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The oldest bar on Staten Island, Liedy's Shore Inn. Tranquil in the daytime: not a place to be stepping on anyone's feet after dark.
What a great thread, I’d forgotten it existed.
Anyway, I decided to get off my ass today, and took the ferry and bus to the heart of Staten Island for an African Festival indicated by Eating in Translation. I think Dave maybe hadn’t been for a few years, but there wasn’t a lot to do there.
I decided on exercise. Walked up to Richmond Terrace under the “African sun,” as the festival MC had plausibly described it. Strolled a couple of miles and took some rest under the mighty pillars of Snug Harbor.
Then Liedy’s. Cool and frozen in time, game on the TV (it’s a Yankees bar). Four or five regulars at the bar. I smiled and gave them the big hello. I was bought a drink. We talked. I was lucky to get away. I was that fascinating thing, not a regular.
The place is a gem. And still has the Elvis shows.
I still had a long walk back to the ferry.
the book store on 112th is the second or third best new book store I’ve ever been to, but not as good as the one on your phone. you can hit it, walk through the columbia campus on 116th, and then keep going and take the big stairs down to morning side park, head south and exit the park on 110th, and then catch the 2/3 by the harlem meer.
I assume you mean Book Culture on 112th. Lovely store, and in addition to new books, lots of used upstairs. Can find some surprising bargains among the academic books sometime.
Then I saw the Pierre has something called La Perrine, which I’ve never heard of. Like the Carlyle, though, the menu is more American than the name. But there’s confit de canard a l’orange and cow au vin as daily specials.
There’s the lounge at Gabriel Kreuther, which is borderline French in cuisine; the dining room’s entry price is higher than Daniel. I guess The Modern, which might hold itself just below four star price because no tipping.
Restaurant Carlyle still has the style, but the food is American (cf River Cafe).
Okay, Cafe Boulud. Nomad, borderline, French techniques.
We’ve had openings in this category the last few years, and they closed.
Expanding the discussion, Atherton is still at The Clocktower, but the menu now looks all-American, whatever the website says about British classics updated.
I have a different perspective. I rarely choose a wine bar for dinner. I look for wine-bars (like Four Horsemen) where I can try several interesting wines (maybe with a snack). Obviously it's much cheaper to buy wine retail, but as a solo drinker, it's hard work and a longish project to try a bunch of wines that way.
Looking at the menu now. I would hope they are buying good ingredients, but they're not (for the most part) buying expensive ingredients. In the middle of that menu: oxtail, pork shoulder, hen (chicken? guinea fowl?) and leeks. Ten years ago, Plotnicki would have said, oxtails aren't high-end.
They are now.
Beatrice is a weird place. If you keep an eye on price it's not unreasonable for nabe, scene, etc. But the upsell is relentless and the prices on the upsell market priced stuff are unconscionable. I like it, but it can totally be a clip joint if not approached with eyes wide open.
Sounds like Sammy's.
Wait, there were some good passed hors d’oeuvres before a private dinner, like neat riffs on Keller-cones, but that’s not really relevant.
Another Eater list to have fun with: tourist trap restaurants that are actually good.
And the first "tourist trap restaurant" is the Arthur Avenue Retail Market. That's where tourists generally head for dinner after Times Square and the Statue of Liberty.
No Delmonico's for once.