Wednesday, November 10, 2010

old school


location: new york city
local time: 12:51am


heya.

i'm in new york and am staying on the upper west side.

i've been pretty quiet on the blog front over the past few days because i've been in these all-day meetings and have fallen asleep a wee bit exhausted after decompressing over a cup of hot chocolate from jacques torres.....


or a frozen custard from the shake shack....



this cold-flu-whatever-it-is seems particularly strong and lingering this time. i have been fighting it off for weeks only to be hit rather hard over the past few days. the cold-flu-whatever-it-is was at its worst on sunday when i got off the plane. yet, i had gotten a message from VG, a native new yorker, that he may only be able to hang out on sunday due to some work travel, so i just kind of sucked it up as much as possible as i wanted to be able to see him while i was in the city. the plan was to visit katz and then a couple of places a friend had emailed me about in or near the LES. why katz? well, i wanted to experience an "everyday" experience that VG has done for years and one of his places is katz. VG also wanted me to experience the katz "ticket" system.

all i have to recommend to you dear hearts is "don't lose the ticket" they give you when you walk into the front door. you give the ticket to the appropriate person behind the counter to mark up what you've eaten. then you give that same ticket to the cashier when you leave. it appears that there are dire and costly consequences if you don't have your ticket with you when you want to leave. remember, this is new york.

yet, what is a wee bit unusual about VG's regular visits is that he goes there primarily for the hot dogs and the knishes. i don't think he's ever had a sandwich. katz is particularly famous for their sandwiches. normally, i'd be up for trying what makes a place famous, but in this case, i wanted to be able to get a peek into what this new yorker likes to eat. so i ordered a hot dog with kraut.....




and then, because i have this cold-flu-whatever-it-is, i ordered the matzo ball soup....




which i enjoyed quite a bit. i love matzo ball soup and demolished it quickly. although i was pretty full at this point, VG went back up the counter to order a couple of knishes.....


for me to try. i was pretty fascinated by these hand held savory pastries. those of you who read me regularly know how much i love the hand held savory pies....from any culture. i wonder if the knish was a food developed from necessity....something that was quick, warm, comforting, inexpensive, and a huge carbo load. the square knish reminded me of a thick patty made of mash potatoes that had a crispy exterior.

and the round knish as a mound of sweetened mash potatoes covered with a thin layer of pastry and a dusting of cinnamon.

overall, it was interesting to visit an old school establishment and see it through the lenses of an outsider and a new yorker simultaneously. unfortunately, i was almost ready to pass out from the combo of cold-flu-sickness and travel weariness so VG navigated and dropped me off at my hotel.

speaking of passing out...it is almost 2am and i think i should stop here....as i am definitely feeling the effects of the day.

until later dear hearts...

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