One of my favourite afternoons in New York was the one we spent at Bryant Park, the weather was beautiful and we had the most wonderful, leisurely lunch at the Bryant Park Grill.
You may have heard of Bryant Park before, in the summer the park plays host to the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. They set up a huge cinema screen and play fantastic classic movies, (you can find out more here), everyone sits on blankets or deck chairs and enjoys movies under the stars. I'm dying to go and we only just missed it, the movie nights started on the 20th June, we were back by the 14th.
We may have been a little too early for the film festival but at least lunch was totally scrumptious.
We sat on the rooftop of the Bryant Park Grill to eat our lunch, which was lovely, if a little hot, I can't remember the temperature on this particular day but it reached 97F during our stay.
Anyway back to lunch, to start we shared a plate of Grafton Vermont aged cheddar, imported dry chorizo, crusty bread, crackers and apples.
Our starter was lovely, as you can see we ate most of it before I even thought about taking a picture. The combination of flavours in this dish was extraordinary and I'm such a sucker for a cheese plate, just thinking about this dish is making me hungry.
For the main event we ordered a Cheeseburger on Brioche Roll...
...and the Memphis style pulled pork with fennel & red cabbage slaw on ciabatta bread.
Both dishes were really lovely although I must say I think 5 Napkin Burger might have won the burger off. Both the ciabatta and brioche roll were lovely, the red cabbage slaw was fantastic and the pickle was a brilliant addition to the burger, I'm not entirely sure what happened to the watermelon...
Pulled pork seems to be everywhere in New York, I'm a big fan but we don't seem to have it here in the U.K. Thanks to Martha though I managed to make some last week, it was to die for! I'm making more this week so I'll take some pictures and post the recipe.
If you're visiting New York I highly recommend spending a whole afternoon lounging around in Bryant Park, sampling some of the Bryant Park Grill's fabulous food and having drinks on their beautiful rooftop.
It was really hot so to drink we opted for frozen strawberry daiquiris, I say that as if we had one each, in reality we had a jug full, a really big jug full! Needless to say we left the park a little tipsy, happily fed and smiling.
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