Monday, September 8, 2008

Dining in New York

The USA is known for good quality food. This restaurant Don Veitia is a very good classical restaurant and a good value for money. It is not very cheap, but for the quality they offer it is the most affordable restaurant in their league. They have an excellent menue, a good selection of wines, wonderful service and highly edible food.
It is an impeccable place.

If you have a lot of money and want to have something really different for dinner, something really memorable! - Ninja is a good place to go.
This Japanese cave is located in a boring highrise building in Manhatten - you would never guess that you will have to watch every step carefully because all sorts of dangers are awaiting your arrival (dangers are real, but not lethal - unless you have a weak heart!).
Depending on you choice of food you may have to use a sword to get your meal, you will try to fish your food out of smoke which fills your cell etc. The service was impecable and our waiter was a lot of fun (a man to die for!).
The only downside - it is expensive. I heard Russian language from a few "cells" which means "new Russians" spend their money there. It is not a restaurant from my league, but I am glad we tried it!

Two sides of the coin - hotels in the USA

The best hotel experience in terms of value for money. It is a small old fashioned place, but the room was big and clean, and it looked pleasant. The bed was excellent, the bed linen too. Plumbing was perfect, Internet connection was faultless and free of charge, the service was good and the breakfast too. It all costs $68US during a school holiday period. If you know a better deal let me know!

The worst place we saw in the USA was a motel in Gorda, Big Sur. this place is a total disgrace to American hospitality industry: dirty old room with a lock which does not work properly (neighbours helped us and opened our door with their key!), with no fridge or a TV set, no Internet, with leaking shower which did not let me sleep all night. All these "luxury" casts $275.00 plus taxes.
They sell petrol there for $6.99 per gallon while other places were selling it for $4.99.
The food in the restaurant was very expensive but not edible which is an extreme rarity in the USA. I hardly can imagine a worse place to stay.
To be fare, it was the only horrible place we encountered.
In general, hotels are wonderful and service is very good.