I love watching American TV and movies when I was a kid. In many of those movies and sitcoms, there are usually diners that serves big ass hamburgers, a sides of fries and milkshakes and never ending supply of filtered black coffee. The Diner is really American. So when I asked on twitter where I should go in new York City and one of the answer that came back was M.Wells Diner in Long Island City, it became a big yes from me.
Such a cool place. I guess I was being so touristy. It is all new to me. And just trying to soak in the atmosphere. It was just packed with all sorts of people. Even business people are here for the food. This place serves pretty awesome food. I know it is crazy to say this but I find this so exciting. More exciting than Momofuku or Per Se!
I ordered a soda. A black cherry soda. It tasted awesome. Do we have this here in Melbourne? Not Fanta ok!
Looked the menu and observed the kitchen in front of me.So much energy but very relax. The ordered were pumping in but these cooks, they were calm and continued their constant chat. Is this what they call working on the hot plates? To their right is the drinks station and to their left is dessert. There is another kitchen further down the back. Everything about this place screams COOL!
So what about the food? I wish I had more than one stomach. The menu is pretty old fashion with a modern twist. Bone marrow with escargot? One of that please and thank you. 6 plump and juice escargot sits in the half bone and then the marrow is layered on top alongside a shallots and red wine sauce and toasted breadcrumbs. Heaven? Yes!
The foie gras on toast was tempting but Mister and I had 2 continuous days of foie gras. We had our fair share. And so he ordered a spicy meat sauce hot dog. Be ready to make a mess at eating this is a pre-requisite. The sausage was taken from its wrapping and then deep fried. The bun was warmed through on the hot plate. The hot pipping meat sauce was lathered on top of the sausage and then topped with the perfect mustard dressing coleslaw.
We ordered a banofee pie to share. Rather nice flaky crust and what could go wrong with cream on top of more cream. I was glad that we made our way to M.Wells Diner. The food is packed with flavour. This is what we do not have in Melbourne. It was a different experience. If you are visiting New York City, why not hop onto the 7 Line to Long Island City. It is so worth it. The prices are so affordable and for this level of good cooking, it is definitely worth the trek over.
When I wrote this post, I was going through the photos that I took that day. And I had to write the second part of this post. It was an experience that will stay with me for a long time.
1st May 2011. It was announced to the world that Usama Bin Laden has been killed by the U.S. forces in Pakistan. It was a little surreal to be in New York City during this time. Both Mister and I visited Ground Zero the next day. There were so many reporters but they were mostly confined in one area of the site. Tourists and locals flock this area. There were tight security and police everywhere to keep the order.
There was a certain chill that I felt as I walked down this fence. The flowers, the notes, the people that came and remembered what happened almost a decade ago. I still remember that day, the visuals on TV and worrying about a friend that was New York at that time. I saw people celebrating and laughing. I saw people in silence. It was a weird feeling that I had. Too many conspiracy theories. Like I said, it was surreal to be there. Unreal.
Is this the closure to many?