Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Things to Do: Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, NYC


Beecher’s Handmade Cheese  900 Broadway, btw. 19th & 20th sts., Flatiron District, (212) 466-3340.  Stop in for a meal, a cheese snack to eat on the street, or a chunk to take home for later.  Cheese-making can be observed in the middle of the large, dramatic shop through glass windows, and you can also watch while dining on the main floor or from a cozy upstairs loft where a deli cafe dispenses cheesy specialties.  Items you’ll want to try include the Flagship and aged Flagship cheeses, honey crackers, and what is claimed to be the “world's best” mac & cheese. 

cheese case at Beecher's Handmade Cheese in NYC

cheesemaking at Beecher's Handmade Cheese in NYC
  

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Things to Do: abc carpet & home shop, NYC


abc carpet & home  888 Broadway, Flatiron District, (212) 473-3000.  The name of this warehouse-size shop is misleading.  Though it does have some lovely home items, it is filled with an interesting inventory provided in sub-areas operated by individual shops.  You’ll find Buddhas galore, plus wonderful light-cotton Indian blouses and even everything to make a birthday party beautiful. 

interior of abc carpet & home in NYC

buddah at abc carpet & home in NYC

elephant carving at abc carpet & home in NYC

birthday candles at abc carpet & home in NYC

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sights to See: Flatiron District , NYC


FLATIRON DISTRICT 

Flatiron Building  175 Fifth Ave./23rd St.  This early 21-story skyscraper was designed with a wedge shape by architect Daniel Burnham because the building needed to fill a triangular space created by the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway.  Built in 1902, it is actually covered with limestone and terra-cotta, not iron, and at its narrowest end measures only 6 feet across.  It was originally named the Fuller Building, then became known as "Burnham's Folly" because people were sure it would fall down, and now is named for its resemblance to the handheld clothing appliance.

Flatiron Building in NYC


Free walking tours are scheduled every Sunday at 11 a.m.  Meet at the southwest corner of Madison Square Park (23rd Street and Broadway).  In addition to viewing the famous Flatiron Building, this 90-minute tour includes other notable landmarks--the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse.  You can also download a free self-guided walking tour.

23rd Street Subway Station  Pop down here if you can to take whimsical selfies under a crown or hat painted onto the tiles. 


rider wears crown at 23rd Street subway station in NYCrider wears hat at 23rd Street subway station in NYC


rider wears crown at 23rd Street subway station in NYC


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Monday, July 20, 2015

Good Eats: Hundred Acres, NYC


Hundred Acres  38 Macdougal St., SoHo, (212) 475-7500. 
exterior of Hundred Acres restaurant in SoHo NYC

Diners here might be seated in any of three rooms, each with a different atmosphere.  I think each has its bliss, so it isn’t worth waiting if you don’t have to.  The front room has a bank of windows that open to the street and is particularly nice on warm days.
front room at Hundred Acres restaurant in SoHo NYC

The bright back room is an enclosed patio, where hard surfaces can cause it to get quite loud.
back room at Hundred Acres restaurant in SoHo NYC

In between is a darker room with no windows and that is where my group sat.  We were quite comfortable with the banquette seating.
middle room at Hundred Acres restaurant in SoHo NYC

From the inventive brunch menu we selected cinnamon rolls and a pot of jalapeno grits as shared starters.  May husband’s main was roasted country ham hash with fried eggs on top.
ham hash at Hundred Acres restaurant in SoHo NYC

My soft scrambled eggs were cooked just right and with a generous amount of asparagus, but disappointingly the gruyere cheese was barely detectable.  I really liked the accompanying cornbread, which was long and shaped like madeleine cookies, but I had to ask for honey butter, which took its flavor over the top.
soft scrambled eggs at Hundred Acres restaurant in SoHo NYC

I had my eye on my son-in-law’s griddled pimento white-cheddar-cheese sandwich and will try it next time.
grilled cheese at Hundred Acres restaurant in SoHo NYC

But the queen’s dish here seems to be the super-tasty goat cheese-sage bread pudding topped with poached eggs—the house version of eggs Benedict.
goat cheese-sage bread pudding at Hundred Acres restaurant in SoHo NYC

Though cocktails are available—an assortment of bloody marys and the usual mimosa, bellini, and more—we stuck to coffee.  The cold-brewed on ice was particularly nice on a warm day.  The menu changes regularly.
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Friday, July 17, 2015

Good Eats: Magnolia Bakery, NYC


Magnolia Bakery  401 Bleecker St./11th St., West Village, (212) 462-2572.  This small spot is the original location of the boomingly popular cupcake shop put on the map by the TV show “Sex & the City.”  It is certified Kosher and now has franchises around the world.  My favorite cupcake is the vanilla with thick pastel frosting—I selected one here with aqua frosting on my recent birthday--but delicious chocolate and red velvet versions are also available.  The banana bread pudding dessert is also a don’t-miss, and the cookies and ice cream sandwiches are well priced and tasty.
exterior of Magnolia Bakery in NYC

interior of Magnolia Bakery in NYC

cupcake case at Magnolia Bakery in NYC

happy customer with cupcake af Magnolia Bakery in NYC
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my birthday cupcake af Magnolia Bakery in NYC
my birthday cupcake at Magnolia Bakery in NYC

Since there is nowhere to sit inside, eat it on the run or take it away to linger over at little Bleecker Playground park located diagonally across the street. 
entrance to Bleecker Playground park in NYC


Bleecker Playground park in NYC


view of Magnolia Bakery from Bleecker Playground park in NYC
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