Sunday, 4 June 2017

New York Day Ten

Cheese Grille 

It was hot on my last couple of days in New York. The pace of the city visibly slowed and everyone was telling us to drink water and stay in the shade. And people say New Yorkers are unfriendly.

It was so hot that I didn't leave the flat until around midday (mad dogs and Englishmen as they say) and stumbled my way down Allen Street to find Cheese Grille for lunch.

Another very specific place, Cheese Grille specialise in grilled cheese sandwiches,or toasties as I know them. I liked the simple decoration, lifted with the cheerful painted artwork.

I chose a Buffalo Chicken (of course) ($8) which was simple: breaded chicken, pickles, blue cheese and hot sauce. This tasted amazing on such a hot day. Though it was simple, everything was such good quality. I'm definitely going to try to recreate this at home.

We shared some sweet potato tots which were crunchy, salty, sweet nuggets of joy but just couldn't finish them. By this point in the holiday I just wasn't hungry and was just eating because I wanted to.

Edd had the Sloppy Joe ($8) : beef mince, cheddar, mascarpone and pickles. I really feel that both of these sandwiches needed the pickle to cut through the richness of the cheese.

Magnum Pop Up 

You might have seen this popping up on instagram: I believe there's one in Rome this year. Basically, Magnum, purveyors of delicious ice cream, took over a space in Soho, decorated it in a instagram-friendly way and waited for the queues to arrive.

I didn't have to queue too long. You reach the counter, they pull out a magnum sans-chocolate and ask you if you would like milk, white or dark. The ice cream is dipped into melted chocolate.

While the chocolate is cooling, you pick your toppings and they are scattered on top with a chocolate drizzle to finish. I picked rose petals, marshmallows and popping candy and it was such a silly, fun treat.


One of the highlights of my trip to New York was the Museum of Modern Art.

On a Friday evening it's free entry so queues wrap around the building. I'd cleverly booked tickets though, so I just strolled in.

Some parts were difficult to enjoy due to the crowds taking selfies- I'm talking all the Warhol and Van Gogh stuff. It's pretty infuriating. I don't want to tell people how to enjoy art, but standing in a crowd straining to take a picture of The Starry Night with your ipad isn't my idea of cultural appreciation.

Weirdly, noone was interested in any of the Mondrian stuff, which I love, so I was able to get a good look at that.

There were some interesting exhibitions, including a very moving video installation in which refugees drew on a map to show the journey they had been on, while telling their story.

Art over, it was time to pick up another Goa Taco.

Look at that delicious juicy meat! I really do recommend looking up Goa Taco if you're in the Lower East Side.

Cheese Grille
Goa Taco

Photos by Helen and Edd.
Everything paid for ourselves. 

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