February 22, 2017
Wow! I am still reeling over the amazing duck we had here on New Years Eve! Momofuku Ssam bar is located in the East Village at 207 Second Avenue (corner of 13th street) .The food and service were wonderful for such an unassuming, informal place. Opened in the summer of 2006, this constantly evolving place does not take reservations unless its for a large party ordering Rib-eye, Duck Ssam, or Whole Pork Butt for the whole group. Yes, you saw that right… the whole group. Momofuku Ssam bar specialized in Korean inspired meat, pork, duck and beef dishes. Said reservations need to be made 48hrs.-4 weeks in advance. For us regular folk, just come on down and be prepared to wait. Do not leave without trying the steamed pork buns!! They have large and small dishes and entrees run from$18-29 for dinner. Seating is mostly stools at a long counter and a few tables in the back, there is a part open kitchen as well.
We enjoyed one of the best times here….( our party of 8 and the unlucky duck !) They are open late, ’till midnight Sun Mon.Tues and till 2am Thurs.Fri. Sat. Most of the food is unusual/adventurous/amazing, so look at the menu before you go. Don’t be put off, as I was that no one answers the phone either. Atmosphere is fun and casual. Over 200 different wines and interesting beers to boot.
For our guests at Ivy Terrace Bed and Breakfast, its just a short 6 subway ride downtown to 14th street. Save the cab money for getting home when you are stuffed!!
February 1, 2016
A New York City destination since 1998, Cafe Lalo is perhaps most well known for being the backdrop in the movie "You've Got Mail". This upper west side eatery has a bustling energy and some amazing pies, cakes and cookies, as well as a full cafe menu. Fig and dark chocolate truffle ganache, maple pecan pie and Grand Marnier cake are only the beginning! I am also told their sugarless pie which come in cherry,blueberry and apple are scrumptious. Whole cakes and pies are also sold ( give them 2 days notice please). Cafe Lalo attracts all kinds of folks out to enjoy a good time, couples sharing a dessert on date night sit side by side with kids and parents enjoying decadent sweets. I must say… service is spotty, sometimes slow and on weekends it is packed. Avoid going on Friday or Saturday evenings (or Sunday brunch). Instead opt for late lunch on a weekday or a late nite cappucino or cocktail. The bar was expanded recently to include a wide selection of fine dessert wines,aperitifs& cognacs. Cafe Lalo has a charming decor with exposed brick, vintage posters and chair backs shaped like little hearts.
March 21, 2011
119 MacDougal Street
New York NY 10012
Cafe Reggio is an excellent relic of cafe society in Greenwich Village, NYC. After a long morning of sightseeing, if guests at our New York bed and breakfast need a little more caffeine or a inexpensive snack coupled with some great people watching Cafe Reggio can’t be beat! This place has history, atmosphere and the oldest cappuccino machine in the country. Many classic New York movies, TV shows, and celebrities including Al Pacino, Next Stop Greenwich Village, and Law and Order have used Reggio as their backdrop. In 1927 New York got it’s first taste of cappuccino when Dominic Parisi spent his life savings of $1,000 to import the chrome and bronze cappuccino machine from Italy to MacDougal Street which is still on display. Served on tiny marble-topped tables with iron-backed chairs and some carved wooden benches, the menu is simple and the coffee is grand! Ivy Terrace’s guests have enjoyed the desserts, crepes and simple pastas offered at this cash only cafe. Two of my favorites are ravioli al pesto and the apple-walnut salad. Cappuccinos here are excellent and lingering is allowed which is unusual for Manhattan.
Locals, students, and tourists alike enjoy sitting outside in the warmer weather with an iced cappuccino and a great book. On chilly or snowy days snuggle inside with a hot chocolate before or after a movie.One downside of Reggio is the bathroom, it is the smallest, poorly lit toilet I have yet to experience, but hey, it’s clean. I personally have been here more than 500 times! If you just get a hot drink to go, make sure you tip the guys who make it, they have worked there more that 20 years.
Unlike most things in New York, Cafe Reggio hasn’t changed since I started going there in 1979.
October 19, 2010
Greenwich Village is one of my favorite area’s in Manhattan. I recommend our guests at Ivy Terrace B&B visit
“the village” as it is called, and spend at least 1 full day walking the charming streets of one of New York’s oldest neighborhoods. While there, visit the Grey Dog’s coffee, a West Village eatery with heaps of character, chalkboard menus, and well brewed coffee. I have been a regular at the 33 Carmine Street location since it opened in 1997. This independent coffee house is a neighborhood favorite offering hearty, creative sandwiches and freshly prepared homemade soups. The food here is great, and it is always packed. Substantial muffins ( my favorite is blueberry, banana, bran), sandwiches, ranging from BLT ( bacon lettuce and tomato) to tuna melt and other choices like Cobb salad, and yummy quiche, round out the menu. Grey Dog also serves beer and wine! They are normally open ’till 11:30 pm. Okay, the music is a little on the loud side when you enter, but once you order, pay and finally take a bite of your food, the music isn’t an issue at all…. it fades into the background somehow. Waitstaff is fast and during busy hours they will ” keep it movin’ ” so to speak, but I have never had a bad experience either food or service wise in over 100 visits! I highly recommend the loose leaf teas and hazelnut coffee. While in the area also check out what is playing at the Cherry Lane Theater and be sure to visit Murray’s Cheese, 254 Bleecker Street, New York’s oldest and best cheese shop.
June 11, 2010
Chez Napolean at 365 West 50th street is a classic French restaurant in the theater district. The decor is homey and reminds me of a grandma’s dining room. Completed jigsaw puzzles adorn the walls! The food is delicious, escargot, leeks in butter, and duck l’orange just to name a few dishes I have enjoyed over the years. Often our guests at Ivy Terrace bed and breakfast are seeing a show and want to eat in the area. The cozy French ambiance and reasonable prices make this one of the few places I would recommend in the theater district. Service is quick, attentive and often humorous. The legendary chef is Grand-Mere Marguerite and she is in her late eighties! This is family owned and run establishment which is another reason I love it! Of course, make a reservation, and don’t expect to “see and be seen” but do plan on an evening of authentic French cuisine.
June 10, 2010
Jules Bistro is a New York City restaurant featuring live jazz 7 nights a week. This is not the place to go for a quiet, romantic dinner for two. However, if you enjoy great music, very good food, and happen to snag an outdoor table in the summer, you will be in East village heaven! Jules is not cheap, but there is no cover for the music and it does boast a bustling scene with a friendly laid-back staff.
I have enjoyed great French wine and a delicious beer collection. Frites are amazing, so is the merguez omlette if you are there at brunch. The only 2 negatives to be aware of: they accept cash or Amex only and they do not have a full bar, only beer and wine and some lovely champagne cocktails!
The pace of service is very European as no one is rushing you to get in or out. Food may take a little while (by New York standards), but one can listen to the music,enjoy your company and relax. I also like being here alone at times, it is a fine choice for that. Be aware that the music inside is a little loud at times.
When you are staying at Ivy Terrace, checking out Jules Bistro is a must.