Highlights after Open House New York.
Thanks to visiting friends, relatives, and clients I ate at some great restaurants. Ooki-Sushi is a fun local Japanese restaurant on Third Avenue near me. Love the special sushi rolls. We couldn't get a reservation at the new restaurant space at the Public Theater - The Library - but we were able to sample the food and drink while attending a performance at Joes Pub - same kitchen. Ribs and kale salad were excellent.
A friend needed a Carnegie Deli fix so we went for shared cheesecake (recipe of my local diner back in Verona) and far too much pastrami and corned beef on the Woody Allen sandwich. I won't need either for a long long time. We also visited a been around forever (I used to go with my parents when I was a kid) favorite - La Bonne Soup - for lunch. I had my first meal at Bar Boulud across from Lincoln Center. I hope it won't be the last. We sat outside because the weather was so nice. Last year we had a snowstorm around now. On Saturday, I returned to Spice Market for the first time at night. I'd only been there for a friend's birthday brunch and a late afternoon visit. The place is jumping and we were just lucky to get in without a reservation. The food is still great and the Highline is open until 10PM in the fall.
I normally will not go into an empty restaurant for a meal during mealtime but....my friend who really wanted Tapas and didn't want to leave the Upper East Side found El Porron through Open Table. The food was excellent. While we skipped desserts, a gentleman at the other table (Cuban of Spanish decent) said the flan was even better than his grandmother's. It is not surprising that a Tapas restaurant would be empty on a sunny Sunday when most of the Upper East Side is eating breakfast brunch. I suspect the joint is hopping at night.