Saturday, March 27, 2010


Stacey and I spent a little more then 24 hours in New York not long ago, this is what we did.

We walked across the Brooklyn bridge. We ate at a new place named BAO HAUS. We drank at Nurse Betty . We ate at a true Tapas Bar. We had some really good street food and walked the High Line.

BOA HAUS, in the lower east side, serves authentic Taiwanese Gau Boa, or Steamed Buns. These buns have a distinct texture. It's a thick, floury feel. These buns are filled with you choice of either pork or steak. Topped with crushed peanuts, cilantro, Haus relish and Taiwanese red sugar. Oh yeah, the meat is all Niman Ranch. The buns are $4-4.50 each. About the size of a mans fist. A good deal and delicious.

BOA HAUS is a tiny place with very limited seating, just around the corner is Nurse Bettie. Nurse Bettie was just the spot for us to consume our gua boa's and have some beer and tequila. Nurse Bettie is a tiny little bar with a couple of great paintings of 50's style pin up girls. They had no problem with us eating in their bar while enjoying their booze.

We also ate at Tia Pol on Tenth Ave. between 22 and 23rd. I had read about this place a couple different times and then all the sudden we happened to walk right by the place. That might be because there is no sign out front. We were not all that hungry , but hell we had to try something. It is supposed to be a really good Spanish tapas bar. And it was. It had a small, but good wine list. The food was what you might find in Spain. Jamon folded around manchego cheese and artichoke hearts, potato's roasted in a thick garlic aoili and what Stacey claimed to be a delicious roasted cauliflower soup with chorizo. The last dish we tried was Chorizo with Chocolate. That was a thin slice of aged chorizo on a toast point with a smear of dark, bitter chocolate. Not bad, kinda mole if you will.

We also walked the High Line. The High Line is located on Manhattan's West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. Section 1 of the High Line, which is the only part open now, runs from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street. The High Line is a very cool park. That's what it is, a park. The High Line was originally constructed in the 1930s, to route dangerous freight trains above Manhattan's streets. Today it is a really cool, large footpath on an elevated rail line. It's very user friendly and has a great view of the East River. There are also quite a few places to sit, relax and eat lunch.

Coming off the High Line at 14th street in the Meatpacking District we found a food truck pushing Aisian Hotdogs. This truck offered 4 dogs. They had a Vietnamese banh-mi style:aioli + pate + cucumbers + pickledcarrot and daikon + cilantro + jalapeno. That was my favorite. I also tried the dog with asian BBQ pork bellies and grilled onion relish. They also offered a Thai style dog with mango relish + cucumber + red onion +cilantro + crushed peanuts + fish sauce and a Japanese dog with kinchi apples. We decided to save those for next time.

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