Jul 25 2019

The little sailboats

Summer campers at the beach with strings of sailboats. My children did that too … -:)

Jul 17 2019

Hudson Garden Grill

Inside the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

Light. Airy. High ceiling. Arched doorways and windows. Great food, good service, nice looking table ware (not utensil tho) and not to mention it rained while we dined – good timing for us. Their menu here.

The lightness reminds me of Coco Bistro which we just went last night but this is far better: high ceiling and better food. The open kitchen by the entrance is a great feature.

Wish the bread could either be lighter or warm. We’ve three appetizers – the portions are pretty big. The five pieces of avocado are great but more than we could stomach – this is without a main course. Many patrons chew on burgers – they must be good, will try next time. The Spanish Conde Ros

Jul 17 2019

Brazil @ Botanical Garden

It’s hot. Forecast predicts rain. We went anyway. The Brazilian show is the attraction but it’s not that great. I took many lilies and roses, however. We’ve lunch at Hudson Garden Grill which was a good choice: great restaurant and it rained.

Brazilian show

The lilies:


and I falling in love with the roses, again…

some more


Does this look like Monet’s painting?

Jul 16 2019

The Oyster House

22 Battery Pl
New York, NY 10004 @ The Battery

A casual bar inside the City Pier A Harbor House.

I’ve not been in NY for long – only 30 some years, so didn’t know what the fish market era was really like – like since 1830s. But in my genealogy research, I did learn something about it: NYC is where U.S. began after gaining the independence from the British. The fish market ‘culture’ dominated the city. Fulton market was the oldest fish market in the U.S., long before they moved it to Bronx in 2005. I suppose this Pier A is probably as close as one could get to that bygone ear. If you’re interested in this, go visit South Street Seaport Museum.

We only have drinks out on the duck, but probably will return for some foods?


Jul 16 2019

NYC Municipal Archives

31 Chamber Street
New York

The archives for New York City, includes the vital records of birth, death and marriage, which you can walk out with a copy, paying $11 (online is $15?).

It is a beautiful building, next to the city hall, in the style of Paris Opera, the Palais Garnier, with intricate skylight and beautiful doors and windows. Have dinner at Coco Bistro and drinks at the Oyster House on Pier A @ Battery Park.


Jul 16 2019

Pier 17 after Coco

An evening @ the South Street Seaport, on the Pier 17, after Coco Bistro.

Jul 16 2019

City Pier A – Harbor House

22 Battery Pl
New York, NY 10004

… a few more pix @ the Oyster House.

This pier is in The Battery, west of Pier 17.

The pier was built between 1884-6, as the HQ of NYC board of dock commissioners / Docks Dept and blues policy harbor dept.

The building had been renovated for some time. When it reopened, as harbor house. At the front is the three story part (2nd floor is  the table serving Blacktail and 3rd is for event), and at the rare by the water, is the ground floor Oyster House. Self serving, foods and drinks are done at the right, tables are on the left and out doors.

We stopped by after South Street Seaport for drinks @ the Oyster House.





Jul 16 2019

Coco Bistro

233-235 Front St
Peck Slip, NY 10038
South Street Seaport

At this time there are only 15 reviews: either 4 or 5, or 1. It seems the love and hate relations with their customers.

I’d give 3.5 and probably will return.

It’s on a corner with good decoration and the view of Brooklyn Bridge. Good service. Good breads. Good bathroom. Delicious food: the escargot and duck are far better than the tapenade – not to say the tapenade isn’t good – bit too salty tho. Are there any not too salty tapenade -:) oh well.

More young women than men … and we’re definitely the oldies there. Oh well. Oldies need to eat too 🙂

Overall it’s a pleasant experience, except the music is too loud – oldies can’t handle it -:) …


Jul 3 2019

Lareira Restaurant

66 E Jericho Tpke
Mineola, NY 11501

Will return.

This Portuguese restaurant is homey, has pleasant decoration, good service and large portions.

The restaurant seems to have three sections, two dining rooms and a bar. We went early at 5 pm on a Wednesday, there was only a couple sat at the other end of the room. The olive container has two sections, one for the pits, which I find cute and practical. Now I’ll be on the lookout in stores.

Their house wine, Monte Serra Tinto (red) and Alandra (white; a little flat) are pretty good. Foods are fine. Love their appetizer clams w/ smoked sausage. The duck is on the sweet side and flat tho. Sardine is fine. Great breads but the butter could be better, and the table cloth could be cleaner

The staff chased us out to return our credit card: thank you!

Street parking, I think.