Alright, time to put this trip report to bed! Sunday April 10th
- The Travelin' Man had to work today and I had a 10K run in the morning so Buffetbuster and the Ayersians ate their way through Manhattan and I met up with them at Pommes Frites
in the East Village in the afternoon. One of my favorite places to eat and to bring out of town guests.
The four of us split a regular order of frites and it was just enough but not too much for us to tackle.
And for an extra charge we included three different dipping sauces: Sweet Mango Chutney mayo, War Sauce (frite sauce (mayo), peanut satay sauce and raw onion) and Curry Ketchup Especial (frite sauce, curry ketchup and raw onion). I was really digging the war sauce and the Curry but the Sweet Mango Chutney has long been my go-to dip. BB really enjoyed it too and jokingly suggested he might fight me for it! The quarters are very tight and many people get it to go but we managed to shoehorn ourselves into a tiny table in the back. One thing that has always impressed me about this place is that they make many of their own dips. I came in one time and saw them making fresh pesto for their pesto mayo. The flavor payoff definitely shows.
Chris and Amy had to head back to New England so BB and I made our way through the East Village and planned to go down to the Lower East Side to check out Economy Candy, Doughnut Plant, etc... I can't even tell you how cool it was for me to be able to escort the esteemed Buffetbuster through my adopted city and show him some of my favorite places!
Our next stop found us on St. Mark's Place near Tompkins Square Park outside of CRIF DOGS.
If you're not sure where it is, just keep an eye out for this unique sign!
Knuckle sandwiches are free.
Chris & Amy, if you look at the menu, two of the last three dogs listed on the menu, the Garden State and the Jersey's Finest feature Taylor ham! Not often found in NYC.
We opted to go halfsies and I ordered the Crif Dog (deep fried dog, chili, mustard and onions) and BB had the Tsunami Dog (deep fried dog, bacon wrapped with teriyaki, pineapple and onions). Cliff was unsure about ordering a Tsunami dog so closely after the disaster in Japan, however a portion of the sales were being put towards a relief fund so any doubts were put to rest. We really liked both of these dogs, the crunch of the fried tubesteaks as well as the combination of flavors in the toppings. Having a variety of East Village types dining around us only added to the atmosphere.
I love the baked beans here. I have a feeling they are from a can but it was exactly what I was looking for.
Two of my favorite arcade games growing up.. I spent countless quarters and hours playing these!
We made our way to Avenue A and headed south, stopping at a small farmers' market to pick up some cold apple cider from Red Jacket Orchards. As we walked along, I received a call from TTM saying he was done with work so we changed our plans and took the subway to 34th Street and walked west to meet near the Javits Center. Steve and Cliff extended and invite to join them at Harold's Deli in Edison, NJ but I had to tap out at that point as I was fairly full and Harold's just would have been too much. We said our goodbyes and looked forward to meeting up an breaking bread again in the near future. Besides, I made room for one last minor stop on the way home...
No, I didn't pick up any nuts but I just had to take a picture when I passed by this cart. Love the presentation!
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