What I Did For Summer Vacay: North End Grill NYC
In honor of back-to-school time, I’m going to share several pieces for my “What I Did Over Summer Vacation” homework assignment. This Summer, I visited Maine and New York City. Maine was Part I. NYC will be Part II.
Part II – Chapter 1 NYC: Danny Meyer’s North End Grill
This Summer, I visited New York City. I’ve been there a few times a year here and there – enough to know that hospitality at the city’s restaurants, sadly for this Angeleno, is far superior to that in LA where servers seem to memorize lines for auditions better than they do menu items. Though I expected to find exceptional service at any NYC restaurant, I was blown away by the experience at North End Grill.
I came across the restaurant by accident. I hadn’t been to the Trade Center since 1996 and felt it was time I go to One World Trade Center. It’s bittersweet but worth it. I strongly urge all Americans to visit if they can.
It was lunchtime and hunger hit. Out came the iPhone for a search. “North End” and “Danny Meyer” popped up. I rushed over.
Upon arrival, I was greeted promptly. The server mentioned the fresh ingredients grown on the rooftop garden. I asked if I could see the garden. The manager swung by saying they’d be glad to give a tour and that Chef Eric Korsh would show us around. Dishes like fresh green beans were delivered to the table gratis. Then, Chef Eric came over and led us up to the roof.
Maybe it was the extraordinarily sunny day but I felt like I had reached Farm Heaven. To one side I saw the tower. To another I took in the Statue of Liberty. And in between I basked in a garden on par with French Laundry’s.
Chef Eric admitted that it’s not a bad place to come to work everyday. He asked how much longer we’d be in town. Only tomorrow morning, I said. He urged us to go to another Danny Meyer restaurant, Union Square Cafe, where it all began. Union Square was moving locations and he felt it important that we see the original as the original. Eric set up our brunch reservation. Stay tuned for Part II – Chapter 2 NYC: Danny Meyer’s Union Square Cafe for that bliss report.