A BIG BURGER IN THE BIG CITY… LUNCH AT THE SMITH IN NEW YORK CITY

The Smith

1900 Broadway, New York, New York

www.thesmithnyc.com

This weekend, my dad and I went to New York City.  While we were there we visited the The Intrepid Museum, stopped at my dad’s office and saw our friend Kendah, who was visiting from Paris.  But first, we were hungry and needed somewhere close by and good to try, so we decided to eat at The Smith.  My dad had eaten there before and said it was good.

The Smith serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and it’s very hip!

It was 11:30 and I was pretty hungry so I decided instead of the brunch menu, it was time to order from the lunch menu.  Here’s what I had:

THE BURGER DELUXE

A Burger with Bacon, Cheddar, Special Sauce and the Works with Fries

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It was delicious and it was BIG!  I was amazed that I could finish it.  The Fries were golden and crispy.

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Thanks Tina for being our server, and for being SO nice… we’ll be back soon!

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD * * * * * (5)

SERVICE * * * * * (5)

LOOKS: * * * * * (5)

BATHROOM: * * * * * (5)

PS: At the Intrepid Museum we took a tour of The USS Growler Submarine. It was really cool to see what life was like under the sea.  But, if the Growler was a Sunday Diners restaurant, I’d give the bathroom zero stars! Luckily, it’s just part of the exhibit. 🙂

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The Art Of The Brick At Discovery Times Square In New York… Lego Art Piece By Piece

The Art Of The Brick

Discovery Times Square

226 WEST 44th STREET 

www.discoverytsx.com

Nathan Sawaya has been playing with Legos since he was 5 years old.  Now he makes some of the most amazing sculptures in the world, not out of stone or gold… but Lego bricks.

The Art Of The Brick showcases his work… and there’s a lot!  You’ll see some of the best works of art from the great masters in Legos!  Vincent Van Gogh… Michelangelo’s David – and even Leonardo DaVinci!

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Mr. Sawaya also made some original art that is really cool too… this is his most famous sculpture…which is called “Yellow”.

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At the end of the exhibit… you get to write your name on a brick and add it to a huge Lego sculpture so you too can be part of the collection!

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If you’re a Lego fan… definitely check it out!

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Gyu-Kaku In New York City Where You’re The Master Chef!

Gyu-Kaku Times Square
321 W. 44th St. Unit 103
New York, NY

www.gyu-kaku.com

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Last night, I went to New York City with my dad.   After I arrived at Grand Central, we took the subway to Times Square and walked over to Gyu-Kaku.  I’m pretty familiar with the area, because I was just there to see the Lion King and had lunch at Sardi’s.

Gyu-Kaku is not like any ordinary Japanese sushi restaurant or hibachi place… at Gyu-Kaku, you get to be the chef! Or as they call it “The Yakiniku Master”.  

There is a grill built into every table, and the waiter tells you how to use the grill (which can get very hot) and explains the menu and their yummy dipping sauces.

You order… and then the fun really begins!

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Gyu-Kaku is fun for kids and adults — because it’s really not that hard to cook the meal  and it’s delicious.

We ordered some of their Top-Ten Best Sellers – which makes ordering easy:

To start we had the Tuna Volcano Crunch (#2 appetizer bestseller) – which is raw (sushi) spicy tuna on crunchy fried rice patty. It was spicy but not too spicy.

Then we started BBQ’ing:

  • Harami Skirt Steak (#1 meat bestseller)
  • Kalbi Short Rib (#2 meat bestseller)
  • Shrimp Garlic (#1 seafood bestseller)

And then… our personal favorite

  • Mushroom Medley!

The three dipping sauces (Regular, Spicy, and Ponzu) go really well with everything. I liked the Regular and Spicy the best. Regular went really well with the mushrooms.

After the BBQ… we had Ramen!

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Ramen is Japanese noodles in broth – sometimes with egg or meats or vegetables.  Our Ramen was called Kalbi Ramen – it was a little spicy – but really, really good.

After, we had a VERY traditional Japanese Dessert 🙂 …. that I got to BBQ as well…

S’MORES!!!!

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Gyu-Kaku is one of my new favorites – they have many locations around the country and the world – see if you can find one near you!

Thanks to dad’s friend Jeanne  for telling us about Gyu-Kaku – I heard that her daughters, Gigi and Julia loved it too!

The Sunday Diner Rating ( out of 五 )

FOOD  * * * * * * ( 六 )

SERVICE  * * * * *   ( 五 )

LOOKS  * * * * * ( 五 )

BATHROOM: * * * * * ( 五 

SARDI’S WHERE EVERYONE GETS TO EAT LIKE A STAR!

