Monday, 14 April, 2014 – USA Food and Wine Tour
We start at The Terrace again for Breakfast.
The plan for the afternoon was to go to Balzhazar French Bistrot. I was going to take the subway but as I got downstairs, Jeremy and Chris were about to jump in a taxi so I hopped in too. We get there a bit early so go to the bar for Marys – Bloody in my case, Virgin in theirs as they are a bit under the weather.
It is a big barn of a place with lots of people waiting for tables. They tell us it will be a 15 minute wait. Eventually the rest of the group shows up and the wait continues, for well over an hour.
We finally get our table with the waiters having to shift tables around so we are all on a contiguous table.
Eventually the wine starts coming. The Sommelier is very nice and cleverly leaves the red at our small table for Chris, Julie and myself as we are the only red drinkers at that stage.
It took a long time for our orders to be taken and then quite a while before the food started coming.
Desserts then come out.
It was a pretty good meal with good wine. Forgetting the long wait for the table, it was quite enjoyable.
The plan now after lunch is to start our Pub crawl at the oldest pubs, the first being the Ear Inn.
We start inside and I am given a several page history of the Ear. It seems that it got its name after Prohibition ended. Something like, if you gave the bar a new name you would have to pay a lot of money in tax. So they just took the “BAR” sign and chopped off the loops on the B to get EAR.
We sit outside in the sun for a while, which is very nice. We then go to the next Pub.
We again sat outside which was waitress service only. By then, everybody had drifted away leaving only Colin, John and myself. So, we get a Taxi to the next place:
We talk to a couple of younger guys who joined our table. They recommended a Bar called Pete’s Tavern which was also recommended by an Australian friend, thanks Rosie.
There are many photos on the wall of celebrities that have been to Pete’s. We are joined by Anne, since the Hotel is so close. After a few more drinks, I go back to the Hotel room, around 7:30. Julie even gets back before I do. She is not good from the health point of view and goes to bed early. I follow not too far behind.