Last weekend, I was able to go to New York City for 4 days on a “business” trip — aka track meet. Besides getting a workout in and competing, I had to give my taste buds a workout with lots of great eats in New York City.
I happened to visit this very tasty‘ deli last year. I don’t think I will ever forget about this place. I had to make a stop back to this spot to grab a ‘hero’. Hero is just another term for a sub sandwich. The sandwich I had was called Cyber Sex. Are you ready to hear what was on this hero?? Grilled Cajun turkey, melted jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, jalisco sauce, hot peppers, guacamole and house Italian dressing on a toasted garlic hero. It was UNBELIEVABLE. Take a look at their menu here, you’ll understand why you can’t pass this deli up.
The New York term ‘hero’ was first attested in 1937
I visited the Dive Bar for a late lunch after we competed and ran through Central Park. This had a neat atmosphere. It wasn’t too ‘divey’; it had some class. They had a large selection of beers and a huge list of local bourbons. I had a ‘grown-up’ grilled cheese which had some great flavor. The bacon was outstanding, and it was a mix between cheddar and pepper jack cheeses. One of my friends ordered something, though, that blew my mind. I’m a huge chorizo fan and they had a sirloin burger with chorizo mixed in. I had a bite of just the meat, and it was amazing. I’m going to have to get creative with that combo this summer to make a ‘wild’ burger.
Our first dinner out was to a Greek restaurant just up the street from out apartment. Our group decided to start the night off with an appetizer. We ordered Lemon Keftedakia (Greek for small meatballs). These were outstanding. They came with tzatziki sauce to dip the meatballs in. With the lemon, and tzatziki sauce, it was a great combo of flavors. For dinner, I ordered hirino souvlaki (pork kebabs) with lemon potatoes. I loved the way they prepared the meal, lots of veggies, and perfectly cooked pork.
This one wasn’t completely unique to New York. We just wanted a big plate of food and a fun environment to relax, and watch the Cyclones play Oklahoma. We found it at this place. It was your standard BBQ but we had a great time.
One last thing – anytime you go to New York City, you must pick up a black and white cookie. It’s exactly what it sounds like. A giant cookie half white frosting, half black frosting. The cookie itself is like cake. Pick one up, you’ll love it!
Check out the slide show from the trip: