The People & Food of New York, New York
03.08.2013 - 16.08.2013 25 °C
Its hard to believe that i have had two weeks here. It both feels like a lot longer and that it has gone in a flash. One thing is for sure thought, i love this city and will try my hardest to move here in the close future.
With so much to say it would be easy for me to ramble on to no end and really to no point so i'll break it down a little more into a couple of categories.
The People, the Places, the Culture, the Food, the Drinks and the Coffee
This will be the Part 1 of... hopefully 3 but maybe more.
New Yorkers seem to have a bad rap, they are said to be load mouthed, impatient, arrogant and most of all unhelpful. I have found this to be absolutely and utterly untrue. At any given point you can ask a New Yorker for directions or help and they will not only will they stop and politely chat to you, they will be extremely helpful and even potentially walk you part of the way.
In New York the stereotypes seem to hold true, in appearances at least. It was amazing to see classic characters like a fat Brooklyn Construction worker, A Hasidic Jew, Struggling Writer who sold personalised poems for $1, Fat Cop eating a donut with a coffee, Italian Deli Worker, Sluggish UPS worker, crazy guy who looks like a pimp, Graffiti Artist and so many more.
There are a couple of gems that were disclosed to us while we were here. This sort of local knowledge cant easily be found in guidebooks amongst the million other suggestions of places to try.
The Meatball Shop, Brooklyn (really Williamsburg). 170 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY
These were the best meatballs I have ever tasted. You can choose your own meatball type (classic beef, chicken, spicy pork…), sauce which it comes in, pasta or other “base” and then sides. The place was packed on a Monday night which is always a great sign. I cannot believe how delicious it was.
Dumplings, China Town. 46 Eldridge St, New York.
On one of the last nights we were in NYC we went to a little hole in the wall dumpling place which was recommended by Cassie. She promised delicious dumplings for next to nothing. It turned out to be a bustling hive of activity of both China Town locals and people from all over NYC.
The front man is a quirky older gentleman who speaks broken English with a thick accent, making it hard to understand
Fresh fruit and Veg
The best fruit you can get without going too far out of your way is street vendors where you can buy 3 tubs of blue berries for $5 or 4 bananas for $1. Our blue berries were about 70% good but even after throwing out the bad the value is amazing.
Okay more will come in the coming days.