Lured by the enticing array of small fruit pastries, cakes, and mousses lined up in glass cases, we wandered into this delectable patisserie, owned by a French couple. After chatting with the people behind the counter, we learned that La Bergamote serves three complete meals each day. We, miraculously, resisted the temptation of having dessert first, and instead were seated where we could begin with lunch. The menu features excellent light options such as salads, soups and sandwiches. As expected, however, dessert was the highlight. We lingered over the selection for ages before finally settling on tiramisu, coconut-chocolate creme brulee and a pistachio-hazelnut mousse. It always makes me happy to witness the joy on the Manhattan Sideways team's faces and know that I have taken them somewhere spectacular.
Fig & Olive is Mediterranean-inspired dining in its most exquisite form. On my first visit to this location, I was drawn in by the collection of wine and olive oil bottles lining the walls and the chic rustic decor that feels reminiscent of eating in the Italian countryside. Never has there been a time when I have dined at one of the several Fig & Olives in Manhattan, that I did not have an excellent experience. I have feasted on fresh ingredients assembled into delectable creations. I was thrilled to take the Manhattan Sideways team here for lunch one day where they raved over the selection of crostini and devoured the mouthfuls of perfectly paired ingredients – goat cheese and caramelized onion, for example – heaped onto small squares of fresh bread. Another favorite that I introduced them to was the zucchini carpaccio served with lemon and olive oil. We accompanied the meal with a beautifully presented Cucumber Cosmos and Rossellinis, selected from the extensive cocktail menu.
McKinney Welding Supply has been a fixture in Hell’s Kitchen since 1943. This long-running business is family-owned and employs about thirty-five people, ten of them being family members. Allen Dickon, branch manager of the West 52nd Street store, told us "We are the only place in Manhattan where you can find all of your welding and compressed gas products under one roof. ”