New York, New York - Autumn 2010: Theater, Restaurants and Dance

The Foie Gras CreationsParadou

8 Little West 12th Street,

New York

Ph: 212-463-8345 or Reserve Online 

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 Of several terrific meals I enjoyed on this annual visit to New York  I must say that our dinner at Paradou stands out and the main reason is the sinfully delicious Carte de Foie Gras creations that we shared for appetizers.

I had selected Paradou for dinner after our matinee musical, Billy Elliott, partly because it was located in the Meatpacking District, an area that I had not visited on my previous trips to New York.  As we approached the restaurant, I wondered about my choice because at first glance it seemed to be just a small storefront-type establishment with a bar and a few tables. But we followed the waiter through a narrow corridor and emerged in a delightful and spacious  enclosed courtyard.

Approaching Brooklyn Terminal on the Queen Mary 2Autumn in New York - Eight days and nights in the city that never sleeps

Sunday

 I love New York - just like it says on the T-shirts they hawk everywhere around Times Square.  Well perhaps I should qualify that statement by saying that I love spending a week or so in New York in the early fall, seeing theatre, trying out fine restaurants and dancing.  Last year I was here at approximately the same time (New York New York ) and saw some outstanding shows including A Steady Rain with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, and Burn the Floor, which so blew me away that I saw it again, and then again for the show at the Vogue in Vancouver.

my yummy omeletteJoeDoe

45 E. 1st Street

New York

Ph: 212-780-0262  or Reserve Online



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Sunday morning and my last day in New York for this visit. A relaxed morning with a late brunch was what I needed and Mike said he knew just the place for brunch. We meandered slowly through the narrow streets of Soho and the East Village and came up to a crowded JoeDoe restaurant.



pork belly and eggs with sausageThere was one table free. After alerting us to the fact that there might be a lengthy wait for our meal as a large group had just been seated, we were led to a table against the wall. I was surprised that she would warn us about a wait but Mike pointed out that the place has a tiny kitchen with  solo chef, Joe Dobias, working away at warp speed. It appeared that there were at least 26 seats so he must be an amazing multitasker to keep his customers happy and coming back.



Our server brought us menus, coffee and buttermilk biscuits with savory butter. The latter assuaged our hunger and we sipped contentedly on coffee and orange juice, while enjoying the delicious biscuits and considering  our order. We actually enjoyed the opportunity to relax over our coffee rather than feeling rushed.

Natsumi Restaurant

226 West 50th Street, between B'way and 8th Ave

New York

Ph:  212- 258-2988  or Reserve Online

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Quite out of character for me,  I had not  got round to researching and making a dinner reservation for the evening when we were going to see the musical, Fela at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. I picked up my theatre tickets and then decided to wander around and spontaneously pick a restaurant that looked as if both  Mike and I would enjoy it.

Double Crown

316 Bowery, New York,

Cross street- Bleecker St.

Phone 212 -254-0350 or Reserve Online

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Early on Sunday morning I disembarked from the Queen Mary 2 after a 9 night  Ballroom Dancing Cruise from Brooklyn to Quebec City and back. This  was really my first chance during this New York visit to have a quiet dinner with my son, and for us to catch up on each other's news.

grilled peppered shrimpWest  Bank Cafe,

407 West 42nd Street

New York

Ph: 212-695-6909  or Reserve Online

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While I was picking up my tickets for The Screwtape Letters I asked the box-office person for a few suggestions for somewhere to have dinner.  One recommendation was for the West Bank Cafe, a block away from the theatre, so I strolled back along 8th Avenue and turned west on 42nd Street to check it out.

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