Friend of a Farmer is friend of my taste buds

Friend of a Farmer is definitely a friend of my taste buds.  It was a really delicious dinner in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of New York City.
We needed to get out of midtown Manhatten yesterday for dinner and headed for Friend of a Farmer.  I had heard of this place from my sister in-law and my wife.  My sister in-law used to go here a lot and took my wife there before.

After a short walk from the subway at Union Square, we were there and sitting outside at the restaurant enjoying a cool evening breeze in New York, something that has been missing for most of our trip.

The service was prompt and friendly.  It was almost like visiting family for dinner.

I had the Tery Alan Chicken.  Was this delicious.  It is a chicken breast stuffed with granny smith apples and cheddar cheese served over lemon bread with citrus honey raisen sauce.  It is served also with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables.

This was just one of the items that were on the menu, but I just loved this.  It was quite flavorful and enjoyable.  It all was washed down with a Witte beer from the Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York.  It was a Belgian Wheat beer that was quite smooth.

For desert I had the key lime pie, but the berry tart also looked good.

It is more known for their breakfast and brunches, but is also a wonderful place for dinner.

It is a wonderful place to get away from it all in New York.  It is a nice, quiet, and restful place in a big city.  If you want to get away from it for an hour or two, head to Friend of a Farmer.

Frankie & Johnnie’s a wonderful steakhouse in New York

We were looking for a place for dinner tonight, but didn’t want to go to far away from our hotel near Times Square.  I knew of a steakhouse near Rockefeller Center, but in doing some research I found one near our hotel, Frankie and Johnnie’s.
It is on 37th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.  Walking down the street you wouldn’t think that a great steakhouse is there, but go inside and it is a wonderful place.

Downstairs is the bar and upstairs is the restaurant.  The hostess took us upstairs and we were greeted by the head waiter who promptly sat us and asked us if we would like to have anything to drink.

The service was wonderful and the Boddingtons was quite cold and tasty.

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A wonderful day at Yankee Stadium

A wonderful day at Yankee Stadium, the Oakland As vs New York Yankees.
My dad and I went to Yankee Stadium today.  We had a great day and quite enjoyed it.  It has always been a dream of mine to go to a game there and I finally fulfilled that dream.

It was a blast.  I enjoyed just walking into the stadium and seeing it with my own eyes.  We had a ball and got to see a great game also.  (The Yankees won in the bottom of the 12th on a bases loaded hit batsman.)

It was a beautiful stadium.  An old stadium, but a great stadium.  I will hate to see it come under a wrecking ball here this fall.  The new stadium will be nice, have wide aisles and seats, and even wider concourses.  But it won’t be the same.  A stadium that has seen a lot since 1923.

The only thing that we didn’t get to see was Monument Park. We got there as the stadium gates opened and by the time we got to the line, it was closed and they wouldn’t let us line up.  That just sucked.

If you are a baseball fan out there and haven’t seen a game at Yankee Stadium, do it now.  Before the catedral of baseball is gone.

ESPN – Papelbon’s pregnant wife reportedly felt threatened

ESPN – Papelbon’s pregnant wife reportedly felt threatened – MLB.
I just want to say this is taking a rivalry too far.  You kid, you taunt, you trade barbs, but you never, ever phsically threaten a player or his family.  This just shows how classless the New York fans are.

The Red Sox-Yankee rivalry is a great thing for Major League Baseball, but when people threaten another player on the opposite team, give me a break.

This rivalry doesn’t need any more fuel on this fire and the media in New York should be ashamed.  But the people who should be more ashamed are the people who threatened a pregnant women.

Heading to NYC

I am heading to NYC in just over a week for a much needed vacation.  The main reason for the trip is for my Dad and I to visit the ultimate temple of baseball, Yankee Stadium.
We will be there right after the All Star game and we are looking to take in as much of the city as we can.  I have been there a couple times before, but my Dad hasn’t.

The plan so far is to take it easy on the first day.  We are going to take a sail on a Schooner Adirondack in the afternoon and that is all we have planned.  We will probably squeeze some other things in.

The second day is the Yankee’s game.  We are going to get there early to see Monument Park and just take the whole thing in.  It is going to be a special treat to see it and we wanted to see it before it gets torn down. (That should be a crime.)

The third day we are going to see Boeing Boeing.  It has won a Tony and it should be fun.  It is a mantinee on a Sunday, so we will have time to see a bunch of other things before and after.

The fourth day is that we have a tour of the NYSE in the early afternoon through my Dad’s broker, so we have a lot of time to do stuff.

We fly home late on the fifth day, so we can get up and see some sights we missed before heading out to the airport to fly home.

My Dad and I need to get together and get some more things planned.

If you have any suggestions for something to see or a restaurant to eat at, let me know in comments.  I am looking for something that is local, not a tourist place, specifically the restaurants.  I got some from my sister in-law who used to live there, but always looking for more.

I’ll be blogging throughout my stay, so keep checking back.  I’ll be reviewing what we have done and reviewing the restaurants we are eating at.