Goodbye Brooklyn, Hello Gramercy Park

Saturday, 12 April, 2014 – USA Food and Wine Tour

After a quiet breakfast, new menu with Eggs Benedict this time, we check out of the Wythe to head across to Manhattan. The four “sick people” take separate cabs. The remaining 11 are in the stretch limos again.

Pick-up with all of our Suitcases

Pick-up with all of our Suitcases

On the way we take a detour to The Bronx and the new Yankee Stadium.

Yankee Stadium Gate 4

Yankee Stadium Gate 4

We then drive back to town and go to a place called Eatitaly. It is a very large room with stalls all around selling various food stuffs. It is absolutely crowded with customers. The intent is that we grab tables in the middle and have some cheese and wine. As we prowl around the various stalls, Doug and Colin manage to find a table amongst the crowd.

Chris and Di at the table

Chris and Di at the table

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Julie managed to grab a separate table for us as there are 11. Colin has utilised a very good waiter who is attentive and quite prompt in bringing us food and drink.

Cheese and Bread and  Rose, nice combination.

Cheese and Bread and
Rose, nice combination.

After that pleasant repast we walk to our new digs – the Gramercy Park Hotel. Apparently, Obama had had dinner in the Hotel’s restaurant the last night. When we get there it is completely different to the Wythe in Brooklyn. Old, but stylishly classy.

GPH Lobby

GPH Lobby

The Sitting Room part of our Hotel Room

The Sitting Room part of our Hotel Room

The Bedroom

The Bedroom

Neither Julie nor I could find the shower but the porter who brought our bags up showed us, it was behind the toilet. A quiet afternoon for me settling in, JV of course pranced around.

That night we take several taxis to La Esquina an original 1940s dining car.

La Esquina

La Esquina

We are here for Mexican food. Our table, after a bit of a wait, is in the basement which involves fairly steep stairs that put us in the Kitchen then winding through a rabbit warren to our table in the absolute back. There are Margaritas to start with – Plain, Blood Orange and Passion Fruit. Marg, as in Margarita, quite enjoyed the latter.

Start with a Mexican Salad

Start with a Mexican Salad

Drinks - Margaritas and Wine

Drinks – Margaritas and Wine

Crab Balls - some of the guys thought they were a bit hot

Crab Balls – some of the guys thought they were a bit hot

Chicken Tacos, very nice, again deemed hot by the troops

Chicken Tacos, very nice, again deemed hot by the troops

Kingfish

Kingfish

Beef Tacos - yummy

Beef Tacos – yummy

That was just the starters. They were followed by the Main Courses which for some reason were not as spicy as the Starters.

Chicken

Chicken

Beef plus Rice

Beef plus Rice

Beef close-up

Beef close-up

Shrimp, very nice

Shrimp, very nice

Green Beans

Green Beans

Black Beans

Black Beans

Dessert - note we had switched to an Argentinian Malbec, very good

Dessert – note we had switched to an Argentinian Malbec, very good

Another Dessert

Another Dessert

Yet another

Yet another

It was a really good night. It was a pleasure having Mexican food which was quite good. The young waitress looked after us very well. Taxis back home and crash.

About beauperi

Gourmand & Wine Connoisseur.
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One Response to Goodbye Brooklyn, Hello Gramercy Park

  1. Rosie says:

    Hi Patrick and Julie,
    enjoying the blog, your new digs is where Sophie and I spent some time, if you have a spare moment check out Petes Tavern cnr Irving & East 18th, Old Town Bar in East 18 th up near Broadway, the Italian Wine shop in East 16th up near Park ave sth.
    Cheers Rosie & Greg

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