NYC: Breakfast, Dinner & Dessert

I was in New York last weekend and figured I should try to make a post out of something from the visit. I got to hang out on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (I definitely felt like pre-crazy Charlie Sheen when I hailed a cab and just said "Wall Street") and I ate my share (and some) of delicious food. While I could do a post about the stock exchange and the pros and cons of investing in stocks in today's market, food might be more relevant to this blog.

First up: breakfast. Technically brunch. We ate at a place called MexiQ in Astoria (this was my first time in Queens!) that had a Mexican-fusion brunch, complete with unlimited cocktails (a requirement for brunch, in my opinion). I had the frosted flakes-encrusted French toast, served with bacon and eggs. Verdict: the French toast was crazy sweet, but I guess I had that coming. The bacon helped even it out, but my allegedly "over-easy" eggs seemed more like hard boiled. Friendly but unbelievably slow service didn't help either (although four mimosas did). I wouldn't go out of my way to go back.

For dinner: The Meatball Shop. This Lower East Side joint serves one thing. Have you guessed what? After a 2 hour+ wait, three "balls on the house" whet our appetites. Above: meatball sliders (chicken meatball with pesto; spicy pork meatball with alfredo sauce; beef meatball with spicy tomato sauce). Delectable.

This was my dish: "naked balls." Spicy pork meatballs with a mushroom gravy, served over steamed spinach. Very yummy, like everything else. If this place didn't have such a long wait (and maybe toned down on the balls jokes), I would be back in a heartbeat.

I actually had this before dinner, but was craving another one after as well. I have always been a fan of banana pudding, so when my friend Kase told me that it was one of Magnolia Bakery's signature items, I had to have it.

oh. my. god. Banana heaven. The pudding was more like mousse, it was so rich, and was layered perfectly with sliced bananas and nilla wafers. I'm craving it again looking at the photo. Doesn't that container seem huge? I thought so too. Then I proceeded to finish it in about 4 minutes.