Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Les Halles, The High Line and The Spotted Pig

I’ve wanted to check out Les Halles Brasserie for a long time. Today I did.

Les Halles Park Avenue

Not especially hungry, I just had a couple appetizers:

snails roasted in garlic butter

Gratinée des Halles:
classic onion soup

Sated, I headed back to Gabe’s to plan out the rest of my day. He had suggested that I go see The High Line Park, which I did. It’s a 1.5 mile section of disused elevated railroad in Manhattan that has been repurposed into a walking path with verdure and some nifty (in my opinion) vaguely Japanese architectural features. It was started in 2006, opened in 2009, and completed in 2014.

The High Line

If I have two proven talents, it’s finding unused BART cards on the ground (seriously: I haven’t paid for a BART ticket in years) and running into people I know in the most unusual places all over the world. It happens often.

Today I ran into Debra, mother of Max, my beloved college roommate.

Debra’s friend, tickled by how surprised we both looked, immediately snapped a picture

Then she took a picture to send Max.
Max was pretty surprised too!

Then my stomach started to speak up. Fortunately I near The Spotted Pig. It’s April Bloomfield’s first restaurant and also considered New York’s first gastropub. Before coming here, and specializing in collecting Michelin stars and James Beard awards, she spent a summer cooking at Chez Panisse. Her restaurant is known for its hamburger:

Chargrilled Burger
with Roquefort Cheese and Shoestring Fries

The shoestring fries were especially yummy: they were garlicky and had fried rosemary sprinkled throughout them.

I’m not sure if I’m going to get my money’s worth worth out of my week-long Metro pass: I’ve been walking everywhere. I really hate public transportation and I really love walking. I walked about 11 miles today.