So we bypassed the familiar stands of funnel cakes and corn on the cob for the offerings of neighbourhood stores and restaurants.
First up are the fresh seafood from Sea Breeze Fish Market (541 9th Ave btwn W40th and W41st streets)
The oysters were fresh and very meaty. We added some lemon and hot sauce (there weren't any other condiments around). For $1.33/ea, they weren't bad at all for off the street.
We chose a curry puff ($1) with sweet chili sauce. This pastry was filled with chicken, potatoes, and spices. It was tasty with lots of filling and a nice crumbly crust.
There were so many delicious choices! Slices were $3 each. Chocolate cake, bread pudding, carrot cake, pumpkin pie...and their signature Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie.
We love thick, flaky crusts! And the fresh apples with the sour cream and walnuts were fantastic! It had a great homemade, rustic taste. All that was missing was a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
The family-owned bakery has been around since 1923, with their renowned phyllo pastry being made in their family for over 80 years.
The culinary force behind Burgers and Cupcakes (458 9th Ave btwn W35th and W36th streets) offered so many sweet and savory choices!
Creme Brulee ($3.50): When these freshly-made creations were brought out, we made a bee-line for one. The custard was thick and eggy...the toasted top was delicate and crisp. This decadent dessert was better than a few creme brulee treats we've had in some established restaurants!
Kyotofu (705 9th Ave btwn W48th and W49th Sts) is an elegant Japanese dessert bar - perfect for a date or for a girls get-together.
The other Greek cuisine mainstay in Hell's Kitchen is Uncle Nick's Greek Cuisine (749 9th Ave btwn W50th and W51st Sts).
Who would've thought you could reinvent the empanada in so many ways?! From classic to contemporary (pepperoni pizza fillings) to sweet (chocolate and bananas), there were plenty of choices! Empanada Mama is located at 763 9th Ave(btwn W50th and W51st Sts)
We're looking forward to more grills, make-shift patio seating, and lots of sampling to come! Summer is finally here!