The Deckle ($10) from Delaney Barbecue Smokeline on the High Line at 15th Street is simply an out-of-this-world sandwich. The brisket is flawless—juicy, smokey, and peppery, with ample charred bits, heaped generously atop a buttered brioche bun. At first I thought the bun wouldn’t hold up, but it does, brilliantly, and a simple topping of crunchy raw onion and pickles lends just a bit of a bite.
Nine years ago today I packed up the car and moved from the sticks to Manhattan. My first of several Craigslist-inspired apartment adventures had an 5x8 bedroom and a view of the lovely 6BC Botanical Garden. My roommate had the good sense to lend me Here Is New York and Not For Tourists and, too stunned to eat or sleep, I set about exploring the island I’d just stranded myself on.
I photographed the little guy on the left because he was carrying a violin. During the post photo interview, his little brother kept chiming in with his own answers. It was clear that he wanted to be part of the process. After a few questions, the older one called to his brother: “Come be in my picture, Riley.”
That’s a cool big brother.
Cinnamon babka from Bread’s Bakery. Minutes from the oven, and the best babka I’ve ever had. Full Review
Rocket Pig sandwich - brined, smoked, and roasted pork; mustard aioli, and red onion jam on ciabatta with a wee dab of bell pepper hot sauce. When a chef sets out to create a “perfect” sandwich, best hold onto your seat. Full Review
After I took her photo, she stuck her cheek out for a kiss. After I gave her one, she said: “Isn’t love great?”
“Yes it is,” I replied. Then she leaned in and said:
“But sex is better.”
Love these New York humans.
McKittrick old fashioned - bourbon, sherry, and chocolate bitters
Stopped by the new, no-secret-phone number-required Milk & Honey on 23rd Street today. Just like the times I visited the old locale on Eldridge Street, I discovered a new recipe I’d like to recreate. Aside from a strange looking-over at the door (pardon my scruffiness, sir), it was a chill evening. But with places like this charging $16 per drink, methinks it’s time to start flexing the cocktail shaking muscles and testing recipes for springtime rooftop imbibing. This one will make a fantastic nightcap.