First, a belated shout-out to readers who answered my post about eating in New York. We had boudin noir at Florent, Mario Batali’s pizza at Otto (you’d be crazy not to try the olive oil gelato), quiche lorraine at Cafe D’Alsace, wild boar at Sfoglia, bagels & lox at Barney Greengrass. Sunday brunch at Prune was as unreal as several people said it would be. My only regret is that Momofuku closes between lunch and dinner so I had to try some sushi across the street instead. While the wife took some time to shop I basically walked laps of lower Manhattan looking for food. It was a blast.
Now a tip from me to you: if you’re in New York, Boston or DC take an hour to check out Best Cellars wine shop. Where most wine stores offer hundreds of mostly uninteresting choices, Best Cellars stocks what owner Joshua Wesson considers the best grape available for under $20. There are maybe a hundred different bottles that cover most varietals, I’ve had them fill up four cases blind and nearly every one has impressed. The DC branch is just off DuPont Circe on CT Ave, the New York branch is near 87th and Lexington.
With that done, here’s your latest assignment: if you only had a few days in England to visit York and a few more to see Stratford-upon-Avon, where would you stay? What would you eat? Let’s assume that you like bed and breakfasts and you’re not looking to dress up or spend too much on food. Any and all suggestions are welcome.