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Sardi’s, 234 West 44th Street, New York, NY

http://www.sardis.com

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Last Sunday, I went to see The Lion King on Broadway with my Aunt Martha and Uncle Peter.  It was my first Broadway show and it was exciting!  But before the show, I went to the world-famous Sardi’s.  Sardi’s is a restaurant that many actors like to go to after their shows – the walls are covered with drawings of all the stars and celebrities that have eaten there.  It was super fun, and the service was excellent!

The food was great – I had The Angus Burger.  There was a 10 ounce burger, but I chose the 5 ounce — and it was still so big that I couldn’t finish it!  I could barely hold it!  For dessert, I had the Warm Chocolate Cake with Melted Center, Vanilla Ice Cream, Crème Anglaise and Dots of Chocolate Sauce.  It was warm and comforting on a very cold Sunday.  My Aunt Martha also had the Angus Burger (but with no bun) and loved it.  Uncle Peter had the Coconut Vegetable Tofu Curry – he liked it a lot – and it seemed very healthy!

The Sunday Diner Rating 

FOOD * * * * * (Five)

SERVICE  * * * * * (Five)

LOOKS * * * *   (Five)

BATHROOM * * * * * * (Six – It was a REALLY nice bathroom!) 

Thanks Aunt Martha and Uncle Peter for a great time! 

The Redwood Kitchenette & Bar Sunday Diners in NYC!

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Redwood Kitchenette & Bar, 102 Eighth Avenue, NY, NY  www.redwoodkb.com

This our first ever Sunday Diners post from New York City!

Today we came into Manhattan to see one of my dad’s best friends, Peter Hume, who is here visiting from California.  Peter’s friend Brian Gligor, who knows a lot about New York history offered to give us a tour of the World Trade Center Site and the 9-11 memorial.

We started our day with a walk on The High Line which is a park that is built on an old elevated train line that used to deliver supplies and produce to New York City –  now it’s an awesome park. Brian told me that the last train that ran on the High Line in 1980 carried a load of frozen turkeys!  We then checked out The Frying Pan, an old lighthouse ship that is now serves food and drinks — it’s cool, but a little spooky.

After walking around a bit we stopped for brunch at the Redwood Kitchenette & Bar. The first thing that you notice when you walk in is a HUGE Airstream trailer camper — right there in the restaurant! Airstreams are silver and made of aluminum and were one of the first RV’s.  At the Redwood they turned it into a bar!

One thing I can say, is that the food at Redwood is outstanding!

For brunch I had RKB Breakfast Bagel – which is made with their House-Smoked Trout Cream Cheese, Tomatoes, Red Onions, Capers and Lettuce on a Toasted Everything Bagel.  It was big and messy but really good.  I have never had trout before and now I was having it for breakfast. YUM!

But the best part of brunch was we shared an order of Truffled Disco Fries, these were made with French Fries, Truffles, Parmesan and Melted Fontina Cheese – it was both gooey and crispy – and really tasty!

I spoke with our server, Jacob, and asked him, “Where did the Airstream come from?” 

He told me that, “It came from New Jersey… But we bought it on e-Bay!” 

Wow, that must have been one huge box!  I also asked Jacob, what is his favorite brunch item?

He said “Hands down – It’s the Sweet and Savory”

That must be super popular as Peter, Brian and my Dad had it and it looked awesome. The Sweet and Savory is a Ricotta-Herb Pancake, Heritage Acres Bacon, Sunny Side Up Egg with Peppered Maple Syrup — I’m definitely trying that next time.

By the way, the bathroom is awesome — you have to go through a BIG door that looks like you’re going into a freezer — and  it’s decorated inside with old license plates

The Sunday Diner Rating (Out of Five)

FOOD  * * * * * (FIVE)

SERVICE  * * * * * (FIVE)

LOOKS  * * * * * (FIVE)

BATHROOM: * * * * * (FIVE)


The World Trade Center Site and the 9-11 Memorial

Afterwards, Brian gave us a tour of the World Trade Center site and the 9-11 Memorial. The memorial is very beautiful and peaceful.

Brian told me a lot of facts about the site, including that the trees are so special that they have computer chips near their roots that watch their health and were grown on a special farm in New Jersey.

When it is finished, 1 World Trade Center will be the tallest building in the USA, it will be 1776 feet tall. Brian told me that at the very top of the building there used to be a Subway sandwich shop for the workers – it would be lifted to the top floor they were working on, so they could buy lunch up there without having to come all the way down to the street.

If you’re in New York, you should definitely visit the site and the Memorial. To learn more about the Memorial click here

Thanks Brian and Peter!