Went to NYC on June 11th for the Taste of Times Square, etc.
My first stop ended up being Virgils BBQ booth
BBQ Wings from Virgils (yum). (espescially once I had them add a little more BBQ sauce on the side)
notice the sidewalk pavement backdrop (wings pic) I ate everything standing up, "roughing it". (was'nt much seating around anyway, typical of these street food festivals) I would usually try to stand close to the garbage cans, and have plenty of napkins on hand.
next up we have the Hawaiian Tropic Zone Restaurant. I did not eat anything there, (I was'nt really in the mood for the "chocolate cheescake lollipop" they were selling) but I did let the bikini top girl give me a free swimsuit calendar.
I had just got to this food festival about 10 minutes after it started. The street got real crowded , real quick. I could barely step more than one inch at a time
Next I got a Thai chicken wing (for one ticket), and some bread pudding (also 1 ticket) ....1 ticket = $1.00.
This food festival really lived up to it's name : A TASTE of Times Square , as the prices were really very fair for the "taste". It was a true taste. There was even one of the pizza places that had a slice for 1 ticket. (a very small slice, mind you, but it was good for kids, etc., or you can just buy 2 at a time, like I did)
The Thai wing and bread pudding were both delicious.(I'm used to just having mushy bread pudding on casino buffets) . I would gone back for another wing or 2 , but the line had built up
The food was from B. Smith's restaurant on 46th st...(as you can see the front door of the restaurant was right behind the booth)
part of the menu from B. Smiths. A little pricey for the fried chicken dish, huh?!?
My feelings are that even the best fried chicken in the world should'nt be more than like , 10 bucks. But $25.00? come on now!
now for the rest of the pics...
I did not try any of these Turkish delicacies. sorry, no pics.
I was pleased with the prices at this festival. I just saw a handful of items for 5 tickets. Most were 1, 2, or 3 tickets.
My biggest gripe was with the steakhouse restaurants : Broadway Joe Steakhouse, Shula's, and Gallaghers. I would've liked to see them selling their trademark : STEAKS! (extra small chunks of filet, whatever)
Instead, Broadway Joes was just selling sausage! Gallaghers had what they CALLED a steak sandwich (one of those 5 ticket items), but it was more like a thinly sliced cheesesteak (like the kind I get here in AC). And not charbroiled or seared or anything. I passed.
I did have some choc. chip cookies from the Doubletree Hotel booth, and some homemade potato chips from the same booth. Took them home and had them the next day for breakfast before work.
There were about 3 or 4 places selling baby back ribs, like Virgils, and the Hard Rock Cafe, and Applebees (yup, I hate to see them stick Applebees in that food festival, too!) (but I did appreciate the energy of those Applebee booth workers) . I go for beef ribs, though so I was S.O.L. (out of luck)
Even worse, was them sticking Papa Johns Pizza in there. Oh well, they are all part of the NEW cleaned up version of Times Square.
I had a slice from another place, "John's pizza." I never know if its the original Johns. They all seem to say they are.
There were real good attitudes of the restaurant booth workers.
It hardly felt like I was in NYC.
Also plenty of entertainment scattered about. About time for another pic
After spending about an hour walking up and down 46th street, it was time to move on! Getting too crowded!
So, here comes the good "ETC" part !
So I took a half hour subway ride to Rego Park, Queens to Ben's Best Kosher Deli (63rd St. subway stop) (not associated with any other Bens deli's)
now for my main meal : the pastrami sandwich !!
(that food festival were just my appetizers!)
The matzoh ball soup was excellent (aka "Jewish penicillin")
And they use Empire kosher pastrami hand cured locally. I found the roumanian crust to be a drop too overwhelming. (as much as I do like crusted edges) It was still real good, but it made me realize how I still like the Carnegie the best!
as I was paying at the cash register, I could'nt resist grabbing an Empire Hot Dog that they have spinning on the grill. $2.75
My hot dog with Ben's Best in the background. It was a good, garlicky tasting dog!
(I've been doing a lot of extra jogging this week to make up for all of this!)
I then went to the Comic Strip Live on 2nd ave/81 st to see over 3 hours worth of stand up comedy. It was great! Needed a change from going my local area Atlantic City comedy clubs.
But I could'nt leave NYC without taking out some Carnegie Deli pastrami, now, could I ?!?
So I stopped in and took out a half a pound. It made for a great breakfast for me at 10 am the next day before work! I just love the soft and moist texture of this pastrami... double YUM !!!
All this much fun at 12:30 am. (the Carnegie is open till 4 am!)
I also took home some real good cupcakes from Crumbs Bake Shop
and some good NY bagels... (I've been eating good all week now!)
Times Square , 7th ave by 45th st 1 am. It was like the strip in Vegas! Lots of NEON !
Here's more of the scene at 1 am in Times Square. As you can see, if you were in the mood for a horse and carriage ride at that hour, it was possible!!
Then I took the 1:30am Greyhound bus (left the driving to THEM!) back to AC. Every seat was taken.
Thanks for sharing the journey with me!