites?) in NYC saw us indulge in a good and unique dinner at Spice Market, where Asian cuisines mixed and fused with one another like I’ve never quite experienced before. Of special mention was the Ginger Fried Rice, which tasted really good and teased your senses no end.
Spice Market. 403 West 9th Avenue 13th Street, New York.
While the food is all basic, sloppy fare - eggs, (almost burnt) roast potatoes and corned beef for instance - there’s something cosy and comforting about eating in an old school American diner in the morning.
Morning Star Restaurant. 949 2nd Avenue 50th Street, New York.
PJ Clarke’s in NYC is quite an institution in itself, having been around for years. The Steak above, while it looks quite charred, was pink and tender on the inside. Good quality stuff.
PJ Clarke’s. 915 3rd Avenue 55th Street, New York.
Premium Beef Burger from New York’s Hillstone Restaurant, full of juicy beefy goodness. Wish they had “fuller” fries to munch on though, they took the term “shoestring” quite literally here.
Hillstone Restaurant. 153 East 53rd Street, New York.
McDonald’s Angus Beef Burger was so good, I ate it thrice when I was in NYC. Simply delicious, and for a very, very small price.
Hotels in NYC during the UNGA will typically mark-up their room rates by astronomical proportions, and so we settled for the most cost-friendly one that was closest to the Singapore PR Mission. The Affinia 50 is small on the outside, but the rooms are spacious and comfortable (comes with a kitchenette too!). Not exactly close to Times Square but the point was to be close to the UN Headquarters.
Affinia 50 Hotel. 155 East 50th Street, New York.