Manhattan represented the first stop on my journey since Istanbul in a place I’d visited previously so I was interested to see how that felt. It had been a long while since my last time here, though, so there was much fresh ground to explore.
I was staying on Lexington Avenue just near Grand Central so once I’d discovered that my hotel had a new name then successfully checked in, I headed to a nearby diner for a quick lunchtime bite.
I had a strong feeling of having been in Bloom’s on my last visit but that could just be because it has such a classic NYC deli diner feel to it.
My mind was set on an overstuffed sandwich so I ordered their corned beef and pastrami combo and added a side of fries.
Service was quick if a little brusque with my items appearing speedily. The sandwich looked as ridiculous as expected.
The meats were of very good quality and while the bread was ordinary it did the tough job of maintaining structural integrity to allow for a shove faceward eating method.
The skin-on fries were decent. I’d ordered coffee which was a mistake. There were also good pickles and shit coleslaw.
So overall, Bloom’s welcomed me to NYC in classic style. I enjoyed their deli meat excesses. Give it a look if you find yourself hungry in this part of town.
Blythe scores Bloom’s
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 14/20
I ate: corned beef and pastrami, fries, pickles
I drank: just coffee
I wore: my one cold weather outfit
Total bill: $27.65
Address: 350 Lexington Avenue, New York 10016