|Smoked salmon tartine at Toni's|
|Sesame crusted seared tuna fillet|
Beef in a bun is arguably the food that defines America. Well it isn't much of an argument: the argument is more around just how many burgers are eaten in the U.S. in a year. McDonald's accounts for about 3 billion, and I find estimates for totals ranging from 14 billion to 58 billion. Either way, it is a lot of minced beef, ketchup and buns.
|Bill's classic burger|
By the way, the Meatpacking District is now known as a fashion area rather than for its slaughterhouses, which was the case until the late 1990s. My New York ex-pat Kiwi friend and I find ourselves on the lower west side as we have just walked the High Line. This does not have anything to do with drugs. Unless your drug of choice is the airy streets above the west side of Manhattan.
|La Newyorkina ices|
|Loungers at the 11th street end of the High Line|
It is fortunate my friend has had a year in New York to locate drinkable coffee. Finding good coffee was, of course, a major concern for a Wellingtonian moving to the Big Apple. However, perseverance and multiple cups of terrible java consumed in pursuit of the Holy Grail, she found Sweetleaf, right there in her Long Island City neighbourhood. She had even trained them to make flat whites! This meant I was able to drink coffee again after two weeks of abstinence brought on by being faced with flavoured drinks masquerading as coffee (for example in the Seattle-based chain the name of which I do not speak), or bitter, thin beverages served in large mugs or massive takeaway containers.
|Lobbying poster in a Dunkin' Donuts window|
|This cookie is half the size of my iPad|
The purpose of the rule is to impact obesity. While you have my support Mayor Bloomberg, good luck with that while everything else is still in super-sized portions. For example, cookies that are half the size of an iPad.
But any way, I digress. There is great food to be had across the US, it is just that the fast food joints out weigh (pun intended) the establishments that focus on quality rather than quantity. You just have to seek then out. Sometimes it takes a year, sometimes it's just your lucky day.