Feb 21 2020

Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici & Al Forno Trattoria


1946 Campus Dr,
Hyde Park, NY 12538

The Italian restaurant @ CIA. Unfortunately it doesn’t open for lunch .. or at least not in February. Unlucky for us.

It’s the only one (of three) that is housed away from the Roth Hall, designed by the architect Roberto Magris.

  


Feb 21 2020

Student Common @ CIA


1946 Campus Dr,
Hyde Park, NY 12538

the Egg, an open space on the Hudson River @ CIA, with multiple counters and a brewery. A colorful piano sits by the window. A billiard room and a gym are next to the brewery. Is anyone actually doing any work out?

   


Feb 21 2020

Roth Hall @ CIA


1946 Campus Dr,
Hyde Park, NY 12538

The classes are conducted in this main building @ CIA, which houses Bocuse, Bounty and Apple Pie café. The visitors’ parking lot is front and under (Anton Plaza).

Their most famous graduate D’Anthony Bourdain (1978) is being honored front and center

 

Classes are in session. Their cathedral-like dining hall in the building is very nice.

   


Feb 21 2020

CIA: the Culinary Institute of America


1946 Campus Dr,
Hyde Park, NY 12538

The Roth Hall is the main building. The campus is on the Hudson River, a short drive north on Route 9 to FDR Library and Vanderbilt Mansion. This school was established after WWII, providing the veterans some practical skill after returning home, first in 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut, and then moved to current location in 1970, and began to grant associate degree. Now it offers college and master degree. As of now, it has campus in Napa CA, San Antonio, Texas and Singapore. We saw many Asian students.

The school isn’t big, with $100 mil endowment, size wise too. There are three restaurants all in Roth Hall, except the Italian: Bocuse, Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici & Al Forno Trattoria and Bounty. Apple Pie café (in Roth Hall) and the student common where the small brewery locates.

Apple Pie Bakery Café

American Bounty Tavern

Parking is at the garage in front of the Roth Hall, Anton Plaza.

 

美国烹饪学院在哈德逊河畔上
二战后为退伍士兵提供职业培训
现在脱胎换骨变成四年大学和硕士
也有短期的学制
面积不大 有3个餐馆和咖啡馆等
还有一个啤酒厂

餐馆的气氛很好 主要是学生们吧
欣欣向荣的感觉
他们还有一个多星期就毕业了
一个说会留下来念硕士 另一个说去华盛顿的一个美食餐厅…
对人生下一步充满期待
食物做的非常好 面包在内
试了一个自酿的啤酒🍺 – 很棒
没有给乌鸦嘴留下挑剔的机会


Feb 20 2020

Ivy


944 8th Ave
New York, NY 10019

Two oldies in a young bar

A nice wine bar near Carnegie Hall. Since our concert was at 8 so when we walked in, it’s after work crowds and very noisy.

Service is quick and to the point. The few items we ordered are really good. I tried their house wine: Red Diamond Cab Sauv and Proverb Sauvignon Blanc (?) both are pretty decent and will have it again.


Jan 29 2020

Wine tasting and ice skating

One of the last few sessions of out door ice skating in town. The fire makes me feeling warm. The wine taste offers three choices: Rosé, Chardonnay 2016 and Cab 2016. All are good, from Long Island vineyard Clovis Point.


Jan 25 2020

Mandoo Bar


2 W 32nd St
New York

Not returning.

I had lunch but accidentally passed by it. When I saw the two ladies making dumplings in the window, I walked in. It reminds me of the Dumpling House at 328 Spadina Ave,  in Toronto – a must for me whenever I visited there.

The decor is simple and neat. I ordered small portion of chive pork dumpling (App Mewl Mandoo). Thick skin and the filling is too solid (packed, feeling dead), totally subpar.

My adventure for a good dumpling place in New York, Continues.

  


Jan 25 2020

Boucherie @ Union Sq


225 Park Ave S.
New York

Still like it. Will return.

Nice decor and the upright by the wall adds ambience. Years ago I was impressed by their scallops. Today I ordered it again and again, was pleased. The branzino is equally good. Their house wine Bordeaux white is delicious, so is the bread and butter – yes I finished the butter all by myself. Never seen a butter in my life -:)

Oh, when they discard the fake flowers for fresh ones, I’ll change to five star rating – at the price they’re charging, surely they can afford it. Pls make sure to refill the toilet seat paper.

  


Jan 25 2020

Cowgirl Hall of Fame


519 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014

A bar in the West village owned by a lady from Waco Texas. Checkered white and green plastic covered tables. To the left is the bar and right is a restaurant, serving chill and dogs. The Cosmo is $13 but strong. We were there because of Sex and the City

It’s Saturday 2pm. No one is cleaning the table and service the drinks. Not a problem at all. I got two cosmo from the bar and oh boy, they’re strong.
The bar side of the hall is narrow. Many guitars and other memorabilia are displayed on the wall. The light features over the bar are pretty.


Jan 24 2020

Hunt & Fish Club NYC


125 W 44th St,
New York, NY 10036

We went during the Restaurant Week. The two course lunch is $26. They messed up my reservation: first they sent me an email to say that my res is cancelled. When I got there at 12, the girl insisted that my reservation is 12:30. Not a problem since it was empty. But it’s kind of turn off. The fabric curtain by the entrance – suppose to keep the lounge from the cold – is funny, as if in a small street eatery. Over all, the food and service – other than too big of a portion – are ok. The decor is bit old, and stuffy, an out of date feel.