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Nelson Blue is the city's only New Zealand bar and restaurant, with a Maori inspired décor and a location on the best street in the Seaport. Peck Slip is a broad cobbled thoroughfare that graceless development somehow forgot, and this Kiwi establishment sends its tables out onto the pavement for some bucolic summer dining. Though the restaurant is particularly proud of its imported lamb chops and mussels, we preferred the plebeian fare: A classic "ploughman's lunch" featuring, in addition to good bread, cheese, and sausage, a pickled beet salad, sliced green apple, plus some random salad stuff (it's called "Cockie's tucker" on the menu, meaning the repast of someone named Cockie). The egg club sandwich--substituting a pair of fried eggs for turkey--is also fab.
The city is hopping with Australian bars and refectories, but how many places do we have originating in New Zealand? Two, of which the best is Nelson Blue. Located in an untrammeled corner of the South Street Seaport and spewing tables onto the cobblestones, the place offers beers from home and pub grub with a twist. The club sandwich has been transformed into a fried-egg concoction--quite delicious--and the traditional plowman's lunch has been turned into something called Cookie's... More »
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